|Unique Streets Walked: 37
|Miles Walked: 6.13
|Street Names (italicized streets have been walked on another day): Reynolds, Gettysburg, Fennimore, Hastings, Light, S Linden, Lacy, Glen Arden, Wilkins, Worth, Kinsman, Barnesdale, Woodwell, S Dallas, Ridgeville, Northumberland, Severn, Denniston, Keith, Shady, Solway, Bambridge, S Negley, Wightman, Colma, Beck, Arco, Woodmont, Irma, Aylesboro Avenue, Aylesboro Lane, Scott, Valmont, Murray, Ferree, Asbury, Marlborough, Forbes, Dalzell, Willard, S Murtland, Lister, Edgerton, Bucknell
Today I met and walked with Colin from theincline.com so he could ask me some questions for a Q&A. We met at Commonplace Coffee in Point Breeze and set off walking. I was still dealing with the postdromal phase (aka migraine hangover) of my earlier episode but I think I made sense when I was answering his questions. At least once I completely forgot what I was talking about. Sorry Colin!
Because of this welcome distraction, I didn’t quite pay attention to my surroundings during the first 2 miles of my 6+ mile walk. We walked the unnecessarily long blocks that make up most of Point Breeze. The street layouts allow large houses but make it hard to hit very many streets. Many of the houses are quite magnificent in size, upkeep, and landscaping. All of the flowers came out to play today with no apologies for those with seasonal allergies.
Some of the streets we hit I’d already walked with George on Day 38 but we definitely saw some new things. Like these stairs that inconspicuously sat between two houses on Glen Arden Drive.
After I answered Colin’s questions, we parted ways and I continued on my way into Squirrel Hill North. I found myself in front of the Tree of Life Synagogue which was the site of a horrible massacre in October 2018. A gunman killed 11 members of the congregation during a service.
Makeshift memorials still sit in the lawn in front of the building.
I was getting hungry and decided that there might be something good to eat on Forbes in the business district of Squirrel Hill. I found the Bagel Factory and had an excellent bacon and egg sandwich outside in the sun.
After lunch I walked towards the Springfield East End Cemetery to take a shortcut back towards Point Breeze. The dogwoods were showing off.
Back in a residential area I marveled at some of the ornaments people had in their yards.
I tried to avoid some of the streets that Colin and I had walked but for the life of me, I could not remember. I walked on another set of stairs that led up to Glen Arden Drive (I swear there are two!) and found this passageway that reminded me of the book, The Secret Garden.
Alas, the only secret this passage had was a perturbed squirrel.
I walked on some streets again because I wanted to be sure I wouldn’t miss them. I got back to my car and realized I’d clocked in at over 6 miles! It certainly hadn’t seemed like that long of a walk. I think the weather definitely had something to do with that.