It shouldn't matter if there is a "problem with them" or not... hitchhiking is illegal in NYS and it should be checked out. Plain and simple.
Passerby concerned about why two women are hitchhiking on Route 19
Submitted by Howard Owens on September 14, 2013 - 10:50am
I think that it is NOT illegal in NY except on the thruway or expessways, but I don't have the NY Penal Law book right now......I'm sure another brother will post the actual law. Either way, it should be checked out, if for no other reason than the safety of the "young women"
I hitchhiked across the country (both ways) when I was 15. Met lots of great people and saw lots of great things that I later showed my wife and daughter. I also learned of so many people's views on life that helped shape my own outlook. Somethings cannot be learned by reading a book.
Yes, of course there risks - both for the hitchhiker and for the driver. If everything that involved risk were deemed "illegal" we''d never be allowed to get out of bed!
The year I graduated from high school (81) I hitch hiked the thruway using signs with the names of the next city down the road. I would sit on the guard rail at an entrance and I never had problems getting rides. I found a lot of times it was business people or military guys traveling long distances. I met some really cool people and had a few scary encounters. I'm glad I lived carefree like that for a brief window of my life.
Thanks for the carification Howard!
And on a side note, I had a friend from high school, he hitchicked all over ~ once to Alaska and once to Hawaii ~ he really did! The story goes, he hitchicked from Batavia, to San Fransico, and then stowed away on a boat headed to Hawaii!
Here's an update on Kai the Hitchhiker. Say it ain't so!
When I was young I read Jack Kerouac's On The Road and it set a wonderlust in me !
My best friend and I hitched across the US down into Mexico and up to Canada one summer. I have to say it was one if not the best summer I have ever had . We ran into a couple of scary times , Mostly this one pervert but mostly it was some of the neatest people you could ever want to meet.