hitchBOT's epic cross-Canada journey coming to an end

The hitchBOT is seen posed next to Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a portion of...

The hitchBOT is seen posed next to Highway 17 north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway August 5, 2014. The hitch-hiking robot is now at the halfway point in its journey across Canada. Picture taken August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Kenneth Armstrong

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Canada's hitchhiking robot is nearing the end of its journey, expected to reach Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday.

hitchBOT bummed its first ride July 27 in Halifax as it set out on its marathon cross-country trip.

With a face and computer brain protected by a see-through cake saver, a solar panel-covered torso made from a beer pail and arms and legs made from pool noodles, hitchBOT is a roadside standout.

HitchBOT is seen with Belgian tourists Kim Van Aerde (L) and Seb Leeson in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario August 5, 2014. Picture taken August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Kenneth Armstrong

The robot, with blue appendages and yellow rubber-gloved hands, is equipped with a hitchhiking thumb, sturdy boots, camera and the ability to speak with people. It has been entirely dependent on strangers to get across the country.

More than 31,000 Twitter users have been following hitchBOT's adventures, which included dropping in at a powwow at Wikwemikong First Nation on Ontario's Manitoulin Island, meeting groundhog forecaster Wiarton Willie and being a guest at a wedding.

In a tweet Tuesday, the robot said it's "Looking forward to meeting Salish First Nations friends in Victoria."


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