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Hitchhiking in the ACT – better than Taxis?

By simbo - 2 December 2007 25

Last night, was driving towards Civic after dropping some friends off in Kingston, when happened across three young men walking along the bit where Wentworth Avenue turns into Bowen drive (map 69 , grid L15 for those of you playing along with the Yellow Pages)

As I was in a good mood, I decided to pick ’em up. My good mood was sustained enough to drive them out to Watson, on the basis that I wasn’t really in a hurry to get back to Civic.

Even better, the three young guys gave me $5 each, enough to pay my cover charge at the bodgy nightclub I went to afterwards with enough change to contribute to a drink…

In conversation as I was driving them, the local of the three guys (the other two were his mates from out of town) said that he usually does this, and usually gets a lift home fairly easily.

This sorta surprises me, as I’m not usually the kind of person who picks up hitchhikers (again, good mood and no urgent need to be anywhere probably helping).

So do other riotacters do this, and if so, do you usually get cash for your efforts? Or have I just got lucky?

And are there other riotacters who use hitchhiking as an alternative to the, ahem, troubled Canberra Taxi service?

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Thumper 8:29 am 05 Dec 07

Hitched all around Victoria for a few weeks back in the 80s, what a great time, drank their beer, ate their food, met their local wildlife….

Kind of like a wombat I guess…


simbo 11:27 pm 04 Dec 07

What tightasses! Only $5 for a lift that far?

Read the story properly. $5 each. For three of them. $15 total (well, actually, one of them gave me $6, so it was $16)

ant 9:19 pm 04 Dec 07

I’ve been pushing the Cab Xpress mob to the folk at work, to upset Aerial’s un-earned monopoly. And was very sad to hear today that one bloke has had them fail to turn up when booked TWICE. Very discouraging to hear that.

sepi 6:44 pm 04 Dec 07

If they offerred better public transport late on Friday nights, and there were more taxis, they would clear up a heap of drunk driving.

Absent Diane 5:05 pm 04 Dec 07

I have only ever hitchhiked once.. I would have been about 5 or 6.. myself and a friend went for an adventure to queanbeyan. He wasn’t convinced hitchhiking was dangerous and was older and bigger I couldn’t really argue. Needless to say it caused a lot of trouble.

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