12/28/12 23MSoupaneur Five at Graham Central in Cranberry, S had "loaded potato soup" and I had tomato basil soup.
The tomato basil soup was surprisingly good, generously supplied with sweet tomato chunks and contrasting little spicy tastes and some green leafy things and it was very good, although perhaps a bit lukewarm rather than hot. We rode 4 miles around Cranberry and that sort of exhausted the nearby housing development.
On the way home I stopped at the Bastille to see what conditions were like in the city. The Chateau Trail, from the Bastille to the Casino, was snow covered and not easily ridden so I used Beaver Street to ride down to the Ft. Duquesne Bridge.
The Ft. Duquesne walkway was cleared and dry, so I rode over to Point State Park and took Blvd of the Allies where I saw the cyclist who was photographed in yesterday's newspaper, shown riding with a cigarette casually dangling from his mouth.
Continued to Grant Street and joined the Jail Trail. The northern half-mile of the Jail Trail was quite snowy but south of the Jail itself it was clear and dry and really a pleasure to ride on.
I took the Swinburne St. Trailhead and Second Avenue south to the Glenwood Bridge, and it seemed like the sun had come out and there was a bit of blue-sky time. It made for a very nice ride.
The reverse was much the same. Very few people out on bicycles, those that were out mostly had a goofy grin on their faces. The route from the Ft. Duquesne Bridge back to the Bastille was inelegant and consisted mostly of riding the wrong way on one-way streets, I'll have to plot that out.
It was a nice day to get out and ride a bike.