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User:Uncle sam01

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*'''Most distance covered with one driver:''' 883 kmJuly 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 daysThis section now makes no sense. Got this ride after a desperate, 2.5h wait near the border. Stayed (managed to hitch a night Ukrainian trucker twice in Samsun with 2015 for a friend and then hitched this guy completely randomly again the next day near of ~880km) *'''Longest single ride:''' 516 1,269 kmJuly 18 June 26 & 1927, 20152019: 'twas Horgos Border Crossing, Hungary to Izmit, Turkey. An attempt at Bratislava-Istanbul under 24hrs. Hitched this guy at the morning infamous Roszke-Horgos crossing. A Viennese plate and car full of Bayramstuff gave away this man’s Turkness like nothing else.His driving style was very Turkish, so he liked to speed and overtake fairly aggressively.Serbians obviously knew this and he had to pay a 150 euro fine. Then his battery died at a toll booth near Belgrade and I learned that this had already happened in Budapest the night before and it turned out he hadn’t slept since yesterday evening… I called the Austrian assistance service, which arranged a tow truck and got an unintended visit to Belgrade. Samsun The Serbs managed to Batumi fix the guy’s alternator and we set off just in time for rush- Georgian truckerhour. Driving like a maniac again, he got another fine in Bulgaria… The ride past Sofia was honestly quite scary. Darkness, shitty headlights and a sleepy driver, whose truck kept breaking down, while eyesight wasn’t the guy had to find an ATM best. I also at that would accept AmEx and point hadn’t slept properly for two days, so it was a place very trippy experience. We made it to top up his phone - needless Kapikule by midnight, where we decided to saycall it a day, it took 14 hours and I arrived only to Batumi set off at 3 amaround 8am towards Istanbul. Of course we got caught up in a 4 hour traffic jam, as one of the Europe-Asia bridges was partially closed (but [ we even got interviewed on camera]...). I got there off at a gas station in Izmit, chilled for an hour and that's what matters :)then the first car I approached turned out to be a 900km ride to Turkish Kurdistan!
*'''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:''' ~190kph
June 24th, 2017: Warsaw to Lviv, between Garwolin and Lublin. Polish IT guy on his way to see his family in Zamosc, which was great as he took close to the border really quickly. Approximate speed as I could not see the speedometer, but when I finally got my phone to check the speed, GPS said 185 kph and it seemed to me he was going slower than previously.
*'''Best 24 Hours:''' 654 1,276 kmJune 17th27/28, 20172019: Bratislava Kapikule Border, Turkey to WarsawElbistan, Turkey. A deliberate attempt at best 24hrs. 4 out The first part of 5 drivers were Polishthis journey was from the Kapikule Border Crossing to Izmit (as mentioned above) and the second ride (which is included in its entirety) took place an hour later (!) from Izmit (Shell) to Elbistan. The guy was Kurdish in a UK car. Hitched on We didn’t talk too much, as the highway guy didn’t seem too communicative and his English wasn’t great, although he’d lived in Bratislava Cambridge for quite a while. We did talk a little about Kurdistan and he’d even lived and worked in Libya under Kaddafi (which he mentioned towards the end of the ride and I had so many questions but no time….) We got picked up within 10 minsto Elbistan very late (around 1am). Beat previous record by only 14 *'''Best 48 Hours:''' 2,521 km (same routeJune 26/28, 2019: Bratislava to Elbistan, opposite direction)Turkey. A deliberate attempt at fastest possible hitching. See above. Achieved with 4 rides and took 43:30 hrs
*'''Most rides hitched within 24 hours:''' 15 rides
June 24th, 2017: Warsaw to Lviv, wondering through the Polish countryside near Zamosc while trying to get to a small border crossing with pedestrians allowed. Very little traffic and extremely sparsely populated (never seen a better definition of "middle of nowhere" and I've been to freaking Wyoming!) - lesson learned...

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