Yesterday the through hikers were the only people I met on the PCT. Many go by now at 3 mph and don't even look up. "Hello" and they are gone.
I was sitting with 3 people from the East Coast and a sprinter came by. He had the faded pack cover, small pack, and the gait of someone walking to British Columbia.
He said "Hi" and was gone.
"Do you speak Canadian?" I asked.
He did not slow down, but turned and shouted "I speak French."
"Au revoir mon ami." was the best I could muster.