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  • I’ve hitchhiked a lot. Same road looks very different when you look it from roadside compared the view through windshield.

    Roadsides have taught me much more about writing than best books.

    Two steps aside from mainstream are the most difficult steps.

    Some equally important things I’ve learnt during my hitchhiking years:

    Don’t hitchhike in outer curve. It kills you.

    Don’t hitchhike in downward slope. It kills you.

    Even if you survive, you won’t get a lift in descents. Trucks won’t stop. They need all their speed for next upward slope.

    Truck drivers are most reliable guys. They don’t kill you.

    One woman gets a lift easier than one man.
    A couple gets a lift easier than one man.
    One man gets a lift easier than two men.
    Five women get a lift easier than one man.
    Ten women get a lift easier than one man.

    A man gets a lift immediately if he wears an uniform or if he has an arm in plaster cast and in sling.

    It’s useful to make a fake plaster cast and use it while hitchhiking. Saves you many hours on roadsides.

    The longer you spend on roadsides, the better writer you become. So take a second thought about that fake plaster cast.

    Tomatoes are good for sunburns after long waits under blue sky. Slice a tomato and rub juice against sunburned skin. You can eat rest of tomato while waiting for a lift.

    Don't worry about tomatoes. Usually it rains.

    Have a flashlight with you in nighttime. You quickly learn why.

    If you hitchhike with your girlfriend in countryside, sit between him and the driver.

    Keep a knife with you. Central lockable safety belts aren’t fun when they are combined with violent, suicidal or otherwise asshole drivers. One ride out of hundred turns out to be a highway to hell.

    Otherwise it’s heaven.
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