Gathering the hopes of Americans in their letters and sending them to space
Ride Part 4 – Cleveland to Washington
This will cover the last couple of weeks of our adventure—I’ve got the rest of the pictures up and done for now! I discovered I’ve taken over 1100 pictures this summer and there is a small fraction of that here on the website.
Ok...so not a sign, but for some reason on one day of riding in Ohio, I ended up stopping three different times to wait for Gary----all beside cemeteries....hmmmm
The carriers in Elyria, Branch 196, gave us a check/donation to help with our trip---Thanks!
Gary just hanging out and relaxing at the KOA outside of Cleveland...
Thomas, a postal employee from the Cleveland area, came and hung out with us on our day off.....Thomas---you're the BEST and we wish you luck on your endeavor as well!!
We had a little time before the convention so went down by the waterfront...caught a couple of views of the city
Gary carried his bike down the aisle of the banquet room for his entrance...and asked the assembled, "how did you get here today?"
Being introduced by Dennis Perk, president of Branch 40
the NALC delegates
our new friends from Branch 40!
The KOA we stayed at had a fishing pond....there were dozens of hopeful kids fishing, smiling and laughing as the sun set....
We stayed right in downtown Pittsburgh thanks to Branch 84---it's a beautiful city!
We rode along the river on a trail....lots of trail and lots to see!
Being a steel town, Pittsburgh had lots of statues along the riverside...and Gary decided to hang out a while with some of them 🙂
We didn't ride up the incline, but it was a neat sight on a beautiful skyline!
John McDowell introducing Gary to speak to the carriers at one of the six stations we visited while in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh letter carriers
Gary talking his talk in Pittsburgh
We saw this sub as we biked along the river in Pittsburgh...more history
Gary and John McDowell at the Branch 84 union hall in Pittsburgh...we're back on the road again!
The Allegheny Passage is a rails to trails route---We used it for a couple of days of riding. Incredibly peaceful along the river!
It was a hot and thirsty day on the trail!
Along the river...
We rode together one of the days on the trail....hence the pictures!
We didn't know the post office was so hard up for employees until we saw this sign on the road!! hmmm....
I'm not going to explain each of the Gettysburg pictures, but we definitely had a sense of being on sacred ground as we went through the park.
Overlooking the battle ground...
the words of Lincoln
We climbed many many many steps to the top of a tower....great vista!
Gary indulged in a blue slushie while at the KOA in Gettysburg and I couldn't resist the photo temptation!!! It was a beautiful campground and we enjoyed our time there....
Rich, Bill, Mark (and Sean too) showed us amazing hospitality while we were in Harrisburg---THANK YOU!!
Rich Wilson took us to three stations for Gary to speak while we were in Harrisburg!
The last few days were almost the hardest because of the oppressive heat and humidity, but Gary rode on!!
Roy Betts from postal headquarters did amazing things for us while we were in D.C.---picked us up, drove us around, introduced us, and so much more. Roy--YOU ROCK!!!
Gary was introduced at the NASCAR event held at postal headquarters
Gary in front of the NALC headquarters in Washington, D.C. WOOHOO!!!!
Susan from Moses Lake, Washington was in D.C. and came to greet us---we met her our third day on the road and she was there at the end! And we count her as a new friend:)
We were greeted by Bill Young, the national NALC president---Thanks Bill!!
Dan and Chuck flew out to meet us, and there's Bill Young, Gary, me and Jim, the MDA rep
Dan, we couldn't have done it without you---YOU'RE the BEST!!!!!
We didn't do much sight-seeing because of the heat, but did walk part of the mall....we'll see more in September when we go back
Gary and Kitty relaxing at home---she was glad to see us!