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An Ode to HitchHiking

When I was young and probably foolish, I had a marvellous adventure hitichhiking with my first long term boyfriend. You can read about it in detail here. It was a wonderful memory to take forward and an experience which also helped me write this story about a long distance lorry driver who just happens to be a bigamist – based on my adopted father, actually.

I have already added the hitchhiking memoir to Wicked Wednesday before, so thought I’d write a short poem about the experience for this week’s prompt. I can’t say it’s my best poem – but I had fun writing it 🙂

3000 miles with hope in our hearts…

We hiked for 3000 miles

Across Europe from Athens to London –

Learning things along the way.

Looking for places to stay.

 

We left Athens in a lorry

And travelled through Greece –

Over the communist Yugoslavia borderline

fingers crossed that all would be fine

 

We stayed with a family in Belgrade

And marvelled at the clean streets –

Then before the curfew we took flight

safely in separate beds by midnight

 

On to Northern Italy for a day or two

We found a cheap room in Trieste –

Taking time out to visit the gondola city

it was springtime, so it looked and smelled pretty

 

On our way to Innsbrook in Austria

We hitched in a VW camper van –

The guys driving were sexy & ultra cool

I couldn’t help but flirt like a fool

 

They invited us to visit them in Munich

their flat had a bright green door –

They took us out to a nightclub

and to drink beer in a German pub

 

We stayed for nearly a week

Then found a ride through Belgium –

Finally, arriving to catch a ferry

feeling rather clever and merry

 

Our final stretch was from Dover

To a place called Sidcup in Kent –

We’d had a great time hitchhiking

now it was back to Sunday afternoon biking!


 

HitchHiking

Header Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

5 thoughts on “An Ode to HitchHiking”

  1. It’s probably not stupidity. Just everything has its time. And all’s well that ends well.
    And the verse turned out to be quite good and even informative.

  2. It was a wonderful time. You don’t have to go on that journey now. But at least there is something to remember.

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