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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Matt, Andy and the Buick

Matt and Andy saw us coming into Springfield this afternoon and acted quickly to set us up with a ride. The two Springfield residents gave us a call and offered a ride to Iowa. So in Springfield the Aussie boys passed us off to Matt, Andy and their Buick. It would be hard to match the fun of the previous ride, but we didn’t know what was in store for us.

Matt and Andy turned out to be the perfect people to meet. They are both on their way to all 50 states as well, with 48 done they have only Alaska and Hawaii to go. Matt even promised not to cut his hair until he goes to number 50. While working towards this goal they put about 25,000 miles on the Buick since March, combined with working full-time and going to school.

Andy gets the “sucking it up and bringing it” award. He had surgery on Wednesday morning to repair some damaged tendons in his right arm. Instead of resting or recuperating, Andy joined us for the trip. Not to forget about Matt, he blew off working on a project and studying for a test on Thursday.

Both guys are all about spontaneous road trips. They’ve been known to drive a couple thousand miles to try a burger in Pennsylvania, go without warning to the beach in Florida and double on a Honda Goldwing to the Harley Davidson rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Both guys even come with random, but very impressive talents. Andy is an Etch-A-Sketch master, while Matt can do this:



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They took us up to the world’s biggest truck stop on I -80 in Iowa. You must see this area to fully understand. We arrived at night, so it was hundreds, if not thousands of rigs lined up far into the distance, all idling for the whole night. The building is better described as an interstate castle; it has different levels, branches and rooms stretching in every way. They sold everything inside from food to dolls to a mace. Who buys a mace at a truck stop? Or better yet one of these?

Out of all the stuff being sold the shirts below were the best. Don’t just look at this photo, open it up and carefully examine it to get the true meaning of the garments. We asked the big, intimidating trucker took the photo for us what his favorite one was. None of us saw it coming when he chose the purple unicorn one Matt is wearing.

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We were looking for a Basset Hound shirt for Matt, but unfortunately they didn’t have one. You see, Matt, like Scotty is a Basset enthusiast. Matt even owns a Basset named Norman. Norman is from Alaska, and has record breaking ears. Well, fortunately Scotty had a Basset Hound shirt with him, and passed it on to a fellow Basset lover.

To celebrate his new shirt Matt did this:



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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI,
NOT E-MAIL THIS TIME/
WHAT I RIDE YOU HAD..SORRY WE DIDN'T MEET, BUT YOU HAD SO MUCH MORE FUN WITH THOSE TWO GUYS. IT WAS WITH A TWINGE OF ENVY,THO, WHEN I WATCHED THAT RED LiNE ENTER ROCK ISLAND COUNTY AND COME SO CLOSE TO OUR HOUSE AT THE I-80 BRIDGE. GOOD TIME AT THE WALCOTT TRUCK STOP, WASN'T IT?
bam

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