Jane Males, 26, from Sydney (NSW), and Dot Soden, 59, from Ulverstone (Tas)
Two-hour wait, Strahan to Queenstown/Burnie T-junction, early 1980s Toyota Corolla
Photo taken at Queenstown/Burnie T-junction
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A two-hour wait brought with it the sad realisation this hitching malarky was over.
After waiting for two hours, pondering whether it was going to rain or not, I saw a car with two women, one of them holding a map, slowing down. Even from a distance they appeared to have that ‘lost tourist’ look and I thought they were going to ask me for directions.
“Strange;” I thought to myself, “Why would they ask a hitcher for directions?”
When they stopped next to me, the older of the two women leaned out and asked, “Where are you going?”
Before I knew it I was in the car with this madcap mother and daughter duo. They were great fun.
Daughter Jane and mum Dot were heading back to Dot’s house at Ulverstone after a night in Strahan.
Dot was a gem and it turned out she’d been picking up hitchhikers for years, even when on her own. She’d recently started getting her hitchers to write in a wee notebook she kept in the car at all times. When I got in the car, Dot said they’d give me a lift on the condition I wrote in her book. Not to be outdone, I retorted that I’d only write in her book if they allowed me to take their photo – and a deal was struck (at first they didn’t think I was serious).
Dot was quite adventurous and a few years earlier had taken off around
Jane, who lived and worked in
They were a happy pair and joked amongst themselves while I scribbled notes in the backseat. There was laughter and noise the whole time I was with them and, at times, I felt as though I was in the midst of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Dot scolded me when I hadn’t written anything in her book and it got to the point where I was having so much fun I didn’t want to leave. They laughed their way through the photo shoot and then I was on my way.