- 1 Introduction
- 2 The longest distances passed on land during the 24 hours period
- 3 All life hitchhiking
- 4 The longest rides with one car
- 5 One year hitchhiking record
- 6 The longest journey
- 7 Longest waiting time
- 8 Visited Countries
- 9 The largest deviation done by a driver
- 10 Most picked up hitchhikers
- 11 Reaching the farthest point north
- 12 Reaching the farthest point south
- 13 The highest point on land
- 14 The highest temperature
- 15 The lowest temperature
- 16 The highest speed
- 17 Slowest hitchhiking between two points
- 18 The largest sum of money that was given to a hitchhiker by a driver
Please pay attention to this fact – there are not the officially proven records. There are only claims of hitchers about their extremes. This list of records is for us – hitchhikers (we should be happy for our colleges, not to be envious!), for novices who do not know anything about hitching, but they are proud of their only travel abroad.
The longest distances passed on land during the 24 hours period
- 2777 km (1736 miles), according to Pavel Trcala, from Czech Republic. Time 28 November 1998 7:30 a.m. - 29 November 1998 6:30 a.m. The route: Miami to Chicago via Jacksonville (Florida), Savannah (Georgia), Columbia (South Carolina), Asheville (North Carolina), Knoxville (Tennessee), Lexington (Kentucky), Toledo (Ohio), South Bend (Indiana), and Harvey (Illinois). The route was done in five lifts.
- 2750 km, according to Vladas Sapranavicius, member of Vilnius Hitch-hiking Club. Time: 21 August 1996 10 p.m. – 22 August 1996 10 p.m. Web destination counter ViaMichelin gives as expected travel time for Almeria - Potsdam: 24 hours and 51 minutes. The route: Almeria (E) – Murcia (E) – Barcelona (E) – Montpellier (F) – Lion (F) – Frankfurt (D) – Potsdam (D). 4 lifts (Almeria – Montpellier; Montpellier – Lion; Lion – Salzgiter; Salzgiter – Potsdam). The average speed (with waiting for the ride + a cup of beer in the restaurant): 115 km/h. The maximum speed: 170 km/h.
- 2318.4 km, according to Robert Prins, hitchhiker from the UK. It was done by 4 lifts in Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria and Germany during 20.47 hours. Start of the first lift at the border between Greece and Yougoslavia, end at the Siegburg (south of Koln) motorwy service in Germany. The second lift till Remscheid motorway service, just North of Koln. The third – till Ostetal (before Hamburg) and the fourth – till Hamburg Stillhorn motorway service.
Note: This record was only included in the 1991 edition of the GBOR. The actual entry on page 179. Full details of the four rides that led to this record can be found here.
All life hitchhiking
- Alexey Vorov, president of Sant Petersburg Autostop League (PASL). He has covered about 1,973,650 km (from 14th September 2015) by hitch-hiking. Hitching experience – from 1977 in Sant Petersburg Autostop League. He is still hitchhiking, so it is not the finished number.
- Benoit Grieu, French hitch-hiker. Started his trip in 1979 and since then all the time on the road. During this trip he has covered about 1,500,000 km. He hitch-hiked some years for more than 100, 000 km/year and he hitch-hiked currently more than 50, 000 km every year. He travel 3 continents and about 15 countries every year.
- Stephan Schlei. He claims 941,500 km
The longest rides with one car
- L.J. Gordon from Western Australia. He started from Whitepark Bay Youth Hostel in Northern Ireland, where four Americans in a Combi Van gave him a lift through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Andorra and into Spain. They covered an astonishing 7107 km before parting company.
- Alexey Anofriev from Vladivostok (Russia) hitch-hiked from Vladivostok (23 May, 2001) to Shimanovsk (the finish of the road) and got a lift to Samara there. From Shimanovsk to Shilka on the railroad platform together with a car and from Shilka to Samara by car (Toyota Celica). Totaly it was about 6800 km long lift since 28 May till 4 June! After drivers went to Krasnodar and Alexey to Saint Petersburg. He arrived to Saint Petersburg on 7 June, 2001.
