Next was Wednesday. I was hitching from home to Portarlington in Laois to visit my girlfriend. I left home at around 14:00 a 3 hour journey at the most when driving. It took me 7 hours. I was starting to think I was losing my touch. Thankfully I got a lift from Cahir practically to the door by a very sound lad.
Then on Friday I was hitching down from Portarlington on Friday. Left at 11:00. Didn't get home till 17:30. There were some advantages. I got to prove how utterly random and awesome the world is. Myself and my girlfriend were after getting dropped at the top of the Cobh sliproad on the Cork/Midleton road. After walking back down onto the hard shoulder and waiting a while we got a lift... It was the man whose tyre I had helped change. Granted he could only take us a small distance but I thought it was kind of cool.
Anyway. After some consideration I figured out a decent reason for the slowness of the travel. At first I thought it may have been the fact that I was wearing a straw hat as I had left my leather one in my brother's car (Also known as my hitching hat. :P) . But then I realized that there was another time when hitching took a stupidly long time. Last summer it took me 5 hours to do 26 miles. On a hot day. From this I have deduced that hitching on a hot day is always slow. The higher the temperature the less generous the people - sounds crazy but my brother who also hitches would agree.
Secondly my long trip on Monday was not helped by the fact that I had to walk through New Ross and Waterford City. New Ross wasn't too bad but Waterford was a nightmare. That city just goes on and on and on. Took 2 hours. Felt like one of the longest walks ever. Never, never, NEVER!!! Get a lift to the wrong side of a city. It's not worth the trouble. Even if it means you have to pass up a good long lift. Just leave it. Also never get a lift it is out of your way too far. For example getting a lift from Portlaoise to Limerick when you are going to Cork. Pass up the lift. Wait. You'll be better off.