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Star's Rainbow ride share board is the oldest web based rainbow ride share board.
Many people have posted on the local Craig's list board for their local city. Google your city name and Craigslist, then under the "community" section, there is a "ride share" section.
Go to your local rainbow potluck, picnic, drum circle and talk to people.
If you Facebook, visit one of the Rainbow Ride Share boards: Rainbow Ride Share Redone or Rainbow Ride Sharing. Disclaimer: there are probably more of these on Facebook since groups seem to spin up all the time.
Once you've made a connection, take the time to visit with your potential riders at your local coffee shop, community park or co-op and discuss the ground rules. Is smoking in the car acceptable? Is this going to be a non-stop drive from wherever to home? Are pets allowed? Who will be driving (someone with a driver's license and insurance)? How much is a rider expected to chip in for expenses? Who is paying for motel rooms if that's where you plan to sleep along the way? What is allowed in the vehicle?
Once you're on the road, be respectful, help out in anyway possible, be safe and don't rush it.
While it's important to start loving all our family en route to the gathering, if you don't feel safe sharing a ride with anyone, just say no.
If you're planning on hitchhiking, use the buddy system, only do it during the day when you can more easily see what kind of a car you're getting into. If you have a fancy phone, take a snapshot of the license plate and send it to a friend so in case something happens, we know where you were last seen. Only take rides that your gut tells you to take. Better to take three days to make it home and be safe then risk a bad ride. Remember it is illegal to hitchhike on the interstate in most states including Montana and position yourself where a driver can safely pull over.
Trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, get yourself to safety ASAP. We want every belly home in one peace.
Best time to arrive home is before noon. If you're 100 miles from home at 10 PM, crash at a local campground, motel, or friend's house. Then get up at 7 AM and come home. The last few miles into the gathering are often twisty dirt roads and you may be driving 20 miles per hour. The hike from where the car is parked to where you decide to set up camp may take one to six hours if you know where you're heading, longer if you're trying to find that just right spot.If you don't normally live at a high elevation, it will take you a few days to get your mountain legs so you'll be moving much slower than usual.
Every year I see intimate relationships take a hit over the stress of the last fifty miles into the gathering, parking, hiking and getting set up. Why do it when you're exhausted and you're doing it in the dark? Arrive early in the day and then you'll be able to see where you're driving, hike your gear in more easily, see the how the gathering is disorganized and enjoy the process. Plus if you need to make two trips to your car, a 10 AM arrival will give you plenty of time.
No matter how you're coming home, please be safe, look out for one another, and help a traveler in need. The gathering is in your heart. Be the gathering as you travel home.
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