Hitch Hiking for the first time
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The old man was very kind and friendly
The next car that stopped had two young finish guys in it. I think they picked us up simply to find out what in gods name we were doing hitch hiking on this dead highway in the middle of nowhere. This is when we found out what a mistake it had been to follow the nice man's instructions. The young guys told us about the new road and that people only take this old highway to reach their summer houses; as they were doing. They took us 20 KM to our next hitch hiking point and told us to hope for more young people as themselves to take us further
We waited there for another hour or so and were picked up by another older gentlemen who could barely speak or understand English. He told us that he could only take us another 5-10 KM and we agreed. He must have liked spiders quite a bit because his arms were filled with tattoos of them and his car had little spider decorations all over. Very interesting. We enjoyed the scenery a lot during these generous rides. We were traveling in the country side, and it looked very much like what we have in Canada. Perhaps the grass was a bit more green. Once this man dropped us off...that was when the pain set in.
We were in the middle of nowhere! There was barely any traffic and the sun was HOT. Oh and we were tired and our feet hurt lol We almost gave up after 2 hours. We were trying to get a ride while standing at a bus stop and saw that a bus was going from that location to Turku. I really didn't want to waste all of the time we had spent hitchhiking by taking a bus we could have taken from the beginning, but at that point standing in the sun for another few hours waiting for a ride that probably wouldn't come seemed worse
Neither of us wanted to chance walking on the side of a major highway where the speed limit was 120 KM/H, so we walked to the nearest bus stop to see if that bus from the previous stop was going to stop there. Of course, we can't read Finish language so we had to guess what time it was going to come at. The information at the stop was set up very weird. We thought it was going to come at 5:20 (the time was currently 5:10) so we waited. By 5:30 it hadn't arrived yet and we realized that we were reading the schedule wrong and that the last bus came at 3:20. So, we had no choice but to chance the highway
When we arrived on the highway, there didn't seem to be any safe area to stand and flag down a car let alone for them to stop and pull over. So, Steve and I walked single file on the side of the road holding our sign out in hopes of someone stopping for us or to find a safe place to stay put. Did I mention the speed limit was 120 KM/H!? If you were on that road what speed would you drive? Probably 20 over. I don't think I need to say that they were going fast! Quite scary. But for some reason also quite thrilling. Not that I would do it again simply for the thrill in it. I will always take the safest route possible, but we had no choice! Plus people jump out of a friggin plane for christ sake! Compared to that, I guess it really wasn't that bad haha My mother would disagree I'm sure.
Anyways, after about 20 minutes (well I'm not sure how much time passed or how much distance I wasn't really focusing on that) some crazy person actually stopped for us
This man was really unique.He traveled from Turku to Helsinki every now and then for work. He was an electrician who helped make the Ferries that Steve and I will be taking from Turku to Stockholm, Sweden. I think he said that he moved from Italy to Finland 20 years ago, I'm not sure why. I assume for work. The first thing we both noticed about this man was that he lived his life FAST. He drove fast, spoke fast, thought fast, reacted fast....everything fast! We were driving at 140K KM/H the whole way. Well, until he came to a camera that would gauge his speed and send him a ticket. Then he slowed down haha In this case however, I didn't mind how fast he was driving. I just wanted to get there! He asked us if we minded having a 10 minute break so that he could stop at the gas station and of course we didn't. I think he enjoyed having company because he wanted us to join him wherever we went. And again, of course we didn't mind.
We went inside with him and he bought us pineapple juice and showed us a place where I could fill up my water, then we went outside and chatted while he had a cigerette. He told us that he was familiar with the location of our next host and that he would drive us all the way there. And so he did. He drove us right to his doorstep. We were super lucky!
So we're back at the beginning. It was 7:30 and our day hadn't even ended yet.