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  • Mon, March 19, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Walthers, Don Gardner

    Weather: Low 40s to low 50s, sunny at the start turning to cloudy as the day went on.  We saw a few sprinkles in the final third of the ride, but not enough to merit any more than an occasional "Say, was that a raindrop I just felt?"

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27039461  38 mi, 1094' of elevation gain.  We went down Livingston to the IHRT, took it to Bumpy Oak, then went up Bumpy Oak and down Rose Hill to Port Tobacco and a brief stop at the relatively new Port Tobacco River Park.  From there we went up Locust Grove, crossed 301 and took Springhill Newtown to the end, returning on 6 to 488.  Radio Station took us to Rosewick and Washington Ave and across 301 on Hawthorne to a second stop at the Dash In.  The last leg took Hawthorne to Marshall Corner and Pomfret to the IHRT back to Bumpy Oak.  In effect, we got all of the uphill and none of the downhill of Bumpy Oak today.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.9

    With winter storm warnings closing in on us for Tuesday and Wednesday, Southern Exposure came a day early, Monday being a last chance to get in a ride before spring rolled in and winter weather shut us all down.  Pat and Don answered the call, and I'm very glad they did.  It wasn't a day for pictures - too gray - but we enjoyed the ride.

  • Sun, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Name: N. Sr. Center (St. Mary’s) to Sandgates /Rt. 6New Market/Golden BeachLeader: John Gorman
    Members: Ken Meredith

    Weather:  10:00am start.  Brilliant sunshine 41-47degrees finished, a breeze or so now and then, but no gusts.   

    Stats:   40 Miles/13.9 AMS/Elv-1165ft gain/Riding time-2:52/elapsed time-3:10 

    Route:   N. Sr Center- Locke’s Crossing to 3NT-MD235 L-Sandgates break on the PAX River @ Sea Breeze, X-over to Kavannah/Laruel Grove/Morganza Turner/X-over to Rt6-New Market/All- Faith/Goldern Beach/Mt. Wolf – 3NT.  There were a few elevation spikes on the Rt. 6 side which had the legs churning.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None    

    Report:  Great ride, we were surprised it was only two of us, considering the past poor weather and the coming continuation of wintry mix forecast for this week (1st day of Spring, yeah in calendar terms only). Ken and I enjoyed a robust day’s worth of riding discussing the benefits of eating extra healthy. Ken must be a studying for a Medical Dr, he knew everything about clean eating. He advised to check out via youtube, etc., “Forks over Knives”.  Apparently the Sandgates “Breeze Inn” has members of the NRA, because as I had Ken take my photo next to a fake inflatable palm tree, a yell from the only car in the parking lot advised sternly “Get away from that Tree”. He appeared to be an aged “ Sons of Arachy” type, I guess they aren’t found of dudes in yellow helmets and cycling clothes. Sometimes it doesn’t take a person to far to travel to realize you ain’t in Waldorf no more Dorothy.










  • Sun, March 18, 2018 10:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: March 18, 2018

    Ride Name: About Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance: 47 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.6 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA

    Mechanical Issues: Computer Problems

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Sunny, Temperatures in the 40’s rising to the 50’s by the end, moderate wind

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Michael Blaine

    Ride Report:

    This was a short notice ride so I was glad to have two other riders join me.

    About 6 miles in the ride leader suffered the only mechanical problem which was the bike computer wasn’t working – a minor annoyance.  This was corrected by restarting the computer; subsequent to the ride the sending unit battery was replaced.

    We all rode together throughout the ride with some very minor separations occurring on some hills.  There was more wind than I expected and this was a fairly significant factor on our return from the rest stop.  Other than that there isn’t too much to report except that we had a very enjoyable ride on one of the nicest days weather wise that we have had in awhile.

  • Sat, March 17, 2018 11:00 AM | Michael Dong

     "Fake Weather News"! Today's ride from Starbucks, up Mill Hill, Bumpy Oak, and Barry's Hill was the best conditions ride of the winter. Nearly zero wind, and the moving temps were quite comfortable..enough to ride with jacket open 50% of the time. AMS of 17.1, total 34.3mi. Met another rider on IHRT, and shared a 'thumbs up' as we passed. Got back to the shopping mall well before the rain sprinkles. Superb Day :)  Cheers

  • Sat, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco
    Members: Lynne Blake-Hedges, Blake Altman, Steve Koegle, Rob Smith (joined in route - per prior plan)
    Guests: Rob Golding, Jill Patterson
    Route: White Marsh - Sotterley (with modifications - see report)
    Weather: Upper 30's and sunny at the start.  Lower 40's and gloomy by the end.  Freshening headwinds going to the rest stop @ McKays.  Rain looked like it might begin at 1pm, but looked like it wouldn't amount to much (about 1/2 mm).
    AMS: 19.1 mph for the leader, everyone else a bit faster
    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report: Lynne rode the 20 miles to the start.  Wasn't feeling like even doing the shortest short version of the route (30 miles) that I had put together in case the ride needed extreme shortening.

