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

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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”.

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  • Mon, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Belinda Acre, Calvin Conyers, Jan and Ron Tucker, Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, Herman Young, Bernie Cohen, Mike Chandler, Alan Kurzweil

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21483566. From Piccowaxen Middle School, headed right toward the Newburg Fire Station and Dan's Bait and Beer Store to rendezvous with Steve's group doing the longer route from McDonough High School. The combined groups continued together on  Mt. Victoria Road, left on Rock Point Road, right on MD 254 to Cobb Island. Then a scenic tour of the island around the perimeter with a stop at the "Scenic View." Back across Neale Sound to Captain John's Restaurant for lunch. Then back up MD 254 and MD 257 to the school.

    Weather: Cool and overcast at the start turning into a beautiful sunny day and even hot at the finish.

    AMS: Not meaningful, since the ride included a casual bike tour around Cobb Island. 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Jim had two flats on the return leg. Glass on the shoulders caused the problems. 

    Report: Twelve cyclists left Piccowaxen Middle School and headed up Rock Point Road to meet Steve Palinscar and his group of six who who had started at McDonough High School on a 62 mile ride. The combined group headed down Mt. Victoria Road. One cyclist missed the left turn on Rock Point Road because of the cue sheet said straight from Mt. Victoria Road to  Rock Point Road instead of left. Fortunately, Blake Altman who was out on a solo ride, came to the rescue, caught him and got him turned around and back on the route. The groups waited for everyone to arrive at the scenic view for a photo and then toured the island. 

    After lunch at Captain John's Crab House on the Potomac River, most riders were off and away before Jim realized his rear tire had gone flat during lunch. Jane, Belinda, Calvin and Herman helped find a very small piece of glass and replace the tube. Three miles later, the scene was repeated.

    We had been fore-warned that repaving was being done on MD-257, but that it should not cause a problem, and it did not. For about 1.5 miles each way, both travel lanes had been milled. With little traffic on the road, we were more comfortable on the milled travel lanes than we would have been on the shoulders, since the shoulders had drainage cutouts. The repaving has been finished on most of MD-257, and it is a shame that Maryland SHA did not also repave the shoulders.

  • Mon, May 29, 2017 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Diane Harris, Randy Hadden, Tom Short, Darrell Meyer, Sue Estes, Chris Fairhall, Phil Mitchell, Brian Dupuy, Lou Dallorso

    Guests: Tony Harris, Eric Williams, Calvin Holmes

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20919314 heading from Manokeek over to the east of 301 and south to the Allen's Fresh area, then crossing back over 301 and turning north at Pope's Creek, returning to start via Chapel Pt, Rose Hill, Hawthorne, Livingston, 210; ~1900'  elev.

    Weather: A bit iffy at first, some misting before ride start but never turned into anything. Start temps 60s and overcast, but ending up almost 80 and sunny by the end, a nice breeze and some summery humidity creeping in

    AMS: 17 for leader, reported 18+ for front group

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Lou turned back at mile 7 with a rear flat; it had flatted on yesterday's ride so he didn't trust riding on it; VERY close call with a deer sprinting across Chapel Point Rd in few yards between Barbara and Phil

    Report:We had a good turnout, for some it was the longest ride of the season so far, others are preparing for Bike VA or Rural Legacy, but all wanted to take advantage of the day and good weather. It was the debut of this route and it got good reviews: a good mix of climbs, flat roads, familiar and unfamiliar territory. An AA-paced group formed early on and got a good lead on the A/B pacers, but we regrouped at Dash In, then set off to confront some longer grades: Rt 6 to Dentsville, Allens Fresh, and Popes Creek Rd going north. An impromptu decision was made to stop at the Red Top store, 3 miles before the official stop at St. Ignatius, so we could stock up on calories/electrolytes/etc. Reportedly there is a usable restroom there, but we opted to also stop at the church to get free water and ice and use their facilities (also to greet the cardboard Pope). We resumed, some on weary or cramping legs, to tackle the two remaining climbs, Rose Hill and Livingston, but knowing we only had 22 more miles gave us a little extra energy and everyone finished strong. Thanks to all who came out to make this a great ride on a holiday Monday!

  • Mon, May 29, 2017 8:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Melissa Newberry, Sue Gunter, Pat Walthers, Harry Kidd

    Weather: 64, misting and heavily overcast at the start.  By the time we got to St Ignatius either it, we or both had warmed up enough that the arm warmers, glove liners and vest came off, and by the time we were touring Cobb Island it had become the beautiful early summer day with blue skies and 83 degree temperatures that had been forecast.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21492803  

    MIshaps & Mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.8

    Starting from Maurice McDonough HS a quarter mile from the corner of Marshall Corner & Bumpy Oak, we took the usual route to St Ignatius on Chapel Point, then went over to Pope's Creek past Captain Billy's, up the rise and over to Edge Hill and the crossing of 301 (we walked across, forget that silliness of riding down almost to the Nice Bridge and back) to our rendezvous at Dan's store on the corner of Mt Victoria Rd, where we awaited Jim & Jane's 26 mile group and happily discovered the fire department was open.  We took a quick pit stop and then the Picowaxen group arrived and did the same.

