Days 5 and 6 (06/20/12 – 06/21/12)

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

OK, I’m going to cram two days into one post, if I can. Wednesday was a smooth day, perhaps our best yet! Our average speed went up to 14.7 MPH, and there were no flats or crashes! We arrived at our destination FOUR HOURS EARLY, and had plenty of time to relax and enjoy ourselves. Our stop was at First Baptist Church in Little Falls, pastored by Chris Wintermute, an athletic bicyclist and knowledgeable teacher. The prayer meeting that we had was very good, and we were also able to play some foosball, ping-pong, air hockey, and tabletop bowling (stiff competition, believe me)! On Thursday, we traveled our farthest distance of the trip, 73 miles. Unfortunately, Jesse Glushefski had a very bad crash in which he hit a 3-foot-tall wooden post at 17 MPH and flew over the handlebars. Miraculously, he wasn’t seriously hurt, but his bike frame has bent rather badly.
(See pictures below)

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Reese Parfitt also crashed, but neither he nor his bike were damaged, thank the Lord. Zach Rowe had a rough day, complete with two flat tires. Ben Folk was resourceful and used what he had on hand to fix the tires.
(See pictures below)

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Caleb Lang hauled our trailer like a champ, in spite of a flat on his bike, as well. The group has become more unified throughout the trip, and God is really blessing us! And now, what you’ve all been waiting for…(drum roll, please) MORE COOL STORIES!!!

The Arrest of the Pastor Story: We all stopped at a really cool lock on the canal and saw a bridge/catwalk that went out over the water and gave a view inside the lock. We weren’t sure it was legal (or safe, but guys never think about that), but Pastor Folk climbed out onto it and most of us followed. We were enjoying the fabulous view when a man who controlled the lock yelled at us to get out of there! We thought we were going to get arrested! Adventure is never far away from us…

The Omen of the Cats Story: While biking along the trail, several of us were startled by a loud, un-human noise in the trees. Brad thought they were monkeys (logical conclusion, of course), but as it turns out they were cats having a fight. One of them was black, and to our horror, it crossed our path!! No wonder we had so many maintenance problems!!! (Just kidding!)

The Curious Case of the Talkative Tour Guide: We had stopped at a Revolutionary War monument and entered the welcome center to use the restroom, when a tour guide decided to give us the long version of the history story surrounding the monument. We had no idea how much history surrounded the canal until the tour guide demonstrated the great depths of golden knowledge with a lengthy speech. It wasn’t until much later that we finally hit the trail again…

Fun Fact: The church that we stayed at on Wednesday night was originally pastored by Reverend Francis Bellamy, the author of…the Pledge of Allegiance. No kidding! I thought that was so interesting…

The Eviction of the 300: One of the places we were supposed to stop and sleep at one night suddenly became unavailable. We found out later that the town condemned the building (oops!) and that we were stuck without a place to sleep, but God worked it all out, and somehow we ended up at Charlie Barkowski’s father’s house! I’m so glad we didn’t spend a hard day biking only to arrive at our stop and realize that it wasn’t there… God is so good!

Is Pastor Folk An Indian? Popular lore has it that Pastor Folk is a descendant of the Mohawk Indians, and today we receive some more proof. When biking through the Mohawk River Valley, he broke forth into an authentic Indian chant. Is he really an Indian? Maybe someday, we’ll find out for sure…

So many great things happening, wish I could share them all with you! My dad’s open-heart surgery was successful and he is doing well. Keep believing in miracles!

Please keep following and giving your input, we need you guys!
God bless,
-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator

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Comments
  1. Halle says:

    Cool stories…glad no body got to hurt. Hope you guys have a great day. πŸ™‚ I’ll be praying for you.

  2. Laura says:

    Hi Everyone. I have been following your blog and reading Pastor Folk’s emails. I think I am living vicariously through your group. What an adventure with plenty of challenges and God’s paintbrush all over it. I can only imagine all of the object lessons that Pastor Folk has given. Praise the Lord that no one has been seriously hurt.

    Jonathan, I think you should write a book about this experience. Maybe you could sell it at all the local “Canal Shops”!

    I’ll keep praying for the safety of the group and that God’s canvas will continue to expose His brush strokes.

    Laura E (OPBBC)

  3. Hans3030 says:

    Sounds so exciting. Hurry home! πŸ˜‰ Praying for you guys

  4. Tim Quatro says:

    Hey Jon how ya doing? dis is Tim…I just wanna say that I do not miss you lol πŸ™‚ j.k (p.s) I am praying for you guys!

  5. Master Nathan Quatro says:

    Hey Jason, This is Your favorite brother Nate! I miss you so much..and am glad to hear that you have not gotten hurt….(yet) hope to cya Saturday!

  6. Julia Cammilleri says:

    Hey, looks like you are having a fun, and great experience on this bike trip! Hope you all stay safe!

  7. Jamie Parfitt says:

    Good update. Sure like the pictures. It takes some force to put a wrinkle in metal! I like the layout, with the story titles. Keep up the blogging and get out there with the Gospel. πŸ™‚
    Mrs. P

  8. Amy Lodice says:

    Pastor Folk’s Indian name is Black Crow. πŸ™‚

  9. Rick Quatro says:

    Hi 300 Guys,

    I just want to let you know how proud I am of all you guys for making the trip. You are all hard as nails, especially with the heat this week. I am sure it is a life-changing experience for all of you. I am still in the hospital, but I am feeling pretty good. I will probably go home on Monday. It is going to be a long recovery (especially my sternum), but the prognosis is good. God’s grace has been evident throughout the whole situation. I took a shower today and 3 laps around the unit. I even went up and down a flight of stairs.

    Man, I wish I could have been with you guys, especially with Jonathan, Jason, and Mr Gilmore. But I am thanking God for His mercy and that I am still alive. The doctor says that I have a lot more miles ahead of me with this bypass.

    Ben, thanks for being the “glue” to hold the trip together. I love you all. Make sure you soak in that train ride and blog about it. I guarantee that it will be one of the highlights of the trip.

    Rick Quatro

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