Woncho like Poncho

A hitchhiking blog and traveling advice for broke adventure seekers

My experiences with blogging this semester

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Because of the use of Facebook fan page and Instagram, I was able to create a large following to help me raise money on Kickstarter. Facebook was personally the biggest tool for me to use since I already knew how for years. I want to improve my tweeting, but I think in the future livetweeting my experiences will be the winner for me. I want to become a voice on travel hacking for the 20-somethings and write entertaining posts. This was a great experience that made me a more consistently as a blogger. Blogging got me to think and it helped me articulate and organize my thoughts better. I especially liked the Facebook fan page Like widget, which has gotten me some new hits. Every little help counts. Especially if it’s free.

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December 9, 2013 at 3:31 AM

My storify on Travel Hacking

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My storify post on Travel Hacking

http://sfy.co/tKf5 #storify

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December 8, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Day 7. Detroit to Kalamazoo

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Brandon

Before leaving Detroit, we decide to explore the neighborhood a little bit.

Near this liquor store, we decide to go to a restaurant called Akbar. I order the Akbar steak sandwich. Turns out this place is a black muslim restaurant, I don’t think I’ve ever been to one.

The guys in the neighborhood are nice and friendly and tells us to be careful and that there’s lots of crazy people around. I go outside to take pictures of the restaurant and my black plastic gun falls out of my pants. One of the hood guys tells me that I dropped my “shooter”. We both laugh and I tell him thanks.

We head back to John’s house and leave around 5pm. John agrees to give us a lift to Kalamazoo.

We get to Kalamazoo and I am excited to go to check out my brand of beer ever. Bells Brewery.  I get drunk, and we get kicked out of Bells for eating an apple (considered outside food) fuck you nerdy douche.

We decide to hit the bar next door and we get 3 separate groups of people offering places to stay. Random acts of kindness on the road is the best feeling ever.We end up heading back with Brandon and stay in Portage, which is next to Kalamazoo. He makes sure we are having a good time and has great taste in music and movies.

We get drunk and catch lots of footage. I pass out on the bed in the guest bedroom.

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December 8, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Day 6. Wake up in Detroit

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After staying the night in the Bando, we feel like targets. We get a tour of the house, meet the neighborhood rooster, Pee-wee the rat, Zaire, and the rest of the residents of the abandoned home. We charge up all our electronics and chill on the porch. I piss on the garage next door.

Across the street there’s a fun slide attached from the top of the roof for people to slide down.

Arturo and I explore downtown Detroit and eat shawarmas and “borrow” food from a popular health food store. We walk downtown from midtown and catch the bus back to the area.

We get a call from Angus sometime during the day and hell tells us we have another Squat we can go to. One with electricity, water, and a lock on the door in a safer part of town.

We head back, pack up and typical of Angus, he’s the last one to get ready before going anywhere.

We head to this house and meet John, the balding late 20s dude who knows how to illegally hook up electricity and water to his home. We feel WAY safer and are much more at ease. On our way over Josh and Danny gives a ride and tells us what to expect

We get there and the first thing I see is some devil spray painted on the wall. The place is kind of dark and we walk to a local convenience store and we want to do something local. We decide to buy Faygo, the famous drink touted by ICP. We meet everyone that currently lives in the house and Hippie Mike is hilarious. Josh is persistent about giving Arturo a psychedelic blowjob. Josh presents a very confusing yet persuasive argument to why Arturo should accept this blowjob. Arturo declines.

Detroit is fucking awesome and crazy. We crash here and we are very comfortable. We crash out and plan a way to get to Kalamazoo the next day. We wish we could stay longer.

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December 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Day 5. Ohio to Detroit, Part 3

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Detroit

As we bask in our luck, Hippie Angus tells us he wants to try and find us a place to sleep with a co-op. Angus googles this place. We make it to Detroit and get into the area where this co-op is. It’s called 8 mile. We drive through a really bad part of town where there are abandoned buildings everywhere and some buildings are burnt and scary looking. These look like ghetto crack houses. We are a little hesitant.

“You sure we want to stay here? Especially at night?

We find out where we are trying to be. This is kind of weird. Half the people are sketchy people from the neighborhood and the other half are hippies. Everyone is asking what we are doing and Arturo frinds someone to talk to. We talk to him and meet all kinds of people going in and out of this cafe. We are on our toes.

