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Road to the Rockies: Hitchhiking part 7

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When you jump into a car and the driver has a multi-colored mohawk, it’s a good bet that you’re in for a treat. In my case, the treat was a ride all the way from Blind River Ontario straight through to Calgary. Me and Ben (the guy with the Mohawk) just took turns driving and sleeping until we hit Regina. We did check out Winnipeg on the way though, and I must say, it’s a really beautiful city. I don’t know why I assumed it would be dirty and grimy but it wasn’t, it was really nice. Now keep in mind that Manitoba and Saskatchewan were both flooding, and the highway actually just reopened right before we passed through. Everybody had…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 6

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My friend, Jeffrey, just happened to be in Ottawa and heading North towards Petawawa on the day that I was leaving. When he offered me a ride all the way to Deep River, which is about two hours North of the capital city, I quickly agreed and capitalized on the opportunity. Not only was it a free ride, but it was a lifesaver because hitchhiking is illegal on the 400 series highways in Ontario. This makes it almost impossible to hitch from right downtown and head out of Ottawa. We stopped in Pembroke to grab my new Gravite skateboard and have a bite to eat. Apparently, I was getting a lot of funny looks because of the size of my backpack,…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 5

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I have spent my fair share of time in Toronto throughout my life, and it really is a wonderful city. Within 30 minutes of arriving from Montreal, I was on a Go bus and headed directly for my sister’s house in Keswick Ontario. That’s where I kidnapped her shower for what felt like it must have been two hours. Once I was finished and feeling so fresh and so clean, it was time to meet my new great nephew and just kick back and relax with my family. At one point I was on the street skateboarding with my nephews, my nieces, and even a gang of other random neighborhood kids. This was more fulfilling than I can begin to…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 4

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  I am thankful for how much you have taught me, from the small towns to the big cities. The whole province delivered nothing but extreme highs met with extreme lows over and over. That being said, if it wasn’t so intense, I never would have learned as much as I did. So I wouldn’t change anything that happened here, even if I could. Originally, I was going to try and get a ride from a trucker by sitting at a truck stop with a big sign that read “Ontario”. That lasted about 25 minutes before I got bored and decided against it. So once again I headed down the on ramp to the highway. It took about 20 minutes…

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Hitchhiking Canada: East to West Without Regrets, Part 3

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After a few rainy days in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I was on a quest to reach the province of Quebec. So I skateboarded down the on-ramp to put my thumb out on the side of the highway as soon as the rain stopped. At first, it took me about 45 minutes to get picked up but once the ball started rolling I was getting one short ride after another with less than 5 minutes of waiting. Before sunset, I arrived at an Irving gas station and I decided to toss up my tent in the field behind the building for the night. This would allow me to charge my cell phone using the outdoor plug outlets located behind the Irving…

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