The death of hitchhiking is a modern tragedy | Anne Perkins

The death of hitchhiking is a modern tragedy | Anne Perkins
Would you wait four days for a ride? One Frenchman did in New Zealand – it seems the days of mutuality and serendipity are over

It’s impossible not to feel a little bit sorry for the unnamed Frenchman who lost it earlier this week after allegedly waiting four days for a ride, somewhere on the wild west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Apparently he could perfectly well have walked to his next destination in a day.

The road clearly wasn’t much used and it runs through the huge Paparoa national park , mostly beside the sea. That’s the west coast of New Zealand for you. Lots of people go there because they like it empty. But he couldn’t get a lift, and he ended up attacking the Welcome to Punakaiki sign in what must surely be an epically pointless piece of road rage.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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