CINCINNATI'S EAST SIDE
Jan. 22 2009
Northwest on Eastern Avenue near Stites Avenue. By this point, we've lost US 52 (though this is Truck US 50). The building on the left with the fire escape was Spencer Township Hall, reportedly built in 1860. Yes, there was once a Spencer Township here.
Looking towards Eastern Avenue, we're on a footbridge that runs southeast off Eastern over the rail line.
Southwest on the rail line, from the footbridge. The road to the left of it is Greenwood Terrace. The footbridge emerges where Greenwood hits Hutton Street.
From the footbridge, this is southeast on Hutton.
The ramp from Columbia Parkway to the current east end of Eastern Avenue sprouts a sidewalk northwest to Leonard Street & Archer Avenue. Part of the walk seems to be where a stretch of Archer once was. This clip has us using the sidewalk from Leonard & Archer, and under Columbia Parkway, to Eastern.
Northeast at the east end of Eastern Avenue, where it ramps onto Columbia Parkway. However, Eastern Avenue used to cross Duck Creek here and continue as what is now Wooster Road. Note the isolated building just standing there. A map from the 1910s shows a building labeled as Rendcomb Junction here - a name suggested by the bent blue sign - so it must have been a rail station.
This strange old sign is seen by travelers going from Eastern onto Columbia Parkway. The sign thinks Columbia Parkway is an expressway - even though it's not a full freeway and has some surface road junctions.
On the right is southeast on Beechmont Avenue where it goes over Eastern. Going southeast, Beechmont is OH 32/125, according to signs. To the northwest it becomes OH 561, which quickly picks up Linwood Avenue. This bridge is a...VIADUCT! On the left side of the photo is a twisty bike ramp from Eastern up to Beechmont.
Northeast on a stretch of Church Place that serves almost like a ramp from Beechmont to Eastern. Truck US 50 is in fact Eastern: It's a truck alternative to Columbia Parkway. The east US 50 marker below that is for Columbia Parkway - though you have to use Eastern until it ends to get there. This despite the fact that Columbia Parkway is atop the wall on the left.
Northwest on Beechmont at Church Place. Just ahead, Beechmont goes under Columbia Parkway. Bike Route B jogs onto Church before continuing northwest on Linwood - this avoiding crossing the ramp to westbound Columbia Parkway.
From the Beechmont Avenue span, this is southwest on Eastern Avenue.
From Beechmont, northeast on Eastern. The OH 561 marker is at Linwood Avenue.
Peering around a fence and looking southeast on Beechmont - approaching the ramp to Wilmer Avenue, which leads to Lunken Airport.
The ramp from Eastern to Beechmont. The ramp is often mapped as Phyllis Avenue. The route markers seem to have an incurable case of sine rot.
This is probably the set of steps northwest off the upper 4200 block of Eastern. That may be a diaper resting on one of the risers. Cincinnati seems to spend more money making STEPS CLOSED signs than fixing the steps so they can be opened again.
West on a wide, sweeping curve on Eastern Avenue. I tried biking in the road up to here, but not only was the traffic too heavy, but also there were so many twigs in the roadway that they got caught in the spokes of the Peace Bike. If you listen closely, you can hear the debris still spinning around in the wheels. The curve finally ends at Airport Road.
And if you think people here drive recklessly, it's actually very safe compared to the suburbs.
Southeast on Airport Road - the former Davis Lane. The airport it refers to is Lunken Airport, a general aviation facility.
This may be my favorite photo from this outing! I returned home through the same forbidden zone that I filmed in my first clip of the day - off the end of the trail to nowhere. From the no-go zone, this is looking across the river, up O'Fallon Avenue, which separates Bellevue and Dayton, KY. The terrain shows you why the Peace Bike and I don't go to the suburbs south of Bellevue very often.
This is the I-471 bridge that locals see daily - but just not from this angle. Known as the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, it opened to limited traffic in 1976. Newport, KY, is in the background.
Finally, this is looking onto the celebrated Purple People Bridge. We're on Butler Street, and the columns along the street were for the now-defunct bridge approach that led to 3rd Street north of here. The ROAD CLOSED sign should say ROAD ENDS. It ends at a trail that can be used to access the trail to nowhere.
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