User:Uncle sam01

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unclesam01 is a hitchhiker from Bratislava, Slovakia.

Current city: Brno, Czechia.

Countries Hitched

  • Turkey: 5,478 km
  • UK: 4,429 km
  • Poland: 3,364 km
  • Kazakhstan: 2,056 km
  • Slovakia: 1,790 km
  • Russia: 2,056 km
  • Czech Republic: 1,559 km
  • Austria: 1,397 km
  • Belarus: 1,351 km
  • United States: 1,336 km
  • Ukraine: 1,267 km
  • Japan: 1,160 km
  • Uzbekistan: 1,067 km
  • Serbia: 1,023 km
  • Iran: 1,010 km
  • Georgia: 944 km
  • Iraq(Kurdistan): 703 km
  • Bulgaria: 699 km
  • Turkmenistan: 682 km
  • Croatia: 640 km
  • Hungary: 530 km
  • Egypt: 387 km
  • Armenia: 382 km
  • Moldova: 356 km
  • Israel: 342 km
  • Slovenia: 328 km
  • Azerbaijan: 306 km
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina: 228 km
  • Ireland: 215 km
  • Morocco: 191 km
  • Belgium: 67 km
  • Canada: 48 km

Total: 36,992 km

As of October 8th, 2019.

Taken from hitchlog.com/personal spreadsheet (hitchlog unreliable since 2018).

(*)means I only hitched through the country

Records

  • Most distance covered with one driver:

This section now makes no sense... (managed to hitch a Ukrainian trucker twice in 2015 for a total of ~880km)

  • Longest single ride: 1,269 km

June 26 & 27, 2019: Horgos Border Crossing, Hungary to Izmit, Turkey. An attempt at Bratislava-Istanbul under 24hrs. Hitched this guy at the infamous Roszke-Horgos crossing. A Viennese plate and car full of stuff 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. The Serbs managed to fix the guy’s alternator and we set off just in time for rush-hour. 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 eyesight wasn’t the best. I also at that point hadn’t slept properly for two days, so it was a very trippy experience. We made it to Kapikule by midnight, where we decided to call it a day, only to set off at around 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 (we even got interviewed on camera...). I got off at a gas station in Izmit, chilled for an hour and 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: 1,276 km

June 27/28, 2019: Kapikule Border, Turkey to Elbistan, Turkey. A deliberate attempt at best 24hrs. The first part of this 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. We didn’t talk too much, as the guy didn’t seem too communicative and his English wasn’t great, although he’d lived in 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 to Elbistan very late (around 1am).

  • Best 48 Hours: 2,521 km

June 26/28, 2019: Bratislava to Elbistan, 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...

Planned Trips

  • Ukraine(entering through the famous split village), Moldova(+Transnistria) (2019), Romania
  • Serbia(Vojvodina, visiting Slovak villages), Romania (Banat, visiting Czech villages), Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro
  • Iran+Kurdistan (you know which country I'm talking about) + Central Asia (2019)
  • UAE, Oman, Saudi, Jordan, Cyprus
  • Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, possibly Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria
  • Russia to Japan (via Sakhalin)
  • Wildest of all, although apparently not entirely impossible: Bratislava to Ushuaia, including the Bering Strait via Magadan, Chukotka and eventually Nome, Alaska - would require a lot of outdoor camping experience, expensive, extreme cold outdoor gear, permits, media coverage/support and a good will/marketing deal with a local Alaskan airline (Chukotka to Alaska flight)
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