Today I took a trip through a part of the Towpath I have not been on before.
Starting at the big bend near Merriman Road, I headed the wrong way at first, turned around and headed (more or less) south. Went a little past the Memorial Parkway and came back. This part of the Towpath follows the trunk sewer line (ahem, there seem to be some leaks in that line) quit a bit.
This part of the Towpath has a few, shall we say, handicaps. It’s got that big sewer pipe, and the distinct stench of sewage does occasionally assault the olfactory. It’s not especially picturesque compared to parts of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s a little more urban, which is kind of unavoidable, being in a city and all. Still, there are some nice stretches and a cool winding wooden overpass. Plus the railroad was under construction, with some funky railroad tie-laying equipment I don’t think I’ve seen before.
It’s been a busy week, but I have found an hour or two midday to peel away from deskbound work to venture out on dual work-recreation trips several times this week. When you’re a Patch editor, you’re never completely off the clock.
This stretch of the Towpath does have a few things worth experiencing, maybe once, but if Akron could find a way to eliminate the sewage stench, that would be a good thing. The trail here has a few pretty mild climbs, as opposed to the almost completely flat CVNP parts of the Towpath.
There were a couple of patrol folk who pointed out that I had illegally taken my bike onto a side trail that was designated for hikers only.
Memo to Metro Parks, Serving Summit County: Time to refresh some of your signage. It’s scarcely noticeable.
Someday when I grow up, I hope to complete the entire Towpath Trail. In one day, if I’m feeling especially ambitious.