Mudcat Café message #1351371 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76279   Message #1351371
Posted By: Abby Sale
08-Dec-04 - 06:17 PM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
I guess riding the rods (long, long gone) or hopping a moving train and managing to get inside would be pretty hairy.

My companions taught me to simply walk into the freight yard, make respectful inquiries of the workers which was the California-bound train (actually ask two or three workers, one might be wrong or, for a joke, send you the wrong way), pick out a pleasant (ie empty & dry) car and then leisurely climb on board. Never a problem.

I hitched twice across the US and a made great circle of western Europe and had fine and enlightening experiences throughout. Maybe I'm lucky. Or too stupid to get in trouble. I guess you just "pays your money and takes your choice."   Thinking back, the spouse and I also travelled on our honeymoon. Started out from New York City Jan 1st (you see...just too dumb to wait for spring) each on our own motorcycle. Neither would ride behind the other. Rode down the coast to Florida and across to New Awlenes. Had many enlightening experiences on that trip, too. But like yerself, I feel something may have changed over the last 30-40 years. Maybe next trip we'll take an RV.