Ever try to hop a train?

This is some good stuff right here.

A teaser:

Combined with this, the usually unspoken implication was that it was mind-boggling that cute little women of our socioeconomic background were hitchhiking. I guess the dominant mainstream attributes a variety of vices onto hitchhikers and trainhoppers, most of which are associated with the poor and marginal underclass, and we didn’t seem to fit into those stereotypes

Joey and I did not find trainhopping to be a simple matter.

We dutifully did all the research [...]

However, while we understood the theory, we still struggled with various challenges in the reality of implementation.

Even after doing all the reading, I doubt I’d be able to do it, either.

I remember that Loren Eiseley wrote a fair amount about his train-hopping days in his book All the Strange Hours: The Excavation of a Life. It’s easy to get lost in his and other accounts of the people they meet and the reasons why they’re going where ever they’re going, without stopping to think about how one gets on a damn train in the first place. This blog post does an excellent job of highlighting the problems. Note that it’s just one post on a multi-contributor blog. Hopefully the next ones in the series will show up soon.

Read the full entry: HITCHHIKING & TRAINHOPPING — Part I

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