Wow, I can’t believe it’s over! Our last day was another light one, just 15 miles through Albany into the Rensselaer Amtrak Station. No crashes and no flats, thank the Lord! It was like a victory lap, 16 guys finishing the trip of a lifetime, soaking in the beautiful scenery around the Hudson River. What a high! When we rolled to a stop at the Amtrak station, my bike odometer read exactly 460.00 miles!!! (I had put 100 miles on the odometer before the trip) Our entire trip was EXACTLY 360 miles! AWESOME!!! We are all thanking God for a safe, fun trip, and can’t wait to do another one! The strangest thing is that, after biking 360 miles over 8 days, none of us can find a single sore spot on our bodies (no kidding!). God has blessed us so much, and we are so thankful for all the prayers, support, and positive comments that all of you guys(and girls) gave. Though the last day was short, it definitely had its share of…(drum roll, please)… COOL STORIES!!! (you just love these, don’t you) 😉
The Brakes That Were Not There: We were departing from our last stopping point when I noticed that my bike was having trouble braking. As we rolled down a hill, I came to the interesting conclusion that I HAD NO BRAKES! I remained perfectly calm (NOT!) and made a rather ungraceful stop while staying on the bike. I checked my brakes and realized that, while making a minor repair the day before, Ben had unfastened my brakes and had forgotten to put them back on (oops!). I quickly hooked them up and thanked God for keeping me safe. I also made a mental note to keep an eye on Ben… 🙂
The Immovable Man: At Lafayette Park in Albany, I found a man sitting on a park bench, completely unmoving. He was smiling placidly, with his hat in hand and his legs crossed, but I couldn’t help notice his unhealthy color. I tried to strike up a conversation, but he apparently preferred silence. I asked him if it was okay for me to get a picture with him, and when he didn’t answer, I took to mean “yes.” Check out the pictures below and see if you can help me figure out why he wouldn’t move/talk.
The Welcoming of the 300: As we rode into Albany, one of the guys noticed large signs bearing the “300” logo! As it turns out, an Albany church was celebrating its 300th birthday, but it looked like we were receiving a grand welcome to our destination! So cool! Just a little bonus blessing from God…
Singin’ in the City: We got a chance to sing on the front steps of the New York State Museum! It was awesome! Great acoustics, and the few people who listened to us seemed to enjoy it!
Albany, NY, The Great American Ghost Town: When we arrived in Albany, THERE WAS NO ONE THERE!!! It was a ghost town, we barely saw anyone walking the streets. It was like they knew we were coming 😉 We chalked it up to it being graduation weekend, as the few people we saw were in graduation caps and gowns, but it was rather creepy nonetheless…
Jonathan’s Pizza Parlor: We found a pizza parlor called Jonathan’s. How cool is that? It was closed, unfortunately, so we didn’t get to try it out…
A Hero’s Homecoming for the 300: When the long train ride home was over, all 16 of us guys stepped of the train to a HUGE crowd of loving mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, and supporters, all cheering and whistling at the top of their lungs! The people that were on board the train were rather impressed by the overwhelming welcome we received! Thanks so much to all who showed up! It felt so good to finish strong and to come home to such love! Shortly after, we all rushed home and crashed in our own beds– FINALLY!
Well, it’s over, but it’s only just beginning! We’re already planning our next ride, and it’s going to be bigger and better than this! I and the rest of the 300 will remember this trip for the rest of our lives! What a great accomplishment, I am so proud of everyone on the trip, we all fought hard and finished well! God bless all of you loyal followers, God bless the 300, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
Keep following the blog for info on other 300 events, and stay tuned for 300: The Documentary, coming in August 2012!
-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator