Why Canadian baby boomers gave up on hitchhiking

“‘We all used to hitchhike when I was growing up in Saskatchewan during the early 1970s. It’s just what everybody did,’ recalls Linda Mahood, 57. A history professor at the University of Guelph, Mahood is the author of the forthcoming book Thumbing a Ride: Hitchhikers, Hostels and Counterculture in Canada, which examines the once-ubiquitous practice and its subsequent demise from numerous perspectives. ‘It was a means of local transportation, but it was also a bit of a rebellion as well,’ she says. ‘There was something adventurous about accepting a ride from a stranger—it offered a thrill and the possibility of an interesting story at the end.'”

Peter Shawn Taylor – Maclean’s – July 2018

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