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User talk:Zenit

Hey Zenit, welcome to hitchwiki! :) Thanks for your contributions to St. Gallen, hope to see more soon ;) Cheers, --Platschi 08:32, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Will do my best. But I'm not getting around so much by hitchhiking, so I won't be able to create tons of new articles ;-)-- 10:54, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, that was me^^--Zenit 13:33, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for your work on the phrasebooks. Maybe you have some ideas about how to make it easier for people to add more phrases to it? guaka 16:12, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

I thought we could a) post a link to the phrasebooks and an invitation to edit them in a more prominent spot where more people with more language-knowledge could read about the idea and b) standardise it all a bit more and arrange it a bit better so it's more comfortable to edit, for example put all the languages in templates and use the 46 standard English phrases as a consensus which we should try and fill all the languages in with. Are you gonna be in Sines?--Zenit 18:04, 1 August 2010 (UTC)
I think b) is important to get to a). Not many Hitchwiki contributors are as comfortable with wikis as you and me. But I don't have clear ideas about b)
I won't be in Sines in August. guaka 22:41, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Your African edits inspired me to add some Bambara and fill in the Western African red links with stubs :) guaka 01:09, 7 April 2011 (CEST)


Trucks in Spain

Can you clarify this:

Spanish trucks, as of February 2011, cannot pick up hitchhikers any more and you'll be pressed hard to find an exception. Also trucks from the UK will very rarely pick you up for insurance issues. Zenit found German trucks to be your most probable candidate for picking you up, but that could also be because his native language is German. Prino 07:56, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
I probably can... if you let me know what's unclear to you ;-)--Zenit 13:34, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
Why can't they pick up hitchhikers? And how has that changed in February 2011? --MrTweek 13:44, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
I gotta run right now, but I'll fix it in a little while... anyway, there was some kind of new law in Feb11 about insurance or something. I'll look into it a bit more when I'm back. All the best--Zenit 13:52, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
Ok, so here's what I know... when I was hitching in Spain in early april, I met this Slovak hitchhiker who had been around Spain for some time. He told me that since feb11 spanish trucks can't pick up hhers anymore... now I assume that's because of some change in laws or something to do with insurance policies. I don't know for sure. It did make a lot of sense though with everything spanish truckers said when I talked to them about me getting a lift. Anyway, I'll try and make that paragraph in the article a bit clearer, see if you'll like it better.--Zenit 16:52, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
So essentially it's hear-say! I think we should get some kind of official confirmation of this before we actually put it on-line, e.g. does this only apply to Spanish trucks, or to all trucks... - I don't think the Spanish authorities can ban a second driver in a foreign truck ;) Prino 17:08, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
Yeah, it's hearsay. But so is a lot in this wiki, and the remainder is mainly non-empirical original research ;-) I tried googling a bit but I didn't find anything, not a surprise. I do think, though, that Spanish authorities could ban passengers in all trucks on their territory very easily if they were so inclined. but I don't think they would have, so I tend to think it's about insurance -- I also talked to spanish truckers in france and they were on about it as well. I'll rephrase it to hearsay, then ;-)--Zenit 17:38, 3 May 2011 (CEST)


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Liftarkungen: Hi Zenit, I was happy to hear that you noticed my hitchhiking-tag! Do you write your name as well on places you hitchhike from? Where are you from and what did you do at Järna?

Hey, yep, I added my tag as well :-) I do that on every trip before I lose my marker pen which always happens sooner or later :-) I don't like being from somewhere, but I'm not from Sweden - guess you noticed that :-) in Järna I was on my way from Stockholm back to continental Europe.--Zenit 15:03, 5 September 2011 (CEST) (btw: we usually use talk pages to, umm, talk, and maybe you could sign your posts by putting --~~~~? Cheers :-)

Thanks for the infoboxen

Thanks for all your edits man! It's great to see someone adding infoboxes to all those stubs I created :) Oh and let's ditch the red links on Oceania and Carribean before 2012 :) guaka 01:49, 6 September 2011 (CEST)

Hehe, somebody's gotta do it, right? It's very much on my to do list to catch 'em all :-)--Zenit 12:46, 6 September 2011 (CEST)

2000 Articles

Yes, you were right. Congratulations for creating the 2000th Article --MrTweek 12:58, 7 October 2011 (CEST)

