Today I did my first hitchhiking in six months. I was north of Alturas, California on U.S. 395 when this Christian truck driver named Chuck pulled over and gave me a ride to Lakeview, Oregon. We had a great talk about hitchhiking and the things of God. Chuck did a lot of hitchhiking years ago after he got out of the Army. He was originally from upstate New York and now lives in western Washington.
It was great to be off the road for six months. That is the longest time off the road since 1997-1998 when I was off the road for eleven months—I was working construction back in Ames, Iowa. For the past several months, I helped my friends work cattle, brand cattle, rake leaves, prune trees and other clean up work on their property and I did a lot of reading on the Internet. So it was time well spent.
It thunder stormed last evening with some intense rain and hail. There has been some scattered showers today. I really like the Warner Mountains and the Surprise Valley in northern California—it is also called the California Outback.
Looks like I will head north and maybe towards Montana.
[The photo above is the road to Santa Fe, New Mexico.]