Prior to this date we have hitchhiked together from college to & from Springfield or Xenia for shopping or movies and once to Dayton to see the circus. The following is our first long trip together. Philip, of course, is a veteran of the road & has given me lessons on the “courtesy of the road.”
1 – To Phila. To visit Daddy Drell in University Hospital.
One notable ride, a truck driver convinced that this sailor & his gal were heading for a “hot week-end.” Fun to be thought naughty though one is not.
2 – Back from Phila. = did not record.
Money saved: $6.40
Mileage to Phila.: 90
Time: 3 hrs. each way
3 – 11/27/43 – Saturday
To Atlantic City, N.J., to spend Thanksgiving Day week-end with Mummy & Daddy Drell.
- Man – station-wagon – to Elizabeth, N.J.
- Man – 3rd mate U.S.M.S. – to Kingsburg, N.J.
- Man – farmer
- Couple – had accents – to Toms River Church Rd.
- Man – 1 mile down the road
- Woman – sister – 2 red-headed kids – Toms River
- Couple – from Va. – to Atl. Ave. & Ky., Atlantic City.
Time: 4 hours – good time
Train time: 3 hours
Money saved: $5.50
Money spent: $.15
4 – 11/28/43 – Sunday
Return to New York
- Couple – heading for Phila. to Absecon
- Dr. & Mrs. Robert Starfish (?) – son in Navy at Corpus Christi (sons: Bob Jr. & Jack); he’s a neurologist; very friendly; treated us at half-way mark — all the way to Jersey City.
Finished trip via “tubes” & subway.
Time: 4 hours
Train time: 3 hours
Money spent: $.26
Money saved: $5.74
Mileage each way: 125
5 – 12/18/43
Thea to Atlantic City on the train Friday evening.
Philip & Max hitchhiked down Sat. afternoon; driven right to the door & presented with cigars in the bargain.
6 – All three hitchhiked back.
- Man – laborer, by his clothes – went out of his way to take us to Absecon where N.Y. road turns off.
- Woman, wife of a State Trooper took us as far as the N.J. State Trooper’s Bldg. – very nice – picked us up against her husband’s orders.
- Two army trucks – both Negro soldiers – Max in one truck, Phil & Thea in the other, to Newark.
- Man – crippled with spinal meningitis – took three of us plus suitcase plus a Negro soldier to NYC subway.
7 – 12/24/43
Phil, Max, & Thea to Roslyn for Christmas week-end. Cold, cold evening. Arrived in time to stop Dad from going to train station to pick us up. The three of us with a big suitcase, a medium-sized suitcase, & a small box made fairly good time, beating the train in.
8 – 1/19/44
Thea to Atlantic City by train. Phil arrived Sat. by thumb, having one interesting ride with a clergyman.
9 – Returned Sunday evening.
- A colored man took us to Absecon – he worked at the Pomona Navy Base.
- A Newark family – father, mother, little girl, grown daughter, & her soldier boyfriend. They necked in the front seat & we in the back seat were not to be out-done. The father, apparently a magistrate of some sort, had had a run-in with the same Jersey judge our friend, Dr. Starfish (see 11/28/43, Ride 2), had met. Odd chance! To Newark.
- Man to NYC subway.
10 – 3/4/44
Philip to Roslyn via Thumb – Thea by train.
11 – Thea & Philip back home again.
- Mother took us to the Northern State Parkway where we got a ride immediately with man & woman to the Cross Island Parkway.
- Naval or Maritime Office took us straight through to Sheepshead. Knew officers at Phil’s Base – interesting trip.
12 – 3/12/44
David & Genevra Siegel flew down from Rochester & we took them out to Roslyn via train & taxi to introduce Gen to Dad & Mother Hodge. They hitchhiked back to NYC & we hitchhiked up to The Bronx where we went to the Bronx Zoo. Oodles of fun. Gee!
- Two men (accents) to Cross Island Parkway. Gorgeous day.
- Man & woman across Whitestone Bridge (austere, severe, beautifully clear lines). Elevated to Southern Blvd.; lunch; trolley to zoo.
- Elevated to High Pts. Rd. (?); walk all the way down to Grand Concourse.
- Man & woman across Triborough Bridge onto Grand Central Parkway to Cross Island Parkway.
- Two men to Jamaica Parkway.
- Man & woman to Flatbush. Have son in Army Signal Corps. Cheerful.
- Merchant sailor to Sheepshead Bay.
13 – 3/25/44 – Sat.
To New Haven for week-end.
- A series of short rides (with a Maritime CPO & a Maritime Officer) across the bridge (Whitestone) and on to the Hutchinson River Parkway.
- Sailor & wife (from Staten Is. – pregnant) to Whitney Ave., New Haven. We shared candy & fruit.
- Walked 5 blocks to Nana & Gramps’ apt.
14 – 3/27/44 – Mon.
- Santa put us on the Wilber Cross Parkway.
- Man put us on the Merritt Parkway.
- Man from Providence [“Joe Kennedy of the Ambassador”] (looked like a benevolent Mephistopheles) took us down, left Philip at Whitestone Parkway & took Thea to Canal Street, 10 minutes by subway from NYU.
- Philip arrived to Sheepshead shortly after with a series of rides (he took the suitcase & left me almost broke!)
15 – Sunday, April 2, 1944
To Roslyn to see Mary, home for a few days between Antioch and Rochester University.
- Man along Shore Parkway
- Man & woman (probably Austrians by their accents ) to Jericho Turnpike. Horrible drivers.
- We walked all through Bellerose and along the Turnpike in the rain. Finally a fellow took us a mile down the road to a filling station.
- Walked some more in the rain. Thea wanted a john & her foot hurt & her throat got sore. Man took us right to the Davis’s in East Williston.
16 – Monday, April 3, 1944
- Man – left Phil at Cross Island Parkway – took Thea to Broadway & 61st where she got the subway to the office. Talked politics. He reads & likes George Sokolsky (horrors!).
- 3. 4. 5. Phil got a series of rides home.
17 – Sunday, April 9, 1944 – Easter Sunday
- Back from Atlantic City. Thea went by train on Thursday. Phil followed on Saturday by Thumb, arriving with a 50¢ cigar & the offer of a ride back Sunday at noon. Refused.
- Man & woman to Absecon. Wanted to take us to Camden where they thought we could get a ride more easily to New York. But we stuck with Shore Road.
- Man & woman to Newark. Very well-dressed. He is a salesman, on the road a lot. Very good driver. After about 50 miles, woman turned to Phil & said “You think you’re handsome. Let me show you a picture of my son.” Phil actually looked embarrassed. He is handsome.
- Elderly man & woman to Jersey City.
- By that time it was dark. I really dislike waiting for a ride on a dark & crowded road.
Strange couple & little girl. Man definitely colored; woman really had white features & long brown hair; little girl looked white but had Negroid features & voice. Called woman “Mommy” & man “Daddy.” Took us to subway in New York.