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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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  • Thu, May 23, 2019 10:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Harry Kidd, Ron Altemus, Barb and Ron Haney, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil, Randy Schoch, Darrell Meyer, Jay Lewis, Larry Peed, Linda Bankerd, and Ron Leak

    Route: NK 40 Merkle and Patuxent Park
    From the North Keys Community Park, left on North Keys, right on Molly Berry, right on Baden Naylor, right on Westwood to Baden Westwood. Back on Baden Naylor to Croom. Right on Candy Hill, Left on Nottingham to Merkle. Then Fenno, and down Croom Airport Road to the Picnic Area. Right on Duvall, left on Mt. Calvert, left on Croom. The faster riders did a right on Duley Station while the rest of us stayed on Croom to Molly Berry and back to the park. 

    Weather:  About 68 at the start but getting hot later - 87. A bit breezy at times and sunny.

    AMS: 13 mph for the sweep; faster for the front group

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: It was a beautiful spring day for a ride as we followed the fish painted the day before for the Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride. The painters did an outstanding job! The group quickly divided into the fast and not-so-fast riders with everyone meeting at the rest stops at Merkle and the Patuxent River Park Picnic Area. The not-so-fast group decided to cut 3 miles from the route and made it back to the park about the same time as the faster riders. I appreciate all who came out today to help me celebrate my birthday and to all who sent good wishes through Facebook and emails.

  • Wed, May 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.5 MPH (lead)

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: 70’s, sunny, some wind, a nice day

    Guest Riders:  Josh Hettel, Orlando Howard

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Rob Golding, Scott Walker, Douglas Carter, Tyler Hill, Mike Wilson

    Ride Report:

    As per usual, the group split on the hill on Route 6.  A good sized chase group formed at the top of the hill and was able to catch-up but only due to fortuitous timing of the red light at Penn’s Hill Rd.  The remainder of the riders were unable to regain the lead.

    The folks started dribbling off the lead group as the pace surged on Bowling Rd.  These groups were never able to regain the lead group but there was some consolidation after the hill on Budd’s Creek Rd.

    Here are the averages I have:

        Lead: 22.5

      Chase 1: 21.7

      Chase 2: 21.2

    Congratulations to Scott Walker who managed to stay with the lead group.  Scott just started riding with us again this year after a long time away from fast riding due to injury.  He has made an impressive recovery this year.

    It was an another fun ride.

  • Wed, May 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Ken Lemmert

    Ride Leader:  Ken Lemmert

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express A/B

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.3 mph

    Ride Class:  A/B

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather:  Low 70’s, sunny, some wind, a nice day

    Guest Riders:  none

    Member Riders:  Me, Myself and I

    Ride Report:

    The three of us, Me, Myself, and I had a nice ride.  For company we hung with the AA riders for the first 4 or 5 miles.  When we hit the route 6 hill Myself decided to take the lead with Me and I hanging in there.  Once on the flat on Bowling I took the lead and cut the wind for Me and Myself.  We passed an Elliptigo rider on Bowling.  Me took the lead going into the route 234 hill and we all took turns out front with the breeze at our back on 301.

    A good time was had by all three.



  • Tue, May 21, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Alan Kurzweil, Barb Haley, Barbara Haney, Blythe Herrold, Donaro Gardner, Elizabeth Niles, Harry Kidd, James Rauch, Jim Hudnall, Janell Saunders, Joan Oppel, Larry Peed, Pat Walthers, Pete Czapiewski, Ron Haney, Sarah Clement, Tom Roberts, Tom Short

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29986393  38.2 miles; 1,073 elevation gain.  Livingston, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Bensville to a rest stop at Bensville Park. Onward using Berry, Bealle Hill, Accokeek, Danville, Floral Park, Livingston, Farmington, and Chatsworth to a second rest stop in downtown Accokeek at the library. As a finale, the top half of the Tour de Accokeek back to the start. 

    Weather:   with a temp range of mid 60s to low 70s, it was a sunny and cool, crisp day.  Occasional winds gusts out of the NW in the mid teens kept things interesting.

    AMS:  swept at 12.7.  Since the parking lot was almost empty upon return, others must have been a wee bit faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known or reported.

    Report:   a large turnout, most of whom were CC "friends," and after the sweeping contingent got caught at the 210 light, never seen again.  Joan, Pat, Sarah, and your faithful correspondent rode the route together and had a most delightful time.  Hopefully everyone else enjoyed today's ride, too.

