Rode uphill/east. Saw some folks had picked an inspired place for casual camping. One of my first feelings was: lucky!, my second thought was: great location but no water supply, and my next thought was d'oh! there's a river!
Every time I come out here I mean to mention this and forget to: I think the road crossing is Markleton is (relatively) a bit tricky for low-time, unprepared cyclist noobs. If you're westbound and descending you're fast, and there's a fairly significant mini-ditch in the trail-road interface.
Which is exactly what this cyclist is encountering (and handling quite well):
And then when you get to the other side of the road, you meet an abrupt uphill and you're probably not in the right gear for that.
Eastbound/climbing, you encounter a downhill and then a funny oblique road crossing:
It's nothing technical, it's just a moment that wants your attention in the midst of twenty miles that doesn't.
Continued to the Rockwood Opera House, and what I think is the only Espresso machine in the region. Talked to some Annapolis cyclists considering Pgh-DC. Back on the bike, descending.
Finally: very very impressed that the gender distribution of the top-ten Pittsburgh riders in the National Bike Challenge is 50/50.