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Ride Leaders are encouraged to post reports on their rides. Members can comment on ride reports and anyone can read the reports and comments. Instructions for posting a report

You must be logged in to post a ride report. To log in, enter your Email and Password in the upper right corner and click the "Login" button. If you need a password, click Forgot Password. After you login, you will see an "Add Post" button.

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.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.









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  • Wed, September 18, 2019 5:00 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Jane and Jim Hudnall, Sheryl Romano, Matt Schwaller, Barbara Haney, Lawrence Carroll and Walter Carr.

    Guests: Michael Dong

    Weather: Sunny/Cloudy

    AMS: 13 at the rear,the faster riders 16 -17.5 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: This was a nice day to ride. Joining us today was guest Michael Dong and also a member I had never seen, Mr. Lawrence Campbell. The faster group stayed together. I stayed with Walter and Lawrence. After arriving at the rest stop we coaxed  a passerby to take a group photo. There was no wildlife seen. Upon returning, Berry's Hill was a challenge, but we overcame it. After completing the ride many of us went to B & J's takeout. Of course I had a turkey burger. This time I ordered ahead of time!


  • Wed, September 18, 2019 5:00 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Jane and Jim Hudnall,Sheryl Romano,Matt Schwaller,Barbara Haney,Lawrence Carroll and Walter Carr.
    Guests: Michael Dong

    Weather: Sunny/Cloudy

    AMS: 13 at the rear,the faster riders 16 -17.5 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: This was a nice day to ride.Joining us today was guest Michael Dong and also a member I have never seen, Mr. Lawrence Campbell.The faster group stayed together.I stayed with Walter and Lawrence.After arriving at the rest stop we coaxed  a passerby to take a group photo.There was no wildlife seen.Upon returning, Berry's Hill was a challenge but we overcame it.After completing the ride many o f us went to B & J's takeout.Of course I had a turkey burger.This time I ordered ahead of time!


  • Wed, September 18, 2019 5:00 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: September 18, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  26 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.1 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 70’s, mostly sunny, beautiful weather!

    Guest Riders: Tyler Hill

    Member Riders:  Lynne Blake-Hedges, Douglas Carter, Michael Blaine

    Ride Report:

     Lynne contacted David Kemp who had been riding Route 6 earlier and found out that the milling had started and he recommended avoiding the road. We decided to use the alternate route (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22065398) that I had planned for this possibility.

    We were all together until the hill on Chapel Point Road where the ride leader and another rider were separated from the rest of the group due to their furious attack of the hill. The ride leader was barely able to regain the group but sadly, the other rider was not able to. The ride remained in this configuration until the end with a lead group and the lone trailing rider.

    The lead group worked together with each rider pulling more or less depending on their capabilities. Speaking of capabilities, Lynne has gotten really strong this year. She was accelerating the pace every time she was at the front and her time at the front was longer that anyone else’s. Not so good for the egos of the wimpy men in the group. Nice job Lynne!

    A car was stopped on St. Mary’s Ave. as we rounded to turn on to the road coming back towards La Plata. The group slowed down and the driver eventually remembered how to drive and continued up the road. It wasn’t really a close call but a good reminder to maintain awareness of traffic conditions no matter how tired you are.

    This was the penultimate CJE ride for this year and that makes me a bit sad. However, it was a fun ride.

    P.S. I called the trailing rider and, unfortunately, he took a wrong turn but he assured me he was okay and close to the end. At least there was still plenty of daylight.

  • Tue, September 17, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  CC/C core contingent - Steve Palincsar, Pat Walters, Joan Oppel; signing in but riding with the Bs - Karen McMillan

    Route:   BR 40 Nanjemoy  39.8 miles,  1672' elevation gain.  Outbound using Livingston, Chicamuxen, Gilroy, Bowie & Poseytown to a rest stop at the Nanjemoy Community Center.  Continuing on Baptist Church, Ironsides, Durham Church, MD-6, and Mason Springs to a 2nd rest stop at Pisgah Store.  Final leg via Mason Springs, Hawthorne, Lower Wharf, and MD-210 back to the start.

