ImageWhen I started my 2013 challenge, my intention was not for it to be a photo record but when my sister suggested I write a blog instead of sending an email, it was easier to insert photos to supplement my thoughts and observations.

I set out on today’s ride with a different mindset to my usual one. Normally it is to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Today, however, I decided that I would take the time to enjoy what I saw on my way around. All those things that I promised myself I would photo next time.

The ‘Bike Cheer Zone’ followed the marathon route from last weekend. This one was near the Birmingham bridge. I thought it was cool that not only were the runners guided around the course (obviously), their supporters, the most important people to runners, also had their course laid out for them.

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Looking up the Monongahela River from the Fort Pitt bridge.

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Looking down the Monongahela River from the Fort Pitt bridge.

A friend of mine texted me that she was feeling down as I was cycling over the Fort Pitt bridge so I sent her these pictures and “wished she was here”. I hope it cheered her a little. I also got to thinking about river taxis. If the city really wants to start river/water taxis, they should start further up the rivers. I was thinking about Rte 28. Why not have the taxi start in Sharpsburg, just below the dam, and run, say at 6am, 7am, 8am and then 4pm, 5pm, 6pm on the way back. It could make stops on the way down river at Millvale, Washington’s Landing, the Cork Factory. What do you think? Is it worth me writing to the city?

Saw quite a bit of wildlife today. Wasn’t quick enough for the bunnies but did get these.ImageImage Was a little nervous cycling past mama goose. Image Have you seen this sculpture? It is also near the Birmingham bridge. I love it. It is so ‘Pittsburgh’.

Down the trail near Sandcastle, I got to ride with an old guy who had been talking to the construction crew who were laying the black top on the new bit of the trail. The crew were complaining about the fact that ‘they’ were spending $1.5m on a BIKE path! The old guy made a very good point. It is because of the bike path that this crew has a job to get up to each morning. The guy was out on a bike ride to pass the time whilst his wife, whom he had dropped off at the casino, played the slots.

ImageHad to check out the ‘green lane’ so I made sure my route took me along it. As I rejoined the road, a car came zooming across it to go up to the right. If I had been 30 seconds earlier, …. who knows?

I called the bike shop to check on my triathlon bike to see if it was ready for collection. The guy put me on hold while he went to look. He was gone so long/I was on hold so long that someone else picked up the phone and asked if he could help. I explained why I was on the phone when I heard the 2nd guy ask the 1st guy, “Have you found it?” OMG, they’ve lost my bike!!!! Fortunately, crisis averted. A 3rd guy came back into the shop, apparently test-riding my bike. He had taken the repair tag with him so it looked as though it was missing. Oh phew.

ImageAnd what is a girl to do, when after a swim/bike/run she walks into Barnes & Noble and the smell from the cafe is of oatmeal raisin cookies just coming out of the oven? I only buy these when I am injured and/or feeling really down, or when they are hot, coming out of the oven. Bad timing on my part today. It was sooo good.

Treat yourself.         Joanna

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