Why the fuck would you consider hitchhiking, you crazy bastard?

This is the question I get asked most when I tell people of my plan to hitchhike across America, so it feels appropriate to kick off this website explaining exactly why I'd choose this method of transportation. First of all, it is by far the cheapest way to get around. As a broke college student, this can sometimes seem the only possible way to travel on a highly limited budget. And it leaves for what precious money I have on me to be spent on more important things, like food. Secondly, unlike other ways of traveling which get you from point A to point B - hitchhiking makes an adventure out of the journey itself. There is a certain sense of freedom which comes with vagabonding from town to town, never knowing where you will end up next. And although not for the faint of heart - if you enjoy a challenge, this is one of the toughest, most exciting, one anybody can overcome in the 21st century. It has been on my personal bucket list for as long as I can remember, and alas I think I am finally young and dumb enough to go for it. Thirdly! Throughout my life, I have always been a highly independent, rebellious individual. The thought of being alone on the road hasn't been much of a hindrance to wanting to go, and I actually think it may be beneficial to put faith in my fellow countrymen to make this journey possible. I want my perception on people to change for the better, and to make strong connections wherever I may find myself. Finally, the fourth and final (main) reason I want to do this, is because there are things I have yet to do and see in America. I want to sleep under a redwood, see the starry night sky in the deep country, eat southern cooked BBQ, and swim in the Pacific Ocean. Life would never be complete to me unless I adequately explored my own country, and this seems to be the most authentic way to experience America.

What the fuck are you going to bring with you to ensure you won't fucking die, you stupid fuck?

This is another great question I often get. To make it simple, I have here a list of all the equipment I've packed so far for this journey:
- A waterproof poncho
- 3-layered military sleep system with an intermediate cold weather bag, light patrol bag, and waterproof bivy sac all squished into one compression sac
- Jetboil personal stove
- Spoon
- 2 liter camelback
- Flashlight
- Personal hygene products: toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, soap and mouthwash
- Zippo lighter with extra fluid & flint
- Bic lighter and matches
- Mini frisbee
- Android phone
- Books! A Farewell to Arms by Hemmingway, The Fall by Albert Camus, A Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski, and (of course) On The Road by Jack Kerouac ;)
- Swiss Army Tourist pocketknife
- Extra pair of clothes, hoodie, and more socks than I can keep track of.
-Belleville boots, for footware
- Food and moneys

Where the fuck are you going, you reckless shit?

I am leaving from Central NY and plan to reach the Pacific Northwest by primarily hitching rides along the i-80 and i-90. If everything goes well, I may continue hitching south or go back eastward a different route. The main idea though is that I don't know where I'm going, or how I will get there. Everything will be improvised along the way.

When are you going to just give up on this pipe-dream and get a job, you commie hippie freeloader?

Hopefully never. But out of necessity, I will be needing to return to college by late August. Until that happens though, I'd like to be on the road for as long as possible.

Who the fuck are you?

My name is Eli, and I am a 19 year old student living in Upstate New York. Originally from the Adirondacks, I have since moved around much of the state and have recently settled down outside of Rochester to go to college at Brockport State University of New York. I am majoring in Environmental Science with a concentration in Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology, and have hopes to be a Forrester or Conservation Scientist after graduation. My family consists primarily of my two older siblings; an airborne combat medic in the Army Reserves and my sister who is in a Navy A-school for logistics. I have a love for humanitarianism, environmentalism, science and philosophy and am committed to constantly expanding my mind. If you see me around your neighborhood, please give me a lift.. (: