I drove out to Akron late yesterday and drove down 93. I too saw the path going west. So I parked the car and dragged out the bike. Its paved all the way to the WSRR. But the connection is about 1 mile or so east of the actual JCT. The mobile home park sits on the ROW. Its a very nice trail. Very nicely done. I've been on the WSRR path a couple of times this year and couldn't figure out why I missed the paving of the Peanut. But then I realized I deviate off the WSRR at Barnum Rd and head north and then hop on the Peanut heading east to the JCT and then head west back to Wehrle Dr. I never went further east of the JCT. A nice surprise.
The first run westbound, with the sun in front of me, I couldn't find anything left over related to a RR having been there. The only thing I could see was the old fence with RR tie posts and the fence attached. But on my way back, I did find a few things. I saw a couple of RR ties plowed off to the side. One concrete RR pedestal near the cement plant silos.
The cement plant is interesting. Many years I flew over it and could see a big hole near the silos. I always wanted to check it out but seeing how big that hole was, I was never really ambitious about exploring it. Speaking to my brother in law last night, he tells me that he explored it and while speaking to somebody on the property, the hole turns out to be an air vent for the gypsum mines. Because so many kids tried to get into it, apparently they filled it in. So, with easy access to the plant, someday this summer I'll check it out. Here are some pictures that I took:
This is at Rt93 looking west. Nothing done behind me into the park. They'll have to do a switch back kinda thing with the sidewalk to get down to the ROW from the road. Or dump a lot of fill to raise the path.
The cement plant silos.
This is where the actual ROW and bike path split. Straight into the grass is the ROW and obviously going to the right is the path.
This picture is at the JCT looking west. WSRR on the left and the Peanut on the right [if only it could go uninterrupted to Tonawanda].
This picture is also at the JCT looking east. WSRR keeping to the left and the Peanut in the direction of my shadow. The big tank that's been lying there forever is still there. I walked up to the fence to take a looking inside and many homes are sitting on the ROW which explains the deviation of the path. Better that then nothing. The connection is about 1 mile east around the bend.
I rode my bike on the Peanut to the WS and then headed into town. I stopped at Guys Sub. Guys has been around a long time. My family use to order subs from their sub shop when they had one at Thompson and Main St. Best sub ever! I randomly stop at the Akron shop to get a Salami sub with oil. Still the best!