As a senior in high school, Joseph Bednarik read the first seventeen pages of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road then tossed the novel aside. “I want to do this,” he thought, “not read about it.”
Later that year, Joseph bought camping gear and embarked on his first of many hitch-hiking trips. While on the road he refined his techniques and tactics for successful hitch-hiking, and met hundreds of people along the way—from a turkey hunter who offered swigs of homemade blackberry wine to a pathological liar who kept getting pulled over for speeding.
In “The Theory and Practice of Hitch-hiking,” Joseph offers a bright mosaic of stories and vignettes about some of his memorable travels around the Unites States and Canada, the kindness of the people he met, and the continual invitation that traveling offers to pay attention.