Monday, November 17, 2014

Europe - A Woman's Hitchhiking Guide




From Montreal to New York City

After being shown numerous pictures of Greece by my friend MaryLynne, I decided that was it, I’d give up school (for now) and hitch across Europe with her. A friend who loved driving insanely long distances said he’d drive us the 6-1/2 hours from Montreal down to New York City in order to catch a Fredie Laker flight to London - a bargain flight for $99.00.  We would buy our tickets in New York on a first come first serve basis. So at the beginning of June, Mary Lynne and I headed off on our big adventure.

Unfortunately, when Tom pulled up at MaryLynne's house, my ex-boyfriend was with him, being long time friends and cohorts. I smelled trouble but I held my nose. We passed the border without a problem; of course, in the good old days of friendlier relations you barely needed identification to get through immigration, just a wink and a smile from a Canadian neighbor would suffice. The drive through upper New York State is amazing, the lush Adirondack Mountains, the oldest mountain range in North America, the clean lakes and cold rivers and hundreds of acres of green pastures. In 1967 it was voted the most scenic highway in America. For good reason, but who knows what it's like now?