I thought this Hitchhiking thing was a little too easy.
“Be Where You Are, otherwise You Will Miss Your Life.” – Buddha
I ate a big breakfast the other day, with my new friends, Hope and Sahar, in East Lansing. Then, leisurely got on the road about 10:30am. My old high school friend, Michelle, had scheduled some facials for us later that day in Grand Rapids, MI. They were Free, too! I had visited her earlier (Eat with Your Hands!) and I was thinking I would have an easy day of hitchin’, only a little over 60 miles.
Then, the Universe spoke.
No Rides & Walking 10 miles.
I needed to get around Lansing, yet the only rides that stopped were headed into the middle of the city. After I let the third ride go, the next person going into the heart of the city that stopped I decided to take the ride and try to get another ride there.
Sherry dropped me off on Martin Luther King Boulevard near the expressway. I was not feeling good about the hitchin’ spot (no shoulder and some scurvy looking characters nearby) so I walked a mile or so to the next exit. This exit had a wonderful vibe. I was sure I could snag a ride in no time.
The minutes ticked by and the cars zipped past.
Veronica was a welcome breath of fresh air, when I stopped for a break and an apple at Tim Horton’s.
”There are just so many beautiful places in the world. You just want to see them all.”
She has done a lot of traveling with her husband and can not understand why anyone would want to go to Florida every year.
I hit the road again, refreshed; Again, no luck. I ditched the spot and decided to walk a few miles to the next exit.
I gave up after an hour and planned to walk to the major exit. It was another few miles.
By the time, I reached the exit, it was about 5pm and I was beat. I had walked over 10 miles and been standing in the sun since 11am. I took a short break and then hit the exit. I was determined to get to the facial at 8:30 pm.
There are no guarantees with hitchhiking.
I relate it to Life;
You can look presentable and happy. You can be at a spot where many, slow cars are passing you and there is plenty of room to pull over. BUT, you can’t control whether they will pull over.
I slept in a shed in Lowe’s parking lot near Grand Ledge, MI. I am not proud of it. But the skeeters forced me to abandon my tarp within minutes. An employee tipped me off, that no one checks there. I picked up some trash in the shed to pay my dues.
Out early in the morning, I hit the same spot. But, I was tired and gave up after an hour. I could feel disgruntled-ness and even peeved-ness rise up! I had forgotten one of my major guiding principles. I was lost thinking about sitting on the beach at Lake Michigan or getting pampered in Grand Rapids. I forgot that, There is no where better than where I am. Everywhere has a jewel!
It wasn’t worth it too feel bad. I went to Burger King. Hah! I worked on my website and caught up on sending emails, posting photos, and I put some finishing touches on my documentary. It is 4pm now. I may hit the road. I may look for the jewel of West Lansing.
Create Our World.
“Be Happy for this Moment. This Moment is your Life.” – Omar Khayyam