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    This is cut and pasted from the Facebook page of Bill Cooke (Cookerhiker).

    The hiking community mourns another loss with the passing of Raymond Myers aka "Rain Man" last weekend at the age of 66. Coming a mere two weeks after the passing of Don “Hikerhead” Hoke, this is quite a jolt.

    A native of South Carolina and proud graduate of Clemson, Rain Man lived in Nashville, TN where he practiced law and was active in his Christian faith community. He and his wife raised 3 daughters, one of whom I met by happenstance before I knew him; my hiking partner Keith Bance and I shared a shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia with his daughter Sarah.
    My first contact with Rain Man occurred through the AT-oriented website whiteblaze.net in the mid-2000s. We finally met face-to-face in 2011 at the annual Trail Days festival in Damascus, VA. Like me, he was hiking the entire AT in sections over a multi-year period. It was my great pleasure to host Rain Man at my Vermont condo in the summer of 2017 as he was hiking another AT section in his quest to complete the trail, a quest he attained a few months later. Pam and I shuttled him to the trail heads and on one day, I joined him for a day hike which included ascending Killington Peak.

    Rain Man was a generous person. One personal observation occurred atop Killington at the café where he noticed some AT thruhikers and offered to buy them a meal. He explained that he had witnessed much such “Trail Magic” provided to Sarah on her 2004 thruhike and enjoyed dispensing the same to subsequent hikers.

    A devoted and loving husband and father, a devout Christian, one who helped others whether prospective hikers or people in need, Rain Man will be missed by many, many people. May he rest in peace and may God bless and comfort his family.

    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Teacher & Snacktime's Avatar
      Teacher & Snacktime -
      The above picture, from Rain Man’s Vermont section and our most fun adventure, reminds me again how very much I’m going to miss this warm-hearted, silly, wonderful friend. His gift to the AT community was to invite all into his adventures, and what adventures they were!

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      Every greeting a joy,
      Every journey an adventure,
      Every gathering a celebration.
      It has all been "magical".
    1. Tennessee Viking's Avatar
      Tennessee Viking -
      Great and funny guy. I have chatted with him since 2007. Met him at the US 421 crossing in 2008 on his July 4 section hike into Damascus. He will be missed.
    1. SurferNerd's Avatar
      SurferNerd -
      Such a sad loss. I've got great photos of him from our camping trips. He will be missed.
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