Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Bike Packing to Massilon

Bike Packing to Massilon
On Saturday afternoon Erin and I loaded up our bikes and rode down to River's Edge Campground a few miles outside of Massillon. The campground is only for Towpath users and its a really nice spot with a firepit and benches overlooking the Tuscarawas River. We made a few brew and diner stops along the way. It was a fun but short getaway. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Akron2Akron: Kenmore Loop

The last Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tour of the year was a bit different - it was a biking tour. We took advantage of the great new bike lanes on Kenmore Boulevard and some of the other lanes around the neighborhood to explore. As always there were interesting stops and conversations. We ended up at Live Music now on the Boulevard for Kenmore's Bikes & Brews. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Towpath 50

I photographed the first Towpath 50 event for the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition - which was a new fundraiser for the organization. It was a supported ride from Lock 3 in Akron down the Towpath to Canal Fulton and back. There was an after-party with food and drinks back at Lock 3. The event was a ton of fun to cover and ride - and since it ended up exceeding fundraising expectations I would assume it will be back next year. (It also helped that the weather was perfect!). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Akron2Akron: Middlebury Extended!

The latest Akron2Akron walk was kinda a Remix & Extended Version of the last Middlebury walk. A lot of Middlebury history and a few different sites along the way. Even having had been on the first one I still learned new things this time. These walk are so well organized and so much fun!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Akron Coffee Roasters Metric Century

Akron Coffee Roasters held there second Metric Century ride a couple of days ago. It was a group organized group ride with SAG support and a number of great stops with coffee, snacks and other beverages. We started at the shop with coffee and took a lunch break at MadCap Brewing in Kent. This year they had two pace groups - a fast pace and a more chill group - though we all tended to reassemble and hang out at the stops. Last year they had cycling caps for purchase and this year it was cycling jerseys. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

GAP Trail

GAP Trail
For Erin's birthday I planned a bike-packing trip along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail(GAP Trail) from Cumberland to Pittsburgh - but not in that order. I found out you could bring your bikes aboard the Amtrak Train so riding the whole thing in one direction would be possible - 150 miles. The problem was the time of the trains didn't work out with our schedule - so I came up with a solution. We parked in Connellsville on Tuesday morning and rode 60 miles into to Pittsburgh, the next morning we caught the train to Cumberland and spent the next two days getting back to the car. With some side stops we ended up riding 172 miles and really enjoyed all the great scenery and small towns along the way. I brought my Canon 6D and 50mm lens which has become my bike riding go to - its a great balance between size and quality. A lot of people combine this trail with the C&O that picks up in Cumberland and goes to DC - that is something we would love to try eventually if we have the time. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Akron2Akron: North Hill

The latest Akron2Akron neighborhood walking tour took place in North Hill and it was a fun one to cover as most of the places we went to I had never been before. These walks are such a great way to learn about some of Akron's hidden gems. As always I recommend checking out the Facebook page and making sure you are at the next event. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sigma 105mm Art

Sigma 105mm Art Tests
A few weeks ago I bought the newish Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art lens. My goal was to have a better portrait & product lens and also something that would be a little longer for shooting at events. I haven't had the chance to use it a whole bunch yet but I brought it to my friend Kyle's to show it to him and try test it out a bit at his son's first birthday party. Most of these images were shot at f/1.4 and they are pretty brilliant. The lens is super sharp and the separation with that shallow depth-of-field is pretty awesome. The lens is also known for its pleasing "bokeh" which is a word that describes the quality of the out-of-focus blur in the background of a photos.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Earthquaker Day 2018

Earthquaker Devices Day
Yesterday was the third Earthquaker Day - I have been to them all and it has gotten better every year. So many friends, great bands, demos, artworks, cool vendors and great food and drinks. If you don't know, Earthquaker Devices is a guitar pedal manufacturer in Downtown Akron. This "festival" is kind of their open house. Many of the EQD employees are longtime friends of mine and others have become friends more recently. I do photography work for the company but on this day I was just hanging out and having fun. I kind of wish I took more photos but I also really enjoyed all the great conversations I had instead. 
The after party was at Lock 3. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Demo Derby Ride

