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There are people who go out of their way to help hikers. Sometimes it’s a random car ride offered to a grubby hiker by the kindness of a complete stranger. And sometimes it’s a person who lives in a town near the trail that lets hikers camp in their backyard or do laundry at their house or grab a shower to wash off days of accumulated dirt and dust. These folks are known in the long-distance hiking world as “trail angels.”


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