Today I got a big surprise! I left Damascus after enjoying a pimento cheese sandwich and Gatorade at Cowboy’s diner/convenience store/gas station. I think the cook there liked me because one of the pieces of whole wheat bread on my sandwich was the heel. She probably thought I needed the extra vitamins!
Anyway, that’s not the surprise…about mid-afternoon I came upon a young couple having a snack on the side of the trail and lo and behold it was Russell Trimmer and his girlfriend Ellie. Russell is from my adopted hometown of Lexington, Virginia and I know his parents. His mother, Amy DeHart, and I both worked at VMI until I retired last summer. Russell (Rusty) and Ellie (Toast) are recent graduates of the University of Pennsylvania and are hiking the trail before getting on with the rest of their lives. They are like many of the 20-somethings I’ve met in the trail who are taking an opportunity in their lives to do something awesome. We had dinner together at the Lost Mountain Shelter and I enjoyed watching them prepare their vegetarian couscous. It looked really good with all of the vegetables and spices that they used. It was great to see them and I hope to see more of them on the trail.
Would someone in Lexington please let Amy know that I saw Russell and he’s doing fine and eating well…