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Click the “Add Post” button. For the Date and Time, enter the date and start time of the ride

For Subject, enter the Month/Day - Ride Name - Class and number of miles; for example: “6/30 - No Deale Ride - B 45 miles”.

In the Body box, enter your ride report. You can enter it directly into the text box using the word-processor features on the tool bar. After you enter the report, click the “Post” button at the top or bottom of the page and your ride report will be posted on the web site. As the author of the report, you will be able to edit or add to the report.

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  • Sun, May 27, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Weather: weather.com was predicting cloudy with a chance of rain in the 15-25% range through 1 pm, but with a chance of thunderstorms increasing by the hour between 2 and  6 pm.  As it turned out, it was hot (75 at the start rising to around 90) and very humid, but lots of sun and a lot of blue sky between the clouds.

    Route: given the deteriorating forecast between 1 and 2 pm and the speed at which CC riders go, 45 miles seemed like pushing our luck a bit too far (even a "scattered" thunderstorm isn't much fun if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time) so I scaled the ride back to 35 miles by skipping the loop to Patuxent River Park and back.  The revised route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27624069   Diane and her B riders agreed and rode along with us, effectively merging the two groups.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6

    A bit on the hot-and-humid side, but otherwise a fine day for riding.  Except for crossing US-301 we pretty much had the roads to ourselves.  It was a very enjoyable ride.  Judging from the weather warnings being issued this afternoon, all hell may be breaking loose before long, but we found our window of opportunity and enjoyed taking it.  Perhaps Lear might have gone a bit far with the sentiment, but basically having beat the forecast, I'm happy to say:

    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
    You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
    Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
    You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
    Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
    Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
    Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!

  • Sat, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Jim & Jane Hudnall

    Route:  Henson Creek Trail - Oxon Hill Rd to Temple Hills Rd r/t.  Approx. 13 miles total.

    Weather:  a pleasant morning with sunshine, upper 70s/lower 80s temps, and a breeze out of the south.  We were finished before the humidity got bad.

    Report:  Susan & Fran had never ridden this trail though living in the area for a long time;  your faithful correspondent had only ridden it once; and long time trail users Jane & Jim hadn't ridden it recently.  The trail was in excellent condition with long stretches of lush vegetation as we rode along the creek making it seem we were miles from civilization.  Surprisingly, we didn't see any wildlife.  Jane was quite the tour guide, noting branch trails up to various subdivisions and other factoids of interest.  Fran was not aware of Tor Bryan Park, so she asked on our return that we exit the trail through that development so she could get her bearings.  We had a short stretch of 11.3% grade before reaching Oxon Hill Rd - quite a workout to end our leisurely trail ride.

    Photos at Facebook

  • Fri, May 25, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  departing from the Village Green -Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, John Riconda, Donaro Gardner, Walt Roscello, Jan & Ron Tucker, Barbara & Ron Haney; departing from Livingston Rd - Belinda Acre. Randy, Jackie, & Rose Schoch.  Encountered enroute - Yvonne & Michael Dong.

    Route:   OHBTC's "old faithful" - the IHRT from Village Green to White Plains and return.

    Weather:  very nice - sunshine and blue skies, gentle winds, temp range of 77-82, but a bit more humidity than the past two days.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Ron & Jan Tucker rode from home and upon reaching the Village Green, Ron found he had a flattening tire.  Repairs were quickly made and he was good to go as everyone else was still readying for the ride.

    Report:  quite a large turnout for our last Friday ride in May.  We shared the trail with numerous other cyclists and some walkers.  Wildlife sightings included a big painted turtle at Bumpy Oak, deer, a turkey, and a Baltimore Oriole.  Walt also rode from home while the Haneys caught up with us at White Plains.  They hadn't planned on riding but decided the day was too nice not to, so they left the Village Green at 10:30 am and joined us at the rest stop.  Jackie again had Rose in the doggy trailer - she seemed to enjoy her ride, too. 

