A few weeks ago, I hitchhiked from California to Wyoming. I stayed with some friends in Wyoming for a few days. They had some letters in a box that they were keeping for me. I took these letters with me as I hitchhiked back west.
One of the letters was from Gideon Elazar from Tsfat*, Israel near the Sea of Galilee; Gideon gave me a ride while I was hitchhiking west out of Helena, Montana back in August 2004:
I wanted to let you know that I received the disc with the book you wrote [High Plains Drifter: A Hitchhiking Journey Across America]. I read it all and enjoyed it very much. It was a view of America that I had not seen before. As I told you when we met, I too have done some hitchhiking in Israel and in Europe and I knew what it’s like to live on people’s kindness and on God’s grace. I think many people have a perception of the U.S. as a place full of dangerous people and would be surprised to hear about all the really good people you met.
I hope you are well, but I’m not worried because I know you’re being taken care of.
Be well and God bless,
*also known as Safed or Zefat
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