Trail angels come in all shapes, sizes and places.
So far, on this Michigan hike, Chris/Wolverine has met several. There was the lady in McDonalds who gave him a gift card. She did not know him or know of him, just saw the backpack, listened to his story and gave. Then there was a man and his son who walked across their field to offer Chris water. And a railroad worker who saw Chris walking along the tracks, listened to his tale and also offered water. To a hot, hungry, lonely hiker these people are angels. Random acts of kindness and thoughtfulness that are hugely appreciated.
Before this hike started, Chris was contacted by a man named Jerry Allen. Jerry lives by the Midland to Mackinaw trail and with his wife Connie is a long distance hiker and maintains the trail. Yesterday, walking along M30, a car pulled up to Chris, asked him if he was Chris Hillier and and then said that he was Jerry Allen! He gave Chris a ride to his house where Chris was able to have a shower, a wonderful dinner of pulled pork and talk trail with Jerry and Connie! He also slept in a warm, soft bed.
People don't realize what these acts of kindness mean to a hiker. The phone call I got from Chris yesterday was ecstatic!
So thank you to all of those out there who stop, think of someone else, share coffee, a smile, listen and ask questions, offer water, their home...trail angels are the best!