    We rode together down Mt Victoria Rd, the two groups merged into one and rode the milled section of Rock Point Rd, which turned out to not be bad at all (hideous, stupid job they did on the shoulder,  leaving it rideable except for a number of huge trenches in the pavement that would have taken down anyone trying to ride there!).  We toured Cobb Island, had lunch at Captain Johns and then headed back.

    Our route left Rock Point at Shiloh Church, and Janell and Allan came with us.  I'd never been there although I'd read about it in ride reports, and was very eager to see it.  Very pretty, with a section that rather abruptly gains 100' of elevation in around four tenths of a mile, with a grade that RWGPS says was 7.7% but felt like twice that much.  Very much a case of "Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!"

    There's something goofy about the maps, too: per google maps you get to it from Merrimack Pl, which we never saw, but the ground truth (reflected in the satellite imagery and the road signage) is that the turn, marked Shiloh Church, is right off 257 several tenths farther north than shown on the map.

    Sue, Melissa and I stopped at the fire department again; while were there Ron, Harry and Pat kept going.  We caught them on Faulkner and arrived at the Dash-In in La Plata in time to see some EMT drama, while they extricated the driver from a silver Mercedes and carried her off on a stretcher.  Ron, Harry and Pat missed the show, arriving after they cleared the scene.

    Riding to Cobb Island on Memorial Day with a long and a short route that linked up in the middle worked brilliantly.  It was a fabulous day.

  • Sun, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Tasha Harris, Barbara Haney, Pat Walthers, Tom Reitta, Lou Dallorso, Karen McMillan

    Weather: sunny, partly cloudy and around 70 becoming more and more overcast and cooler until it rained.   Hardly the first time it has rained when the forecast said little to no chance of rain, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10633624   We didn't make it to Durham Church or Annapolis Woods.  When Pat, Pat, Tom and I came to the turn for the rest stop at Friendship Landing Rd Karen, Lou and Barbara were stopped, debating skipping the rest stop and the trip down Durham Church and up Annapolis Woods and heading straight back instead.  We four went to the park and the rest went on. 

    We discussed shortening the route before we left the rest stop and decided that we would skip Durham Church and just stay on Ironsides/Mason Springs back to the park.  By the time we got back to the corner the clouds had gotten much darker, and on the way to Durham Church it began to rain.  We stopped and put on our rain gear, such as we had, and smiled or gritted our teeth against dentists' advice and pushed on.  It wasn't quite Singing in the Rain time, but in all honesty it wasn't bad - and although Barb and Lou might have beat the rain by skipping the rest stop, I'm sure we four wouldn't have.  Besides, needs must.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Lou had a flat tire.  Barb stayed with him while it was being fixed so they got rained on while, the rest of the advance party made it back to Pisgah Park before the rain began.

    AMS: 14.1

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 11:15 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Sarah Clement

    Weather: As described by Steve, except Sarah and I had some light rain in Fairhaven as we headed back to Northern High School. I wondered aloud if stopping to put on my jacket would cause the rain to stop. And then it did stop! So just talking about putting on a jacket was enough. Sarah and I both noticed this, but neither of us said anything about it until the ride was over, lest we jinx it.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21490098. 39 miles, 1900 feet of climbing. We rode a few miles north to meet Steve at his second rest stop, then the three of us followed the traditional metric century route down Route 2, Dalrymple, Hardesty, Ponds Woods and Bayside, then up Christiana Parran, Old Bayside and Bay Ave to a stop at Herrington Harbor. Then we continued up through Fairhaven to the intersection of Leitch and Franklin Gibson, where Steve went north to Southern High School and we went south to Northern High School. One fun deviation from the posted route: on Route 2 we explored Wayside Dr, a horseshoe between Skinners Turn and Pushaw Station that provided a brief respite from the traffic noise of the main road. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    AMS: 13ish mph

    Nature: Numerous magnolia trees in bloom. Two ducks joined us for our rest stop at the Chesapeake Market. The eagles who live on Town Point Rd were not at home.

    Report: We had a fun ride today. The weather was actually pleasant, not too hot or too cold or too humid. Topics of discussion included mansions, Cobras and Lamborghinis, and lessons learned about what to eat (and what not to eat) during a long summer bike ride. Thanks to Steve for conducting the local train and to Sarah for hitching a ride with me!

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: a few people signed the waiver, but they were either doing the 47 mile route or riding with the Bs so I rode alone until I connected with Debby and Sarah coming from Northern HS at the 2nd rest stop.

