oregon to colorado
Replies: 3 - Last Post: May 13, 2013 12:27 PM Last Post By: huddyrocker
Apr 21, 2013 1:10 PM
oregon to coloradoI was considering on a trip from portland oregon to somewhere in colorado. My plan is just to rough it and hitch hike from city to city. Ive never done anything like this and im not sure if its even possible. I want to be able to fish in Idaho, Montana, and colorado. I will have about 4 weeks time. I planned on a pack full of camping essentials. Is this possible to do? Do you get rides easily hitchhiking? How dangerous is it traveling like this?
Apr 25, 2013 9:00 PM
1First, check to see if the states you are traveling through allow hitchhiking; from what I understand, some states outlawed hitchhiking for the real (or imagined) dangers. If you do hitch, keep away from prison areas---you will recognize when you are close because you will see large signs that say something like "DO NOT PICK UP HITCHHIKERS!"
Second, the biggest danger is getting hit by a drunk or distracted driver; my guess is that if someone actually stops to pick you up, it is very unlikely that they will harm you. The lack of traffic might be an issue--I don't think the state police will allow you to hitch along the Interstates and I don't know how much traffic would be on the U.S. and state routes, or local roads, you would likely be on. While the areas you want to go are beautiful and worth the trip, I am not sure how many fellow humans you will see that will be willing to give you a lift.
My suggestion would be take the money you were going to use to get camping spots and either get a ticket on Greyhound or on Amtrak--once you figure out where in Colorado you want to go. This way, you get a somewhat reliable trip to your destination without having to hike too much hoping someone will stop and pick you up. Since you are planning for some stops along the way to enjoy yourself (or catch dinner), look to see if Greyhound or Amtrak has a "travel all you want for x days" ticket--I think they do. This way, you could travel from Portland to some town in Idaho, enjoy some fishing and camping, then catch a bus/train to Montana and repeat.
Also, since you only have a month (4 weeks), getting a definite ride on a bus/train may allow you to keep to your time constraints and still enjoy yourself along the way. Just keep in mind that buses/trains do get delayed so allow some flexibility in your plans.
I hope you enjoy your trip.
May 9, 2013 10:52 AM
2Post #1 has good advice to offer you. I would also add hitch on secondary roads, be patient and use your common sense and be willing to turn down rides. Also, keep yourself clean and look respectable people will pick you up if they don't feel threatened by you. It would help to carry a sign saying where you are heading and don't wear a hat people will want to see your face. If worse comes to worse be prepared to catch a bus.
There is a book called The kindess of Strangers about an American who hitch hikes across the country I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the author. There is also a show called "Pekin Express" it is a French show. It is like Amazing Race but the contestants hitch hike to their destinations. You may not be able to understand French but see if you can view the show over the internet. The contestants depend on the kindness of strangers even for a place to sleep for the night. It's a hilarious show.
May 13, 2013 12:27 PM
3This is very doable, I've hitched across the U.S. in under 3 weeks. The only thing I would worry about is hitching through Idaho, though I don't think it's technically illegal, I've heard the cops are very likely to hassle you, the other states you should be fine though. A good resource for info on hitchhiking is Digihitch
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