Unique Streets: 33
Miles Walked: 5.59
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Straka Street, Vinton Street, Estep Way, Shirley Street, Justine Street, Fire Way, Middletown Road, Northfield Avenue, Greenway Drive, City Way, Merryfield Street, Midfield Way, Sanborn Street, Fusion Street, Litchfield Street, Toldeo Street, Anoka Way, Swaney Street, Municipal Street, Fierro Way, Fairston Street, Numa Way, Chartiers Avenue, Hillsboro Street, Ditzler Street, Lanpark Street, Tyndall Street, Universal Street, Newcomer Street, Emporia Street, Huxley Street, Adon Street, Tybee Street, Kelvin Street, Fadette Street, Mutual Street, Faronia Street, Jeffers Street, Wynette Street, Briscoe Street, Tress Way, Chetopa Street, Berry Street, Allyn Way, Frontenac Street, Condor Road, Oakglen Street, Talmadge Way.
I walked twice today! The first one was in Sheraden in the morning and the second was at night in the Manchester/Allegheny West section of the city.
I drove around Sheraden for a good 15 minutes trying to find a parking spot near a bathroom. The two cups of coffee I had this morning made this search necessary. I was driving down Middletown when I saw my friend from High School, Jim walking his dog. Jim lives in Sheraden and when I pulled up next to him to chat, he said I could use his bathroom. Thanks Jim!
I started out walking some of the streets that sit between Berry Street and the Greenway. Almost immediately, I regretted wearing long pants. It was sunny, hot, and very humid. Soon, I was covered in slimy sweat which made the million spiderwebs I accidentally walked through, stick to me like glue. I passed a man loading his truck and kindly asked if I had any spiders in my hair. He laughed and assured me that I didn’t.
Jim had told me about the hidden stairs at the bottom of Straka Street so I made my way towards them.
Google Maps told me that Condor Road met up with the stairs but it absolutely did not. I would have to walk on it and two other roads off of Berry later. The stairs were shallow and provided a peaceful path to walk through the quiet forest.
A dusty gray feline cautiously watched me walk down Fusion Street. He didn’t let me near enough to pet him, but he wouldn’t be the last outside kitty I’d see.
This kitty brought back memories of a book I had when I was kid. B. Kliban is a cartoon artist who depicts these cats in strange situations.
You ever feel like you are being watched? I felt that and realized I was.
I crossed Chartiers Avenue and then the busway so I could walk on some of the loooooong streets over there. On Lanpark, I played “What is dead around here?” Oh, there it is!
I was walking on Tybee when I saw a MASSIVE house.
I researched it a bit and in 1923 it shows up on the Hopkins Maps as belonging to an F.P. Iams. This page mentions that Iams was an early settler of Sheraden.
I made my way down Fadette Street because I wanted to fill out some of the blocks I’d missed on my previous walk. I’d reported the Fadette Street stairs as being closed but Google Maps still shows them as being open. Fool me twice! I really wanted to walk on Jeffers Street so I walked to Faronia so I could access it there. The Jeffers Street Stairs were completely impassable, as well.
I walked past the stairs at the top and found a railing barring entry. There were also a few risers missing.
On Tyndall Street I found some recently filled potholes.
That’s one way to get DPW to come out!
On Tress Way I found these super weird gourds growing from a tree.
On Chetopa, I could see the Cathedral and the UPMC building!
I walked all the way back to Chartiers/Berry Street so I could walk on those three streets I’d missed when they didn’t connect to the Straka Stairs. Allyn Way showed me a beautiful butterfly…
Condor Road was a long tree-shaded gravel road that ran almost to the stairs. I was tired and really didn’t want to walk that far down it but when I turned onto it, I saw a kitty. I started walking towards it telling myself that if it ran away, I would turn back.
Instead of running, or sinking into the tall grass, the kitty got up and looked at me.
The kitty let me pet him and told me all about his day by meowing constantly.
I was very sweaty so his/her white hair stuck to me. An hour later, I even pulled a strand out of mouth. Two hours after that, I pulled spider webs out of my hair. I was also covered in a gritty layer of salt. My shower that night, was amazing.
Unique Streets: 2
Miles Walked: 1.7
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Casino Drive, Allegheny Avenue, General Michael V. Hayden Boulevard, Ridge Avenue, Galveston Avenue, Chapel Way, Rope Way, N. Lincoln Avenue, Maolis Way, Western Avenue, Reedsdale Street, N. Shore Drive
I went on my second walk because I somehow convinced my husband to go on a walk with me. He’s had some knee problems that has kept him from going on long walks with me. Plus, he says I stop too much (always taking pictures.) We were at the casino and I mentioned that there were a few blocks in Allegheny West, I hadn’t walked on. We walked outside and towards those streets.
The walk was 1.7 miles and I only added two new streets but it was fun. Here are some of the interesting things we saw.
This is technically Allegheny Avenue but since it’s marked as something else by Heinz Field, I added it to my list.
Part of Heinz Field soared into the sky between two CCAC administration buildings.
A face watched us from up high on a building on Chapel Way.
I think I get what they are saying?
We also walked past the Thaw Mansion. You can read all about The Original “Trial of the Century” over at Mental Floss: http://mentalfloss.com/article/81890/10-facts-about-original-trial-century