    Weather: Low 70s, humid, sometimes sunny and sometimes cloudy; occasionally it looked as though it was contemplating raining and once or twice there were a few drops of rain in the wind, but no rain, no thunderstorms, just pleasant cool riding conditions.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21433428   Same as Nancy's only with more rest stops identified.  Debby pointed out, I was wrong and this route doesn't actually make all the stops, there's one on Dalrymple just off MD-2 that we pass by.  And as it actually transpired, once Debby and Sarah went left on Franklin Gibson at the intersection with Leitch I decided to skip the excursion into Deale and the rest stop at the 7-Eleven and stayed on Franklin Gibson down to Nutwell Sudley, shortening the route by 3 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    AMS: 13.7

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 9:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Tom Reitter and Jay Lewis. Tom Roberts and Larry Peed arrived late, took cue sheets for the CC Ironsides 33 and caught up with us on Smallwood Church Road.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21496121. 32.6 miles, 990 feet.
    From Bryans Road Shopping center, down Chapman's Landing and through Glymont. Crossed MD-210 to Woodland to IHRT. Right on Hawthorne, down Chicamuxen, left on Smallwood Church Road to Mason Springs with a stop at the Pisgah Store. Then Bicknell back to Chicamuxen, right on Livingston, over to the IHRT, up Bumpy Oak and back to Bryans Road.

    Weather: Very pleasant with clouds and sun. No rain!

    AMS: 15 mph at the back, a bit faster than most CC rides with the two strong riders joining us mid-route.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No problems. 

    Report:  We offered a shorter and slower ride than the B Riverside 44, hoping we could attract more CC riders. We only had two other riders sign in with us: Tom Reitter on his heavy touring bike because of a broken derailleur on his road bike and Jay Lewis, who has been off his bike for a while. Neither had a problem with the faster than usual CC pace.

    We started with the B riders and stayed together until after the turn onto Hawthorne. We rode with three B riders on the back until our route turned onto Smallwood Church Road and the B's continued straight. Tom Roberts and Larry Peed caught us before we reached Mason Springs Road. At the Pisgah Store, Jay continued on and the other five of us enjoyed a leisurely break at the store. 

    It was an easy ride with very little traffic and beautiful scenery. The rain during the past few weeks has made everything green but held off for today's ride.

    Photos of the CC and B riders on facebook.

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    This could become one of my favorite rides in Charles County because of the long stretches of lightly traveled roads, specifically Riverside Rd with its shaded gentle rollers.  It includes 2 stretches on the Indian Head Rail Trail, one on the way out, the other on the way back.  I was joined by members Charles Williams, Kenneth Mundy, Sean Lawson (guest), Richard Anderson (guest), Sonia Newman, Chuck Coe, Jan Tucker, Janell Saunders, David Schniril, Phillip and Tiffany Mitchell, Ken Lemmert, Ron Haney, Theresa Rowell, and Lou Dall'Orso.  The riders separated into their respective groups, the high B's and the rest of us, regrouping at the first rest stop.  We continued on to the second rest stop (the Pisgah Store) and then the rest of the ride.  We completed our final secton of the IHRT before our final treat, the climb up Bumpy Oak.  Everyone made it back to the start without incident.

  • Fri, May 26, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia Haynes

    Members:  Rod Barnes

    Another ride with just Rod and I.  The temps were in the 70's and the sun made an appearance. As we rode we saw an owl, plenty of rabbit and deer, cows - that mooed, and ducks with their young; along with dogs walking their owners and a stray cat.  Needless to say, the trail was busy this evening.

    Mechanical:  About 8 miles before the end of our ride, one of the spokes on the back wheel of Rod's bike broke. 

    All and all it was a good ride.  Thanks Rod for coming out.

  • Fri, May 26, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Larry Peed, Lester Jackson, Herman Young, Jan Tucker, Belinda Acre, Calvin Conyers

    Route:  the Friday original - Indian Head Village Green onto the IHRT out to White Plains and return

    Weather:  a mixture of overcast, mist, and mostly sunny blue skies.  Temperature was in the low 70s when we started, with sun, but dropped down to 63 on the incline to Middletown as we rode through a brief mist.  Returning, we had warmer temps and sunshine from Bensville back to Hawthorn before it again clouded over.  (Today's forecast had 0% rain chance.  It's been quite the week weather forecast-wise:  it doesn't rain when meteorologists say it will and it does precipitate when they say it won't.  And they all still have jobs.)

    AMS:  swept at 11.5.  The faster riders were faster.

    Report:  A good turnout aided by the opportunity to actually have a club ride that wasn't canceled.  Two groups of riders:  Jane & Jim, Larry, Lester, and Jan were quickly out of sight; meanwhile, the rest of us moved along at a nice pace, with Susan heading back upon reaching the Hudnall Bench.  This was Herman's first club ride of the year so he didn't want to push it too hard, his pace afforded plenty of opportunity for conversation and wildlife sightings.  Observed today were white tail deer, turkeys, blue heron, bluebirds, pileated woodpecker, turtles, and one recently deceased garter snake and one very much alive green snake.  Lunch afterwards at George's BBQ made for an enjoyable day (again in two groups, the faster rides having finished and were leaving when the rest of us showed up).  Thanks for riding and see you all next time.

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