    Of particular interest - for those of us returning to the Village Green, there was a tree down between Pomfret and Bumpy Oak.  It hadn't been down as we were outbound.  Susan and Fran didn't do the whole trail and it wasn't down on their return.  So it must have come down shortly before we came upon it.  Fortunately, not on us!  We saw Charles County Parks guy David in his orange Kubota near Livingston and alerted him to the downfall.  Removal of the tree was probably taken care of very quickly thereafter.

  • Thu, May 24, 2018 10:30 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney 

    Members: Ron Haney, Sam Perry, Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Vernon Daley, Darrell Meyer, Lou Dall’Orso, Ron Leak, 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27148476, a loopy and relatively flat route that stops at Moreland Market twice. Even though there’s some repetition of roads, the route got good reviews. 

    Weather: Excellent, 70s, sunny, somewhat breezy at times

    AMS: 18.5 for leader 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Sam’s tire blew up before the second rest stop, but he managed to repair it with a boot and ride back to North Keys accompanied by two CC riders. Ron H had a water bottle fly into the bushes on Horsehead due to a pothole; everyone stopped while we went back to find it. 

    Report: We had a strong group today, and got off to a fast start thanks to the flatness of the route. We regrouped at the first visit to Moreland Market, and enjoyed the new air-conditioned porch until the CC group arrived. We kept up the pace in the second section, and when we reached Moreland Mkt again, got a call from Sam to say he had a flat and was headed straight back to the car. At that point we took off to complete the last 10 miles. It was a great day to be able to do a bit longer-than-usual B of B. Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the day!

  • Thu, May 24, 2018 10:30 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader:   Norm Lisy

    Members:  Patricia Sanders, Ken Miller, La Tasha Banks

    Guests:   0

    Route:  Lovely, flat route with loops focusing on Moreland Market.  Bad (really bad) porta potty there!  

    Weather: High 70's, sunny...great day to bike

    AMS:   Leader = 13.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Met up with Sam, Ken and La Tasha.  Sam had a flat.  While Sam fixed the flat, the rest of us leaned on our shovels bikes and chatted.

    Report:   An enjoyable day...good conversation.  Glad Sam and company got back home OK.  Cheers.

     

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 24, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.0 (lead group) MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Mid to upper 80’s, sunny, moderate wind

    Guest Riders:  Charles Sidwel (didn’t sign-in)

    Member Riders:   Michael Blaine, Eric Williams, Mike Wilson, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Tyler Hill, Tom Roberts

    Ride Report:

    The temporary light on Route 6 was yellow when the lead group got there; we continued through and we may have lost some trailing riders as that point.  Michael led up the hill on Route 6 and he broke-away from most of the other riders.  By the top of the hill it was just Michael and some trailing slob.  On Kentucky Avenue Michael eased-off and the trailing group of 4 quickly caught up led by Lynne who made an impressive effort catching up.

    This lead group of 6 continued together at a good clip until the hill on Budd’s Creek.  Here, Michael pulled away from everyone while the trailing group split into a group of 4 and a lone trailing rider.  Once on Route 301 the ride was exposed to a moderate headwind which didn’t slow us down much but did increase the required effort.  Michael continued in front while the trailing group of 4 slowly pulled him back in; this was done by a nice group effort with everyone taking turns at the front and eating away at the distance.

    After this, the lead group of 5 stayed together until the end with the usual surging shenanigans at the last hill on St. Mary’s Avenue.

    Following the arrival of the lead group, the trailing riders filtered in one at a time.

    It was another fun ride on a nice night weather-wise (for a change).

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 5:30 PM | Ken Lemmert

    Leader:  Ken Lemmert

    Members: Joel, Mickey, Chuck, Mike, Julie (don't have all the last names, left the sheet at home)

    Guests: none

    Route: Casey Jones Express...25 miles

    Weather: low 80's


    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Julie had a nasty flat on 234...nail went through both sides of the tire...always carry a dollar or two with you....came in handy for a boot inside the tire.

