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.