Category Archives: hitchhiking

41 BLANCO STREET AUSTIN by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late-winter of 1975 I drove a blind piano-tuner from Miami Beach to the East Texas in a Delta 88. Everyone at the Sea Breeze Hotel on Collins Avenue had warned me about Old Bill’s driving. I thought that the old coots had been kidding, but outside of La Grange on Route 71 the […]

CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES from BACK AND FORTH by Peter Nolan Smith

CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES The trees on Centre Street wavered with the warm spring wind under a blue cloudless morning sky, as an Arborway trolley rattled on the warped steel rails toward Forest Hills. Two long-haired men and a young blonde woman in a peasant dress sat on the wooden seats of […]

Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

In the winter of 1975 I hitchhiked west from Miami Beach along Alligator Alley. Rides weren’t easy for the first thirty miles. Finally a fruit farmer from Naples gave me a ride through the southern tip of the Everglades. Little, but swamp lined the four-lane highway. No snow birds from the Northeast or Canada wanted […]

Women Only In Sweden

Men like to joke that they are lesbians. “I only like to watch.” Lesbians don’t find this humor funny and I’ve stopped saying it, but rejecting my lesbian persona hasn’t stopped the overwhelming percentage of the world’s male population from fantasizing about the existence of an all-women world like those 1960s science-fiction movies such as […]

A Painter Painting a Picture

Hitchhiking was a good way to travel between Boston and Montreal in the early 1970s. The 400 miles of I-89 was one of the East Coast’s most scenic highway, slanting across New Hampshire and Vermont to Lake Champlain then into Quebec. It was a great trip from start to finish. In August of 1971 I […]