Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is a state of the United States of America.

Oklahoma is a difficult place to hitchhike.

Law

It is not illegal to hitchhike from the shoulder or berm of a normal roadway in Oklahoma. The turnpike system is extensive and illegal to hitchhike on. As long as you are off the turnpike, the cops will likely do no more than lie to you about the law. According to Municode.com the cities of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Norman, Guymon, and Miami do not have separate city ordinances prohibiting hitchhiking on the shoulder or berm of a roadway.

Experiences

Most of the drivers will gawk at you and/or your sign out of a morbid curiosity, but often will not stop to offer a ride. Recently I had to get from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Texas on Interstate 40 (Old Route 66), and was stuck there for four days. Generally apathetic and unfriendly locals, although the truck stops extended a warm greeting during the inclement weather, as long as you don't harass the other patrons. Most rides will probably be short distances, from town-to-town, as many passersby are likely to be ranchers or farm workers.

I've had the unfortunate opportunity to hitch through Oklahoma 4 times. I have been harassed, lied to, and threatened arrest a few times by Oklahoma's finest. Each time it happened, I argued with them and continued to hold my thumb out to passing traffic as they were talking to me. None of them ever did anything about it. Rides were fairly difficult to catch except in the region around McAlester. If you can avoid going through Oklahoma, Texas is a much easier place to get through. Thewindandrain 17:44, 13 March 2012 (CET)

See the Texas page for a very similar description of the region. trash:Oklahoma