So, I'm going to grab a dog and fries for lunch. As I walk in, there's a guy with a beard and backpack standing in front of me. Now, I have a beard, use a backpack instead of a briefcase, and in any case "beard and backpack" describes about 15% of the Asheville populace this time of year.
Most are not carrying a MLD pack with carbon hiking poles, though. Needless to say, a conversation ensues. After a while, Ryan mentions he's going to meet a female friend from Massachusetts who's starting an AT thru-hike in Georgia tomorrow.
"This is a long shot, but is her name Angela?"
"Yeah. Angela "
in stereo: "Zukowski"
"How did you...?"
Once we rule out for the moment the possibility that I'm a stalker, BPL comes into the picture.
Ryan Linn, from Maine, has just finished his AT stint and is about to head west for a PCT thru-hike.
Angela, if you happen to read this, enjoy your hike. I live near Erwin and Roan Mountain... not sure when you'll be coming through vs when I'll be out of town or otherwise committed, but PM me if you need a shuttle or resupply (or, as I offered to Trevor, a quick sailing trip).
Anyway, just an interesting set of coincidences that I figured someone or other here would appreciate.