I'm at the side of the road with my thumb up. Spot is laying behind the giant pack, drawing not too much attention.
Hitching rides with Spot has been proven challenging in the past. Now, with the extra giant pack, I'm doubtful if anyone would offer me a ride. It started raining and I'm laughing at the futility of my attempt to hitch a ride. Who would ever offer a ride to this guy with his huge pack and his wet dog?
Amazingly people stopped, I don't know how, maybe it was the smile of futility that did the trick, but people stopped. I never thought, amazing, thank you.