Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Salt Lake City, Moab, Fruita and Grand Junction....Mountain Biking Bliss

This past week I was fortunate enough to spend few days mountain biking in Utah and Colorado.  Kirk and I flew into Salt Lake City, Utah and were greeted by Justin and Matt at the airport.  Headed over to Justin's pad and built up our all-mountain bikes.  Loaded them up and drove down close to Moab, Utah.  Woke up early, hit up the Pipe Dream trail in the hills of Moab, Utah.  Checked into the Inca Inn and went out to the Amasa Back trail in Moab, Utah.  Saw some Jeeps crawling away during Jeep Week and ran into a sandstorm.  Came down Jackson, found some water blocking our path, rode back to town.  Next day, woke up, jumped on the Poison Spider shuttle van, got dropped at the LPS parking lot, rode Porcupine Rim Trail.  Headed down to Fruita, Colorado the next day and rode Zippity Do Dah, which was awesome!  Over to Grand Junction, Colorado then back to Salt Lake City and home.  Oh and while we were in Moab, Utah we checked out Arches National Park at sundown....fun!

Gallery from the week - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/SLC-Moab-Colorado-0420

Some shots -

A killer view from the Amasa Back Trailhead
A killer view from the Amasa Back Trailhead

Some Jeeps trying to climb out of Amasa Back during Jeep Week in Moab, Utah
Some Jeeps trying to climb out of Amasa Back during Jeep Week in Moab, Utah

checking out Castle Valley from the porcupine rim trail in Moab, Utah
checking out Castle Valley from the porcupine rim trail in Moab, Utah

Kirk ponders the Notch on the Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah
Kirk ponders the Notch on the Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah

hanging out with the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
hanging out with the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Kirk looking over the Zippity Do Dah trail in Fruita, Colorado
Kirk looking over the Zippity Do Dah trail in Fruita, Colorado

Matt Palilla pimpin Atomga Groove Alliance at Naggy McGees Irish Pub, Grand Junction, Colorado
Matt Palilla pimpin' Atomga Groove Alliance at Naggy McGee's Irish Pub, Grand Junction, Colorado

Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Steel City Showdown Crit Race in Downtown Pittsburgh

I spent a cold, windy day taking pictures of, and enjoying, the 2011 Steel City Showdown yesterday.  The Steel City Showdown is a criterium (crit) race along four roads in downtown Pittsburgh.  Starting on Sixth Street, next to PNC park, it turned right on East General Robinson Street, right again on Seventh Street, over the Seventh Street Bridge, right on Fort Duquesne Boulevard, then right again on Seventh Street, heads over the Roberto Clemente Bridge, and ended back in front of PNC Park.  Think NASCAR, in the opposite direction, and less beer.
I did get a chance to see how a lensbaby composer works in a race atmosphere.   I think with a bit more practice I could get some pretty cool shots, I think I got a few great ones...just a lot of crap too.

Enjoy a gallery of photographs from the Steel City Showdown - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Steel-City-Showdown-0417

And here are some pictures from the race -

Robert and Mary Lynn out working a corner at the 2011 Steel City Showdown a Criterium in downtown Pittsburgh
Robert and Mary Lynn out working a corner at the 2011 Steel City Showdown a Criterium in downtown Pittsburgh

Warming up on, and cleaning up, the Seventh Street Bridge in Pittsburgh
Warming up on, and cleaning up, the Seventh Street Bridge in Pittsburgh

Juniors at the 2011 Steel City Showdown get their marching orders
Juniors at the 2011 Steel City Showdown get their marching orders

taking the corner at East General Robinson Street next to PNC park
taking the corner at East General Robinson Street next to PNC park

Warming up coffee and hot chocolate by bike power
Warming up coffee and hot chocolate by bike power

Sarah Anne Clarke holding down the fort at the OTB tent during the 2011 Steel City Showdown
Sarah Anne Clarke holding down the fort at the OTB tent during the 2011 Steel City Showdown

A postcard for mom from the 2011 Steel City Showdown
A postcard for mom from the 2011 Steel City Showdown

Some lensbaby composer goodness from the downtown Pittsburgh bike race
Some lensbaby composer goodness from the downtown Pittsburgh bike race

Stephanie Swan on the podium at the 2011 Steel City Showdown
Stephanie Swan on the podium at the 2011 Steel City Showdown

post kids race at the 2011 Steel City Showdown
post kids race at the 2011 Steel City Showdown

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Ride to the Union Railroad Rail Yard near Kennywood

Mike and I did a short ride down to the old Union Railroad rail yard near Kennywood and Duquesne, Pennsylvania last night.  I rode down and met him at the Lowe's Home Improvement store at the Waterfront.  From there we took the new trail that goes under the Rankin Bridge towards Duquesne.  It's not finished yet, and the bridges that cross the train tracks aren't really open...but we made do.  I love exploring on my bike, you get to see so much more of what's around you then you could ever by car.

Gallery from the ride - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Urban-to-Union-Railroad-0413

Some shots along the way -

in honor of the employees of US Steel Homestead
in honor of the employees of US Steel Homestead

Niles Bement Pond Co, Pond Works, Plainfield NJ, USA machine in the first building along the waterfront path
Niles Bement Pond Co, Pond Works, Plainfield NJ, USA machine in the first building along the waterfront path

Mikes bike on one of the new bridges crossing the railroad tracks by the rankin bridge
Mike's bike on one of the new bridges crossing the railroad tracks by the rankin bridge

Welcome to the digital age
Welcome to the digital age

clean out at the union railroad yard in Duquesne, Pennsylvania
clean out at the union railroad yard in Duquesne, Pennsylvania

great food at blue dust in homestead 
great food at blue dust in homestead

Saturday, April 9, 2011

2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour

All ready for the 2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour here....

Hops sports her 2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour vest
Hops sports her 2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour vest

Barley sports his 2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour vest
Barley sports his 2011 Bike New York Five Boro Bike Tour vest

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Cats

rawr
hops


Date Taken:2011-04-04 21:43:00
Camera:NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
Exposure Time:0.025s (1/40)
Aperture:f/1.4
ISO:1250
Focal Length:85mm




barley
barley


Date Taken:2011-04-05 11:27:49
Camera:NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
Exposure Time:0.02s (1/50)
Aperture:f/1.4
ISO:1250
Focal Length:85mm

Monday, April 4, 2011

An urban ride in Pittsburgh with the boys.

The trails are basically mud right now, and we so needed a ride..solution? An urban ride around Pittsburgh. It's pretty cool how much of Pittsburgh you can see on a bike, without going on a road. Mike and I rode down from my place in Regent Square and met up with Bill Kirk and Mark Kinneer at the jail trail lot. From there we did a little exploring in downtown and headed over to the Heinz lofts to meet Bill Reddy who was riding down from Etna along the North Shore trail. Hit up the area around Heinz field and PNC park, Station Square, and the Southside. Good day!!!

Gallery from the day - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Urban-0403

Some pictures from the day -

theres just so much hurt here inside me, I wish it would just go away
there's just so much hurt here inside me, I wish it would just go away

ran into Jerry Montesano in the jail trail lot
ran into Jerry Montesano in the jail trail lot

hanging out at heinz field
hanging out at heinz field

dales pale ale
dale's pale ale