No such thing as a free ride? A collection of hitchhikers' tales

Simon Sykes (Editor), Tom Sykes (Editor)

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In this entertaining volume, you'll find Governor General Award-winner Margaret Avison and American sci-fi novelist Piers Anthony rubbing shoulders with Blag Dahlia and Ben Bachelder. You'll read of Jello Biafra's encounter with shoe-eating cows, Alan Dean Foster's ride on a whale shark, and Kage Baker's hilarious account of actors broken down on Interstate 5. Filmmakers, politicians, stand-up comedians, poets, journalists, and carpenters all come together through the shared experience of hitching a ride.

Throughout the '60s and '70s — the heyday of hitchhiking — this form of travel was a key means of transportation. Today, people continue to hitchhike all over the world. Money never changes hands, but all manner of social transactions take place. Hilarious, sad, nostalgic, sometimes scary, and always entertaining, these travelers' tales will open your eyes and take you back — or forward. Just when you think you've heard it all, turn the page. You'll discover you haven't!
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBeaverton, Canada
PublisherGoose Lane Editions
Number of pages200
EditionNorth American
ISBN (Print)9780864925053
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2008


  • hitchhiking
  • travel writing
  • memoir


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