Irv Thomas did his hitch-hiking across a span of sixty years, his last such journey being a leisurely two-day trip from Seattle to Portland in 2003, at the age of 76. His early road trips were in the 1940s, and then he rediscovered the utility and the adventure of it when he gave up the automobile in 1971. The late-life re-engagement with the open road of the open thumb quickly revealed itself to Irv as a rewarding avenue toward a whole new range of self-realization, and a deeper view of reality. He tried to capture this in his writing, and much of it is available in a 2004 book titled Derelict Days... Sixty Years on the Roadside Path to Enlightenment. The library reference work, Whose Who in America, carries a short biography of Irv with the indication that hitch-hiking is his avocation of choice. You'll find his personal web site at .