Ride Reports

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.

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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  • Sun, February 26, 2017 2:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Another afternoon ride for those who wanted a later start.  Jim and Jane Hudnall, Jeanne and Bruce Wright, Holly Carr, Lisha Peacock, and Theresa Rowell joined me on this ride.  After days of above normal temperatures, today was more typical of February...with wind.  We got off to a good start with the faster B's surging ahead.  We caught up to them at the rest stop, talked a bit, then they were off.  The rest of us continued on uneventfully until Holly got a flat at the stop light at the top of Hawthorn.  During the tube change, we realized the replacement tube was the wrong size!  What to do?!!  Patch the tube, which required more work.  (Note to self, start carrying a patch kit!).  The tube was successfully patched, the wheel replaced, we enjoyed the company and stories of one of the local residents, and we were off.  The rest of the ride was uneventful and we made it back before losing sunlight.  Thanks to all that came out.

  • Sun, February 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Karen & Stuart Morgan, Sheila Harron, Bill Lowe, Melissa Watson

    Weather: Sunny, breezy to windy (12-14 most of the time, higher at Rose Haven), low 40s/feels like 38 at the start rising to 48/feels like 45 or 46 at the end.  Guess what, it's still winter - who knew, after the past couple of days' assaults on the record readings almost at 80?  Today it was back to winter gear: balaclavas, warm gloves, winter jerseys and tights and booties & shoe covers.  It felt a bit chilly getting ready in the parking lot, but a jaunt to the portolet by the tennis court behind the Middle School made it clear that the wind was responsible for the chill.  Fortunately, it was behind us at the beginning, and by the time we were riding into it the day had warmed up.  In all, a glorious day, and a fine day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19133405  35 miles, 1465' of elevation gain.  We took Flint Hill and Chaneyville Rd to Lower Marlboro (BTW: the Harbor Master's house is still for sale) and from there the "Ghost Bike" route via Briscoe's Turn and Skinner's Turn to Mt Harmony and MD-260.  We turned off 260 through a development onto the Chesapeake Railway Trail into Chesapeake Beach and rode to North Beach to a rest stop at Sweet Sue's.  Brownies were marvelous as usual, although the sign on the door sent us back to the Welcome Center to use the rest room.  Sweet Sue's was sheltered from the wind, and it was very pleasant sitting outside in the sun.  By then the day had warmed a good bit.

    We fought the wind past Rose Haven and Herrington Harbor, rode past the Bay at Fairhaven, climbed Leitch and then turned left on Franklin Gibson (happily skipping the sharp dip at Trott's Branch) crossed 2 onto Jewell, descended Wilson and climbed back up, then crossed back over 2 and headed south on Old Solomons to a second (unnecessary but pleasant none the less) rest stop at the Shell station at MD-260 (and yes they did let us use the rest room, never mind the "No Public Rest Rooms" signs on the door).  We crossed MD-2 onto Grovers Turn, enjoyed the new traffic light that helped us across W Mt Harmony onto Fowler and crossed back across MD-4 and into the school.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.3

    What a marvelous day for riding!  Things have changed at Northern HS: the woods and the parking area we used to use are now a huge building site.  There's still plenty of parking, so no need to shift to the Middle School (and there must have been some activity there today, because there were plenty of cars parked in its lot) - at least, not yet.  The portolet at the tennis court around behind the Middle School seems to be a year-long permanent fixture, although they moved it a few yards from where it was last fall.

  • Sun, February 26, 2017 9:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 26, 2017       

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 52 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.0 (at the back)

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  About 35 degrees at the start by the end mid 40’s, windy, sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Tom Roberts, Darin King, Chris Zabriskie

    Ride Report:

    I was a bit later arriving at the start than I would like due to an unexpectedly flat rear tire this morning but I still arrived about 10 minutes prior to the departure time.  Tom, Chris, and rode to the start.

    It was pretty breezy which was unfortunate but more unfortunate was that the wind was blowing primarily out the north and we were heading south which meant a head wind for the return.

    Darin was planning to return to the start at the top of Mill Hill road for a quick 35 miles.  I lobbied aggressively for him to do the whole ride but he was not interested.  After Darin left the three of us continued at a brisk pace to the rest stop on Cobb Island.

    After the rest we struggled out against the cold wind.  Chris led much of the way back which was an impressive effort.  It was too impressive for me and I frequently fell behind.  However, I never lost sight of Chris and Tom and they would periodically slow down to let me catch up even though I told them to go on without me.

