Hitchhiking with Steve 1970

Hitching with Steve - Summer 1970

I had a friend in college at FSU, Steve.  We met in Kellum Dormitory at FSU in September 1969.  We used to hitch around town and to Gainesville. Later that same summer we hitchhiked to Louisiana,Texas, Mexico, Missouri, and beyond .  I remember starting many journeys along Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Florida.  This activity would “clear my mind” and I enjoyed it.  We saw new places and met new people. When I think of it now I remember the song, “Carefree Highway” by Gordon Lightfoot,  “Carefree Highway, let me slip away on you.....”

I write about my hitchhiking experience with a little hesitancy.  I hope if my sons read this they will not think this is an encouragement to learn some lessons or have fun by taking their life in their hands by hitching rides with strangers.  I also know better than to say to them, “things were different back then, there weren't as many crazies as their are today”.  It's just not true.  The late sixties and early seventies were also times of many insane acts of violence (Charles Manson comes to mind).

But, it's not so much the criminally insane you need to fear on the road, it's the......Continue

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