"Chi" as in "chi chi" the motoconcho

Chip

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Well it looks like I've finally found my niche; I'm a motoconcho at heart. :)

Since my project started in Sosua abouth 3 weeks ago I have been making daily trips and get flagged down quite frequently on the Tourist highway from Santiago. As long as I'm not super pressed for time I try to stop if flagged down. Mostly I pick up kids going to school or laborers and they generally tell me "gracias" and I respond "siempre" or "Dios le bendiga". Needless to say I spend most of the time praying to God I don't wreck. :)
 

agw

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Do you have a license? There is a person who frequents this board who will turn you in if she can for the crime of charging people for rides if you don't have a license.
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But where does he say he charges them? When we are inclined and don't have a full backseat, we've picked up people on the side of the road as well... all we charge is a little conversation!
 

DOMINCAN JOE

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But where does he say he charges them? When we are inclined and don't have a full backseat, we've picked up people on the side of the road as well... all we charge is a little conversation!
Is this Chip
When we are inclined and don't have a full backseat,
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cobraboy

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Chip's a good man...how ,many here pick up hitchhikers?
 
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Mostly I pick up kids going to school or laborers and they generally tell me "gracias" and I respond "siempre" or "Dios le bendiga".

Sounds like they pay with a "gracias" only. People helping people.
 

Castle

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Chip, I really hope you meant you were a motoconchista, instead of a motoconcho, right?
 

AlterEgo

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Chip's a good man...how ,many here pick up hitchhikers?

Mr. AE will stop for guys in uniform, and we stopped last trip for a couple with a child waiting for a bus near our house [in the rain], but that's about it. Can be dangerous.
 

suarezn

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Used to be you could get a "bola" anywhere you went when I was growing up. We never paid to go to college, just hitchhike. Once I got a car I also would give rides to people all the time, but nowadays this has become a dangerous thing to do. Motoconcho is probable one of the most dangerous professions in The DR. They get robbed and killed all the time by people wanting to take their motorcycle, etc...Imagine you're pretty much at the mercy of someone riding behind you.

I still do pick up hitchhikers, but on a very selective basis and only if I'm accompanied by family and/or friends. Even picking up girls hitching a ride can be problematic as sometimes they have their male friends waiting in the bushes or there have been cases of the women themselves doing the robbing.

Sad that it has come to this, but it's the reality of the world nowadays.
 
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Sad that it has come to this, but it's the reality of the world nowadays.

It's nothing unique to our time. Stories have been told for thousands of years about the dangers of travel. Luke 10:30.
 

AlterEgo

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Used to be you could get a "bola" anywhere you went when I was growing up. We never paid to go to college, just hitchhike. Once I got a car I also would give rides to people all the time, but nowadays this has become a dangerous thing to do. Motoconcho is probable one of the most dangerous professions in The DR. They get robbed and killed all the time by people wanting to take their motorcycle, etc...Imagine you're pretty much at the mercy of someone riding behind you.

I still do pick up hitchhikers, but on a very selective basis and only if I'm accompanied by family and/or friends. Even picking up girls hitching a ride can be problematic as sometimes they have their male friends waiting in the bushes or there have been cases of the women themselves doing the robbing.

Sad that it has come to this, but it's the reality of the world nowadays.

You're right. I should clarify that we usually pick up the young guys in uniform who are looking for a ride at the end of their shift at the turn-off for San Cristobal on 27 de Feb. when we're going home from SD. There always seem to be several of them on the ramp, I guess our schedules are similar :)
 

dv8

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i traveled by hitchhiking in poland for many years, since the age of 15. always wanted to return the favour but miesposo won't stop and alone i am a bit worried. maybe one day when i have my dream L200 sportero and i passengers can be in the back and not inside the cabin :)

i had my share of crazy drivers but most were super nice, many gave me food and some would even take me to the train station and pay for my ticket if they could not drive me further towards my destination. world is full of good people :)
 

Chirimoya

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i had my share of crazy drivers but most were super nice, many gave me food and some would even take me to the train station and pay for my ticket if they could not drive me further towards my destination. world is full of good people :)
Ditto. On one occasion, hitchhiking with two friends in France, a woman who gave us a lift gave us the keys to her apartment and said, help yourself to coffee in the morning, there's a bakery downstairs, and went off to spend the night at her mother's. There were one or two uncomfortable situations but they were outnumbered by the kindness of strangers :)
We always exercise caution when giving lifts here, for obvious reasons.
 

dv8

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i had few people give me a bola here as well, from costambar into the city. i used to walk all the way to the city center before i got my own car. the drivers would always chat about where i come from, what am i doing here and who am i related too. and damn this, it always turned out they knew my in laws. maybe they were spies sent by my mother in law who was always petrified of me walking to places :)
 

Mauricio

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I normally don't dare to give people rides, only once, in the late afternoon there was an Amet asking for a ride on the road from La Romano to San Pedro de Macoris, where you turn to take the highway to Santo Domingo.

He happened to be a fellow Christian, and we had a nice conversation on the way to Santo Domingo.