Hi everyone! Today we made the best time we’ve made all week! We averaged 13.5 miles per hour, which is great, considering all the brutal hills we had to climb. 🙂 We are staying at the Bush’s house in Oneida tonight, they’ve been great to us! This morning it was raining cats and dogs (what?!), but it let up before we started riding, so that was a blessing. We had a couple flats, Micah Reynolds flipped the bike trailer, we broke the speed limit, and we parked in a fire lane, but we’re all safe and sound (so no worries, parents). Some more stories from the trip:

The Death of Zach Rowe Story: For the past day, Seth Morrissey’s seat post on his bike has been cracking, so we stopped in a town to try to get a new one from a bike store. Ben and Seth rode to the bike store while the rest of us stopped at a grocery store. We were chilling at the store when all these fire alarms start going off and these fire engines and an ambulance pull into the parking lot. Ben saw the fire engines from the bike store and thought that one of us guys had been hit by a car and killed or worse (for some reason, Zach Rowe’s name leapt to his mind…). He comes flying into the parking lot to find all our bikes parked in the fire lane (oops) and yells, “What happened? I leave for one second and Zach gets killed!!!” Pretty crazy…

The Dead Duck Head Story: I didn’t see this, but a couple of the guys saw a severed duck head along the side of the road. Whatever… They said it was looking back at them. Perhaps this trip is too much of a mental strain on them. 🙂

The Rebirth of Hercules Story: Micah Reynolds hauled our 50 pound bike trailer over some brutal hills today without breaking a sweat (almost), so we now call him Hercules. He did awesome!

The Blessing of the Welder Story: As I said earlier, Seth’s seat post was breaking, so God led us to stop in a parking lot to check our maps, and the owner of the lot just happened to be a welder who was able to fix Seth’s seat right then and there! Such a blessing!

The Rapid Aging of Pastor Folk: It is known that Pastor Folk is in his 50s, but as a motivational tactic Ben likes to yell “C’mon, guys, if a 60-year-old man can do it, you can too!” Odd how fast Pastor Folk has aged in a few days… 🙂

We still have yet to solve the Mystery of the 300 Signs. Anyone with clues can contact us via comments on the blog. Check out the pictures of us trying on our crazy rain ponchos!
Keep praying for us and for my dad!
God bless,
Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator

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Posted: June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Day 3 (06/18/12)

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Wow, what a day! 60 miles total, with 40 miles of steep hills! Brad Barkowski carried our 50 pound bike trailer the whole way, and did an awesome job! No accidents today, praise God! There are a couple of cool stories from today that I’ve got to share…

The Cow Story: OK, so we’re biking past a farm when these two cows in a pasture alongside the road decide they want to race us. They’re tearing through the pasture when suddenly both of them slam into the electric fence! One sort of bounced off (if cows can bounce) and the other broke right through the fence! Hilarious! Had a good laugh after seeing that!

The Bald Eagle Story: I had just called my family and found out that my dad has to have open-heart surgery and a double bypass while I’m gone biking. I hang up and I’m scared, worried, and wondering if everything is going to be okay. Pastor Folk prays for my dad, and when he’s finished, an American Bald Eagle flies low over our heads! No kidding! It was like a sign from God to keep trusting in Him. Awesome! Keep praying for Rick Quatro, my dad, as he has surgery on Wednesday.

Bob Stopper Story: A guy named Bob Stopper stopped us in a McDonalds parking lot and informed us that Newark used to be the “peppermint capital of America”! Interesting, huh? He also said that peppermint oil used to be illegal to buy…

The Mystery of the 300 Signs Story: Along the trail, we have seen several signs that have encouraging messages for the 300 group written on them such as, “Go 300!”, “300 has it!” , and “Looking Good!” Who posted these messages? We have received several suspicious phone calls from Pastor Folk’s wife, and we suspect her of writing them, even though it doesn’t look like her handwriting… Can we solve the mystery? Keep following to find out! 🙂

Before I sign out, I want to give a shout out to the Hanley family, who showed us what Christianity is all about when they opened their home to us, cooked us fabulous meals, and let us all shower, sleep, and do our laundry at their expense. They are truly awesome friends who made us feel at home. We didn’t want to leave! God bless you all, Hanley Family!!!

Keep praying and following!
God bless,
-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator

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Well, Day 2 went much smoother than Day 1, with no flats or spills, thank God! Everyone is learning the importance of sticking together and not trying to show off individual achievements. During World War 2, Allied bombers were getting shot down right and left because the fighter escorts protecting them were trying to raise their personal stats by going off on their own and getting into aerial skirmishes, leaving their bombers unprotected. The Allies had to teach their fighter pilots that success is measured by how many bombers get home safe, not how many personal kills they made. If they stuck together with the group, they could apprehend the enemy sooner and destroy them without leaving their bombers unprotected. Once the pilots got in that mindset, more missions were successful, more bombers got home safe, and the Allies established air supremacy. We are trying to use this mindset to our benefit on this trip and in our lives. It doesn’t matter who came in first or who seems bigger in the “public eye,” what matters is sticking together and accomplishing a common goal. Unity is key, and today on the trail everyone was much more unified than on the previous day, resulting in fewer mishaps. We’re learning new things every day! Keep praying!
-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator
P.S. OK, so we found a really funny lame joke on a Popsicle stick, gotta share it.
Q: When is a door not really a door? A: When it is ajar. Get it? If not, don’t worry about it! :p

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Posted: June 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello World!!!

Posted: June 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

We are the “300,” a group of 16 men from Old Paths Bible Baptist Church in Holley, New York. We’re biking the entire length of the Erie Canal in only seven days! Our bike ride is approximately 365 miles long: from the Niagara River to the Hudson River. Our name (300) comes from the Biblical story of Gideon, an ordinary man whom God used to defeat a massive army with only three hundred men.We are trying to model the courage, honor, and integrity of those men by getting off the couch and doing hard things for God!

Enjoy the Blog as we post updates each day, and don’t forget to tell your friends!

God Bless!

-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator

A fun and eventful day! We started in Tonowanda, NY, and finished in Holley, NY, about 63 miles total. Along the way, we had three flat tires, three crashes, and a couple people got lost. Thankfully, we are all safe and sound (At least we think so, we should probably re-count everybody) 🙂 Had a great lunch at Papa Leo’s Pizza, and good friend Steve Nicot cooked an awesome dinner! Navigator Rick Quatro was missed greatly, we’re all praying that his heart surgery will be successful on Monday. His sons Jonathan and Jason took over his job as navigator and got everyone to the destination on time. Pictures will be posted later. Keep checking the blog!

-Jonathan Quatro, Blog Editor and Team Navigator

 

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Posted: June 16, 2012 in Uncategorized