At about 20:30 last night I convinced a man who spoke barely any English to give me a ride in his truck to Frankfurt. It was not strictly on my route but I had left Cologne 6 hours before and only travelled 10k, I was desperate to get moving again. This was the first in a series of mistakes that would lead me to being greeted by the police at the side of Germany's busiest motorway at 1am. The driver (I feel bad for not even getting his name) dropped me well outside of Frankfurt in an industrial estate near the town of Langgöns. When I looked at the map and saw that the road heading north to Berlin was only 10k away I decided to walk there. I hiked through two tiny but very pretty German towns before arriving at the motorway 3 hours later. I climbed up to the autobahn, found an unlocked gate that let me onto the road and started to walk along the hard shoulder with my thumb out. This is not recommended! It is really dangerous and almost certainly illegal wherever you are in the world. After walking for maybe 20 minutes I was blinded by a flashlight, shit the police. Tim and Jenny the officers who picked me up were really lovely actually. They asked me a few questions, was hitching a lifestyle choice? Where was I headed next? Why the fuck were you walking on the highway? Turns out about 10 people had called in to say there was madman at the side of the road. Tim laughed when he looked up the fine '€10 it's not even worth it’ before calling his boss to see if they could give me a lift down the road to the next service station. That worked out better than expected, they even let me take a picture of their car for the blog. Remember when dealing with the police be polite and honest, if you are doing something minorly illegal and the police have stopped you it's better to tell them straight away, and you will find they are usually happy to help.
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