Our names are Scotty and Fiddy and we hitchhiked to all 50 state capitols in 50 consecutive days. We started in Times Square on October 10th 2006 and ended in Honolulu on November 28th 2006. It was awesome. Email us: hitch50@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone who made it possible, it was fun! Read about our trip here.
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Monday Night Lights

Domenic dropped us off in Williamsburg just north of the Kentucky/Tennessee border. We said goodbye and walked to the highway on-ramp. After a few short minutes of hitchin’ a nice new Nissan pulled over. We jumped in and met Ray. We got talking and Ray loved the idea of Hitch 50, enough to invite us to come see the local football game. We agreed without knowing the magnitude of the game.

We arrived at the field to realize there were two games going on; two championship games. This was the South-East Kentucky Middle School Championships. What a sweet deal. We were kicking ourselves a bit because we missed the St. Louis Cardinals winning the world series while we were about three hours away in Branson, but we get two championship games here, so it turned out alright.

Ray has two sons, Raymond and Ryan, who both play football, but not in this league. But Ray is the PA announcer at the game, so we had VIP access. Ray’s wife Carol set us up with some burgers, introduced us to the locals and we were set. Ray even made a PA announcement about us and our Hitch 50 project. The friendly Kentucky crowd of about 500 greeted us with a huge round of applause. I don’t think we’d get that kind of welcome in St. Louis.

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The first game ended with the Corbin Redhounds beating the Meece Briar Jumpers 14-12, but it was the second game that stole the show. These kids are only in grade 8, but they can sure play. The hometown North Laurel Jaguars have never been ranked first, and have never won the championship game, but they were poised today.

The game against the Clay County Raiders was intense and the crowd was buzzing. Watching the crowd was almost as fun as watching the game. Every person in the crowd showed such pride for their team, their relatives and their friends. The old man sitting beside me was the strong silent type, but his emotion broke through with quick flinches of his arms and a gleaming smile every time is grandson took the ball and ran over the opponents. The little girl at the front of the bleachers with the painted face proudly danced back and forth waving a home made cardboard sign saying “#43 is my brother”. This may not be the big leagues, but seeing the emotion and humanity of this small Kentucky town was a much greater experience than we could have imagined.

The final score was 12-0 for the hometown Jaguars. The entire town celebrated with the team on the field after the clock hit zero. Congratulations guys, you deserve it.

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