- Benoit Grieu, French hitch-hiker didi about 6000 km in one lift from Anchorage (Alaska) to San Diego (California).
One year hitchhiking record
- Benoit Grieu, French hitch-hiker during 4 or 5 years (for exemple 1989, 1993, 1995, 1997) hitchhiked more than 100,000 km per year (in 1995 - 113,000 km).
- Alexey Vorov - 78,800 km. It was done in 1991.
- Vilmantas Trumpickas from Vilnius Hitch-hiking Club has covered 56,000 km during the year 2010.
The longest journey
- Benoit Grieu has been hitch-hiking since 1979 and still hitchhiked every day until he disappeared on his way to Nepal in 2011. During these years he covered about 1,500,000 km not staying more than 3 months in one place.
- Expedition “Autocolumbus” by Sant Petersburg Autostop League in 17 February 1992 – July 1993. The trip started 4 hitchhikers: Alexey Vorov, Mikhail Dutkevich, Kiril Baranov and Victor Grigor’ev, but finished only Alexey and Mikhail. The route was around the World via 25 countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America. The length of the route ~83,000 km.
Longest waiting time
- Alexey Vorov. He waited for a lift 3 days in Chucotka, Far North, Russia to move 50km and then waited another 3 days for the second lift in country Komsomol'skij till got a lift to Majskij (50 km). The minimum temperature in his travel was -55°C in country Tyoplyj Kluch (Chucotka).
- Benoit Grieu, French hitch-hiker, has hitchhiked in about 170 countries.
- Pavel Trcala, hitchhiker from Czech republic. He has hitchhiked in 108 countries.
- Anton Krotov has hitchhiked in almost 100 countries, as probably have a few other people, although we do not know their names right now.
The largest deviation done by a driver
- Neringa Raulusonyte and Kristina Zukaite from the Vilnius Hitch-hiking Club. They got a ride from a 55 years old German driver with a Toyota Corolla, which was going just 50 km. However, later he offered them to prolong the lift according to their wishes. The driver gave them a ride using the route Berlin - Frankfurt/M - Koblenz - Luxembourg - Paris - Bruxelles - The Netherlands - Hamburg - Berlin - Torun - Kalvarija - Vilnius. From 29/08/2001 until 04/09/2001 the girls covered 4000 km in the same car. So total deviation from driver's route was - 3950 km (drivers way back is not included).
- 600 km (at least) to one side. It was for three hitch-hikers from the VGTU Tourist Club, Lithuania. The lift was given on the Lithuanian – Polish border. The driver should go to Czech Republic, but after he spoke to one of the hitchhikers, he took them till the Germany border (Szczecin). After the crossing the German border he went back to Poland and after to Czechia. Also he gave them 150 EEK (~11 USD). These hitchhikers were: Vladas Sapranavicius, Jovita Garnyte and Asta Ruzgyte.
Most picked up hitchhikers
- Dieter Wesch, the self-styled 'King of Hitchers', who was spending his Sundays patrolling the Autobahn between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, giving lifts to hitchers stranded at petrol stations. Every hitcher should sign in his guest-book. There was given a number from the guest-book - 9528. It's probably not a last number.
- Jim Sanderson (‘Angel’). He has about 5000 photos with the hitchhikers he gave a lift to (mostly in pairs), so he has taken around 7500 people. Mr. Sanderson lives in New Zealand. He has in the 9 years since 1988 filled 7 guest books, 27 address books and dozens of photo albums.
Reaching the farthest point north
- Island of Dunay, north of Tiksi, North Russia, 73°56'. It was done by Konstantin Savva from Moscow Hitch-hiking School (Russia) and his girlfriend Polina Kuleshova on September 2002.
- Urung-Haia, North Russia, 73°. It was done by Konstantin Savva from Moscow Hitch-hiking School (Russia) on May 2002.
