Don't let dad hitchhike with the serial killers
September 2, 2011 7:43 PM Subscribe
How can I safely get my father from Des Moines to Rochester MN?
posted by treehorn+bunny to Travel & Transportation around Des Moines, IA (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dad's 'hobby' is doing things that other people might consider outlandish in order to save money. He's got the cash, but it's like a game for him to figure out how not to spend it.
He's going to be in Des Moines, Iowa on Sept 30th, and he wants to come up to meet me in southeast Minnesota that evening or the next morning. He feels that a car rental from one place to the other is too expensive, so he tried posting in the Craigslist rideshare boards looking for a ride, but hasn't been able to find one (although he is willing to pay for gas). He knows that there is a bus at 6am on Saturday, but it costs money and is inconveniently timed, so last I asked, he said "I'm just going to hitchhike." Now, my dad's the type of guy who can generally take care of himself, but the idea of him hitchhiking through the night along interstates in unknown areas really freaks me out. But it's a significantly long drive, so I can't just go down to pick him up.
Does anyone know of other ways to look for rideshares in that area of the midwest, or know of other ways to get between the two places that don't involve renting a car or taking the bus?