Unique Streets: 39
Miles Walked: 6.56
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Woodruff Street, Lewis Street, Saw Mill Run Boulevard, Lowenhill Avenue, Crane Avenue, W. Warrington Avenue, Boggs Avenue, Southern Avenue, Weinmam Street, Lena Way, Jeanette Street, Soffel Street, Simms Street, Chess Street, Penelope Street, Clarinda Street, Marne Way, Ottawa Street, Lelia Street, Oak Street, Arion Street, Carfel Way, Pfeil Street, Curtis Street, Peck Street, Wills Street, Minsinger Street, Gill Way, Peck Way, Pantigo Way, Mindora Street, Dewitt Street, Burson Way, Whitworth Street, Greenbush Street, Gayton Way, Cowan Way, Wyoming Street, Virginia Avenue, Lauria Way, Shiloh Street
Today’s walk was filled with surprises (good, bad, and weird.) I started out by parking off of Saw Mill Run Boulevard on Woodruff Street. I noticed from the map that the Beechview Seldom Seen Greenway was nearby and I’d been wanting to explore it for a while now. According to Google Maps, there were multiple trails running through the greenway that could take me up in to Beechview. This would not be the first time I was disappointed in GMaps before this walk was over.
The entrance has a beautiful arch marked with a date of 1902.
After the arch there is a railroad bridge covered in graffiti. The step-like stones that seem to go up to the bridge piqued my interest and made me wonder what kind of people go up there. Spoiler alert: Me. I am that kind of people.
I followed the trail that runs on the north side of Sawmill Run and saw many signs of other people.
I wandered around this tiny peninsula for about 15 minutes before I realized that the trail USED to go on a bridge over the creek. The bridge is gone. I contemplated walking through the creek but didn’t want my feet squelching in my boots for the rest of my walk.
I also didn’t want to go all the way back down to the boulevard. I hoped the trail continued on the other side as I climbed up the muddy hill to the tracks. I hadn’t heard or seen a train while I was in the greenway and I hoped one didn’t happen to come by while I was up there. I was lucky in that regard.
The train tracks had a wide avenue and I was able to easily walk on the side, off of the tracks. That is until…
Visions of Stand By Me raced through my head.
I was also nervous because if I hadn’t seen a train, are these tracks even maintained? What if one of the ties is rotted and breaks, plunging me to my death or horrible injury? I woman-ed up and started walking across the bridge. I did manage to get a shot when I was mid-span.
I made it across!
Adrenaline coursing through my veins, I quickly found a trail that led back into the woods.
As I was walking the trail, I could hear a turkey gobbling. I came around the curve towards Lowenhill Street and found him!
I also found that I was in someone’s backyard 😕
I walked down Lowenhill to Crane and then walked back down towards Saw Mill Run Boulevard. I was going to access Mt. Washington from here. I came out from under the tunnel that carries the same tracks I just walked on and saw…
I’d been following Miller’s Crossing Fleatique Pittsburgh on Facebook for a while and had no idea this was where it was located. I walked over hoping they were open. A man standing in the doorway said they open soon but I could come in and take a look. Look I did, and treasures I did find. The building is a huge warehouse and it is partioned into consignment booths owned by various people.
I wasn’t planning on buying anything because I still had 4+ miles to walk. Then I saw this.
That tunnel monster sign had to be mine! I asked the man if I could pay now and pick up once my walk was over. He happily obliged. The tunnel monster now has a home in my dining room and I can see him (or is it a she? or is it they?) as I am writing this.
Happy to continue my walk, I made my way over to W. Warrington and got onto Southern via Boggs. A yard full of Lannister Red-Lions guarded their house.
This yard was supposedly guarded by a Tibetan Mastiff (almost as big as a lion) but he or she was not outside.
I came on to Soffel Street and wondered if it was named after THOSE Soffels. I’m pretty sure it was because Mr. Soffel is said to have lived in Mt. Washington.
This area of Mt. Washington was riddled with errors on Google and Apple Maps. I’m pretty sure even the city got Weinmam/Weinman Street wrong as well. The sign said Weinmam but Google and Apple say it is Weinman. The Hopkins Maps has an estate with the name of Weinman in that general area.
Clarinda Street was missing from Google altogether and later, Patigo Way was marked as Panteco Way. Apple didn’t have it listed at all. I would later find that I made an error as well. I missed Griffin Street! 😫
The houses in the middle of Marne Street were identical even down to the fact that all of them used to have a window that was now bricked up. I wanted to ask a man I saw working on one if he knew why but I could tell he didn’t want to be disturbed.
I marveled at this car-like thing.
I was coming upon the Ottawa Street steps and found a PNC debit card. I stashed it in my bag so I could turn it in later (I did) and then noticed a load of mail and even an HP laptop. I didn’t touch the laptop because it was semi in a yard and I just didn’t want to carry it.
I was getting hungry and the sky was threatening to open so I made my way towards the business district on Virginia and Shiloh Streets.
Soon, it started pouring and I was glad I had my umbrella. The Cathedral of Learning could barely be seen between these two old houses. The house on the right recently got an addition in order to increase their view of the city skyline.
I spied a PNC Bank and dropped the debit card off inside. There were a ton of lunch options in this area but I chose J & J’s Family Restaurant & Catering. Their Buffalo Chicken Salad really hit the spot!
After lunch I came out into the rain and spied a cute little triangluar building with a shop called Love Pittsburgh.
Just seeing the outside, I knew I was going to do some damage inside. There were so many Pittsburgh-themed items for sale that I couldn’t focus. I ended up getting shirts that had PITTSBURGH spelled out in the shape of a bridge for me and the boys and two art prints.
I left my items so I could pick them up after I retrieved my car since it was still raining. I walked the long way down Woodruff Street to get to my car. The torrential downpour was causing waterfalls to sprout from the hillside.
Happily back inside my warm, dry car I went back on my route to retrieve my items.