- 1 About
- 2 Some personal hitchhike records/statistics
- 3 Projects
- 4 On the web
- 5 Daily life
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Contact
His recorded hitchhiking career started on 16 June 1980 at 7:47 and as of 1 August 2016 at 19:08 he has hitched 490,923.5 km in the following 33 countries:
Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Austria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Ireland, Japan, San Marino, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Andorra.
He's fluent in Dutch and English, more than capable of speaking German and knows enough French to survive when dropped in the middle of nowhere in France.
Some personal hitchhike records/statistics
- Career distance: 490,923.5 km (as of 2016-08-01T19:08)
- Best 24 hour: 2,318.4 km, from Southern Yugoslavia (1989-07-05T00:00) to just before Raststätte Hamburg-Stillhorn (Germany) (1989-07-05T24:00). This record can be found on page 179 of the 1991 UK edition of the Guinness Book of Records, the full details can be found here.
- Best calendar month: 9,936.4 km, July 1990 - 17 hitchhiking days, the De Bilt to Athina part of trip 11.
- Best calendar year: 47,015.2 km, from 2015-01-04T08:30 to 2015-12-02T22:42 - 333 days (55 days on-the-road).
- Best 365 days: 53,088.4 km, from 2014-09-16T09:47 to 2015-09-10T17:26 - 360 days (65 days on-the-road).
- Longest ride: 2,502.9 km, from Platamon (Greece) (1990-08-13T16:32) to Driebergen (Netherlands) (1990-08-15T12:54), also in trip 11.
- Fastest ride: 196.1 km/h (average speed!), from Raststätte Fränkische Schweiz/Pegnitz (Germany) (2015-05-27T06:05) to Raststätte Fläming (2015-05-27T07:49) - the ride included a refuelling/toilet stop from 6:58 to 7:09. There have been a multitude of rides where the highest speed has exceeded this value, the highest ever observed speed was in a Mercedes E63 AMG on 2016-05-25 between 19:59 and 21:22 during ride 7 of trip 176, from MOP Nowostawy to a petrol station after the exit Poznań Komorniki, when the digital speedo showed a speed of 300 km per hour. An attempt by the driver to go faster failed due to the too high density of traffic.
- Fastest trip: 613.5 km in 4:37 hours (actual driving time), from Oostende (Belgium) (2016-02-27T08:46) via Germany back to Oostende (2014-02-27T19:29).
- Exceed one Light-second: On 2011-02-02 at about 11:00 his recorded hitchhiking distance exceeded 299.792.5 km. It takes light one second to travel this distance, it took Prino, give or take a few leap-seconds, 966,674,160 times longer.
- Best Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas traveler (distance-wise) for the club years of 2001/2, 2007/8, 2011/12 and 2012/13.
- He is the executive producer of "North", a short movie by Sarah Franke.
- He is the author of a set of programs to extract various statistics from notes made while hitchhiking, a short description of them can be found on Prino's Programs.
On the web
- Ich fahre schnell… (Originally published on 2015-12-31)
- A long look back (Originally published on 2014-12-29)
- Justina & Maarten (Originally published on 2012-04-11)
- 2011, a review (Originally published on 2012-02-27)
- VAK-15 - no escape from hitching to the middle of nowhere (Originally published on 2011-10-26)
- Trip 1, 1980 (and as a bonus, trip 103, 2011) (Originally published on 2011-10-09)
- Raststätte Hopping (Originally published on 2011-08-13)
- Numbers, numbers, numbers (Originally published on 2011-05-28)
- Inga (Originally published on 2011-04-29)
- "So where do you sleep?" (Originally published on 2011-04-14)
- Looking back on 2010, a very good hitchhiking year (Originally published on 2011-03-13)
- Close, but no cigar… (Originally published on 2010-09-20)
- A trip to Denmark and Liechtenstein (way back in 2000...) (Originally published on 2008-10-22)
- Records are there to be broken... (Originally published on 2008-08-30)
- A quick trip through eight countries (Originally published on 2008-08-05
- Oostende (B) - De Bilt (NL) and back (Originally published on 2008-05-15)
Mentioned in a Master's Thesis
On Live on the road's Videos on Vimeo
Prino by Sarah Franke
On the website of the Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas
In his daily life he is an analyst programmer with nearly 30 years of experience in PL/I and somewhat less in DB2, CICS, REXX and IDMS. He is the author and maintainer of a set of REXX execs that can be used to convert legacy languages into HTML. He is also, since February 2003, the maintainer of the mini-FAQ for the comp.lang.pascal.borland Usenet newsgroup.
He is currently unemployed. A CV is available on request.
The origins of "prino"?
The name "prino" was "given" to him in 1974 by his chemistry teacher, Eelco Hessling. When going through the names in his teachers notebook, he could not read his own handwriting, called "Robert Prins" "Robert Prino". The name was taken over by a few of his classmates and has stuck ever since.
- email: robert(a)prino(d)org
- Skype: prinox
- JustVoip: madtruffi
- Hospitality Club: prino
- CouchSurfing: prino
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