Unique Streets Walked: 50
Miles Walked: 4.58
Street Names: Damas, Buente, Varley, Rescue, Donora, Zell, Vidon, Beckfield, Mandlin, Laveta, Furber, Hetzel, Moriah, Fall, Harbor, Schrauder, Odanah, Romanhoff, Rockledge, Asylum, Jobo, Zoller, Bader, Serene, Admiral, Noster, Bloine, Bushnell, Homer, Walz, Rhine, Zang, Kenzig, Lappe, Goehring, Kaiser, Aboit, Halsage, Witt, Hunnell, Yetta, Leister, Solar, Sophia, Frontier, Erk, Tank, Stiene, Woessner, Wessel
Do you know where Spring Hill-City View (SHCV) is? If you don’t know, don’t feel too bad. Google and Apple Maps don’t really know either. On top of finding about 6 map errors, the GPS on my phone and my watch went all wonky while in SHCV. It stopped recording and then decided I quickly moved from one location to another.
No one knows what streets have names, which are just driveways, or what to call them. Not even the city or the residents can agree on names. One house spelled out their address as being on a street that the city called something else.
Maybe the DPW workers were too busy admiring the captivating views of the city to pay attention to the signs. The drivers of the Google Street View cars were probably concentrating on navigating the tight, steep streets instead of what they were called. Maybe the constant flow of spring water underneath the area causes a shift onto another astral plane.
Natural springs, the eponymous phenomenon that lends its name to Spring Hill. I parked near the Voegtly Spring (same surname as the cemetery in Troy Hill) and got out of my car to admire a yard castle and the spring itself.
I walked up Varley Street (Apple Maps doesn’t believe you if you tell them there is actually a roadway there) and saw the new Spring Hill Brewing Company my friend Greg opened recently.
I walked up to Donora and decided to hit some of the streets that ran off it. According to Google and Apple Maps, Zell Way (one of three ‘Z’ streets I would walk today) had a continuation of Varley running up it. I got to that intersection and saw that it is not Varley, but Vidon. How could this happen?
Back on Donora, I saw another mistake. Beckfield Street is unnamed on Apple Maps and doesn’t exist at all on Google Maps. At the top of the hill I noticed the radio tower for WDSY-FM. Maybe it was the culprit behind my GPS not working.
I met a nice man named Allen as he was heading to work. He asked if I lived around here and I told him what I was doing. He said “Why?” That question still catches me off-guard. My internal response is “How could I not? Why isn’t everyone doing this?” I say, “Exercise, to explore the city.” Allen tells me he owns Allen’s Spa in Oakmont. I’ll have to check it out sometime on my way to the new Oakmont Bakery.
Spying a fawn curled up under a fallen tree, I looked out at the view.
Walking east, I found more confusion: Moriah/Dorsch Way, Fall/Dorsch Way. Is there a Dorsch Street or is this the Twilight Zone?
I found myself back at my car but wasn’t done walking. I was glad I kept going. I waltzed over to Walz Street and zigged down Zang Way. Zang was a dead end but I saw it intersected with the Lappe Lane stairs on Google Maps (don’t lie to me now, Google.) I found the stairs and a fear of heights that takes a lot to manifest. My legs shaking I managed to take a few pictures. Without any scale, it’s hard to see how steep and high these steps are. You must see them for yourself.
The stair case winds down the side of a steep rocky bluff part of which is propped up by a rusty pipe.
I asked a man standing on his porch on Goehring Street if that hill ever gave him trouble. He said it hasn’t and when I told him I’d just come down the terrifying stairs, he said:
“Yeah, I don’t go on those stairs. EVER.”
I wound my way back up towards my car walking on Kaiser, Haslage, Yetta, Hunnell. On Yetta there was a group of houses adorned by beautiful mosaics.
On Steine Street I noticed a cottage with diagonal shutters on the windows.
Scroll down or view the album in Google Photos for more scenes from my adventure!