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Originally Posted by paul2432
Has anyone had luck asking for rides at gas stations or truckstops to get to the start of a tour (or back home)?
I've hitched a couple of times from locations where I could talk to the driver for a few minutes to explain the situation. You can't be bashful, but of course you've gotta be polite and look as nice as possible.
I have 'bribed' for a ride with an offer of money. "Anyone here with a pickup going to Podunk. I'll pay for a lift." Worked twice, didn't work once. Got the rides and they both refused money.
In your situation, with time for a little planning, I'd make me a sign "Need ride to Walsenburg" and just stand with it and my loaded bike in front of the truck stop. Sooner or later, you'll get the lift you need.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me