Believe it or not the term 'Hitch Hiker' has a certain romantic or perhaps nostalgic connotation her in the UK. And also the thing is designed to hitch a ride on a thermal.
Still...I remember hitch hiking years ago when I was in my early twenties. It took me half an hour or so to get a ride - happy days! I loaded up my gear and got in the passenger seat. About half an hour later I realised I had made the worst mistake of my life as the guy driving refused to stop, insisting on taking me 100 miles out of his way to my destination. While he drove he casually told me how he had recently got out of jail.. for behaving in a manner not associated with a stereotypical heterosexual male. I lied about my destination and managed to get me and my gear out of the car safe.
Just thought I would share the story with you Tappet... Don't tell anyone, it's kind'a embarassing