US stuff

Thanks for contributing to the Idaho law page. I am glad the troopers were kind to you there. I am trying hard to build these law sections for the US, so if you have anymore experiences or information on the laws, I would love to see it.Thewindandrain 05:38, 31 May 2012 (CEST)

Glad you liked it :-) yeah, I've been in a couple more states and I'll be adding more stuff gradually. (Do you know Altan by any chance?)--Zenit 06:47, 31 May 2012 (CEST)
No, I don't know Altan? Regarding your contribution to Illinois: If you do morehitching in the US you will come to find that much of the law enforcement is clueless on hitchhiking laws. I added the actual definition of roadway to the Illinois page based on their statute book in chapter 95 so that there is no confusion. I have been told by police in almost every state I've been to at least once that it is illegal to hitchhike their whole state. If you stick to your guns and tell them you are going to continue hitchhiking because the "Definitions and General Provisions" subsection of their statute book clearly defines the word roadway as exclusive of the shoulder, they will leave you alone. Many of them will continue to threaten you, but none are allowed to actually arrest you. Welcome to America, this is how law enforcement handles things--through intimidation and terrorism.Thewindandrain 16:17, 31 May 2012 (CEST)
Pretty awesome song. -- Yeah, I've already found that... thanks for adding that, then! Is it in pretty much all the states that the roadway excludes the shoulder? That'd be super useful :-)--Zenit 23:55, 1 June 2012 (CEST)
My username actually comes from this beautiful song. Most states definitions of roadway exclude the shoulder, but there are a good bit of them that don't mention the shoulder in the definition (ie. Indiana). It's a good rule of thumb to hitch from the grass if you're not sure just in case. I added the roadway definition to most states, but there were a few I just never got around to. If you want to find out roadway definitions for a state, simply go to google and type "Texas law definitions roadway" with the given state, this works most of the time. If you do look up the definitions, it would be awesome if you add them to their respective article.
I think now all states should have definitions; I added Nebraska... seemed to be the only one lacking one. And I made a pretty map for myself with the laws of all the states :-)--05:58, 3 June 2012 (CEST)
  • Hey I really liked your idea of the hitchhiking laws by state color coded map that you posted on the main US page. I replaced it with a different one based on more recent information I researched including the addition of Puerto Rico. I think you will find this map to be more accurate. Please follow up with me with any questions as parts of your map confused me. Ie. north dakota and texas actually allows hitchhiking on freeways and montana bans pedestrians on some freeways. Furthermore you seem to have a lot of experience hitchhiking in the US and contribute a lot. Would you want to help me develop pages for cities in the US? I'm working on trying to build a page for every major city that I remember hitchhiking out of. I think the primary information people want to know about the cities is where to go to hitch out of them. nothing but time on my handsThewindandrain 08:19, 23 September 2012 (CEST)
Hey ya! Thanks for updating the map, then. Surprised about Texas, I'd love to field-test that some time :D I clarified some things in the Montana article as apparently it's illegal then to hitch on the Interstate, but nobody gives a rat's ass...
About the cities: I don't know how much I can help you there. I tried to avoid cities best I could and when leaving almost always I got somebody to drop me off at a decent Interstate onramp or something... I could give some half-decent pointers for Chicago and for L.A. - do you have any plans for those two? If not, I'll add what I know some time. Thanks for the work you're doing, eh! :-)--Zenit 21:03, 23 September 2012 (CEST)
Actually I just created the Chicago page yesterday. If you have additional info on hitching out of the city, go for it! Regarding Montana, it is similar to New Mexico in that some places allow it and some places prohibit it. I made a thread on digihitch a while back about my findings: [1] I called the DOT in quite a few states, so I'm fairly certain the list is accurate.


"Hitchhiking through, especially from and to the South, is not necessarily a lot of fun." This demands more details, don’t you agree. Perhaps you could start a new "Hitching in and around" section. CRCulver (talk) 22:38, 6 October 2013 (CEST)

Yeah... sounds all rather obvious once you've been there, but it would make sense to write it down anyway I reckon...--Zenit (talk) 05:30, 26 October 2013 (CEST)

Technical administration

In case you're still wondering, I have been doing most of the sysadmin work around here. Not in a very active way but if something needs to be done, I'll do it. Still care a lot about this project. guaka (talk) 21:19, 6 December 2021 (CET)

That's good to know, thanks. Would be a pity if one day we were left with the ever-degrading body of a beautiful project and nobody who knows how to take care of it :-)--Zenit (talk) 21:58, 6 December 2021 (CET)
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