Your heart beats faster, lips go numb, stomach drops, and you feel happy, sad, and embarrassed at the same time when you see her? Congrats, man, you’re hopelessly in love. Does she know about that? No? You’ve gotta be kidding!
Hitchhiking, like trainhopping, is an activity that was intertwined with romantic images of independence and adventure in the Beat era and the 60’s, but has since hit upon hard times. It’s unclear which one now has a more sordid image in the mainstream imagination ~ while trainhoppers could be deadbeats and drunks, hitchhikers after all could be serial killers. And hitchhiking is illegal around prison areas because it might facilitate the getaway of escapees; in some states it is illegal everywhere, prison area or otherwise.