Day 7: To Pittsburgh

Darlene at Valley Dairy in Connellsville gave us a hearty breakfast to fuel our ride. We rode through several small towns on our way to Pittsburgh. Lots of signs told the history of coal, coke, and steel.

We stopped at Betsy Tea Room in Boston for lunch and decided to ride to Pittsburgh and get a hotel. Roy, a trail volunteer, told us some steel history including one of Carnegie’s original steel mills that’s still active.

I was craving pizza so we walked down The funky south side and got a giant slice at Benny’s on Carson Street.

We rode ~65 miles today from Connellsville to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, I learned you can’t charge my Wahoo bike computer during a ride.

Caboose display near our shelter in Connellsville
Hearty breakfast in Connellsville
Creative repurposing of a shopping cart
We saw several of these tables along the trail
I call this “ trail art”
The many bridges near Pittsburgh
According to Roy, this mill built by Carnegie is still active
Roy, a trail volunteer reciting his knowledge
Giant slice
A train with dozens of cars of coal

7 Replies to “Day 7: To Pittsburgh”

  1. Tasty looking pizza!

    Fun fact. Pittsburgh is the “City of Bridges”

    Believe it or not, Pittsburgh has more bridges than Venice! The city boasts more than 445 of them, many of them crossing the three rivers (Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela) that meet in downtown Pittsburgh.

  2. I LOVE your blog Mike! And the photos are always so great and entertaining!! What a fabulous adventure!

  3. You guys look like you are having a good time! I am enjoying all the updates and pictures. Dave Bryson

  4. I love all this, of course. Sounds like you are having a grand social event, as well, and granting nicknames right and left. But, isn’t that the grand part of travel. Indeed, if you wanted to rub it in, you could put a sign on the back of a bike noting the mpg you get on a bicycle. Indeed, it probably should be expressed in French toast and pizza slices. (Like really, a Quinoa salad on a stop? Beer, yes, necessary, but let’s keep this focussed on your effort, the athleticism, the adventure, and the rewards of copious amounts of food.)

    Ride on, Ready Boys!

  5. That’s a LOT of coal! And it’s on its way to Pittsburgh? In the UK, there’s a saying for something that is pointless or redundant: “It’s like carrying coals to Newcastle”. Methinks one could say the same about carrying coal to Pittsburgh!?!

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