Cheryl and Ray Galli

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.

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Rain, Wind, Snow, and the Little Piggy that Cried All the Way

Rain, Wind, Snow, and the Little Piggy that Cried All the Way

“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

Apr 19, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Never Walking Alone: The Other Angel on the Trail

Never Walking Alone: The Other Angel on the Trail

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

Apr 15, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
The Smokies: The Good, The Bad, and Then the Zeros

The Smokies: The Good, The Bad, and Then the Zeros

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

Apr 11, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Hello Smokies.  He’s Baaaack!  This Time as a Thru-Hiker.

Hello Smokies. He’s Baaaack! This Time as a Thru-Hiker.

OneFoot reached a significant milestone this week by entering Fontana Dam.  There were chores to be done: shower, laundry, resupply, beer, and wings

Apr 5, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
New and Notes from the AT: Perhaps the Trail Really is Magic

New and Notes from the AT: Perhaps the Trail Really is Magic

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

Mar 31, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Lessons Learned from Georgia and Looking Ahead to the Next 13

Lessons Learned from Georgia and Looking Ahead to the Next 13

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

Mar 27, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Hello North Carolina!  Got any Sunshine to Spare?

Hello North Carolina! Got any Sunshine to Spare?

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

Mar 25, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Chili Dogs, Cheesy Biscuits and a Knit Cap: Trail Life Is Good

Chili Dogs, Cheesy Biscuits and a Knit Cap: Trail Life Is Good

“Tonight is what trail life is all about. Campfire, laughs, trail magic in the form of cold beers, and even yoga!”  That quote is from OneFoot’s

Mar 21, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Working On A Dream: Hello, Georgia

Working On A Dream: Hello, Georgia

All the years of dreaming and planning came down to this moment.  There were no nerves, no jitters.  A quick “I love you” and he was off.  At 8:53

Mar 17, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli
Final Thoughts: Time to Stop Talking & Start Walking

Final Thoughts: Time to Stop Talking & Start Walking

It’s time.  It’s finally his time. After 20+ years of dreaming and planning, we're down to less than two days until we will board a plane bound

Mar 9, 2018 : Cheryl and Ray Galli