Journey Man and I stood on the road with three of our friends, Headstart, Twist and Mini Chimi. We had our bags packed and thumbs out. The five of us waited for fifteen minutes with no luck, so we decided to split the group in hopes that we could get rides with smaller numbers.
Journey Man and I walked down the main street to put some distance between the two groups. We waited maybe ten more minutes before a big pickup pulled onto the shoulder. The driver rolled his window down, “Heading back to trail?” He helped us load our packs into the bed of the truck and welcomed us into the cab.
On the thirteen mile drive, we learned that Doug’s grandson is also attempting a thru hike this summer. “I liked to help hikers out here and there in years prior,” Doug told us, “but this year especially because now we have a better understanding of what you guys go through.” He dropped us at the trail head and sent us off with a friendly wave.
Trail angels have all kinds of reasons for helping thru hikers. It’s really cool to meet people who have loved ones on the trail currently or who knew loved ones who hiked past years; it’s a great example of the ripple effect that thru hiking has and how quickly the community can grow!
Our hiker friend Twist grew up in Portland, OR. He had a whole itinerary of people he wanted to see on particular weekends. Lucky for Journey Man and myself, Twist invited us to join him for a couple weekends. We first met Twist’s parents, Steve and Laurie, in Sun River. They
A couple days in to the time off trail in Seattle, I had to sit with myself and ponder the real possibility that I might not return to trail. It was such a disappointing thought. It made me mad. And sad. I didn’t want to be done hiking. I had two of the most talked about sections still left to complete—the North Cascades and the Sierra...
Due to injury and wildfire-induced trail closures, Journey Man and I flipped back down south to Northern California to fill in miles that we skipped previously— 622.3 miles to be exact. We hopped back on trail from Burney and took our time working up the miles.