My third night in New Zealand was the first time I ever hitchhiked. Google Maps said walking from Queenstown to Fernhill takes 45 minutes and driving takes 10. That’s an expensive cab. We started the walk. Cars drove by infrequently, and I stuck out my thumb with a half of a hope for getting picked up. We were already a good way up the hill and the only potential for a car to pullover was a narrow shoulder. Rear-view lights breaking caught our attention but we still didn’t believe they were for us. The breaking came to stop so we ran over to inquire.