Good Road to Follow…

good road to followEvery Monday I’m going to do a Hobo Sign to explain what it is. The first one is a “Good Road To Follow”. In the early years of Hoboes they’d mark signs for other Hoboes to follow. Sometimes good and sometimes bad. I’ll try and explain some of them for everyone.

This means that it’s a “Good Road To Follow”. What does that mean? Well it could mean it’s an easy road to walk, or road is full of friendly people, or plenty of food, really a lot of things. It told Hoboes that it was OK to travel that route. When you’re walking along think were you could put these that another traveler would see. They on buildings, walls, fences, back of signs, and any visible spot. Look around and see if you find any.

Old Cadillac – Nixon / Agnew

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I saw this old Cadillac, I found this at a local high school,  with the “Nixon for President” sticker on it! Being a Hobo I love it when people get their moneys worth out of things. The car needs some TLC but all in all it’s in great shape! I have a 2005 Ford Truck and I’m going to see how long I can drive the dang on thing. It’s ready for a new paint job and some seat covers but mechanically it still runs and drives great.

What sad is that most kids of today’s generation don’t know who Nixon / Agnew were.

A couple more date ideas…

These are my personal favorites…

Take a flashlight and go on a night walk through the woods. Everything changes at night! (maybe get adventurous)

and

Go Camping (check into a campground), with just a tent, sleeping bag, light, and your dinner.

The HOBO Favorite: 

Ride around the night before garbage day a try to see which one could spot the best treasure. We’ve actually found some pretty cool things doing this and made some lifetime memories!

Who would want to be a CyberHobo?

I was asked, “who’d want to be a Hobo or even CyberHobo?”

All I could think of is someone who didn’t want to be on someone else clock all the time. Someone who didn’t want the responsibility of owning a home, or worry about the IRS taking everything they have. Someone who wants to decide where they’d like to sleep, eat, work, and play every day. Somebody who didn’t just want a vacation 1 week per year but in this short life was on vacation every day. Someone who doesn’t want to hear their electric payment is late or their water might get shut off, or the cable company threatening to shut of the cable TV. Someone who doesn’t want a cell phone and can read all day. WOW… only Bill Gates can live like that. Nope Hoboes around the world wake up every day with the world as their back yard. We’ll fish for dinner, sing some song around a fire, listen to someone recite some poetry, and laugh till we cry.

Address Book

Something that is overlooked by a lot of travelers who plan to spend some time on the road is an address book.  I know it’s the information age and you have a laptop and phone… but, those can be stolen, broken, or simply a dead battery. Before you hit-the-road take some time to write down everyone’s information, including their email addresses. Ask your friends and family if they have friends/ family around the U.S. that would consider allowing you to sleep on a couch, with their  recommendation. So not only get your family and friends information but their family and friends as well. Even if it’s a backyard to camp in with a water hose shower and hopefully some leftovers for dinner. Make as many friends along the journey as you can. Offer to cut their grass and do some little chores to say, Thanks!

A “Travel Journal” is one of the most important parts of the trip

Travel is a time for growth, new experiences, and seeing more of the country or the world. If you’re going on a journey, you’ll want to remember everything you did. A travel journal is far more important to enrich your trip at the time and will preserve your memories of the experience for a lifetime.

 Before you leave:

Buy a durable hardcover blank journal if possible. If you’re on a tight budget, look for a bound notebook that will be big enough to glue in menus and programs but small enough to fit in your backpack or bag.

Make sure you have a good pen and some small colored pencils or a travel-size watercolor set for quick sketches. A small pair of scissors and a short plastic ruler will also come in handy. Buy a good quality glue stick. Glue a large clasp envelope to the inside of the back cover of the journal and put papers there until you have time to glue them into the book.

Get a small zippered pouch or large Ziploc bag for all your journal supplies — preferably a clear one so you can see what’s inside. Pack it your carry-on bag if you will be flying.

On your trip:

Very important… Date your entries! You may think you’ll remember but the days will start blending together real quick.

Collect ticket stubs, business cards from restaurants and hotels, paper menus or logo napkins, and other paper items that will add visual appeal and help you remember your trip. Put them in the clasp envelope in the back of your journal until you can incorporate them into it.

Glue in the information as you go along, or leave room to add items later. Liquid glue takes longer to dry than the glue stick, but it will hold in items better.

A digital camera and/or voice recorder would be great to document events as well!

Tips

*  Schedule time to make notes at about the same time every day. If you write in the evening, you can make notes on everything you did that day, even if you don’t have time to fill it out right then. If you write in the morning, you can recap the previous day and make notes about what you want to do that day. Then you can add details and glue in your paper items whenever you have time during the day, or even when you return from your trip.

*  It will be tempting to focus just on outward experiences, such as what you saw and where and what you ate, but it will be more interesting later if you include your personal responses to the people you meet and the places you see. Tell your feelings, and reflect on the meaning of your experiences. Try collecting email addresses from some of the people you meet to keep them updated on your travels.

Warnings

*  Details fade quickly, so don’t wait to write down important events, conversations, sights, contact information for people you meet, and notes on things you still want to do or remember. Yes, it takes some time away from sightseeing, but it will make your trip more meaningful.