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Bridges and Tunnels and Trains

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It is unseasonably warm in Pittsburgh right now, which doesnít bode well for the Earth but which Iím enjoying. My favorite way to exercise, if I have a favorite, is walking. I can do it, I donít need equipment, and Iím blessed to live in a city that has trails along each of the three rivers. Pittsburgh is largely rivers and hills. I live on top of a big hill so I have to walk down a big hill to get to the Flats and eventually to a trail. I didnít take a picture of the city steps I walked down to get to a through street. In the days of the steel mills, mill workers, because they were poor, lived up on the hills and had to go up and down these sets of steps to get to the mills, which were set along the rivers. So there are sets of city steps all over the place.

This isn't what they (meaning the city steps) look like, but I liked seeing the city through the fog this morning. Also, it's warm today but we had several inches of snow, and you can see some of it that hasn't melted yet. It is icy. Trust me.

I wanted to walk from my neighborhood, over the Monongahela River, into downtown, over the Mon again, and back to my neighborhood. So that's what I did. It was, I think, somewhere between 4 and 4-1/2 miles. I'm going to map the route I took. I've been taking these walks since the late summer and I have a few routes I know. This one may be a new favorite.

This is the first bridge I crossed, the 10th Street Bridge. Most of the bridges in Pittsburgh are yellow.

This is a view down the Mon toward the convergence of it with the Allegheny River. Together, they form the Ohio River.

Because there are lots of hills and mountains here, there also are tunnels. This one is called the Armstrong Tunnel, and you can walk through it (though I don't like to) and pretty much into the campus of Duquesne University.

This morning's walk was great because I didn't run into many people. It wasn't even that early! And there weren't many cars traveling through the tunnel, either, which was great.

I like graffiti, sometimes, and I liked this. i wonder who is apologizing to whom, and why. This is right where I emerged from the tunnel.

Pittsburgh is really a cool city with some cool architecture. Like this. I love that I can walk through this city and find so many things that to me are beautiful or just weird enough to remember through a quick photo.

This is the Smithfield Street Bridge, which connects downtown with the South Side. See? Yellow.

From here I entered the Riverfront Trail so as to avoid the main street, whose sidewalks are questionable. And maybe still icy.

One of the other things I like about where I live is simply the trains. There are active train tracks all over the place. I love lying in bed at night and hearing a train go by down the hill.

That's the bridge I crossed over at the beginning of my walk, by the way.

And just to remember that it is January, not May, here's a picture of the wintertime sun. From here, it was just about half a mile more to Starbucks and my iced coffee.

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/13/2013 3:08PM

    Thank you for a lovely blog! It sounds you really enjoyed it and I am happy for you. I am like you: I don't like meeting people on my walks/hikes! :)

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/12/2013 7:37PM

    Love the pics! Thanks for sharing :)

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CATBEFIT 1/12/2013 7:03PM

    Great blog -- loved the photos. I used to travel to Pittsburgh on business, and loved the city.

I'll have to copy your travelogue idea -- and show a couple of my walks.

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MICKEYH 1/12/2013 6:43PM

    I loved my iced coffee too. Especially taste great after a good walk. Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog of walking trip. You've describing very well on your trip.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/12/2013 5:47PM

    I LOVE this! I have a friend who (I think) lives near there who post pics on her walks. I just love seeing these and may have to try it for my little town one day soon.

Thanks again !!

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LINDAK25 1/12/2013 3:39PM

    Iced coffee! It couldn't be that warm, could it? Nice walk, though I'm not thrilled with tunnels. Love the pictures! I'm still trying to figure out how to upload my pictures. My sister used to live in Pittsburgh--her husband moved there when he was 8, so I guess you could say he grew up there. I used to love the road signs that the city put up that said "State Maintained Roads" on some poorly maintained state roads. I got lost frequently in Pittsburgh. I could get to my sister's from Wheeling, I'd just get lost trying to leave.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/12/2013 3:21PM

    Thanks for taking me on a walk around your neighborhood in Pittsburgh. I'd have to agree that you have some wonderful places to walk. There's something about being able walk where there are waterways I find.
I'm planning for walk this afternoon. We're experiencing one of our rare sunny winter days on the west coast. Skies are deep blue with the sun reflecting off the snow on the freshly capped mountain tops surrounding the valley. Looking forward to getting out there though the clear skies means it's cold out there. Will bundle up.

Maria (on the BLC21 journey with you)

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CHICCHANTAL 1/12/2013 3:06PM

    I used to live somewhere in London where someone had sprayed on wall next to a sliproad leading up to a motorway 'Keep it warm. I love you.' I always wanted to know who'd sprayed it and how often he was away and saw that message.

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DALID414 1/12/2013 1:33PM

    Wow, I think the train would be WAY too loud. I live near a metro train track and hear the whooshing of it every now and then, it's soothing.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/12/2013 12:29PM

    That is awesome to see pictures of Pittsburg!

It is great that yoou have a lot of sidewalks to walk on, and scenic areas too!

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GEMLADYONE 1/12/2013 12:26PM

    It's been a long time since I was in Pittsburgh, but it's always been one of my favorite northern cities (I try not to go North in winter...I have thin southern blood). Anyway, thanks for the quick views of your city. I too enjoy walking, and we have a great place to walk along the water where I live too, but no ice! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 1/12/2013 12:23PM

    Sounds like a nice walk

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