Thumbing a ride out of Calgary

Thumbs out, eagerly awaiting a ride, hitchhikers will surely be outthis long weekend, especially on the western parts of the Trans-Canadajust past Canada Olympic Park.

Thumbs out, eagerly awaiting a ride, hitchhikers will surely be out this long weekend, especially on the western parts of the Trans-Canada just past Canada Olympic Park.

Hitchers say the stretch of highway is the best place to get a ride west, even if just to the Petro-Canada off Highway 22 where one can meet a truck driver.

“I generally get picked up within 10-15 minutes here,” said Cary, who hitches to Morley six times a week with his wife Faith.

He’s been hitchhiking for 18 years and has only ever run into trouble once, when a drunk driver picked him up and hit the ditch several times on the ride home.

But he said almost every driver has been nothing but nice to him.

A Humpty’s worker identifying herself as Steph, said the same can be said about the hitchers, who often come into the restaurant attached to Petro-Canada.

“Most of them are just travellers — this is what they do.

“There’s a lot of stereotypes but I find they’re actually really nice. Often they’re the ones who tip the most actually.”