    Report:  Beautiful evening for a ride.  We broke into two different groups at the start.  First group took off with the AA's, three of us got a slow start...caught the red light at the route 6 bridge.....enjoyed the tailwind on Bowling Road, dealt with it on the way back on 301....it wasn't too bad, just enough to let you know it was there and make you work all that harder...everyone is looking forward to the ride again next Wednesday.

    Sorry, not sure how to attach the photos....don't see a button for the attachments...tried copy and paste and that doesn't work either....if I figure it out I will post the pics.

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Sam Perry joined me on my inaugural club hill repeats ride that I start from my house and stay within a mile or two of my house.  We did a few warm up loops (up the street) before crossing Bock Rd to another warm up area in Apple Grove before heading to Rosecroft Blvd for the repeats. Three sets of 3 with recovery  between each set.  To prevent boredom I focused on different climbing goals for each set.  The climbs weren't long but hopefully Sam got enough out of this to join me again!!

  • Tue, May 22, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Lou Dall'Orso, Pete Czapiewski, Darrell Meyer

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18674509, a sort-of figure 8 going down to Bel Alton and back via La Plata and Hawthorne / Livingston Rds

    Weather: iffy, 70s and low cloud cover, but we ended up staying dry except for road spray

    AMS: 17.9 for leader

    Turtles saved: one small one, trying to cross at the intersection of Livingston and IHRT, by the good samaritans of our group

    Report: A small group of optimistic types gathered for a ride that was uncertain up until the last minute. Ron A had provided us with an alternate 30-miler that seemed like the best choice, but after checking various weather websites, the majority ruled for the original 36-miler. Tom Short departed with us, but we knew he was only going to ride the first few miles with us and then go his own way in order to get home early. The 5 of us remaining collaborated and regrouped when necessary. We didn't linger too long at St. Ignatius (just enough to recover from the 10% grade), and only stopped at the Dash-In long enough to agree that we didn't want to stop. The final segment was on wet pavement (it must have rained right before we got there) and we learned that riding behind someone with fenders doesn't necessarily mean you won't get his road spray. Thanks to Ron A for posting this pleasant route. It was a very nice ride: the few of us who turned out today were rewarded for our optimism! 

  • Tue, May 22, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18674509  36 miles, 1332' elevation gain.  Outbound on Bumpy Oak/Rose Hill/Chapel Point to a rest stop for St Ignatius' ice machine.  Then over to Fairgrounds/St Mary's/Oak to a 2nd rest stop at the Dash-In.  Final return via MD-6/Quailwood/Hawthorne/Livingston.

    Weather:  Overcast, some wind out of the south, and temps in the mid 70s with plenty of humidity

    AMS:   swept at 13.7

    Mishaps:  averted!  On Hawthorne, a bit before Chicamuxen, Joan encounted a good size snapping turtle on the side of the road.  She actually thought about picking it up to move it to safety!  Fortunately,  a good turtle Samaritan did a U-turn and quickly took charge of the situation.  He pointed out that 1) snappers are incredibly fast; 2) their jaws can clamp on and never let go; and 3) their necks can extend farther than it might seem possible.  We left him trying to coax the turtle off the road with his trusty putter.  See a pic at https://tinyurl.com/y7nhzatr

    Report:  constantly changing weather forecasts led us to consider a shorter ride but after consulting radar maps, Joan threw the gauntlet down at the ride start and said we would all be wimps if we didn't go the distance.   At one of the rest stops, the aforementioned radar showed shower activity in Waldorf.  We didn't encounter any rain though coming up Livingston, the pavement was wet leading to speculation that there had been a brief shower earlier.  All the same, with the high humidity, your faithful correspondent ended up as wet as if it had rained.  It was encouraging to defy the rain gods and get in a most pleasant Southern Exposure ride...

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