User:Uncle sam01

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unclesam01 is a hitchhiker from Bratislava, Slovakia.

Countries Hitched

  • UK: 4,094 km
  • Turkey: 3,549 km
  • Poland: 1,524 km
  • Belarus: 1,351 km
  • United States: 1,336 km
  • Japan: 1,160 km
  • Czech Republic: 1017 km
  • Georgia: 944 km
  • Slovakia: 747 km
  • Croatia: 640 km
  • Serbia: 488 km
  • Armenia: 382 km
  • Bulgaria: 341 km
  • Austria: 271 km*
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: 228 km
  • Ireland: 215 km
  • Israel: 117 km
  • Belgium: 67 km
  • Slovenia: 60 km*
  • Canada: 48 km


Total: 18,587 km

As of June 18th, 2017. Taken from hitchlog.com (*)means I only hitched through the country

Records

  • Most distance covered with a single driver: 883 km

July 26 & 27, 2015: Ukrainian trucker in a Bulgarian truck who took me almost all the way from the Georgian-Turkish border at Sarpi to Bolu on my way to Istanbul within two days. Got this ride after a desperate, 2.5h wait near the border. Stayed a night in Samsun with a friend and then hitched this guy completely randomly again the next day near Merzifon.

  • Longest single ride: 516 km

July 18 & 19, 2015: 'twas the morning of Bayram... Samsun to Batumi - Georgian trucker, whose truck kept breaking down, while the guy had to find an ATM that would accept AmEx and a place to top up his phone - needless to say, it took 14 hours and I arrived to Batumi at 3 am(but I got there and that's what matters :)

  • Longest wait: 6 hrs

April 16, 2017: Atlanta, GA, various I-75 on-ramps. A cumulative wait time for 3 different spots. First was 3 hrs without any success, although 2 cars stopped (both going in the wrong direction). The second spot attracted an uber driver from Haiti after approx. 20 min., who took me for free to the next exit (about 3 miles, still deep suburbia). Third spot was completely hopeless and I gave up after 3 hours in the Sun and took a bus to Tennessee the next day. It was Easter Sunday, which might explain it...

  • Highest speed: 180 kph

August 8, 2015: In a 50 kph zone (although this speed limit wasn't really justified in that particular spot) Between Uzunköprü and Edirne, Turkey, brand new Skoda Rapid.

  • Best 24 Hours: 640 km

August 12, 2016: Warsaw to Bratislava on my way from Belarus. Got up very early and had some great rides along the way. Passed the 10k km milestone somewhere between Piotrków Trybunalski and Częstochowa.

Planned Trips

  • Ukraine(entering through the famous split village), Moldova(+Transnistria), Romania
  • Serbia(Vojvodina, visiting Slovak villages), Romania (Banat, visiting Czech villages), Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro
  • Iran+Kurdistan (you know which country I'm talking about)
  • UAE, Oman, Saudi (inshallah, if I get a transit visa), Jordan
  • Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia
  • Russia to Japan (via Sakhalin)