Hey everyone, my name is Ray “OneFoot” Galli, I’m 50 years old and just finished a 20 year career in the CT Department of Corrections. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike has been on my mind for many years. Cheryl, my wife of nearly 30 years, and I have spent years talking about and planning for my walk for 2018. Now, it seems, my time has finally come! The kids are grown (though not fully independent quite yet), the house is sold and the career that supported my family well but never fulfilled me is soon to be in the past. I’ve always had a passion for hiking and backpacking and have done about 500 miles in sections on the AT. I grew up in Vermont and enjoyed a lot of time hunting, fishing, hiking and playing in the woods as a kid and teen. Time to start walking and see where this journey leads me. Cheryl and I will be blogging together; me from the trail, she from home in Connecticut…Oh, and my trail name comes from my frequent reminders to myself & others to just put one foot in front of the other – & see where the journey takes you. Cheryl's trail (angel) name is Should Be Good...for her response to nearly every adventure I suggest.
"Lord, set me a path by the side of the road, I pray this be a part of your plan, Then heap on the burden & pile on the load, And I'll trek it
“No one you have been and no place you have gone ever leaves you. The new parts of you simply jump in the car and go along for the rest of the ride.
“Duct tape on his shoes, sleeping on the ground, and eating out of pouches. This is my son living his dream.” That is a quote from OneFoot’s mom.
“Mile 301.4 to mile 316.9. Rain was the word of the day for all 15 miles. I busted my ass to get a shelter spot and it worked. It’s absolutely
OneFoot reached the 300-mile mark this week on his quest to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. That’s 300 miles down and, well, only about 1,890 to
This zero day thing is pretty cool. Personally, I think we all need this time in our lives whether we are hiking the AT or not. Welcome to Hot
OneFoot reached a significant milestone this week by entering the Smokies. We’ll get to that in a bit, but first, here’s what he’s been up to. A
It wasn't our intention to post so often. We'll likely slow down as OneFoot moves along. For now, it's all so new and exciting, we want to
With one state done, it’s time to look at what has worked, what hasn’t, and what this journey has meant so far. Gear list 2.0 In our earlier gear
Two common phrases come to mind in describing these last few days on the trail. “Embrace the suck” and “No pain, no rain, no Maine.” But lots of