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How To Hop a Freight Train by Wes Modes

How To Hop a Freight Train by Wes Modes
by Wes Modes Originally published in Might magazine, October 1994 What to Worry About Safety is a big deal on the railroad. A rolling boxcar won't even flinch as it quietly rolls right over you in a sneaky surprise attack. Furthermore, accidents make everyone look bad. Don’t walk on the tracks. Some yards have a railroad cop. What to Bring Keep everything dark, dark clothes, dark pack, dark sleeping bag or blanket. You’ll be walking a lot and throwing your pack on and off of trains, so pack small and light — under 25 pounds. Don't forget to bring your patience. And think about warmth. Bring some sturdy gloves and boots to keep you safe as you scramble around on freight cars. Its nice to know where you are. Bring something to drink. Don’t forget to bring your patience. A quick checklist: Where to Catch-out Look for train yards in the forgotten part of town, the part of town with all the rough neighborhoods Find your local freight yard. There are freight yards in almost every city in America.

How To Travel The World For Free (Seriously) You can travel the world for less money than you spend each month to fill up your gas tank. WORLD TRAVEL is cheap and easy. In fact, with a little practice and effort, you can travel for free. The idea that travel is expensive and difficult is bullshit peddled by tour companies, hotel chains, and corporate media. The tourism industry doesn’t want me to reveal the simple secrets of free travel, but I’m going to share them with you anyway. 1. Travel frees you from the grind of daily routine. The joy of new experience is the most wonderful thing about world travel — and new experiences are free. The simple joy of being in a new place is just a matter of…wait for it…going someplace new. 2. The modern American economy is built on the false premise that people need to buy new goods and services all the time. People need fresh air, healthy food, clean water, exercise, creative stimulation, companionship, self-esteem, and a safe place to sleep. For fresh air, go outside. 3. Time is not money.

Boat Hitch Hiking A Practical Guide to Boat Hitchhiking Part of the Ecological Voyage Collection by Nans Thomassey In September 2008, Blue Rock Station Intern Nans Thomassey and his best friend Guillaume left France with the intention of hitchhiking around the world. With little more than the clothes on their back, a bit of water and a couple hundred dollars (Euros, actually) - they headed off on a three-year adventure. Their adventure has taken them halfway around the world so far - from France, to Spain, to the Canary Islands, to the Caribbean and on to Central America. Along the way, they have become experts at hitch hiking across oceans - getting rides on luxury yachts. In this practical guide, Nans shares what he has learned. Discover: Where to find a ride? This 34-page booklet is available in English and in French. Price: The cost of this electronic booklet is 5 € (Euros). It costs Nans about 5 Euros for each day of travel - so your purchase will extend his trip by a day.

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