I met another backpacker this week but he was not what I would consider your usual (if there is such a thing) vagabond.
He had his backpack off and taking a break near our yard on hwy82 west of Texarkana, Tx. He asked that I not take any pictures and we had a short chat.
He was eager to talk but was hesitant to give real details. He appeared to be in his late 40's or early 50's. When I asked where he was from he just answered "all over" and then his destination was "just heading down the road".
His clothes were clean and he was clean shaven and his back pack looked fairly new.
His setup was similar to the one above and he was carrying a tent and ground pad. He appeared to be equipped for backpack traveling.
I just wondered if he was "running away" and had not made it far enough from home to give any personal information. Maybe he was just wanting to leave for awhile or perhaps attempting to make a fresh start down the road. Maybe he was just off for a weekend (it was Friday afternoon) hike, but it was one of you coldest (in the low 30's) days this year.
He was very intriguing but I just could not get him to open up. I would like to meet him a month or two down the road and hear his story.