July 24, 1968: Hitchhiking, Europe ’68

1968: Nothing Is Revealed

Erfurt, Zimmermänner auf der Walz By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1210-001 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5348179

Somewhere around this day in July of 1968–maybe a day or two later, I don’t know, for I kept no record–I set out hitchhiking for the first time in Europe. The guy I’d worked with in Switzerland and I decided to head from Munich down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which we had heard was a comfortable place in a beautiful setting. Not only that, but we were told the little town had a particularly comfortable youth hostel with a very understanding staff. It’s also less than 90 kilometers from Munich, so it seemed like an easy jaunt, perfect for our first day. Neither one of us was liking Munich much, so we set out early, hoping to get to Garmish before noon.

At the autobahn, there were already too many people waiting and it was quickly getting hot. After spending…

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