    Weather:   heavily overcast at ride start giving way to sunshine on Durham Church road onward, temps rising from the mid 70s to the upper 70s, very little humidity but a noticeable, at times, ENE wind

    AMS:  swept in the low 11s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  Prior to setting off, it certainly seemed like rain was possible.  Jim H received a phone call from a B rider cancelling, afraid it was going to rain.  That call must have appeased the rain gods - they had their sacrifice and were happy as we ended up with a nice day for cycling.  As usual, the rural roads of SW Charles County and the Nanjemoy area were devoid of cars allowing for plenty of chances for conversation.  We rode together until Pisgah Store where we encountered Jim and Donaro.  Pat and Joan rode the rest of the way with them while Steve and your faithful correspondent rolled up the route.

  • Tue, September 17, 2019 10:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader:  Jim Hudnall

    Members: Jay Lewis, Bob Howell, Donaro Gardner, Barb Haney, Pete Czapiewski

    Guests: Cynthia Anderson

    Route: BR 40 Nanjemoy  

    Weather:  Dark, ominous clouds threatened rain at the ride start, but it turned out to be a good day for cycling. 73 degrees and heavy overcast at the start, and 77 degrees at the finish with  a little blue sky starting to show.

    AMS: The A riders rode together and finished with 17.6 mph AMS. The B riders were together most of the ride and had close to 15.6 mph AMS.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: Pete, Barb and Cynthia rode together at an A pace. Jay, Bob, Donaro and Jim rode together at a B pace. Both groups enjoyed a long break at the Nanjemoy Community Center. They were joined there by Jackie and Randy Schoch, who started from the trail parking lot on Livingston Road.  

  • Sun, September 15, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Fred Robbins, Jay Lewis, Mary Scala, Jim McDermott, Bob Howell, Pat Walthers, Debby Bowman and joining us at Baggett Park for a 30-ish version of the ride, Sarah Clement and Stephanie Judge.

    Weather: Mostly to partly cloudy (in practice, sunny followed by heavy overcast and in some areas, obvious that it had recently rained, eventually clearing and becoming sunny) with temperatures ranging from the high 70s to the mid 80s (actually, it hit 90 by early afternoon, once the clouds cleared and the sun came out); winds supposedly around 4 mph but -- at least to me -- feeling much stronger, probably closer to 10 mph; very humid.

    Route: the full 47 mi route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31080807   As far as I know, only Ron, Pat and I did the entire route and only the route as planned.  Debby started an hour early and did an extra 10 miles, but -- along with Fred -- did Locke's Crossing but skipped Woodburn Hill.  Mary (and Jim?) stayed on the 3NT at Locke's Crossing for the alternate 40 mile route, while Jay did his inevitable thing, shortening the route somewhere and Bob cut off early in order to be on time for the start of some kind of professional sports game involving a ball (shows how little I know about these things!).  Sarah and Stephanie joined us at the first rest stop in Baggett Park and turned off Baptist Church right on the 3NT back to Baggett Park while the rest of us continued on Baptist Church to Old Village Road.  That is, at least I think that's what happened.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 10.9 at the back

    It was great to see everyone today.  I was pleased we'd avoided the rain, and that the wet roads in the Loveville Mennonite area by and large were free of the horse droppings we'd encountered earlier in the ride on the 3NT.   When Ron, Pat and I turned onto Pin Cushion, we encountered a couple of dozen buggies heading towards us in the opposite lane because church had just let out.   Everyone was together at the rest stops and I think everyone had the feeling they'd all been on the same ride even though the actual distances ridden were all over the map, ranging from around 30 to almost 60 - a bit like an "all-class" ride of our very own.

  • Sun, September 15, 2019 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: None

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31112483 - 12 miles from the Northern Senior Center down the trail briefly then east on Rt 6/New Market Turner Rd, west on Flora Corner Rd and north on the trail. Just an easy loop to get in some extra miles before Steve's ride.

    Weather: Mid-70s. Two seconds of sunshine at the start, then gray clouds and humid, like so humid you're drenched and beads of sweat are dripping off your chin. But honestly it was comfortable.

    Average mph: 14.0.

