The year is almost over and I probably won’t be going on the road again this month. Last night I added up the distances hitchhiked this year and they totaled to 19,530 kilometers. This is nearly 1000 more kilometers traveled compared to my previous record of 18,537 kilometers hitchhiked in 2005!
I don’t travel by hitchhiking merely for the sake of traveling. Every time I go out it’s for some purpose, and often to visit friends and contacts to cure their Microsoft Windows ills. Thanks to the inherent security holes in Windows that lets in viruses, malware, and trojans, I’ll never lack for a way to support myself. :-) Of course, poor practices of the end user have a big part of the blame too. That’s a big reason why I favor Linux. It’s practically idiot proof. The user cannot hurt the system, even maliciously, without root access, and no user of my Linux machine will ever have root access, only me, the administrator.