- Tiksi, North Russia, 71° 36'. It was done by Andrey Sapunov and Alexandr Dmitrievskyi' from Ukrainen hitch-hiking club "Mainroad" (Ukraine) on autumn 2002.
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Reaching the farthest point south
- Scott Base, Antarctica, 77° 51'. Hitchhiker from USA Benjaman Bachelder hitched 5 km from McMurdo Station to Scott Base in December 2005. The same month he even held a seminar on hitchhiking in Antarctica and got a ride in a snowmobile.
- Ukrainian research base"Academic Vernadsky" in Antarctica (photo), 65° 15' - reached by Argentinian hitchhikers Juan Villarino and Laura Lazzarino in 16 November 2010. They got a free ride to this base from cruiser "Ushuaia", belonging to cruise company "Antarrply Expeditions" 20 km South from Ushuaia, Argentine, 54° 48'.
- Arndt Writzel from Germany cut a record of The farthest point in the South. He reached Ushuaia town in southern Argentina in 2001 02 03.
The highest point on land
- Mountain Everest base camp in Nepal - 5,400 meters. It was done by Czech hitch-hiker Pavel Trcala. He got the ride from Everest Base camp two days after climbing Everest on his return to Kathmandu on 1 June 2005. Later the same place was also conquered by several other hitchhikers: Nuutti Palonen (Finland), Radha Krishnan (India) and Tai Häring (Germany). They also hitch-hiked to Mt Everest base camp from Shigatse in August 2005 and then hitch-hiked to Nepal from Mt Everest
- Gyatso-La mountain pass in Tibet, on the way from Lhasa to Nepalese border - 5,220 meters. It was done by two Polish hitch-hikers Kinga and Chopin in 11 May 2003.
- The mountain pass in the Andes, South Peru – 5,100 meters. It was done bye Alexey Vorov, president of PASL (n.4) and Mikhail Dutkevich, member of PASL n.29 in May 1993.
The highest temperature
- +55°C. It were for hitchhikers, Alexey Vorov, president of PASL (n.4), Andrey Kuritsin, member of PASL n.19, Ol’ga Bandurko, member of PASL n.35, Andrey Leipi, member of PASL n.36 and Nadezhda Makarova, member of PASL n.18 in summer 1981 near Ashchabad, Turkmenistan.
- +52°C. Bertrand hitchhiked from Abu Dhabi airport to the city center. 19th August 2015.
- +50°C. It were for hitchhikers from Vilnius Hitch-hiking Club expedition to Iran and Pakistan Vladas Sapranavicius and Inga Garnyte in ancient city Bam (S. Iran) in middle of July, 1999.
The lowest temperature
- –63°C. It was for hitchhiker Elena Saturova, member of PASL n.49 in January 1992 between Ust’-Nera and Sasuman in East Yakutya, Russia.
The highest speed
- 310 km/h, according to Andrius Papickas and Viktorija Aksionova from Lithuania. It has happened on April 14, 2004 in Germany, between Fulda and Dresden, when travellers were returning home from Spain. The car was "BMW 550" ("Alpina").
- 300 km/h, according to Linas Migonis from Lithuania. On June 1, 2007, on the route Berlin - Leipzig he had a lift with 4 seated "Maserati". The drive has attended a driving lessons of Formula-1 racer.
- 292 km/h, according to Veit Kuehne from Dresden, Germany. He got a ride with a young driver (car "Audi") on a highway between Dresden and Chemnitz in July 2008.
Slowest hitchhiking between two points
- Ruth Cleece from UK. She got a half-mile ride taking 45 minutes on a steam-roller.
- William Innes from Scotland, UK. He got a ride on a milk float on ‘collection’ day and it took 4.5 hours to travel 2 miles from North London to the start of the M1.
The largest sum of money that was given to a hitchhiker by a driver
- 500 DM, according to Sahin Sisic, from Holland.