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Thread #76279   Message #1370783
Posted By: Allan C.
04-Jan-05 - 08:12 AM
Thread Name: Riding the freights
Subject: RE: Riding the freights
Garg mentioned putting boards on the rods. I imagine my uncle would have thought that a good idea. Back in the '30's, when he headed for California from Texas, he used his belt to strap himself to the rods. He said that he eventually drifted off to sleep (from exhaustion) and awoke feeling the ties whipping against his hair. His body had relaxed or else his belt had sagged enough to put him into harm's way. The experience was not one he ever repeated.