He had never hitchhiked before, but he figured today was a good time to start.
He had never hitchhiked before, but he figured today was a good time to start. The situation at home was entirely untenable, and today’s little episode had been the last straw. So now he was finally going to implement his plan to get to Canada, and the first step was to get as far as the nearest town, where his friend Jake lived. The beauty of this part of the plan was this: Jake had a car, and a drivers’ licence, and would probably be able to drive him as far as one of the other nearby towns- preferably one that had a bus or train station. The trouble was that Jake’s home was easily 15 or 16 miles away, and that was really too far to walk for a 14-year old, so hitchhiking was key- really the only thing that could screw up the plan at this stage was the possibility of a Park Ranger driving up … just like one was doing right now.
“Is everything alright?” The pleasant smile didn’t fool him. The plan was clearly over before he’d even managed to complete step 1. Time to formulate Plan 1.1- the new and improved version.
“Yeah, just out for a walk, Ma’am.” He could use the time on the way back home to think.