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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A run-in with winter

After the Montana capitol building we walked a mile or two down to the highway to head north to Shelby. Well that was the plan anyways. We found a busy onramp and parked ourselves, thinking it wouldn’t take long to find a ride.

Four hours later we were standing in the same spot, but a lot colder. We were contemplating what to do, when an American beacon of hope gave us the answer. Wal-Mart. We hauled our stuff over and wandered around, thawing our bodies and searching for a plan. The plan came in the form of gloves, thermal underwear and new socks. Confident we were now set to tackle the Montana winter, we returned to the same spot as before. Another hour hitchin’ in the dark, but no rides came. The cold even gave us a chance to try out some new moves to add to our hitchhiking guide. We came up with 'the shiver' and 'the frozen plea'. Both are similar, make yourself look as cold as possible and hope a passing motorist takes pity on you. Nobody took pity and we decided to pull the plug and find somewhere to stay. But before leaving we got some cool photos:

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We found a cheap motel, thinking we needed to be back in the same spot at the on ramp early in the morning. Then we decided to check the phone messages. Greg, a local Helena resident left a message saying he could take us north to Shelby in the morning. Perfect, exactly where we needed to be. You see, Nick from Leisure Travel Inc. of Minneapolis set us up with some Amtrak tickets from Shelby, MT to Minot, North Dakota. The plan is falling into place…

1 Comments:

Anonymous Gordon said...

Hey, the GPS just came online! Glad to see you made it to North Dakota without a serious case of Frostbite.

Oh, by the way, it's a good thing you got out of British Columbia when we did. Two days after you left we got nailed by record rainfall. It's been interesting to say the least.

Anyhow, hope you get a ride down to Bismarck!

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