The final day of my first bike tour! It was an early morning start. We (my husband) wanted to finish and be out of Pittsburgh as quickly as possible. I would have preferred a much slower amble but oh well. We were awake at 530am, out of the hotel by 630am, and a meandering way back to Smithton.
Back to Smithton
I was set for these last miles to Pittsburgh. I chucked everything out of the pannier except the bike repair kit and food. No need to carry the lock or dry shirt, I was going to the end.
It was another very overcast early morning but still hot and humid.
One of the iconic views on this section of the Great Allegheny Trail is the acid water waterfall, which is acid mine drainage from an old coal mine. The water here is acid and iron-rich, coming up to the surface from underground mines, staining the rocks rust-red. Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a major source of water pollution and the cause of extensive stream degradation
and environmental damage.
Road? What road section?
I leave the little Boston Trail head area, the trail winds downhill…onto a road. With no markers. I don’t remember reading about a road section…I can see a bike tire in a mud puddle, so I go in that direction. I finally see cyclists in the distance and then there is an actual official GAP mile marker, I’m still on the correct trail!
Riding in the City
I got off trail right thru McKeesport, but two nice runners pointed out the trail to me, it was parallel to the road I was biking.This little fortress is a hostel in McKeesport. I’m not sure if I would want to stop in McKeesport at night, but if your biking plans leave you no choice there is this hostel available.
I biked through the areas of Duquesne, The Waterfront and Homestead. The signage is not great here, in fact I asked another biker if I was still on the GAP Trail.
My Friend Cam
My friend Cam lives in the Pittsburgh area. I was just starting across the Hot Metal Bridge when he showed up to bike the final miles with me. Not only did we bike across the Hot Metal Bridge, we crossed back over the river to go through the South Side and cross again, this time on the Fort Pitt Bridge!
Meanwhile, my poor husband was wondering where I was..
Cam helped me get the bike up for the “money shot”.
My husband Dennis who deserves much credit being my “batman“. He picked me up at the trail
head and then delivered me back to the trail head in the morning. Since he came along, there was somewhere to sleep every night and air conditioning and showers!
Sock monkey and my bike. A successful journey on a bike. The first time I had done sustained activity, day after day. It was a very cool ride and I am glad to say this first bike tour will not be my last one!