Unique Streets: 18
Miles Walked: 6.53
Street Names (italicized streets have been walked on another day): Overlook Drive, Boundary Street, Four Mile Run Road, Whitaker Street, Saline Street, Levene Street, Interstate 376, Naylor Street, Greenfield Road, Pocusset Street, Phillips Avenue, Wightman Street, Covode Street, Yeshiva Way, Hobart Street, Wendover Street, Kamin Street, Murdoch Street, Leath Way, Hydin Road, Guarino Road, Beacon Street, Hempstead Road, Murray Avenue, Melvin Street, Munhall Road, Prospect Drive
Amy was able to walk with me today and we started in Schenley Park. As soon as we parked, the park filled up with children on a field trip from school. We walked past the row of school buses towards the Bridle Trail. I had one goal for this walk and that was to walk Naylor and Levene; two orphaned streets in Four Mile Run.
Back in April we had walked this area with our kids Sophia and Johnny and had missed these two streets because everyone was afraid to walk down a hill from Greenfield Bridge down into the run.
The wide Bridle Trail would take us to the smaller Zig Zag trail. This trail got increasingly steeper, skinnier, and surrounded by vegetation as we descended. Chipmunks sat munching on seeds on the path. In places, landslides had caused the pathway to divide into steep ravines. We held on to roots and rocks to gain purchase as we navigated the ill-maintained trail. It was a little tricky but nothing compared to what was coming.
Down in the run, we followed Saline Street as it ran under Interstate 376. Before this section of 376 was built in the 1950s, Saline Street connected to its other section in Greenfield proper.
I don’t remember seeing any No Outlet signs, not that they would have deterred me from continuing. We walked all the way to the end of Saline and were hit with a dilemma. Do we turn around and go back the way we came, or go up that scary hill that runs from the Greenfield Bridge down to the dry creek bed that runs parallel to 376?
I let Amy decide. She had been too scared to go down it with the kids back in April but she agreed that we should try it. I think she regretted that decision soon into the climb.
The rocky hill was so steep that we had to climb it on all fours. We got to the top and Amy plopped down on the grass for a rest and to bring her heart rate back down from the high rate of 183. I think it was more from fear than the actual climbing.
After our scary climb, we took it easy by walking on the comparatively flat streets of Squirrel Hill South. We saw an old Bentley…
and a castle with a squirrel sunning itself on one of the towers.
After knocking out a few streets, we went into Mineo’s Pizza for lunch. The pizza was excellent and the beer, refreshing.
We went back to the car through Schenley Park and took in the great view of the city.