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Liberty Tunnel Odyssey 2011

This is for people who don’t live in Pittsburgh. You know we have lots of bridges here.  But today I am highlighting the driving through one of our tunnels.

Experience the Liberty Tunnel as I did last Tuesday night. First opened in 1924.

At first the radio is playing. Then static as reception is lost.

The Liberty Tunnel is 5889 feet long.  The tunnel was empty except for me.  One car whizzes by towards the end.  I put the iPhone on the top of the steering wheel and just drove without looking at it.  Not too fast. Next week the Ft Pitt tunnel so you can see the city at the mouth of the tunnel.

Just had the urge to document the emptiness and the movement  as I traveled through.  The sound of a motorcycle can be heard too.  And then the radio reception returns.  Disclaimer- may cause motion sickness?  Steve said it seems like he was traveling through the atmospheres of Jupiter.  What an imagination.

13 responses

  1. That is a very long tunnel!


    October 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

  2. Gail Radley

    A fun way to start my day…that’s a long tunnel


    October 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

  3. connie

    Thanks for adding Steve’s comment. It predisposed me to have a different focus and experience. I get it- space / time warp.


    October 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

  4. I’ve never been to Pittsburgh and have never been in a tunnel this long! Cool video!


    October 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

  5. I am from Pittsburgh and I never thought about how our tunnels may look to others. I love how you come up with so many interesting ways to showcase the city. This is a great video!


    October 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  6. I love the music coming back on at the end. In my neck of the woods, we don’t have any tunnels I can think of!


    October 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  7. ” … one of our tunnels.” Considering how rare tunnels are in other parts of the country, your having more than one is remarkable. Thanks for taking us for a ride.


    October 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm

  8. Halloween experience, Ruth …


    October 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

  9. Toni



    October 31, 2011 at 6:22 am

  10. What a fun idea! I loved the ride! We visited Pittsburgh 5 years ago – attended the National Genealogical Convention. Didn’t see much of the city since we were so busy, but did enjoy a dinner cruise on the river! We would love to visit again.


    October 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

  11. That’s pretty cool – thought it looked to me like you were driving on the “wrong” side of the road… so I watched with a sense of anxiety. Interesting to observe that ….


    October 31, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  12. How cool was that!


    November 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

  13. Love the analogy of the atmosphere layers of Jupiter- I get it! Cool video!


    November 9, 2011 at 12:31 am

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