Unique Streets: 20
Miles Walked: 5.75
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): W. Station Square Drive, West Access Road, W. Carson Street, Musk Way, Riverside Avenue, West End Bridge, Western Avenue, Fontella Street, Page Street, Faulsey Way, Bidwell Street, Riggo Way, Bailiff Way, Jabok Way, W. North Avenue, Rope Way, Buttercup Way, Galveston Avenue, Beech Avenue, Allegheny Avenue, Dounton Way, Maolis Way, N. Lincoln Avenue, Reedsdale Street, Casino Drive, Fort Duquesne Bridge, Parkway North, Fort Pitt Bridge
My walk today was different than most of my others in that I covered a lot of miles but not that many streets. I parked at the bottom of the Duquesne Incline and started off towards the West End Bridge.
I walked along W. Carson Street under the controversial SPRINT/ALCOA sign.
I made a right onto Musk and then a left on Riverside. These are two of the very few streets that make up the South Shore neighborhood. There were no houses from what I could tell but there were a few businesses: an auto salvage yard, a stained glass studio and a used car lot.
I found an entry to the river and was perplexed by what I saw down there. Whatever it was, I guarantee I am probably on some government list now (if I wasn’t already) because there were a TON of security cameras.
I got onto the West End Bridge and still cannot believe what I saw: FOUR PITTSBURGH PROTRACTORS. How is it possible I went 37 years without seeing a single one and in the span of 4 days I have seen 5!
The weather was shaping up nicely and both the water and the city were shining.
Near the end of the bridge, one of the doors on the support towers was open.
I was too scared to go fully in (it smelled like pee) so I just stuck my camera in to snap a pic.
I made it over the bridge without seeing any trolls and decided to see if I could hit some of the streets in Manchester that I’d missed on a previous walk. This beautiful stone church was decorated with ivy.
A lot of buildings and homes were under some degree of construction but some remnants of the past still hung around.
Many trees were still flowering but petals littered the ground in random areas.
Beech Avenue is worth a trip to Manchester alone. The tree-lined street looks like it could be part of a New York City movie set. The houses are almost all historically preserved and well-loved.
The trees add a certain je ne sais quoi but they mess up the old brick sidewalks. Be careful when walking on Beech Avenue.
The author, Mary Roberts Rinehart, lived in the house on the corner of Beech and Allegheny and wrote her bestselling mystery novel, The Circular Staircase, there.
After my self-guided tour of Manchester, I headed down to the casino to meet my husband for lunch at the buffet.
After eating way too much, I headed to the North Shore Trail (Three Rivers Heritage Trail) to gain access to the Fort Duquesne Bridge. The USS Requin was sunning itself like a lazy sea lion on the Ohio.
The marker near the submarine said the river was at 11-ish feet. It lapped lazily at the shore.
I’m not leaving, yet. Still gotta lot of walking to do.
Many people were out taking advantage of the weather.
I got onto the Fort Duquesne Bridge and looked for more protractors. There weren’t any that I could see, but look at those Fat Tires (not the beer.)
On the other side I made my way into Point State Park. This park is where Fort Duquesne once sat and the outline is still visible in the grassy lawn. There is also a large fountain at the rivers’ confluence but it’s not on yet. The views from the park were made magical by all of the flowering trees.
I could tell that a lot of the people walking in the park were on their lunch breaks from work.
This man was flying a kite right in the middle of the old fort.
I wish the fountain were on today but it just gives me another chance to come back.
A marker for the Point of Confluence where the Monongahela and Allegheny come together to form the Ohio.
I had not realized that the end of the Great Allegheny Passage trail was right HERE.
I was sort of worried about how I was going to get onto the Fort Pitt Bridge. I’d never seen anyone walking on it and wasn’t even sure there was a pedestrian walkway. I found it right next to the Fort Pitt Museum!
A rainy day Pirates fan left this.
I walked on the entire span of the bridge and didn’t pass a single person. I did come across something potentially sad though. Back story for this part: Earlier today, my friend Kristin texted me about how she was upset about a news story where rescuers found an abandoned duckling and released it into a pond. She was worried that without its parents, it would die. “If you found a three-year-old child alone would you just drop it off at the ball pit at McDonald’s and say ‘Good Luck?'” I thought maybe it would get adopted by a Canadian Goose family and grow up bilingual.
Anyways, I’m still looking for protractors (still none) and I see this sad thing:
At first I thought it was a glove that someone dropped right after the steel had been painted yellow. Then I looked closer and saw that it was a baby bird. It was alive and just blinked at me when I got close. If I would have seen a cardboard box or something nearby, I would have taken it to a rescue. I worried about what to do and thought that maybe it’s mom was coming back for it. I ended up leaving it and I’m still a bit upset about it. Does anyone know what kind of bird it is?
I got back down onto W. Carson Street and turned East to get some more streets.
It was then that I realized my parking was just about to expire. I turned back around and made it to my car just in time!