Pennsylvania (and Ohio) Hospitality

As I look back at some of my posts, I think I failed to mention some of the folks that have made this trip worthwhile. I mentioned Steve Selin and his wife Jenny who took me to lunch in Morgantown, and Darlene Garrett who helped me find a camping spot in Greensboro, and brought me a carafe of hot coffee the next morning.

In Brownsville, Norma Ryan, an ex-mayor of the town, steered me to the American Legion campground and met me the next morning, bought me breakfast at Fiddle Confectionery and gave me an interesting tour of the town.

At Charleroi, I was contacted by Don Henderson, the city manager, who arranged for a camping spot at a private home right on the river. That evening, he took me to a splendid dinner at an Italian bar, where we shared a few beers, then invited me to his home where I showered and cleaned up. Then he, his wife and I sat around, shared a couple more beers and had a pleasant conversation. Don is an avid bicyclist and after I left the next day, he rode three days to Cumberland, Maryland. We have kept in touch since then and I think we will continue to do so in the future. A particularly nice person.

And there was Dave, who shared his cooler of beer with me in New Eagle, and Jim, who handed me the cold water as I paddled out the next day.

Near Pittsburgh, I met up with Giovanna Rappa and her boyfriend Tommy, a young couple who sat with me and listened to my saga of river travel. A pleasant pair.

In Coraopolis, Geri Morgan was the owner of the marina where I set up camp for a couple days. A delightful person, she and I had a couple long conversations about everything, and when I left she made me promise to visit her when she retired to Florida soon.

And then just yesterday morning, Virgil Reynolds, who came down to the river and took me to breakfast East Liverpool.

These are real people, who didn't know me from Adam, but reached out and treated me to more than just a meal, a couple beers and conversation. They are people I will remember forever for their unquestioning hospitality. Wish there were more of them in the world.