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<h2>About</h2>[[Image:prino.jpg|right|thumb|200px]]Robert "<strong>prino</strong>" &#80;&#114;&#105;&#110;&#115; is a 55-year old hitchhiking grandfather of four, born in the [[Netherlands]], but now living in [[Oostende]] in [[Belgium]]. His <strong>recorded</strong> hitchhiking career started on 16 June 1980 at 7:47 and as of 9 February 2016 at 21:02 he has hitched 473,322.9 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 has also been to the [[United States of America|USA]] on two occasions, visiting [[Austin]] and [[New York]], but he has not done any hitchhiking during those visits. See details on his log[[User:prino/log|&nbsp;]]<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>of hitching trips. <!-- or a [[User:prino/map|map]]. --> 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. <h2>Some personal hitchhike records/statistics</h2>[[Image:prino-guinness.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Famous for 15 minutes...]]<ul> <li><strong>Career distance:</strong> 473,322.9 km (as of 2016-02-09T21:02)</li> <li><strong>Best 24 hour:</strong> 2,318.4 km, from Southern Yugoslavia (1989-07-05T00:00) to just before Rastst&auml;tte 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 [[Prino%27s_24-hour_record|details]].</li> <li><strong>Best calendar month:</strong> 9,936.4 km, July 1990 - 17 hitchhiking days, the [[De Bilt]] to [[Athens (Greece)|Athina]] part of [[User:Prino/log/log1990|trip 11]].</li> <li><strong>Best calendar year:</strong> 47,015.2 km, from 2015-01-04T08:30 to 2015-12-02T22:42 - 333 days (55 days on-the-road).</li> <li><strong>Best 365 days:</strong> 53,088.4 km, from 2014-09-16T09:47 to 2015-09-10T17:26 - 360 days (65 days on-the-road).</li> <li><strong>Longest ride:</strong> 2,502.9 km, from [[Platamon]] (Greece) (1990-08-13T16:32) to [[Driebergen]] (Netherlands) (1990-08-15T12:54), also in trip 11.</li> <li><strong>Fastest ride:</strong> 196.1 km/h (<em>average speed!</em>), from Rastst&auml;tte Fr&auml;nkische Schweiz/Pegnitz (Germany) (2015-05-27T06:05) to Rastst&auml;tte Fl&auml;ming (2015-05-27T07:49) - the ride included a refulling/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 Porsche GT3 on 2014-10-02 at about 22:40, when the digital speedo showed a speed of 269 km per hour. The highest speed in the here mentioned fastest ride exceeded this with a speed likely as high as 290 km per hour.</li> <li><strong>Fastest trip:</strong> 3,186.7 km in 24:32 hours (<em>actual driving time</em>), from Oostende (Belgium) (2014-01-27T07:20) via Germany and Luxembourg back to Oostende (2014-01-30T14:25).</li> <li><strong>Exceed one [ Light-second]:</strong> On 2011-02-02 at about 11:00 his <em>recorded</em> hitchhiking distance exceeded 299.792.5 km. It takes light one second to travel this distance, it took Prino, give or take a few <!-- 15? --> leap-seconds, 966,674,160 times longer.</li> <li>Best [ '''Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas'''] traveler (distance-wise) for the club years of 2001/2, 2007/8, 2011/12 and 2012/13.</li></ul> <h2>Projects</h2><ul> <li>He is an Executive Producer of [ "North"], a short movie by [ Sarah Franke].</li> <li>He is the author of a [ set of programs] to extract various [[Keeping statistics|statistics]] from notes made while hitchhiking, a short description of them can be found on [[User:prino/pascal|Prino's Programs]].</li></ul> <h2>On the web</h2> <h4>[ Prino's Blog]</h4> <ul> <li>[ A long look back] (Originally published on 2014-12-29)</li> <li>[ Justina &amp; Maarten] (Originally published on 2012-04-11)</li> <li>[ 2011, a review] (Originally published on 2012-02-27)</li> <li>[ VAK-15 - no escape from hitching to the middle of nowhere] (Originally published on 2011-10-26)</li> <li>[ Trip 1, 1980 (and as a bonus, trip 100, 2011)] (Originally published on 2011-10-09)</li> <li>[ Raststätte Hopping] (Originally published on 2011-08-13)</li> <li>[ Numbers, numbers, numbers] (Originally published on 2011-05-28)</li> <li>[ Inga] (Originally published on 2011-04-29)</li> <li>[ "So where do you sleep?"] (Originally published on 2011-04-14)</li> <li>[ Looking back on 2010, a very good hitchhiking year] (Originally published on 2011-03-13)</li> <li>[ Close, but no cigar…] (Originally published on 2010-09-20)</li> <li>[ A trip to Denmark and Liechtenstein (way back in 2000...)] (Originally published on 2008-10-22)</li> <li>[ Records are there to be broken...] (Originally published on 2008-08-30)</li> <li>[ A quick trip through eight countries] (Originally published on 2008-08-05</li> <li>[ Oostende (B) - De Bilt (NL) and back] (Originally published on 2008-05-15)</li></ul> <!-- <h4>[ Prino's Blog]</h4><ul> <li>[ A long look back]</li> <li>[ Justina &amp; Maarten]</li> <li>[ 2011, a review]</li> <li>[ VAK-15 - no escape from hitching to the middle of nowhere]</li> <li>[ Trip 1, 1980 (and as a bonus, trip 103, 2011)]</li> <li>[ Rastst&auml;tte Hopping]</li> <li>[ Numbers, numbers, numbers]</li> <li>[ Inga]</li> <li>[ "So where do you sleep?"]</li> <li>[ Looking back on 2010, a very good hitchhiking year]</li> <li>[ Close, but no cigar…]</li> <li>[ A trip to Denmark and Liechtenstein (way back in 2000...)]</li> <li>[ Records are there to be broken…]</li> <li>[ A quick trip through eight countries]</li> <li>[ Oostende (B) - De Bilt (NL) and back]</li></ul>--><h4>Mentioned in a Master's Thesis</h4> <ul> <li>[ Auto-stop Approche géographique (Sylvain Viard, 1999)]</li></ul> <h4>On [ Live on the road’s Videos] on Vimeo</h4><ul> <li>[ Hitchhiking with the master]</li></ul> <h4>Prino by [ Sarah Franke]</h4><ul> <li>On Vimeo: [ Prino]</li> <li>On IMDb: [ Prino]</li></ul> <h4>On the website of the [ Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas]</h4><ul> <li>[ Back home from the 4th IHHC]</li></ul><!--<h4>On [ Suite 101]</h4> <ul> <li>[ Thumbing Around: Robert Prins Writes]</li> <li>[ Thumbing Around: Robert Prins Writes]</li></ul> --> <h4>On [ Bernd Wechner's mirror of Suite 101]</h4> <ul> <li>[ Thumbing Around: Robert Prins Writes]</li></ul> <h2>Daily life</h2>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 [news://comp.lang.pascal.borland comp.lang.pascal.borland] Usenet newsgroup. He is currently unemployed. A CV is available on request. <h2>Trivia</h2>The origins of "<strong>prino</strong>"? The name "<strong>prino</strong>" 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. <h2>Contact</h2><ul> <li>email: robert(a)prino(d)org</li> <li>Skype: prinox<!-- (or sometimes madtruffi) --></li> <li>JustVoip: madtruffi</li> <li>BeWelcome: [ prino]</li> <li>Hospitality Club: [ prino]</li> <li>CouchSurfing: [ prino]</li></ul> {{user cc-by-nc-sa}}[[Category:Hitchhikers]]{{IsIn|:Oostende}}
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