Welcome to Hitch The World

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In Loving Memory

Patrick Joseph Falterman II

March 16, 1990 – September 3, 2016

On September 3rd, 2016 we lost a magnificent person. Patrick Joseph Falterman II, The Modern Nomad, passed away at age 26.

All are welcome to leave a message of remembrance in the comments. All of Patrick’s writing will be left untouched, unedited, and unaltered – the way he would have wanted.

To view the Eulogy written by Patrick’s father, Pat Falterman, click here.

This site is a story. It is not fiction, nor is it an autobiography. It is a collection of tales, told as experienced by me, the author.

Hitch the World was originally made to document my hitchhiking travels — hence the name. But as I grew and changed, it evolved into a place to delve into my travels in a vague, literary format — travels which, over the course of five years, have shifted from starry-eyed hitchhiking to long, drawn-out expeditions by canoe in the Amazon. Some posts read like pieces of a book; others are written in journal format.

I oftentimes heavily incorporate character dialogue. The dialogue found here is written in English, but more often than not it has been translated from Portuguese or Spanish. Character accents and dialects in such translations are invented, and are a product of my imagination — meaning, that is how I imagine they would have spoken, had they been English-speakers.

I still live the life of the indefinite traveler — but my methods have changed somewhat over the years. Not every trip has been documented here, but I try to find the time to write down the majority of my experiences, and the tales I hear from others along the way.

The information found on this site can usually be separated into two categories: The Amazon, and Hitchhiking. Several of the drop-down menus are divided as such.

Find recent stories directly below this text, or scrutinize the Archives.

For additional information, peruse the About sections. If you’ve arrived here via HitchWiki or other hitchhiking sites, and are in search of hitchhiking information, have a look at the Hitchhiking and Vagabonding Tips drop-down menu. Emails are also welcome. If you find this site interesting, don’t forget to subscribe by email using the form found below the list of most-recent stories (keep scrolling…it’s down there).

Enjoy the stories, and please, leave comments about what you think.

Cheers,

Patrick

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18 thoughts on “Welcome to Hitch The World

  1. Thank you for living like you did. I moved to south korea because I couldn’t work in the kitchen anymore in San Francisco. I wanted to teach. I have been here a year and wills tay another year. Then I think I will go to France to receive formal training in pastries. I was wavering.. thinking maybe I should just get an administrative job… but hell. When will I get the chance to just get up and move to France again without anything tying me down. Ill keep you in mind man, rest in adventures up there and hear the sounds of the animals and see the stars forever.

  2. Patrick, your stories are beautiful, your ambition admirable. You did things in life that few have the gall, the drive, or the open-mindedness to do. I am saddened to hear of your passing, but, to reference the Spielberg film, Hook: death, too, is a great adventure. I hope you’re sailing free and wild on the rivers winding on the other side.

  3. Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

    Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/death-is-nothing-at-all-by-henry-scott-holland
    #FamilyFriendPoems

  4. Just stumbled upon this through Stefan’s the around-the-world hitchhiker’s blog (warmroads.de), while thinking about hitching through Japan. I spent the past few hours reading many of Patrick’s articles: the tips, gear, Amazonian adventures.

    Though reading this after death, I’m glad this was all written, and still available! Perhaps this is the first time realizing I could be reading something written from someone who passed away. The digital format is rather strange compared to say a written diary or auto-biography (he does have notebooks and pens in his gear list), but it works! I wished his writings or photos were available, but maybe that’s too much information, hah.

    Though I’m more interested in people, culture, human minds, and social development, reading his lifestyle just makes me worry much less about the infinitude of human problems. Thanks! Now I’m quite excited to go about asking for farm work in Taiwan, hitching through Japan, and, perhaps, go after that old idea in the back of my mind for some time: travel through South America. The culture of Patrick is a great one. :)

  5. I am sorry to hear that Patrick died in a plane crash back in September. You have my sympathy. I used to read his hitchhiking stories on Digihitch.

  6. Thank you for all that you did Patrick. You were the single biggest force that convinced me to take my own adventure through South America, I even met your buddy Tony by chance during that trip. Adventure forever my friend!

  7. Very good. Also a very cool gesture from his friend(s) to keep the momentum of Patrick’s philosophy going. Patrick was indeed a bright shining star.

  8. Thankyou Patrick for sharing all of this with all of us, your stories have cracked me up at times, inspired me and had me yearning to get out there and experience life the way you did. I never knew you, but I can tell you certainly were a bright soul.

    You will have experienced more in a cruelly short 26 years than most do in their very long lives. You had the courage to seek out and find your dreams and for that you have my utmost respect.

    I would say rest in peace, but I’ve a feeling you’re restlessly wandering, amongst the stars

    Travel forever, friend.

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