On the day Tom and I rode with Chris and Bill, we stopped for lunch at the Rivers Edge Cafe in Confluence. Although there are several restaurants in Confluence, this was the only one open on Tuesday. So our choices were limited, but luck was with us and Rivers Edge Cafe turned out to be a great place to eat.
Rivers Edge Cafe is also a Bed and Breakfast, open all week (closed Mondays) during the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. The Cafe is within sight of the bike trail and has signs pointing the way. This is helpful and lets bicyclists know that they are welcome. Which is a good thing when you are stinky, sticky, and hungry! Despite our physical appearance, the waitress was happy to seat us inside.
The menu offered lots of options of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Chris and Bob shared a “Bicyclist”: a wrap that had a pound of deli meat and cheese inside. Tom and I shared a tuna salad sandwich and order of fries. Both sandwiches were also served with chips. The tuna salad sandwich was delicious and just right for a biking lunch. You don’t want to eat too much or else you have trouble on the return trip. Chris and Bob both said their wrap was excellent. The waitress divided up the sandwiches before she brought them to the table, which was very considerate.
We enjoyed our lunch and the air-conditioning in the Rivers Edge Cafe very much. After we ate, we walked the few steps down to the river. We also enjoyed the beautifully landscaped grounds. We all agreed it was the perfect place to have lunch along the trail.
In September, Chris and Bill are doing a through ride of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail. In other words, they are riding their bicycles from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. They are spending the night at Rivers Edge, so Tom and I will meet them there for supper. We are looking forward to eating there again.