Author/Hitchhiker   38 comments


I have hitchhiked the United States for most of 19 years.  I am a Christian and I obey the Lord.  I had a book self-published in 2008:  High Plains Drifter:  A Hitchhiking Journey Across AmericaI also had a book self-published in 2012:  The First Time I Rode a Freight Train & other hitchhiking stories.  I graduated from Iowa State University in 1995 with a BA in English Literature.  I have been influenced by monastic and pentecostal Christianity.

A short story, “High Plains Drifter”, was published by Ethos Magazine (Iowa State University) in 1995.  Two poems, “Shiloh” and “A Prophet’s Eyes”, were published by Ethos in 1997.

The Things I Carry
Goodbye, Las Vegas
Obedience:  The Bondage Breaker


Author and Hitchhiker overlooking Jackson, Wyoming in 2011

Book Review:  High Plains Drifter
Excerpts from The First Time I Rode a Freight Train & other hitchhiking stories
Amazon’s Tim Shey Page

Hitch-Hikers Handbook
Hitchhiking Stories from Digihitch

“Thou must join in with the beginnings of life, and be exercised with the day of small things, before thou meet with the great things, wherein is the clearness and satisfaction of the soul. The rest is at noonday; but the travels begin at the breakings of day, wherein are but glimmerings or little light, wherein the discovery of good and evil are not so manifest and certain; yet there must the traveller begin and travel; and in his faithful travels … the light will break in upon him more and more.”

–Isaac Penington

My life, an offering
My Testimony
Walls of Jericho Revisited



“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”

–Walt Whitman


“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door,” says Bilbo Baggins. “You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


Luke 24: 32:  “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”


“Familiar with the roads and settled nowhere.”

–T.S. Eliot


” . . . and when I choose to travel in the beaten road, it is not because I find it is the road, but because I judge it is the way.”

–John Milton


“Remember us in the roads, the heaven-haven of the Reward.”

–Gerard Manley Hopkins


Psalm 39: 12:  “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”


“Don’t think now, take the road.”

–Oswald Chambers

Posted June 6, 2011 by Tim Shey

38 responses to “Author/Hitchhiker

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  1. Hey Tim,

    Thanks for checking out my writing and leaving a few comments. I’ve been enjoying your stories as well; it’s always nice to find another hitchhiking writer. Maybe I’ll run into you down the road somewhere.



  2. Thanks, Dave. I mostly hitchhike west of the Missouri River. Today I hitchhiked from northern California into southern Oregon. I should be heading north in a day or two. I am looking forward to reading more of your stories in the future.

  3. Hope your enjoying your journeys lately. It’s been a while if you can remember me :)
    Good to see you’re still writing too!
    Peace & blessings ~

  4. Tinkerbell: Yes, I do remember you. I haven’t done any hitchhiking since April. I am helping some friends in California. Looks like we will be branding some calves in a week. Take care.

  5. Hi Tim,

    Thank you really for reading and sharing my post in your blog. More than anything else, I am just grateful that the message of the Lord is spread as it should. Indeed, obedience is better than sacrifice and I praise Him for helping me obey.

    Your blogs and posts are truly inspiring.



  6. Cynthia: Thank you for your obedience to the Lord.

    Here is a blog you may want to read sometime:

    Scottish Warriors for Christ

  7. Thanks Tim, I actually visited the site yesterday and posted a comment on the “True Prophets” article. Bro. Frank responded too. Praise God.

    God bless brother…

  8. You’ve got a great site here and I’ll be back very soon! Thanks for visiting Cry and Howl and for commenting.

  9. Cry and Howl: Thank you for visiting my blog.

  10. Hi Tim,
    Thank you for dropping by. I should be hanging in here a lot as i should be needing some hitchhiking tips from you :)
    Those look like very good reads, thanks for introducing. God bless you and may you continue to obey the Lord wherever you go.

  11. itchyfeetme: Thank you for visiting my blog. As you travel, you will see how the Lord puts people in your path. If you plan on doing a lot of hitchhiking, you may want to check out this:

    Hitch-hiker’s Handbook

  12. Hi Tim, a little email told me that you had popped in to like a post on MisunderstoodGodBlog. Thank you for your thumbs up, (smirk). I never knew there were people who purposefully hitchhike around, but I’m sure it’s an amazing adventure, to say the least. You would be an interesting person at the dinner table, and to hear all of the things The Lord has showed you along the way. Here’s to serving The Lord together! Stay safe.

  13. Hey Tim! :)
    At the moment we’re running a hitch-hiking photo challenge on our website and you are more than welcome to participate with your shots.
    The best entries will be posted on our website with links to photographers’ pages.
    Here are the details:
    Happy hitching!

  14. HHH: Thanks for telling me this, but I haven’t done any hitchhiking since November 1st of 2012 and I don’t have a camera. I do enjoy looking at the photos on your website. Frodi Brinks has some really outstanding photos.

  15. Any chance your books are available in electronic versions?

  16. I don’t know if you can get it on Kindle.

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog, ForeWords, and hitting the “Like” buttom.

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  22. Hey Tim! How are you?
    We’ve recently had an interesting debate on our blog about whether or not it’s good for girls to hitch-hike on their own? What’s your view? We’d be really happy if you took part in the discussion having hitchhiked for so many years:
    Take care! :)

  23. HHH: I think that women should hitchhike with another woman or with another man. They should not hitchhike alone.

  24. Tim, I just received one of your books for my birthday and am looking forward to reading it. I met you years ago at my grandfather’s farm in West Bend and was so happy to talk to a fellow English major. My Bible study at church is studying witnessing and I am planning on sharing your story with the gals. I keep you in my prayers.

  25. Jen: Are you related to the Berninghaus family? I hope you like my book. Take care and God bless you.

    • Hi Tim,
      Yes, Irene was my grandmother, and Nancy is my mom. Blessings!

      • Jen: When you first mentioned your grandfather’s farm in West Bend, I thought of my and Nancy’s Grandpa Balgeman. I remember talking with you back in 1991 at the time of your grandmother’s funeral. I was a pallbearer at Grandpa Balgeman’s funeral in 1977. I was also at your mom and dad’s wedding, but I forget what year that was.

        It is funny that you received one of my books recently. I just walked several miles from Salmon, Idaho to my friends’ house and noticed my book (“The First Time I Rode a Freight & other hitchhiking stories”) on the table, so I signed it for them. God’s timing is always perfect.

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  28. Ah, lad…you’re living the life! Walking long distance is wonderful, such a precious way to touch the people and places around you. You must either be a distant relative..or a kindred spirit.

  29. The Lord called me on the road. His Providence provides for me and protects me. I just hitchhiked from Montana to a friends’ place in Idaho. I was bone-tired, so I have been able to get some rest for a few days. We are both in Christ: we are kindred spirits.

    Here is an Irish blessing that I just looked up on the internet:

    “If God sends you down a stony path,
    may he give you strong shoes.”

    My translation:

    If the Lord has you walk a narrow path,
    He will give you the strength to endure it.

  30. It is a sincere pleasure to meet you.

  31. Hi Tim:

    Thanks for your recent comments on my site! Wow, you really get around!

  32. Monastic and Pentocostal Christianity fit well into the hitchhiking lifestyle: a simple life led by the Spirit. I’ve not hitched nearly as much as you, but I see where you are coming from.

  33. Hi Tim! I love the article on forgiveness that you suggested I read the other day. Wonderful truths. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting my blog again and for ‘liking’ one of my posts. As you know, I am very new to this adventure of sharing my faith and healing journey, and I really appreciate your encouragement. Blessings!

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  35. What an interesting blog you have. Thanks for the pingbacks!

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