Unique Streets: 26
Miles Walked: 2.57
Street Names (italicized streets have been walked on another day): Hoyt, Speck, Haller, Transvaal, Loeffler, Flora, Edwin, Dougan, Karwich, Sagwa, Reiss, Lapish, Brighton Woods, Cobbler, Squire, Peddler, Chandler, Lamplighter, Carpenter, Bookbinders, Weitz, Hofburn, Birkhoff, Benton Place, Benton Avenue, Malcom, Winter
Today started at 1:10AM when I discovered that my one-year-old “puppy” (a 180lb English Mastiff) had chewed my only pair of eyeglasses.
Luckily, I was able to get an appointment at Eyeglass World in the morning to get two new pairs the same day!. (Hi Dr. Pauchnik!) I mention this because it led to my walk being a little short. After my exam, I drove to the Pittsburgh streets closest to McKnight Road that I hadn’t walked yet…
I chose this area because of its proximity but also because it was small enough to walk in the short amount of time I had to wait before my glasses were ready for pick up.
The first thing I saw as I entered the city was this set of steps.
Initially I walked past them thinking maybe I would get to them at a later point (I did.) Consulting Google Maps, I went down Flora expecting it to connect to Karwich and then Haller. This was absolutely not the case. Another error by Google Maps! I keep saying that if nothing else, this project is going to help Google, Apple, and the City of Pittsburgh get their details straight. Apple Maps got this area right.
I continued my walk down the hill and into Brighton Heights Park. In the park is a city pool and a few baseball/softball fields.
I followed a desire path from behind the dugouts onto Birkhoff Street. I found some unmapped steps between Lapish and Haller and had to climb them. I thought maybe they would connect me to Benton Place but they did not. I had a dilemma. I wanted to walk on Benton but there wasn’t an easy way to get there without backtracking. I was also running out of time. I went back up Transvaal and saw an “alley” that was basically a parking lot for a couple boats. I snuck through it after I looked at the parcels and it didn’t appear to belong to anyone. There also weren’t any No Trespassing signs.
I was on Benton Place and officially on a street that didn’t connect to anything I hadn’t walked yet. Who’s idea was this? I walked towards Benton Ave and made a right. I saw on the map that there was a separated part of Flora that was in the city but the only way to get there was by leaving the city, entering Ross Township, and then entering the city again. The geography of this area makes it so that city streets can be singularly stranded by themselves. Strange. Walking up Benton Ave, I was hopeful that there would be another set of unmapped stairs. What I found was less structured but equally as effective: a “path” through the woods. Again, no Private Property signs so I trudged forward into the woods. It was pretty easy-going although one log I had to climb over showed scratch marks. Bobcat maybe?
I got to the top of the hill by Flora and found a cell phone tower. Great reception didn’t help Google get their maps right! I went down Flora and found the stairs I’d seen at the beginning!
This walk was short but sometimes things happen, like bad dogs. I got in my car with just enough time to get my new glasses!