His recorded hitchhiking career started on 16 June 1980 at 7:47 and as of 22 February 2012 at 07:55 he has hitched 329,868.9 km in the following 32 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 and Slovenia.
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 hitch-hike records/statistics
- Career distance: 329,868.9 km (as of 2012-02-22T07:55)
- 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, see the link from Hitchhiking World Records for full details.
- Longest ride: 2,502.9 km, from Platamon (Greece) (1990-08-13T16:32) to Driebergen (Netherlands) (1990-08-15T12:54).
- Fastest ride: 190.2 km/h (average speed!), from Raststätte Aurach (Germany) (2010-06-14T20:06) to Raststätte In der Holledau (2010-06-14T20:50). There have been a multitude of rides where the highest speed has exceeded this value, with speeds up to around 255 km/h!
- Fastest trip: 3,076.7 km in 24:16 hours (actual driving time), from Oostende (Belgium) (2010-11-22T06:56) via Germany back to Oostende (2010-11-25T06:19).
- Exceed one Light-second: On 2011-02-02T10:47 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, 966,673,380 times longer.
- Best Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas traveler (distance-wise) for the club years of 2001/2 and 2007/8.
- 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
- 2011, a review
- VAK-15 - no escape from hitching to the middle of nowhere
- Trip 1, 1980 (and as a bonus, trip 100, 2011)
- Raststätte Hopping
- Numbers, numbers, numbers
- "So where do you sleep?"
- Looking back on 2010, a very good hitchhiking year
- Close, but no cigar…
- A trip to Denmark and Liechtenstein (way back in 2000...)
- Records are there to be broken…
- A quick trip through eight countries
- Oostende (B) - De Bilt (NL) and back
Mentioned in a Master's Thesis
On the website of the Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas
On Suite 101
In his daily life he is an analyst programmer with more than 25 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 (or sometimes madtruffi)
- JustVoip: madtruffi
- Hospitality Club: prino
- CouchSurfing: prino
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