We meet so many wonderful interesting people on the trail. In Oregon we met a Swiss couple heading northbound who’d been on the trail for several months who neatly summarised the types of hikers they’d come across on the the trail. There were four types, they recounted, which are as follows:
- The Athlete – trying to hike the trail as an extreme sport and as fast as possible
- The Seeker – looking to find themselves
- The Nature Lover – discovering the Wilderness through which the trail travels
- The Socialite – enjoying the companionship of the other hikers on the trail
I guess all hikers are a differing blend of these types and we too are another cocktail mix of them.