Unique Streets: 23
Miles Walked: 8
Street Names (italics have been walked on another day): Banksville Park, Crane Avenue, Elm Spring Drive, Mapleview Drive, Maple View Court, Elm Spring Court, Oaklynn Court, Oakville Drive, Oakville Court, Banksville Place, East Entry Drive, Banksville Road, Banksville Avenue, Alpark Avenue, Chappel Avenue, Chappel Way, Medhurst Street, Bexley Street, Roseberry Lane, Roseberry Street, Compton Street, Henwood Avenue, Belham Street, Younger Avenue, Roseanne Avenue, Maydell Street, Carnahan Road, Shelly Drive, Woodcove Place, Kirsopp Avenue, Greenside Avenue, Wenzell Avenue, Banksville Road, Banksville Avenue, Jessie Street, Potomac Avenue, Bellingham Avenue, Tole Street
This walk took place over two days. The first day, I was by myself and able to clock in over 6.5 miles. The second day, Johnny came with me and we didn’t walk on any unique streets because he got too hot. It was in the upper 80s so I don’t blame him. Here are some interesting things I saw while walking.
I parked in Banksville Park and was pleased to see their pool was open for the season!
I left the park and made a right on Crane Avenue, which I took all the way down to Banksville Road. On my way I was able to walk in many of the streets that belong to apartment complexes. The wildlife around these residences was abundant. I saw countless birds, a tiny snake, and many deer.
Down on Banksville, I made my way over to Banksville Avenue. The eponymous avenue runs parallel to the Road and while I had already walked on it in another area on a previous day, there was at least one street I needed to get. I went in the Eat N Park and grabbed an iced tea. My water was already gone from the little bit of walking I’d already done.
I walked towards Alpark and somehow missed it. Maybe I was distracted by this free car.
I walked by the Pittsburgh BBQ Company before I realized the street was no where.
I went back the way I came to find that Alpark was marked as private and led to a parking lot for The Boiler Room Banquet Hall. I walked a bit down it anyways and set back down Banksville Road/Avenue.
I walked by a defunct gas station.
It was about here where I ran out of shoulder to walk in. The creek ran right next to the road (and then underneath it) so I couldn’t walk on the other side of the guardrail.
I decided to hop over the median in the middle of Banksville Road and walk on the other side. While there aren’t sidewalks over there either, people have worn away enough of the vegetation that there is now a desire path on that side.
The other side of the road is home to my favorite pizza place in the South Hills: Beto’s Original Pizza. Their pizza is sicilian square cut and unique in that they put the cheese and toppings on the hot sauced shells and serve it as it melts. It’s delicious! I would have stopped in but they weren’t open yet.
After enough car dodging on Banksville, I made a right up Chappel Avenue. I had walked on it before but hadn’t explored all of the streets at the top of it. Chappel Avenue is long and rises in a steady grade. I got to the top and found Medhurst which led to a large church complex belonging to the Log Church. Their campus was huge.
I walked down dead end Compton and back to Roseberry where I found a trailer park. I didn’t notice the road was listed as private until I was walking out of it because a tree was in the way (from the other side where I walked from.)
After I explored this area, I walked up Younger, to Roseanne and then walked all of the streets that come off of Carnahan. There were quite a few signs for missing pets on telephone polls.
At the end of Greenside Avenue, I found a hidden trail that led me back into Banksville Park. The pool was now open and I was tempted to jump in.
The next day, I took Johnny to walk in Banksville. We did not walk on any unique streets but still saw some interesting things. Pyromaniac litterbug remnants:
Apparently pants are allowed to park here:
On my earlier visit, I hadn’t noticed the interesting designs on the side of this building.
Johnny was melting so we made our way over to the Beechview side so we could get back to the car. He barely made it.