    Chris departed for home about 3 miles from the end and Tom and continued back to Casey Jones.  Tom had another 8 miles to get home making for a long ride for him; especially this early in the season.

    Thanks to all who joined me for a coldish windy day.  It was good training.

  • Sat, February 25, 2017 7:30 AM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3
    : Sport
    Description: Sprint before the storm
    Speed Limit Imposed: None
    Colors: None
    : 7:30
    Location: Pisgah Firehouse (changed from Pisgah Park)



    The Course

    Distance: 35.6 miles
    : 1211 ft
    Rest Stops: None
    Max Grade: 5.0%


               Brad was a hero at the pull today on his pretty 454s (slippery-fast)!

    The Ride

    Riders:  Five – Brad Francisco, Blake Altman, Pete Czapiewski, John Hartsfield, Scott Walker
    : Sunny, 57 degrees warming to 66, winds from the SW at 10
    Moving Time
    : 1:41:09
    : 21.1 (off-pace, but the boys were willing)
    Mishaps/Mechanicals: None
    Report:  We lost Blake in the location change (he missed the ride update and notification email) but we caught up with him a couple of miles into the ride (headed south on Mason-Springs just before crossing Rt-6).  From there, it was a fun gallop to the bottom of Charles and back up the silky-smooth Riverside rollers with a cooperating tailwind.  Sunny, warm, quiet, tight, fast.  Thank you gentlemen for an exhilarating little sprint.

  • Fri, February 24, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    The original/standard Friday IHRT ride saw Steve Palincsar, John Riconda, Belinda Acre, and Robin Garnett enjoy another fantastic and unbelievable February day.  With temps starting in the mid 60s under cotton puff clouds and climbing to the mid 70s, it was a day that allowed Steve to proclaim "if anyone doesn't think this is perfect cycling weather, I don't know how one could ever please them!"  It was the kind of day that you think you could ride forever.  John rode faster than the rest of us so we really only saw him at the White Plains trailhead rest stop.  We averaged a bit more than 13 mph so he was considerably higher.  Signs of impending spring were everywhere:  butterflies on the trail, a chorus of frogs in marshy areas, a snake observed (unfortunately, dead from being run over, but it had been out enjoying the warmer temps at some point), and turtles near the Hawthorne crossing.  Unlike the last several Friday rides, there were lots and lots of other trail users today - walkers, joggers/runners, and other cyclists.  Finally, trail news of note:  the White Plains facilities will resume normal operational status on Wednesday, March 1st - water will be running.

  • Thu, February 23, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Holly Carr, Mike Bivens, Alan Kurzweil, Ron Altemus, Sam Perry, Lou Dallorso, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Joan Oppel, Darrell Meyer

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19107370, 1900' of elevation gain

    Weather: another unbelievable spring day.  Clear blue skies, brisk breeze, low 60s at the start rising to 78 degrees by 2 pm.  Fantastic cycling weather for any time of year, but utterly astonishing for February.  The groundhog sure had his head up his burrow this time around!

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Ron broke a spoke and cut the ride short.

    AMS: 13.0 for the leader, but no idea at all about anyone else.

    By mile 3 the As and Bs had pulled away and were no longer in sight, but neither were Ron and Joan.  I waited at the turn where Cherry Tree Crossing intersects with Cross Road Trail, and when they finally arrived Ron told me they were following some kind of Tabata training regimen: riding at a C pace interspersed with maximum effort AA pace intervals.  Not my thing at all, but especially not the day after a ride in the hills of Arlington, so I rode alone to the first rest stop.

    Holly was on her touring bike and riding at a CC pace and I was tired of riding solo, so when she left Merkle I followed and we rode together until we got to River Airport.  She was anxious to get back and skipped both River Airport and the rest stop at Magruders Ferry, so I was back to riding alone again.  I crossed paths with Bob, Lou and one other on River Airport, but turned onto Croom before the B segment made it that far.  We all regrouped at Magruders Ferry except for Ron, Sam and Holly (all of whom had shortened the ride) but finished by ones and two's.

    Photos on Facebook

  • Tue, February 21, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Joan Oppel, Diane Harris, Steve Palincsar, Darryl Lowery, Holly Carr, Tom Roberts, Jim Hudnall

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19024407  To recap:  Chapman's Landing, the IHRT, Chicamuxen, and Pisgah Marbury to a rest stop at the Pisgah store.  Then Poorhouse/MD-6 over to the Ann Harbor area of Port Tobacco for a dealer's choice as to routing.  Return via Shirley, Valley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Bensville to the greater Accokeek area.  Biddle, Manning, two Hollys, and Livingston/et al/Mathews returned us to our start.

