A Ride in Nebraska, Blue Highways and William Least Heat-Moon   9 comments

Dreams from the LORD 2007-2010
22 May 2008

Yesterday, I was somewhere between Bridgeport and Alliance, Nebraska when this car pulled over to pick me up. There were three guys in the car; I got in the back seat. As we started to drive down the road, the guy next to me asked, “Aren’t you from Ames, Iowa?”

I looked at him with a surprised look and said, “Yeah. How did you know that?”

He said, “I picked you up hitchhiking a few years ago and gave you a ride to Alliance. You made a photocopy of your book [High Plains Drifter] and gave it to me.”

I was stunned. We shook hands and then he said, “My name is Harold. I read your book and really enjoyed it. I passed it around to some friends of mine.”

It’s a small world. I remember making a photocopy of High Plains Drifter in Alliance for somebody, but I think it was more than a few years ago. I told Harold that he probably picked me up in 2001 or 2002.

So they drove me to Alliance and took me out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. The guy who was driving was Doug. Doug owned a junkyard nine miles from town; he let me and Harold stay at his place last night and Harold bought me breakfast this morning.

While we were eating breakfast, Harold told me that he was hitchhiking in Missouri back in the 1970s and William Least Heat-Moon picked him up and gave him a ride to Iowa. William Least Heat-Moon later wrote the book Blue Highways. I believe Blue Highways was a bestseller in the early 1980s. While I was living in Venice, California in the spring of 1984, I read Blue Highways and thought it was a very good book. I wrote William Least Heat-Moon a letter telling him how much I liked his book; he wrote me back, but I no longer have a copy of this letter.

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9 responses to “A Ride in Nebraska, Blue Highways and William Least Heat-Moon

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  1. Too cool!

  2. I think it is amazing how many people I have met twice on the road. I was pretty flabbergasted when the guy sitting next to me asked, “Aren’t you from Ames, Iowa?”

    “A Ride in Nebraska back in 2006 or What Goes Around Comes Around”

  3. I love Blue Highways too – one of the very best travel books in my opinion – the US and its people how they really are

  4. Blue Highways was great. Another good travel book is The Short Short Hitchhiker by Stanley Gurzce.

    The Short Short Hitchhiker

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  7. Hello. Been thinking about you. Hope everything going ok. Busy in Nebraska. Has been a few years since u stopped. Take care God Bless. Stop when in central Nebraska always welcomed.

    • Janet: I recognize your name. Do you live on U.S. 30 somewhere between Kearney and North Platte, Nebraska? Was it Elm Creek? I think I stayed at your place on a couple of occasions. I helped your husband move snow after a snowstorm the first time I was there–I think that was back in 2001. I don’t remember the last time I hitchhiked through Nebraska.

      I am no longer hitchhiking. I quit hitchhiking in January 2020. I am working for a friend in Idaho. I hope things are going well with your family. Take care.

  8. Please can you send some pics of Idaho, when you have time. It’s a place that keeps coming into my mind of late.?Hope you are Well,Kindest & God Bless:-) pennine (UK)

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