Thursday, September 10, 2015

GAP / C&O Ride II, 9/8/15, Home

Today's ride was planned to be the longest at around 80 miles or so.  Ohiopyle is the approximate mid point of the GAP.  

I left the hotel at 7:45 and the town was significantly more quiet than the busy holiday yesterday.   

I found a very pleasant little bakery for a fine egg sandwich then hit the trail. 

Again, the ride through Ohiopyle was just beautiful. I encountered no other riders for 13 miles and was just in awe of the quiet and nature. 

17 miles in was Connellsville. 

The next town was West Newton and home was not far.   I stopped for an entire 14" pizza at Mama Pepino's. 

And a reminder of what I had done.  

I'd seen this same type of black snake four times now.  The first time was in DC. I guess that it's possible the NSA was following me. Is there much of a difference between the black helicopters and black snakes?

This is someone's backyard along the Youghiogheny River. 

Pulling into Boston, PA and Downtown Pittsburgh was just a short distance. 

So close to the end on the Southside of Pittsburgh and I had to wait 10 minutes for a freight train. 

Downtown Pittsburgh was now in view. 

And I pulled into Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh, the terminus of the GAP. 

Marker of the terminus. 

The bike and the final mile marker. 

Selfies in front of the fountain at Point State Park. 

I rode home to Squirrel Hill from Downtown and pulled into the driveway around 4:45. 

Just absolutely throughly enjoyable and hard to think about being back at my desk.