Hitchhiking is a means of transportation that is gained by asking people, usually strangers, for a ride in their automobile or other vehicle. A ride is usually, but not always, free. Itinerants have also used hitchhiking as a primary mode of travel for the better part of the last century, and continue to do so today. Contents. [hide]. The narrator is driving to London in his new BMW when he picks up a hitchhiker. The man, who looks rather like a rat, mentions that he's going to the horse races, but not to bet or work the ticket machines. The narrator is intrigued and says that he's a writer. They get to talking about the car, and the narrator proudly. 12 Jun A West Virginia hitchhiker working on a book tentatively titled The Kindness of America was apparently shot by a random stranger Saturday night. [Update, June 15, Dolin has now said that he shot himself, in what authorities believe was a desperate act of self-promotion.] The article in the New York.