Another great day. After a delicious and sustaining breakfast at the Fox Castle B&B in Connellsville, we returned to the GAP.
Everything about today was different. We left Connellsville through a city park lined with student art. The tree-lined path continued, with a rocky hillside on the left side and the Youghiogheny River on the right. At times, fallen tree trunks looked like they were propping up the rocks. There were beautiful campsites for hikers,bikers, and rafters.
We felt a little like world travelers. We went through Adelaide, West Newton, Boston, and Versailles without leaving Pennsylvania.
Lunch in West Newton (we seem to stop at a lot of places called Trailside) featured delicious salads and a view out the window capturing dueling political views.
I hope you can expand the picture to see the signs on either side of the road.
Occasionally, the trail opened up with towns on either side of the trail.
We encountered stone trail markers with the number of miles to Pittsburgh and metal markers measuring the distance from Cumberland. Usually they were .01 to .02 miles apart.
The benches on this part of the trail have metal plaques, but you can't read them from the bike.
Did I say it was a gorgeous day?
As we got closer to Pittsburgh, suddenly we were wending our way though many industrial areas
Then, just as suddenly we were on a riverside park path with trendy new places on the left and a fellow water skiing in the river.
We are ensconced in Southside Pittsburgh. At Dish Osteria and Bar, we toasted our achievement by having wine and dishes that reminded us of Italy.
Tomorrow is our first rest day. Yay!