    I had three versions of the ride prepared (54.4, 45, and 30 miles).  We decided to do the longer (original route), but at the rest stop decided to switch to the 45.  Jill has a race tomorrow and frankly Rob G, Jill, and Steve were killing us.

    The shortened route removed the loop past Sotterley and the Sandgates loop.  It also kept us on the rail trail longer to remove the ride along Lockes Crossing Rd and a busy section of Thompson Corner Rd.

    The ride:  The ride leader needs to get his eyes checked, or wear his glasses.  He/me thought one road at the beginning was another resulting in confusion that got sorted out quickly.  Lynne turned off and headed for home when we got to Trinity Church Rd.  Then we got sprinkled with something (rain/snow/sleet or combination thereof).  That didn't last long.  Then this quite large group of Pax Velo riders went by going in the other direction, more on them later.

    Everyone took turns at the front of our group.  Steve and Rob appeared to be having trouble containing their energy, but they would slow down and let us ride with them eventually.

    We had an uneventful trip to the rest stop.  We decided to streamline the route on the way back using my 45 mile alternate route.  We were not crazy about all the miles that we would be on the rail trail, but it worked out great since there was hardly anyone using it.

    Our rest stop was a short social event and then we went of looking for Rob Smith.  We didn't have to look long.  As soon as we pulled out of the parking lot here comes the Pax Velo contingent and Rob S. pealed off to join us.  They had caught him heading south and he joined them for a good number of miles.

    A lot of chatting and catching up as we had not seen Rob S. in quite some time.  On Rt. 235 a passing pickup was pulling a trailer that was dropping pennies - they hurt!

    The basically unused rail trail was taken advantage of.  We chatted as we rode leisurely along it two abreast.

    A great ride with strong riders.   We finished with the same number of riders that we started with.  Maybe next time we will finish with the same riders that we started with!

    Rob S. earned a few PR's on Strava.  It is great to see that he is recovering from his shoulder surgeries.

    Jill had a slew of QOM's and she was taking it easy today.  For the Strava segments that she didn't QOM, she was in the women's all time top ten for all but two.

    Rob G. only earned one top ten trophy and one PR.  But then his name is on a large number of the segments in the top ten already.

    As to the threatening rain.  Yes, it did start at 1pm.  It splattered the windshield of my car shortly after I left the ride start heading for home.  Not enough to need the windshield wipers.  But it might have been enough to cause Rt 231 to be closed heading back to my house in Calvert County.  I had to U-turn and return home by way of California (Maryland).

  • Thu, March 15, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Cedar Haven Fishing Area

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Don Gardner, Tom Short

    Weather: High 30s/low 40s at the start rising to the low 50s by early afternoon, rapidly switching between overcast and partly sunny, with what felt like a 5 degree rise and fall as the sun appeared and disappeared, and windy - not so bad as the past several days, but still in the high teens to low 20s and gusty.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27005440  A short route to suit the weather, with one rest stop at the Cedar Haven Fishing Area at Eagle Harbor.

    Mishaps & mechanicals:  Tom couldn't get his Garmin working.  He said go ahead, he'd get it working and catch up, but even though he's fast and we were slow (really pootling along on Martin and Molly Berry, and waiting for a while at the corner of Bald Eagle School and Nelson Perrie) he never did appear.  When we got back to the park his car was gone, so we assume he failed to get it working and went home.

    AMS: 11.9

    Many of the Thursday regulars are en route to Bike Florida, and several are famously wind-averse so it wasn't surprising that there were only three of us.  It was a bit surprising that Tom decided to skip the ride, as SatNav was hardly required for today's route.  Still, those who rode had a good time, and when the sun was out it was downright nice.  That came and went several times during the ride, and even in the parking lot afterwards.

    One really curious thing: the portolet in the park has been repositioned, turned about 45 degrees clockwise from it's previous orientation, so that the door now jams on the grass adjacent to the concrete pad.  I wonder if the recent winds could have done that.  How much does a portolet weigh, anyway?

  • Wed, March 14, 2018 5:00 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: March 14, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  Flat tire

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Lower 40’s, cloudy, windy (15-30 MPH)

    Guest Riders:  Dan Hoefert, Holden Hudson (?)

    Member Riders:   Lynne Blake-Hedges, Holly Carr, Rob Smith

    Ride Report:

    We lost Holly early-on.  Rob and I waited for her at the top of the hill on Route 6.  It turns-out she wasn’t really riding with us and told us to go on - there was a bit of a miscommunication between us.  Rob and I continued and found the rest of the group waiting for us at the fire house – that was a good thing as we could never have caught up.

