|(This minus hat) times 3|
But it did get me thinking about hitchhikers, and some of the more interesting characters I have ever picked up. For those of you that don't know the word hitchhiker comes from the Latin "Hitch" which means "interesting" and the Greek "hiker" which "people", giving us "hitchhikers = interesting people" (citation required). So I will give you my top five list of hitch hikers that I have picked up.
I have seen people hitching at the following places, and I did not pick them up because they have underthought their position.
|Blind corners -NO|
|Motorways - NO|
|On ramps -NO.|
5/ French horse farrier
|For those of you unaware this is a farrier.|
|"WITH THE GLOVE, WITH THE GLOVE, Damn rookies"|
|Milton's biggest claim to fame is the kink caused by being the main road from either end and not quite meeting in the middle.|
|Pictured - Not Milton|
The next member of my list, holds the honourable distinction of being the only hitchhiker I have ever picked up with other people in the car. Also the only hitchhiker I have ever picked up standing in a ridiculous place.
|Note: Missed the street lighting completely.|
|Similar to this, but Jeremy wasn't working on a presentation|
|"Okay, from the top, we are here, you want to be dropped at Christchurch marked with red X....."|
Des is an interesting case, I based my decision to pick up Des from 2 kilometres away, this should have been my first clue, that I could make him out as a hitchhiker from this distance, he was 6 foot 6 inches tall at least. Getting closer I noticed he was covered in Tattoos, when he hopped in the car I noticed he smelt like alcohol.
|I may as well have picked up this guy|
|Pictured 2-3 years|
|Here's a clue, this is required apparently, to get this type of tattoo.|
Funnily enough the top two hitchhikers on my list were picked up in the same weekend, one on the way up to Christchurch, and one on the way home. Number 2 on the list was the return journey, and his name was Norman.
|Norman actually looked like Ron Howard, except with shaggier hair|
|This is what Norman had.|
But the lunch is not what puts Norman at the top of the list, it turns out despite being a shearer in Gore, Norman knows 5 languages which is pretty damn cool. When some one tells you they know 5 languages you normally guess English, Spanish, German, French and maybe Manderin. You know common languages around the world, that would be useful for trade, and also are readily taught in schools. But no Norman had different ideas, he spoke English, Maori, Japanese, Welsh and Mongolian!!
Why does a shearer from Gore speak this combination of languages, is he aware of some impending war were his language skills will come into play?
What really impressed me about Norman though, was he learnt the languages by book for 2 months whilst shearing to get a base, and then immerses himself in the culture for 3 months to get fluent, thats right Norman has lived in the countries of Japan, Mongolia, Wales, and Maori.
I was sad to see him go, but that is the nature of the hitch hiker/ driver relationship short but sweet.
Finally the number one Hitch hiker on the list. You may be wondering who can be more fun or amazing then all the people I have mentioned above. Let me tell you about Tony, I picked this gentleman up on the outskirts of Dunedin on my way to Christchurch, it was raining, and he put his two giant packs in the back of my car. And then he told me about his life.
The man owns a backpackers in Blenheim, and he uses the backpackers on his orchard. In his spare time he builds home made airplanes, and he was just returning from a conference about this hobby.
|Tony assures me his homemade planes are more advanced than this model.|
|With maybe the exception of Professor Badass (pictured)|
|Normal 86 year old|
|Tony (May or not be Tony)|