Why this blog?

Yonah Biers-Ariel refused to have a Bar Mitzvah. His parents insisted on an alternative rite of passage. In order to avoid leading a half-dozen prayers and dancing with his grandmother at his Bar Mitzvah party, Yonah pedaled a bicycle 3,804 miles—San Francisco to Washington DC—joined by his parents and little brother. Along the way, the family collected thousands of signatures on a global warming petition calling for the United States to undergo an energy rite of passage moving from our dependence on oil to a non-carbon energy future.

99 GALLONS OF GATORADE is the father’s memoir of this ordinary family’s extraordinary journey.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Death of a Blog

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for faithfully reading 99 GALLONS and for the wonderful feedback and encouragement you have given me. The bad news is that I am stopping the blog. The good news is that The Mountaineers will be publishing the renamed book The Bar Mitzvah and The Beast: One Family's Cross-Country Ride of Passage by Bike. It will be available in Spring of 2012.



  1. Thanks for sharing the stories. I hope it goes well looking for an agent and/or publisher. I look forward to picking up the book and getting the rest of the story.

  2. Well, good luck getting an agent. I am sad that you are stopping the blog as I looked forward to reading about your family adventures. Please post when you publish your book so we can find out how the rest of the trip was!!!

  3. What??? Bait and switch!! I am sorry you're stopping this, but I sincerely wish you luck with the agent, Matt. You have a very enjoyable style. I'll buy it if it gets published. Rich

  4. Thanks for the entertainment, inspiration, and though-provoking prose, Matt. Best of luck on getting this out there.

  5. Matt, I shall miss the regular discussions with Yonah and the vicarious moments on the open road and the simplicity of man in and against nature.
    And of course the opportunity to hang with the Biers-Ariel family.
    Cheers, Me