Stats from 1/14/19 to 6/14/19

2,975 Streets Travelled

82 Neighborhoods Visited

391.57 Miles Walked

45,697 Feet of Elevation

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“You Can’t Get There from Here.”

If you’ve lived in Pittsburgh for a while or even just visited, you might have heard a native say this. Logically, you can get anywhere from any place. In Pittsburgh, logic doesn’t always win. I have lived here for more than 30 years and I still get lost EVERY DAY. Ending up on 579 when I was trying to get on 6th Ave is a lesson I have learned more than I care to admit. If directions to a place require going through a tunnel or crossing a river, well, “You just can’t get there from here.” Yinzers don’t balk at a set of decaying stairs but the tunnel monster is real, and he will eat your car if you don’t slow down to a snail’s pace when entering it. So, yeah, sometimes you just can’t get there from here.

Did you know that there are (probably) 4,661 streets in the City of Pittsburgh? I say probably because I reached that number by counting (twice, by hand) the streets on an indexed paper map of the region. I have found quite a few discrepancies between the paper map, the G. M. Hopkins Company Maps, Apple Maps, and Google Maps. I don’t know how many streets there are but I hope to have the map at the top of this page filled out completely.

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83: I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.

Today, my entourage was comprised of Johnny, Sophia, and my friend Alexis. He had barely missed meeting me when I walked in Fairywood but we were able to walk together today.

82: All the Small Things. Don’t even Blink.

On this cloudy day, I took a drive to Arlington. There was a section I hadn’t walked yet but I’d be lying if that was my only motivation. I really wanted breakfast-for-lunch from Eggs & Moore. It had rained during the night and into the morning but the rain stayed mostly away for my walk.

81: Treasure and Gator Hunting (Carrick)

I had two goals for today: to walk on the orphaned Vida Way and to see if there were anymore alligators waddling around Pittsburgh.

80: cARTwheels

Today was the first of many (I hope) summer walks with Sophia, Johnny, and Amy. We started out with the plan to walk a bit in the North Side and then head over to the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

79: RING! RING! Go Alarms and Phones. (East End)

Whew! That’s a lot of streets. I decided to travel to the East End to do some walking today. The East End is filled with many attractions such as The Historic Frick Mansion, Construction Junction, the East End Food Co-op, Bakery Square, and this little place called Peppi’s.

78: Big Dog, Big Jim’s, Big Rain

There is still so much of Greenfield to explore! I got to walk some of it today and even ventured into the new Hazelwood Green. I started out my walk in the South Side Flats on Sarah Street between S. 28th and S. 27th. The first thing I noticed was an old bakery that appears to be closed permanently. Looking in the windows it was easy to imagine what it would have been like when the display cases were filled and coffee poured out of the double pot Bunn-o-matic.

77: Closed Roads and Old Mines/Mills

East Carnegie and Oakwood. Two places I didn’t know existed let alone were a part of the city until I started walking it. I parked in Crafton and took a little trail that ran along the West Busway.

76: Little Walk on the Urban Prairie

Today I decided to tackle Fairywood as it is one of the westernmost neighborhoods and I had to get back home early to get Johnny off the bus for an early dismissal. I was supposed to meet a friend but he never showed. Alexis has a reputation among our group for showing up randomly all over the place.

75: A tree tried to murder me and I almost killed Amy. Again.

Goals for today included walking on French Street (Downtown) and finally making it up to Crawford-Roberts to walk more streets. Amy was able to come with me but I’m pretty sure she regretted that decision at the end.

74: Third Time’s a Charm

Orphan Streets. This is what I call streets that I’ve completely surrounded yet didn’t walk on. When it happens, the street name lights up my subconscious like a neon sign in a dark alley.