More about the journey and not the ending

Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle. — NY Times best seller author Anna Quindlen

The author expressed my final day of feelings well. So often we put so much energy and celebration into the beginnings and endings of our journeys. As I set my wheels down and headed into Pittsburgh, I spent a good bit of my time reminiscing about the highlights and lowlights of the week. They defined this journey.

20140524_092000Saturday morning was again bright and sunny. That was appropriate since we started our day with a delicious breakfast and friendly conversations with fellow bicycle tourists at Bright Morning Bed and Breakfast in West Newton. Rob and Mary Lou are such hospitable innkeepers and the accommodations are quite nice.

It was a short ride to Boston where we met up with our friend Joyce who rode out from Pittsburgh to greet us. A few miles later after passing through McKeesport, we were joined by another Pittsburgh cycling friend, Kathy, who also cycled out to lead us into the city.

DSC_0700Our group pedaled on quickly counting down the miles. Justin, our Pittsburgh team member, led us into the South Side neighborhood adjoining the trail to our lunch stop. We had our celebration lunch at the Double Wide Grill, a converted classic gas station breakfast and burger joint.

We returned to the trail for our final miles into the city. We passed Station Square catching glimpses of the Steel City across the river. We crossed the Monongahela River on the Fort Pitt Bridge into Point State Park. It was a happy time snapping photos at the monument marking the confluence of the three rivers and the end of the Great Allegheny Passage.

IMG_20140524_164953To simplify the logistics of our SAG wagon pickup, we cycled across the Allegheny River on the Fort Duquesne Bridge to the North Shore neighborhood. We followed the North Shore Trail to Bicycle Heaven, an interesting bicycle museum. I highly recommend any GAP tourists make this short mile or so excursion. It is a well organized museum with a huge assortment of bikes and parts.

Our time passed fast and our SAG wagon and other vehicle arrived to pick us up for our journey home.  We rearranged our luggage and supplies for the week into the two vehicles and headed east to Ohio. Our two hour ride passed fast with stories and memories of the week keeping us laughing and talking all the way home.

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