  • Sun, May 19, 2019 1:00 PM | Diana Donahue

    Leader: Diana Donahue

    Members: Belinda Acre

    Guests: None

    Route: from Baggett Park (Laurel Grove) in central St. Mary's Co. along mostly back country roads to Chaptico and the Christ Church Strawberry Festival.  Then back to the start along county roads to the Three Notch Trail.

    Weather: Deadly hot and humid but sunny

    AMS: unk.  (see report)

    Mechanical/mishaps: Plenty; see report

    This ride was planned to coincide with Christ Church's annual Strawberry Festival.  It has always been a popular ride in the past, with a rest stop/food stop at the Festival.  This year Belinda and I set out from Baggett Park toward Chaptico.  Unfortunately, the combination of heat, lack of riding time, and physical and psychic drains resulting from dealing with the death of my father last week, took their toll.  I had to stop after about 5 mi. and call for a sag.  Belinda soldiered on with a cue sheet and was well on her way to Chaptico when we located her.  She met up at the festival and took the opportunity to buy some fresh strawberries; but common sense prevailed and she accepted the suggestion to sag back to the place where the route meets up with the Three Notch Trail.  We got back on the bikes for a pleasant, SHADED ride back to the park.

    I think there was another rider who arrived at the park after we had left.  He passed me as I sat on the side of the road, waiting for my sag.  He didn't stop or mention that he was with the ride, although I did catch sight of him at the Strawberry Festival, and again out on the road.  Sir, if you see this, I hope you enjoyed your ride.  Maybe next year we'll be able to ride as a group (with cooler temps and more riders).   

  • Sun, May 19, 2019 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Phil Mitchell, Harry Kidd, Susan Estes, Monica Irmler, Walt Roscello, Fred Sawyer

    Guests: Ann Sawyer

    Route: 46 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29995022) or 39 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30000590) miles. This was shorter variation of a route led by Steve Palincsar a couple of years ago. From Northern Senior Center we went south on the Three Notch Trail, jumped over to Old Village Rd for variety, then jogged back to the trail at Baptist Church Rd. We turned on Laurel Grove Rd and took Kavanagh, Loveville, Pin Cushion, Sunnyside  and Colton Point Rd to a stop at the Seventh District Park. That's where the routes split. The longer route took Sugar Hole, Oakley, Colton Point, Bushwood Wharf, Bushwood and Hurry Rd to the festival at Christ Church. The shorter route followed Colton Point to Maddox and Bushwood. After the festival we returned to the senior center via Chaptico Rd, Baptist Church and the trail.

    Weather: Freakin' hot.

    Farm report: Horses and cows. Many rows of green corn stalks, still pretty short.

    Ride report: We were a mixed group, not all riding together but seeing each other at the rest stops. Fred and Ann rode ahead, fairly fast. Phil and Sue were out to enjoy a more relaxed pace than usual. They and Walt were ahead of yours truly for most of the ride. Monica and I rode together and opted for the shortcut between the park and festival. Harry was not yet ready to go at 11 but he encouraged us to ride on without him. He arrived at the church shortly after Monica and I, bought 4 quarts of berries and headed back. We saw Belinda and Diana at the festival. Riding back to the senior center on Baptist Church Rd, the heat started to get to me -- it's amazing how fast you can go from "feeling okay" to "definitely not okay." As we crossed Mechanicsville Rd on the trail, we saw Dan dropping off Diana and Belinda. He offered a ride back to the senior center and I gladly took him up on it, while Monica rode the rest of the way.  Phil, Walt and Sue were there when we arrived. Despite the heat we were all glad to have gotten in a ride and we enjoyed the fresh strawberries, cake and ice cream.

    Thanks to all who joined me for this ride -- it was great seeing everyone. Special thanks to Steve for providing routes that stand the test of time, Monica for hanging with me as I rode slower and slower as the day progressed, and Dan for being a great SAG driver.

  • Sat, May 18, 2019 9:30 AM | Kirk Saunders

    Fabulous morning to ride this route before the first  heat & humidity of the season set in . Linda Bankard & Tom Short   joined Sue Estes , Phil Mitchell , Tom Roberts & myself rode together for most of the ride & climbed St Ignatius ,  Rose Hill & Bumpy Oak roads . Often we cycle so fast we don’t see the scenery or have a chat with other riders , but not the case today. We stuck together & it really felt like a touring club ride instead of a competition . No mechanicals . I love this route and hate to see it die 

  • Sat, May 18, 2019 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 18, 2019   

    Ride Name: Sperryville to Big Meadows Out & Back

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  14.1 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: Lost glove

    Weather: Lower 70’s to 80’s, partly cloudy to sunny, a beautiful day!

    Guest Riders:  Elizabeth Niles, Eun Lee

    Member Riders:  Matthew Lewandowski, Pete Czapiewski

    Ride Report:

    What a nice day for a bike ride in the mountains!

