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.
But their strength is the strength of numbers and of stubbornness and persistence; do not underestimate it. – Robin McKinley Bascom Lodge, Mount
“It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.” ― Bellvale Farms
Rest when you are weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work – Ralph Marston Oh,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. – Robert
“Happiness is not a goal. It's a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Shenandoah National Park. OneFoot absolutely loved this section of the trail.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and
"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." - Newt Gingrich (yup, I’m quoting Newt
"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.