Today was a mild day, almost (but not quite) a short pants day.
Started at the Bastille with S. Rode around to SouthSide REI, where we both had some returns to process. Continued southeast along the trail to Costco, then reversed.
Crossed the Hot Metal Bridge, rode the chute, Junction Hollow to Fifth, then we rode out to Squirrel Hill. Stopped at Smallman Street Deli on Murray Avenue for our Soupaneur Stop of 2013. S had chicken noodle soup, I had beef barley, it was very good.
Departed to meet the Second Annual Pittsburgh Chabad Menorah Parade. Probably fifteen cyclists attended, a nice group of cyclists.
The ride was uneventful, although the car convoy did seem to get stretched out a bit into segments. No casualties, no crises, and a good ride was had by all. Got to see Mayor-Elect Peduto light the Grand Menorah. Lots of great DIY projects in the way of bike lighting.
Most Awesome Award probably has to go to Stu, who rode his unicycle for the whole course, with a wooden box containing an electric menorah tied around his neck.
It was sort of rain-snow-spritzing when we left Schenley Quad. We descended Panther Hollow, Second Ave, Jail Trail and crossed to the North Side when S. took this excellent photo: