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    Default Thoughts on hitchhiking during the zombie plague?

    I have an upcoming trip (postponed from last year) that would normally involve a short (30 mile) hitchhike between the traihead and a bus stop. I did mention "normally", because, well, I don't know if things are really all that back to normal yet.

    Maybe it's too early in the season to be asking these questions, and perhaps the situation will evolve as the year moves along, but I would appreciate hearing your perspective.

    Assuming you are the type of person who is okay with hitching between locations, what are your thoughts concerning hitching during our current health situation (ie, would you still expect to get a ride)?

    Likewise, if you are the type of person who normally picks up hiker trash, what are your thoughts about continuing this practice?

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    People were getting hitches on the Arizonia trail this year. Go for it..
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    People were getting hitches on the Arizonia trail this year. Go for it..
    Nice to hear that, thanks.

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    Not in the US but here in the Alps, the numbers of people being outdoors multiplied during the pandemic, simply because it was one of the very few things people were allowed to do: Hiking, skiing etc.
    With way more people outdoors than usual, the number of cars traveling to and from trailheads increased as well.
    What I noticed: Walking with a backpack along the access road hiker-style, almost every car driver would give a questioning sign if I wanted to get picked up.
    Hitchhiking seemed to never have been that easy as during the pandemic.
    When entering a foreign car, I would always put on a facemask as a sign of courtesy.

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    I've done a little bit of hitchhiking, but I'm not particularly good at it.
    One mode of hitchhiking transportation (if legal where you are) I don't think is much affect by pandemic is riding in the back of a pickup truck. Had a recent day hike loop where the two ends of the trail were sperated by about a 4 mile road walk. Started walking the road, and any vehicle coming that even looked like it might be a truck, I stuck my thumb out for. Only hiked about half a mile before a pickup truck stopped for me.

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    Should be fine. Have a mask handy. I always pick up hikers when I'm back up north. Add that a lot of people have now been vaccinated and are likely less worried about contracting COVID, especially from someone healthy enough to be out hiking.
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    I hitchhiked on the Colorado Trail last year and had good luck. Only one ride took a long time to get, but that was due to the area being remote and few cars were on the road. I also got a ride at a trail head 6 weeks ago on the AZT from some section hikers. No problems.
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    I gave a thru-hiker a ride from Dicks Creek Gap into Hiawassee. I didn't have an issue because I had both vaccines
    The older I get, the faster I hiked.

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    Thank you for all of the responses, I'm glad to hear that assuming a thumb's-out posture is still valid in this day and age, and a viable alternative to hundreds of bucks on an Uber.

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