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COVID-19 closed their businesses, so they rode their bikes across the country

Posted at 12:19 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 13:40:10-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Western New Yorkers Cory Muscato, Jake Monti and Josh Mullin rode their bikes from Oregon to Buffalo, this spring.

Their businesses were forced to be closed in March because of COVID-19.

“You don't often get a window of time where you don't have a lot of responsibilities. but we made sure to take advantage of that,” said Monti.

And take advantage they did.

Some of their favorite spots were in Wyoming, like the Grand Tetons and Devil’s Tower. They also enjoyed their time in South Dakota, where they had a run in with some American Bison in the Badlands.

“And when they finally chose to make their exit, about four of them took off stampeding over someone’s tent,” said Muscato. He added no one was in that tent.

While Jake Monti captured some amazing moments through his camera lens, they all captured some lifelong lessons from the people they met.

“It's so reflective of what we're doing as a culture right now. Just accept each other and it really was beautiful,” said Muscato.

They also learned plenty about themselves.

“Perspective. What I missed. What I was looking forward to getting back to,” said Mullin. Upon his arrival back to Buffalo he proposed to his girlfriend.

A simple message from the three Western New Yorkers, if you have opportunity to step out of you comfort zone and try something big, go for it.

“Never, ever regret. Do it.”