    Speaking of catching up, Dan was flying like it was August and Lynne was right with him.  The rest of us were riding like it was early March and we couldn’t keep up.  Despite numerous attempts to slow down and keep us together Dan and Lynne kept pulling away.  Once we hit the hill on Budd’s Creek it was obvious that we couldn’t keep up and Dan and Lynne pulled out of sight.  Rob, Holden, and I regrouped on 301 and stayed together until the end.  Speaking for myself, I actually felt better on the ride north on 301 into the wind than I had felt earlier in the ride; perhaps I was having issues with warming up.

    I didn’t expect to see Dan and Lynne again until the end but we caught them on 301 due to Dan’s flat.  We waited while he changed the tube and left just as he was reinstalling his rear wheel.  It wasn’t long until Dan and Lynne caught us and passed us and they were again gone from sight.

    I’m a bit ashamed of our average (at the back) since this is supposed to be an AA/2 Express ride.  In our defense it was quite windy and we did a fair amount of slow riding and stopping to regroup.  I’m sure Dan and Lynne’s average is well within the AA/2 range – perhaps they would like to share it in a comment?

    Once we got back, Rob decided to go back in his car and see how Holly was fairing.  Hopefully she had a good ride.

    All-in-all it was good to be out and it sure beat riding the trainer.  Thanks to everyone who joined me.


  • Tue, March 13, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Holly Carr, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner

    Weather: Sunny, windy (>20 mph with gusts approaching 30 mph), high 30s at the start (feeling like the 20s) rising to the mid-40s (feeling like the high 30s) by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26991593  37 miles, extended to visit the IHRT Portolet at Livingston and shortened by skipping the tour of Smallwood Park

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.9

    It sure was cold and windy at Bryans Road.  The ride almost didn't happen: a minute or so before 10:30 with nobody in the parking lot, I started the car thinking to pick up some groceries at Safeway before heading home.  As I backed up I saw Don Gardner parked the other side of the gray Honda van next to me.  I got out of the car and was telling him that I'd decided to give up and go home when Holly and Tom rode into the shopping center. 

    So off we went, fighting the wind, with Holly, Tom and Don doing their best to hold back and wait up.  Their resolve held until the stop at Smallwood Park. 

    At that point either they realized it was only two weeks to April Fool and figured this was a good time to hone their pranking skills -- and what prank is better than that old chestnut "Lets sneak off and everybody leave while he's in the rest room"? -- or their patience, which must have been stretched as tight as a guitar string by then, finally snapped and off they went.

    Once I was entirely certain they weren't waiting up somewhere, I skipped the trip down Pisgah Marbury and shortened the route by a couple of miles by staying on Mason Spring, making it 35 miles for me.

  • Sun, March 11, 2018 5:50 PM | Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Leader: Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Members: Pete Czapiewski, Steve Koehle, Jessica Livingston

    Guests: Rob Golding

    Distance: 42 miles

    AMS: mid-high 17s

    Weather: Started in the high 30's but was sunny so warmed up nicely.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None, other than my not recording the ride on my Garmin (it still counts as I have witnesses).

    This ride is normally cross-posted with Potomac Pedalers and had been canceled, so I was glad that after I posted it that that others showed up for the ride today - especially since we lost an hour last night due to daylight savings. It's a nice route with a mix of some short hills and some fast flats and I encourage others to try it for something new and different. This was my first time leading a ride and I had only been on the route once before. Kudos to the group for choosing to endeavor on with me despite me not being familiar with the route (and facing the distinct possibility of extra miles due to a wrong turn). Thankfully, Pete knew the way and kept us on track with no mishaps. The group mostly stayed together and regrouped several times when there was distance between riders. Overall it was a nice mix of some intensity balanced with some more relaxed riding. Thanks again to the other riders who came out.  I hope to ride with this group again.

  • Sun, March 11, 2018 11:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Sanders, Tom Short

    Weather: Sunny, light breezes, 39 at the start rising to 49 by mid-afternoon. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10948628  41  mi, 1275' of elevation gain.  Another scenic route on the quiet wooded back roads of Nanjemoy.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: nothing worse than a dropped chain.

    AMS: 12.6

    A very quiet day.  Everyone seemed to be sleeping in today.  Although spring is much in evidence in Alexandria, it hardly seems to have reached Nanjemoy -- either that, or you can't tell the difference between winter and spring landscapes out there, at least not until the trees leaf out.  One yard with daffodils in bloom, no flowering trees, just the normal evergreens, brown fallen leaves and bare trees.  But the sun was out today, adding warmth that was sorely missed yesterday.

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