In 1981 I hitched from Kenai, AK to Montclair, NJ. It took me 9 days. I had previously hitched from Oberlin, Oh., to Boston and New York but I gave it up after that, relieved that some maniac never killed me.
Along the way I got a long ride from a very guilty-feeling Mormon who was a professional K Mart painter, a biker in a van who kicked me out at a rest stop, a writing professor at Iowa State University who tried unsuccessfully to seduce me, and a dozen others. It cost me well under $100.