    I didn't really expect anyone to join me, so I wasn't surprised that there were only two other vehicles parked at the Senior Center and no one around. I actually started about 4 minutes before 9 to make sure I'd be back in time to have a snack and get a fresh water bottle before the main event.  The ride was uneventful in a good way, and I was back with enough time to spare, with a good group preparing for Steve's ride when I returned.

  • Sun, September 15, 2019 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader:  Diane Harris 

    Members:  Liam Healy, Holly Carr, Sue Estes, Kirk Saunders, Karen Mc Millan, Theresa Rowell 

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Patuxent Surprise 

    Weather:  Sunny, warm (70's @ start, 80's at end)

    AMS:  Ride leader 13.7, others higher

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:  Seven club members took advantage of this beautiful Sunday morning and rode backroads of Prince George's County with rest stops at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Patuxent River Park.   Before starting the ride it was noted that women outnumbered men 5 to 2.  Four riders had bikes made by Seven.  The first exciting part of the ride was the traffic light at MD 301 and Dyson Rd which allowed us to cross the roads much more safely than before the light was placed.  The second exciting part was enjoying the picnic tables in the shade at the Wildlife sanctuary.   We had an interesting discussion with Liam, who explained the differences between gps locating devices.  The third exciting part was seeing fellow club members Lisa and her husband also enjoying a beautiful day on the bike.  At our second rest stop we lost track of Sue when she took a side excursion into the woods looking for fruit of the paw paw tree.  We decided to go on not knowing if she was still in the park.  Fortunately she saw one of us on the road.  She chased, thinking we were ahead, only to catch up to Holly and Karen who left before the rest of us to get a head start.  The rest of us continued the ride, getting back to the start without incident, finding Holly, Karen, and Sue.  A good ride with good company. 

  • Sat, September 14, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    West River at Galesville

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Fred Robbins and (joining in mid-route) Walt Roscello

    Guests: James Boudo

    Weather: cloudy, not too humid, temperatures ranging from low 70s to low 80s

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26754932  37 miles, 1247' of elevation gain

    MIshaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.5 at the back

    It was a gray day, and even though we were in areas where you often see large numbers of cyclists (e.g., Sands Rd., Harwood Rd.) we saw only a few today - fitting, as we were few ourselves.  Walt started a half-hour early in search of exploration and extra miles, but things ran longer than anticipated and he missed the start, joining us en route.  It was James' first visit to Anne Arundel County (he lives in Alexandria and usually rides with a DC meetup group) so it was fun providing his first exposure to such a popular riding area.

  • Sat, September 14, 2019 8:00 AM | Matthew Lewandowski

    Ride Leader:  Matthew Lewandowski

    Date: September 14, 2019      

    Ride Name: Patuxent River Park to Charlotte Hall

    Ride Distance: 66 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  A

    Mechanical Issues: Lose air pump

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: About 63 at the start, mid 70’s at the end, overcast, slight breeze – a beautiful day for a ride!

    Guest Riders:  none

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    I posted a ride as the ride leader on Friday night as the weather on Saturday Sept 14th was perfect for a ride. Brad emailed me asking where I had been since I haven’t ridden with anyone for months.  I told him I did a century ride on Labor Day in Oxon Hill and the Civil War Century on Sept 7th.   

    The ride I posted had no big mechanical issues until I hit Keech Road, I started to hear a clanking; but it wasn’t until I approached Oaks Road and started to climb when the noise became louder that I noticed it was my air pump which had come lose from the velco strap and my left crank arm was hitting the pump.  I stopped on someone’s driveway keeping safe and rescued the air pump.

    At this point I figured Brad had reached the top of the hill and was already at the Oak Ridge park entrance. When I got back on my bike and climb the hill at the top I saw Brad had already turned around and came back down the hill to meet me. When I told Brad what had happen he told me I couldn’t use that excuse again for not hitting the hill hard and fast.  I told him I have a bag full more excuses that was given to me by our good bike buddy Darin King (who we miss and who is taking care of his baby girl).

    I did call an audible and made the ride longer to make sure we did a metric century by not turning right on Gibbons Church Rd. We continued on and made a right on N. Keys Rd, this adds about 1 ~ 1.5 miles.    In total we did 66 miles.

    Brad did an excellent job leading the pace line.  Fun was had by all.

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