I want to share an amazing story of a trail angel in Troutville, Virginia.
Today, David and I hiked 17.0 miles into Troutville to buy groceries and to pick up our first gear drop. In the gear drop, I get new shoes, socks, freeze dried food, and other hard to find supplies mailed from home to the post office in Troutville.
As I mentioned in the blog from yesterday, we were behind on our new plan to get to Waynesboro by June 26th. Having further to hike today, we arrived into Troutville later than we wanted at 2:45. We picked up our groceries for the trail, then went to Wendy’s to grab a bite to eat. Here we ran into Rain and her husband Tahoe. We ate and had a good visit for 30 minutes.
Afterwards, we realized that we were still a long ways away from the post office and it closed at 5:00 pm. It was 2.5 miles walk. I stuck my thumb out and tried to hitch a ride. No luck. We couldn’t get anybody to stop. We had no way to get to the post office before they closed. We were really disappointed because we had to have the supplies to continue on the trail. We did not know what to do.
We gave up hitch hiking and were looking to cross the street back to the trailhead. Suddenly a car drove up and a lady rolled down her window. She waived us over and said 'this may sound wierd' she recognized us as she had been following our story on our blog. I was so shocked, because I had never met her before.
She then offered us a ride to the post office. It was a godsend. We were so absolutely grateful. We made it to the post office just before they closed and picked up our package. We asked her how she recognized us and she chuckled, she said it was David’s hair. We all laughed. Her name is Aly Anita and we are very thankful.
Tonight we are hiking as far as we can go. Our steps feel lighter because of the amazing events this afternoon. Attached are some pictures taken by Jack's Dad of David and I on the trail.
Location: Latitude: 37.41654, Longitude: -79.81955