    Weather:  Not the fabulous Monday that preceded nor the expected Wednesday/Thursday to follow, but still a great day for the end of February.  Temps were in the mid-40s at ride start and had climbed to mid-50s upon our return.  A combination of sunshine, hazy overcast, and partly cloudy, with breezes out of the SE made for enjoyable riding.

    AMS:  swept at 13; faster riders reported 15s.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Joan flatted on Berry approaching Dusty Lane.  Lots of help with the changing of tire/tube though the culprit was never identified nor the leak located.

    Report:  Billed as a scouting trip of Ann Harbor Drive near the Port Tobacco River, the route was planned so that it would be a descent rather than 10% grade climb on the titular road.  Joan and Tom, looking for some hill work, went straight down MD-6 to Shirley and then climbed Ann Harbor before enjoying its downhill.  The majority of the other riders followed the cue sheet and simply went down it, too.  The ride leader, looking to get an accurate understanding of the roads in the area, went right on Ann Harbor from Howard and then down Carol to connect to Shirley.  Shirley's grade isn't as bad as Ann Harbor so any future expeditions going uphill in that area, if led by today's leader, will use Shirley.

    The group split into a faster trio (Darryl, Holly, Tom) and the rest of us, but we regrouped quite often.  Once on Bensville, Darryl powered off and altered his course to head directly home (having ridden to the ride start), while the others rode as a group all the way back to Bryans Road, paying homage to Holly having both a road and a way named after her in Accokeek.  Other items of note:  Spring is definitely on the way.  One of Mattawoman Creek's tidal pools on Hawthorne was afrenzy with small fish; numerous trees, particularly Maples, were showing buds; and, a flock of pink flamingos were observed on Valley.  Thanks to all who rode today.

  • Mon, February 20, 2017 3:42 PM | Robert Howell

    Ride Name:  Hughesville and Moreland Market.

    Leader:  Bob Howell.

    Members:  Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Ron Haney, Ken Meredith, Sam Perry, Andrea Noseck, and Lou Dall'Orso.

    Guests:  None.

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17707700.

    Weather:  Great!  Low 50's at ride start.  66 degrees at end of ride.

    AMS:  16.6 at the back.  17.3 at the front.

    Distance:  37.2 miles.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None.

    Report:  As you can tell from the ride that I posted this past Saturday and the ride for today cycling on Gallant Green Road is one of my favorite areas to ride.  And the weather that we had on Saturday and today rated 4 stars for the end of February.  It was a great route, great weather, and above all else a great group to ride with today.  Not too much more can be said about today's ride.  Take care.  Later. 

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 2:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    As of yesterday (Feb 18th) there was not a B ride on the schedule, so I planned this ride, hoping that people would check the schedule and be willing to come out for an afternoon right.  Four riders joined me - Tom Roberts, Phillip Mitchell, Lou Dall'Orso, and Theresa Rowell.  Tom had ridden earlier so this was his second ride for the day.  The ride started off uneventfully, until we made the turn onto McDaniel, but without Lou.  Somehow he missed the turn, never to be seen again.  (We did notice his car and was gone when we returned to the parking lot ).  We continued without other incidents.  This ride included Rose Hill and Pomfret (which I now believe isore challenging than Bumpy Oak) but otherwise included a lot of flat roads.  We returned with plenty of daylight left.  Thanks to all that joined me on this ride. 

  • Sun, February 19, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Melissa Watson, Randy Sim, Holly Carr, Janell Saunders, Sarah Clement, Ellen Goodwin, Joan Oppel, Bill Lowe, Sheila Harron and, joining us en route for part of the ride, John Gorman.

    Weather: Another fantastic spring day in the middle of February.  Windy to breezy, overcast skies clearing before we'd gone 10 miles; around 60 at the start (but rather chilly feeling due to the wind) rising to 72 by early afternoon.  It's amazing, it's wonderful, and you can't help but wonder if winter is like this, what's summer going to be like?

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18883418  40 miles, under 1,000' of elevation gain   Basically a variation on the short ride to Deale from Harwood via Ed Prout, but significantly altered by going off the main routes into the neighbourhoods along the water that the usual Deale rides pass by. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.6

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