After chilling around for a couple of hours, group meditation, vegan pizza, we end up heading back to a Bando to sleep tonight. We are staying with some nice interesting squatters.

Once we get to the house, it becomes a weird and unforgettable experience. We meet different characters, stories of the house, introduced to Psy-Trance and get educated on “psychedelic blowjobs” by Josh.

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December 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Day 5. Ohio to Detroit part 2

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Pessimistic Albanian
I tell the police officer, “We’re hitchhiking the midwest and documenting the trip. This is my camera man. We can hitchhike from the bridge up there.” He says, “Yeah lets do that. You’re not recording me are you?”

We walk back up the ramp to one of the three truck stops on the other side of the bridge. While we walk to the truck stop, we see a state trooper leave.”

Me and Tina buy coffee, I walk back out and I see the state trooper talking to Arturo and Angus. They don’t really have experience dealing with the cops. I wonder if they will know how to deal with the situation.

They ended up doing a decent job.  This particular state trooper isn’t familiar with interacting with hitchhikers and tells us it’s not safe. I tell him I’ve been doing it for 6 years and that we’re trying to document our experiences. Nothing really happens.

Tina and I walk back toward pilot and catch a ride with Adrian, the pessimistic Albanian guy. He philosophy in life is “Everyone lies” and  “Don’t trust anyone”.

He cuts the trip short and drops us off at exit 179 at a rest stop. Arturo and angus catches a truck a little later and is about an hour behind us.

A worker thought we were hookers so another state trooper rolls up on us and checks us out. He runs our information and tells us we’re clear.

He tells us to be inconspicuious and that we couldn’t use our signs to solicit rides. We tell him our other ride is coming up and they pull up and takes us up a little further.

We get dropped off in a different direction than we originally wanted to be and cross 75 to get back on the northbound side. We start trying to hitchhike again while the sun is still out. Right as we were starting to walk, one of the members of the group has a bag of special treats and throws the bag into a pile of dried grass as the state trooper from the rest stop pulls up again to talk to us. The bag doesn’t hide very well and as I’m talking to the cop, I try to distract him and draw his attention a way from the poorly hidden treats.

Mission accomplished. I ask him if he could give us a lift and tell him it would help us out a lot. He says, “I could not take you to jail and that would help you out a lot as well” I concur. He looks at our pile of gear and looks at his squad car like how is all this shit going to fit.

He asks us if we have weapons and we all hand him out knives and pepper spray. He laughs at us. He tells us we’re luck he likes us.

He takes us a little past Toledo and about 1 mile away from the border of Michigan and Ohio and drops us off at a truck stop. This really helps us out.

While figuring out a strategy, we stick around the pilot and as I walk back outside from taking a piss I see a guy eating a sandwich from Subway. I ask him if he’s heading to Detroit. I tell him that there’s 3 more of us. I could tell he wanted to help us out but not knowing what the others looked like he tells us, “Nah I’m going to have to pass.”

I’m convinced that if he saw the whole crew he’d give us the ride, on account of how normal we look.

I send over Arturo and Tina and they put in work as I watch the bags. Next thing I know he’s putting his baby seat into the trunk.

LOOKS LIKE NO MORE OHIO FOR US!!!! FUCK YEAHH!!!!!!!!

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December 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Day 5. Ohio to Detroit, part 1

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Ohio

I wake up around 8am with a slight hangover. I jump into the shower to see if it makes me feel better. It doesn’t. I fall back asleep on the floor.

We leave and Tonya is late for work. We walk through her neighborhood, hop a wired fence and start sticking our thumb out.

The group splits into 2. I pair up with Angus and Tina pairs up with Arturo.

Teacup chirps us on the walkie talkie, and tells us she caught a ride and that they’re going to scoop us up. We meet Jeff, who turns out to be a successful millionaire in his 50s. We are super excited he retells a poem from memory and catch everything on camera.

He drops us off at a Pilot truck stop, we shake hands, trade info, and we part ways. We take this time to charge up all of our electronics and order junk food from McDonalds.

We walk on to the highway and not too long after, a cop turns on his lights and pulls over. He yells “What the fuck are you guys doing?!” and then he notices my camera and changes his tone. I greet him with a smile.

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December 8, 2013 at 7:05 PM