When I peeked through the curtains of my hotel window, into the blinding sunny morning at The Waterfront, the first sight I saw was a cyclist pedaling by. Already, the crowd of over 1,000 bike riders and trail enthusiasts were beginning to arrive for a momentous day.
Today was more than just a personal celebration of accomplishment for all the riders on our trip, who had made it from D.C. to Pittsburgh by bike in just over a week. It was a celebration of a long-awaited trail completion, many years in the making, and the longest continuous bike trail in the United States.
As I put on my special edition Point Made! jersey, I felt such pride and accomplishment like an athlete stepping to the podium. Just a short ride from our hotel, the ceremony was about to begin at Sandcastle Waterpark, and with our whole group in matching uniform, we became a strongly bonded team.
|Over 1,000 trail enthusiasts in the crowd|
|Linda Boxx, President, Allegheny Trail Alliance|
|The 24-hour relay team arrives|
|With Peter, Nathan, and Dave at the grand opening|
|Riders on the new section of trail, others wait to begin riding|
|Riding toward Pittsburgh near the South Side|
|Crossing the Hot Metal Bridge|
Bikes were locked or checked at bike valet stations and everyone headed toward the fountain where the final mile marker of the Great Allegheny Passage is embedded at the very point of The Point.
|Victory at Pittsburgh! Point Made!|
|Great Allegheny Passage Terminus|
|The relay flag is raised at Point State Park|
|The design of the mile marker is unveiled|
|Point Made! riders at The Point|
Up next I'll post some notes and suggestions for anyone thinking of making the trip. Also still to come, the complete photo album!