July-August 2018 On the Road, Day 1 Pittsburg PA

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While it seems that Ron and I do most of our traveling overseas, we have decided to make sure to see more of the USA. We have the perfect excuse to get out and travel more because of the annual MacStock Conference in Woodstock IL and having cousins to visit in northeastern Iowa. 

Of course, like any trip, just getting on the road can be a bit of a challenge! Ron took our Buick Enclave into the dealer about a week before we planned to leave to have a rattle that we occasionally heard checked out. There was something wrong, and since we had an extended warranty, the repairs would be covered under it, if the warranty company representative agreed. That process took several days and so the car remained in the shop for the rest of the week, over the weekend and until Wednesday morning. It was great to pay only the deductible, but it left our plans up in the air.

Finally, the car was ready, our bags were packed, the refrigerator cleaned out and we were ready to begin our journey around noon. Our first official stop was to be Valparaiso, IN to spend a night or two with our daughter Courtney's in-laws. That is an eleven hour journey, so we needed to make an intermediate stop.

Although we had driven by Pittsburg several times, it is only about five hours from home, so we usually continue our journey. This time it was the perfect place to stop, have dinner, spend the night and do a little sight-seeing before continuing our journey.

Using various travel guides and wanting to stay along the waterfront, guide sites lead us to Homestead PA. It ended up NOT being Pittsburg, but it was a fortuitous stop as it had everything to do with steel and the history of the steel industry. Being not only geeks, but history and engineering geeks, we were surrounded by interesting sights. On the way to the hotel we spotted nine stacks, the remnants of the Homestead Steel Works.

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Just down from the hotel was an enormous Gantry Crane. There was not time to explore much on this trip, but this post will serve as a reminder to us that we need to do some research and visit again.

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After a delicious dinner at the Longhorn Steakhouse an a bit of exploring, we settled in for the night after making plans for the morning.

There is no better place to get an overview of an area than a high vantage point. The Duquesne Incline not only provided that, but it was also full of history. Even better, seniors ride for free. However, at $5.00 per person, this attraction is a steal!

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In addition to wonderful views of Pittsburg, the walls were lined with photos and newspapers from earlier times. Although it is never great to read through glass, this image and the accompanying story are wonderful!

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In talking to other visitors we learned that there are several outstanding restaurants near the top station of the Incline. Next time we visit we hope to enjoy a sunset dinner overlooking Pittsburg. There seems to be much to see and do here. It would be a great weekend get-away in the fall or spring. 

We continued on our way about noon.

--Pat and Ron Fauquet

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