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"Prino" is a 56-year old hitchhiking grandfather of four, born in the Netherlands, but now living in Oostende in Belgium.

His recorded hitchhiking career started on 16 June 1980 at 7:47 and he has hitched 508,670.6 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 USA on two occasions, visiting Austin and New York, but he has not done any hitchhiking during those visits.

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.

Some personal hitchhike records/statistics

Famous for 15 minutes...
  • Career distance: 508,670.6 km
  • Best 24 hour: 2,318.4 km, from Southern Yugoslavia (1989-07-05T00:00) to just before Raststätte 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.
  • Best calendar month: 9,936.4 km, July 1990 - 17 hitchhiking days, the De Bilt to Athina part of trip 11.
  • Longest ride: 2,502.9 km, from Platamon (Greece) (1990-08-13T16:32) to Driebergen (Netherlands) (1990-08-15T12:54), also in trip 11.
  • Best Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas traveler (distance-wise) for the club years of 2001/2 and 2007/8.


On the web

On Live on the road's Videos on Vimeo

Prino by Sarah Franke

On the website of the Vilniaus Autostopo Klubas

Daily life

In his daily life he is an analyst programmer with nearly 32 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 comp.lang.pascal.borland Usenet newsgroup.

He is currently unemployed. A CV is available on request.


The origins of "prino"?

The name "prino" 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. The name was taken over by a few of his classmates and has stuck ever since.


  • email: hitchhiker (a) prino (d) org
  • Skype: prinox
  • Hospitality Club: prino
  • CouchSurfing: prino
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