Beautiful Day, bright morning

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. — Yoko Ono

DSCN0347Smiles. Yesterday was one of those days that was perfect for smiling. Smile we did for the whole day and ride. It was truly an enjoyable day on the trail. The sun smiled on us but occasionally hid behind clouds. Best of all, our smiling kept the rain at bay.

The morning was off to a perfect start with breakfast on the deck overlooking the river at River’s Edge. It was a short cycle over to the Confluence Cyclery. This bike shop is without a doubt my favorite on the GAP. The owner is such a great guy. He remembered us from our prior visits and took a photo of our group for his Facebook page.

In no time flat we were in Ohiopyle for a quick morning break. Cycling through Ohiopyle State Park is a truly relaxing experience that elicits smiles. Our downhill 17 miles and morning sun only amplified the beauty.

DSCN0356It was lunch as we reached Connellsville where we enjoyed our picnic in Yough Park along the river. It also happened to be some sort of high school youth volunteer day. The trail was crowded with high schoolers cleaning and grooming the trail through the city. It was nice to see that commitment to keeping the trail looking good and clean.

The afternoon passed very quickly cycling this relatively flat area. It was record time for us arriving at our destination around 4:00 p.m. West Newton is a good place to rest your body for an evening. We are now less than 40 miles from our final destination, Pittsburgh.

Bright Morning B&B sits along the trail adjacent to the West Newton train depot. Rob and Mary Lou, the innkeepers have put together a very nice bed and breakfast by restoring two neighboring homes. They are currently working on adding a third. Their hospitality was great. The inn is very clean and well decorated. We spent the evening socializing with other cyclists in the kitchen and living room

Today is our final day of cycling. We are headed west after breakfast. We should continue to make good time and arrive in Pittsburgh in early afternoon. It is both a morning of anticipation, smiles, and happiness to know we are so close to our end.