With professionals now alert to the possibility that someone could have needed assistance in the area, we continued our ride. Our immediate goal was petit déjeuner. My friend had heard about a new French bakery opening in Squirrel Hill and was anxious to try it. I informed him that there was another French bakery in Lawrenceville (which was much closer!) that we hadn't tried yet, so we headed for Butler St.
Along the way we made sure we went past the new Bike-Pgh billboard at Doughboy Square. They just launched a new public awareness campaign and it looks great! I hope it gets through to some of the drivers out there.
By the time we arrived at La Gourmandine Bakery, we were hungry and ready to try something new. This place is steadily busy and I can see why.
The problem here was making a decision! Realizing we weren't riding far enough today to justify one of everything, we eventually made our choices.
Now with plenty of energy to burn, we climbed the hill to Garfield and started to work our way through Bloomfield and Shadyside toward the Junction Hollow Trail. That was when we encountered this guy:
I asked if he delivered car parts by bike all the time, and he told me no, that it was his bike-car... part bike, part car. I thought he was kidding, but a friend informed me that Aaron is well known for his car-bike combo. I did think it was a great technique for getting drivers to give you space. I advised him to paint his bumper a brighter color though. Maybe add some Fiks reflective stickers to the ends? That ought to get you four feet!