Demolition Derby
It has become tradition for my Wednesday night bike friends to ride to the Summit County Fair and watch the demolition derby.....and drink lots of Bud Staw-Ber-Itas. Its a ride where we slow down the pace a bit and anyone how wants to can show up. I guess its kind of the Rubber City Ratz summer party. 
I brought my Canon 6D with the cheap 50mm f/1.8 along this year.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July

On Sunday Akron Snow Angels held their Christmas in July event at Grace Park. Volunteers work to put necessities directly in the hands of the area homeless - lunch, haircuts and other services are also provided. If memory serves I have shot the event all four years - Snow Angels is one of my favorite non-profits to volunteer my services to. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bikes, Boats, Beers & Ducks

Erin and I loaded up our bikes Saturday afternoon and spent a few days in the Sandusky area. We stayed in a cabin at Camp Sandusky which served as a great home base for exploring. The first day we rode into Downton Sandusky for dinner, the second we rode down Catawba and hopped the Ferry to Put-In-Bay, and the last day we checked out an awesome brewery/farm market and went for a dip in Lake Erie. It was a nice, short get away and we were very lucky with some great weather too. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Akron2Akron: Middlebury

This month's Akron2Akron walk focused on the oldest part of Akron - which wasn't actually originally part of Akron at all - Middlebury. Middlebury was already thriving when Akron was just a plan on a map that General Simon Perkins had drawn on land he owned. Middlebury's huge industry was clay products and the business was so thriving many thought the village would outpace Cleveland's growth the become the region's largest city. The fortunes changed though when Perkins convinced the Ohio Legislature to put the Ohio & Erie Canal through his property. Akron took off and eventually annexed Middlebury. On the walk we not only saw the history of Middlebury but examined its current status and businesses. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

End of the Line

Bike Packing
My friend Ben and I packed up our bikes and decided to find the Southern end of the Towpath - which we did - both the official end and an un-official end a little further beyond. We camped at a very cool campsite outside of Massillon on the first night and a few of our friends joined us that evening. In the morning we all said our goodbyes as Ben and I continued on south and everyone else headed back north. The next night we camped at a family campground about 5 miles down country roads outside New Philadelphia. In the morning we rode the whole way back - 70 miles for me from the campground to my door. It was a blast and I learned a ton about bike-packing. More details on our stops and experience follow. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bike Packing

Adventure Bike
Bike camping is something I have been interested in for a while but have never done. Lately I acquired some of the gear I needed and also built up this bike. This is an old French bike that I inherited when my close friend Josh died. Originally it would have been a cheapish steal road bike, when Josh bought it it had already been converted to some kind of hybrid, and now I've frankenstiened it into a gravel/touring bike. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Latte Art Throwdown

During Downtown Akron Partnership's 'Third Thursday' Akron Coffee Roasters hosted a "Latte Art Throwdown" - or a latte art competition. The Hop & Bean were there recording live and there was also beer, food and prizes. It was a really fun evening. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Exploring with The RubberCityRatz

On our weekly Wednesday night bicycle ride we decided to follow the train tracks, gravel, and some lesser known trails on our way out to Hoppin' Frog Brewery. We also made a stop to say "goodbye" to the Rubber Bowl and a trip down Derby Downs. I put my GoPro on the back of my seat post and let it run on the way out - here is an editing version of that footage.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Akrun & Crawl

This year's Akrun & Crawl(put on by Torchbearers) was held in the morning and had a brunch. There was some rain during the run but it wasn't a complete wash out. This was the fourth time I've shot the event - the first time it was in the afternoon and the last two were "glow runs" in the evening. They have all been a fun time.