Travels With a Road Dog
In the 1990's, I gave away my belongings and hitchhiked all around the U.S., Mexico, part of Canada, the Bahamas and Venezuela.
Here's the synopsis of my memoir:
At the age of 20, R.K. gives away her belongings to embark upon an exciting journey of camping and hitchhiking with only a cooking pot, blanket, tarp, and matches. She began her four year adventure at Rainbow gatherings, a type of wilderness festival. She spends many months traveling and living within this little known nomadic subculture that creates its own form of utopian communalism. With little to no money, her travels take her around North America from the dangerous streets of East Hollywood Blvd to a little known beach on Vancouver Island in Canada and even to the warmer climes of Key West, Florida. Along the way, she picks up a Shepherd/Lab mix dog for a traveling companion. During the mid 1990's when U.S. tourists were warned to stay away from Mexico she and a companion enter illegally into Mexico and hitchhike down the East coast through Chiapas and return up the West coast where she finds herself in the presence of a Mexican cartel. Her unique travel experiences continue when she hitchhikes a sailboat ride to the Bahamas on a boat with no engine and on to Venezuela where she experiences student riots and the anger of a madwoman. Travels with A Road Dog are the true stories of a young woman who discovers herself and the world around her through her radical love affair with the road. Not only is hitchhiking considered an unconventional way to travel, but it is rarer still that this journey was completed by a woman.
Even though this happened during the 1990's, there's a wealth of valuable info to be found for anyone interested in hitchhiking or the vagabond lifestyle! Feel free to let me know what you think!
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