    I was worried that no one else was going to make the drive but then Pete emailed me that he would be there with two guests and Matthew was waiting in the parking lot when I arrived.

    As per usual for this ride, we all rode at our own pace sometimes together and sometimes alone.  There was frequent regrouping.  Eun had never done this ride before which put her at disadvantage as far as knowing how much effort to put into the long climbs – she did well.

    Elizabeth couldn’t find one of her gloves after stopping at one of our regroup points.  We looked for it but it we couldn’t find it.  Either it blew off the wall where we were sitting or perhaps she left it in the car in her rush to get going?  Anyway, there are certainly worse mishaps that could befall her.

    And speaking of potential mishaps, Matthew spotted a black bear about 40-50 feet away during one of his climbs.  Typical of black bears, there was no problem and the bear ambled off into the woods.

    We passed two guys climbing with trailers and a full touring load.  I got a quick chance to talk to them.  They are on their way to California – very cool!

    Some folks opted to turn-around 22 miles into the ride and some folks continued to Big Meadows.  At Big Meadows we discovered the convenience store there was closed for renovations – oh no!  We made do with the limited selection of snacks available at the visitor’s center.

    The average is for the whole ride from the ride leader’s computer.  An interesting statistic is that my average was 12.4 MPH at the top of the last (11 mile) descent into Sperryville.  On that leg we were moving fast and having a blast.  I had about 6300 feet of climbing for the day which is within 50 feet of the prediction of Ride-With-GPS.

    I very much enjoyed the ride and it was well worth all of the driving.  I’m sending my thanks to all who joined me.

  • Fri, May 17, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  John Riconda, Donaro Gardner, Vicki Garlock, Randy Schoch, Diane Harris, Michael Dong, Belinda Acre, Robin Garnett, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Sue Jones, Barbara Haney, and riding the trail in the opposite direction(s), Bob Moye.

    Route:   the one, the only, the original!  Indian Head Rail Trail, Village Green to White Plains and return.

    Weather:  overcast for the majority of the ride keep the temps in the mid 60s with some air movement out of the SW.

    AMS:  enjoyable

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Randy tumbled off his bike when he was unable to unclip at Middletown Rd.  A slight scrape to his right calf was tended to at the White Plains rest stop.

    Report:  a big turnout today which might have included even more members but for a serious accident just south of Barry Rd on MD-210.  At least one rider missed the ride because of the traffic jam, not knowing the work around using Livingston Road.  

    The Town of Indian Head had a "Bike to Work Day" event at the Village Green Pavilion and some members visited prior to the ride start.  We thought that they were having a free lunch as part of the event and cut the rest stop short at White Plains so as not to miss it.  However,  there was no "free lunch" so some riders tried Dale's BBQ.  We'll await the review from our food critics...

    As to the ride proper, given the numbers, some riding from home, some arriving a bit late or meeting us at Livingston Rd, there were numerous riding groups outbound.  We did all come together at White Plains and basically rode back en masse.  Numerous other trail users - walkers, runners, and cyclists.  Wildlife sightings included deer, turtles, a bluebird, and a crayfish mound (also called a crayfish chimney). 

  • Fri, May 17, 2019 6:45 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Randy Schoch, Sharon Miller, Diane Harris and Larry Peed

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    Route: From the Oxon Hill Park and Ride, down the hill to the Potomac View Park for a pit stop, then across the Wilson Bridge to a pit stop in Alexandria at the town square. Return - retraced route to Oxon Hill Park and Ride.

    Weather:  Cool. Around 60 degrees at the start, warming up mid-60's by ride end.

    AMS: 12 - 13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: A group of six OHBTC cyclists met at the Park and Ride on Oxon Hill Road and rode to a pit stop at Potomac River Waterfront Park and then across the Wilson Bridge to a pit stop at Market Square in Alexandra. At the first pit stop, we each were given an aqua Bike to Work Day t-shirt, a bandana, a light weight back pack and other items. Coffee, donuts and snack bars were available as well as samples of hot sauce. We continued on to Alexandria where booths were set up by different organizations and free samples were also available. In Alexandria, we saw club members Troy Eddy and his friend Tony, as well as Ron and Trina Taylor, owners of the Wheel Nuts Bike Shop, who were maintaining a booth. Because of other commitments we headed back to Oxon Hill. On the bridge we saw Janell Sanders biking to work. You don’t have to work to enjoy Bike to Work Day. It’s a fun day to be out riding, seeing other cyclists and enjoying the freedom of moving on two wheels. This event is sponsored by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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