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Child Specter Appears Nightly at Carnival

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 08.08.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I'm following traveling carnivals from coast to coast for a year, writing essays about America from the road.

War Refugee and Balloon Maker Drivers: Stories From a Gary Truck Stop

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.30.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

In this morning's version of Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," the diner is a Gary, Indiana truck stop and the patrons are cross-country truckers.

A Dirty, Smelly, Messy Gift for a Little Girl

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

My daughter turns eight-years-old this weekend and I want to be home for the celebration so I began making plans to leave my New York carnival a couple days ago.

American Drifters: "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Did I look like an American drifter? Am I one of them? Should I be flattered or just find a laundromat?

Incredible Story of Navajo Mike, Child of the Dust Devil Air

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The wind blew a small tornado of tumbleweeds onto the parking lot of the Motel 6 along the old Route 66 in Moriarity, NM. So many tumbleweeds it blocked the entrance to the parking lot and made parking impossible before someone from the hotel came out to clear the lot.

Wild Night Ride Fueled by Pot, Puke and the Dead

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.13.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

By the time we made it to a rest stop and a McDonald's in Van Buren, Arkansas I was sick of the Grateful Dead.

Kid Gypsy: A Bright, Painted Trickster Rolls

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.08.2013 | Weird News
Michael Sean Comerford

He wears conventional, thick brown glasses along with a Mohawk hair cut, white-hallow earlobe rings, a septum ring, metal piercings on his lips and chin, and tattoos on his nose and chin. Yet his face is a work in progress.

'Flying the Sign,' Confessions of a Lone Wolf

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.04.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

It's about 4:00 a.m. at a Love's truck stop in eastern Tennessee off Interstate 40. Diners seem to whisper this time of night. Shoppers in the truck stop quietly shuffle. Staying up all night saves me money and from sleeping outside in a cheap, freezing sleeping bag.

Route 66, a Vanishing Hitchhiker and Starting Over

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.30.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

The L.A.-Chicago route which also was called "America's Main Street," is literally the main street in Moriarity, New Mexico. It runs parallel to Interstate 40, which I am hitchhiking today.

Pink Moon Over Peacock Mountains, Carny Hitchhiker on the Road

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

On Thursday, a Chinese restaurateur swerved his new Cadillac Escalade to the side of I-15 outside Barstow, Ca. to pick this hitchhiker up on the way to Flagstaff, Az., a six-hour ride drive.

America Feels Big This Morning, Hitchhiking Across

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.23.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

I've just turned 54, and I'm hitchhiking from metro San Francisco to the East Coast. I don't know exactly where I'm going, but I'll be looking for carnival work along the way.

Guide to Hitchhiking in Burma

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Responsible tourism can mean a lot of things, but in Burma it means getting down and dirty with locals. Hitchhiking through the country isn't the easiest way to get around, but it's definitely a backpacker badge of honor.

PHOTOS: Cancer Survivor Hitchhikes 4,400 Miles Across Canada In His Underwear For Charity

Posted 12.07.2012 | Impact

Updated: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012: 7:00 p.m. EST When it comes to creative, out-there charitable efforts, we've seen men run in high heels, college kid...

Watch This Hitchhiker Get A Tattoo For Every Car That Passes

Posted 09.14.2012 | Weird News

This hitchhiker's earning his stripes — or something like that. French artist Tony Weingartner is sticking his thumb up around the world this yea...

Ticketed For Carpooling?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 06.14.2012 | Money

Drivers en route to New York City -- and those coming in on foot -- have long met at the George Washington Bridge before crossing from New Jersey into...

Texas Trucker Tortured Hitchhikers In His Dungeon; Pleads Guilty More Murders

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 03.30.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON -- A Texas trucker who kept a torture dungeon in the cab of his long-haul rig has avoided the death penalty by accepting life prison sentences...

WATCH: Hitching 5,000 Miles Across The US

The Huffington Post | Paul Brady | Posted 11.21.2011 | Travel

Benjamin Jenks was burnt out on his job and looking for an adventure to recharge. After reading a book by Steven Newman — the first person to walk s...

Missing Student Said She Was Going To Coachella, Instead Hitchiked To Texas

Posted 06.22.2011 | College

When she didn't show up to class on Monday after telling her parents she was attending a music festival over the weekend, 19-year-old California State...

California Incarcerated: Hitchhiker Writes Stories Of Criminal Justice

The Huffington Post | Carly Gillis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Luke Whyte writes about criminals. And he hitchhikes to find them. On his blog, Voices of Justice, Whyte chronicles the experiences of people who h...

Free the Hikers: Testimony From Family, Friends, and Colleagues

Farah Mawani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Farah Mawani

Today Josh and Shane's trial in Iran began in a court closed to the public. For the last week family, friends, and colleagues have been testifying to their humanitarian deeds and good records. Here are some excerpts.

19 Hacks to Improve Your Hitchhiking Experience

Amanda Heijbel & Robin Jakobsson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Amanda Heijbel & Robin Jakobsson

Remember that you're in control -- you choose which driver to go with and how far you'll go with her/him.

Air Travel Increases Cultural Gaps

Amanda Heijbel & Robin Jakobsson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Amanda Heijbel & Robin Jakobsson

While traveling between continents within a few hours, you miss one important point: How the culture changes more and more the further you go. You cannot gradually acclimatise to the different culture.

'Country Driving': Taking the Whole Town to the Great Wall

Peter Hessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Hessler

When I drove more than seven thousand miles across rural northern China, there was only one day in which I had a full car. I was traveling alone, driving a rented Jeep Cherokee, and I often stopped for hitch-hikers.

A Fun Story From Florida

Karin Luisa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karin Luisa

Last night, I decided to go jump in the canal for one final late night swim before going to bed. But when I turn around to swim back to the dock I don't see anything that looks familiar.