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  • Sat, September 22, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    This ride was posted on the schedules of the Oxon Hill and Baltimore Bike Clubs.

    Oxon Hill Members: Steve Palincsar, John Arrington, Harry Kidd, Morris Hymes, Rita Zeidner, Harold Datz, Jenny Haddon, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall

    Guest and BBC member count: 10.

    Routes: 60 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700) or 47 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700). Both routes began on Harwood Rd, then went up Wayson and down Queen Anne Bridge, Patuxent River and Sands Rds to a stop at the Shell station in Waysons Corner. After briefly crossing over Rt 4 and back again on Wrighton and Bay Front Rds, we went south on McKendree/Jewell/Wilson to Friendship Rd. From there the routes split; the shorter route stayed on Friendship and took Boyds Turn and 5th St down to North Beach. The longer route went down Old Solomons Island Rd and Route 2 (with a diversion onto Wayside), then turned onto Dalyrymple where we stopped at the 7-11. We went further south on Hardesty to Ponds Woods and Bayside, then up Christiana Parran back to Dalrymple and Old Bayside, then north on Bayside through Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. Both routes had rest stops at the Chesapeake Market in Herrington Harbor, then went up Friendship, Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch and Franklin Gibson. After a brief diversion through Deale (which Steve and I skipped), we continued up Nutwell-Sudley-Owensville back to Southern High School.

    Weather: Pretty darn great. The roads were mostly dry despite early morning rain, and though we felt a few random drops at one point and had gray clouds near the bay, conditions were generally cloudy bright/partially sunny with temps in the 70s and humidity dropping through the day. There was a brisk sea breeze near the bay but we only felt it for a few miles. We were not surprised to see many other cyclists out enjoying the day.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: a few people missed a turn or two, and the ride leader underestimated the number of cue sheets needed. And the mystery noise on my bike was worse than ever, but it's not a mystery anymore, as the LBS mechanic was finally able to recreate it and identify the worn parts causing it. And it should be gone for good now that I'm replacing the rear wheel -- say goodbye to the Mavic moo!

    Average speed: 13 mph at the back.

    Report: We enjoyed a wonderful ride on the (sob) last day of summer.  Many riders were ready to go before 9 am and eager to get started. They also rode closer to the top of the ride category (which was 13-15 mph for the BBC) , and it looked like they skipped the first rest stop. So we did not see them again once the ride started. The sweep group consisted of  Harry, Jim and Jane, who did the 47 mile route, and Steve and me riding the longer route. When we arrived at the 7-11 on Dalrymple, we found a small group of our riders finishing up their rest stop, and were soon joined by three more who had taken a wrong turn from Wrighton Rd.  We saw them again when we stopped at Chesapeake Market, along with a bunch of fast riders who had started in Davidsonville, passed us several times earlier in the day, and passed us again on the ride back to Harwood despite having consumed several bottles of wine at the rest stop.

    Thanks very much to everyone who joined me today!

  • Sat, September 22, 2018 7:30 AM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    This ride was well planned.  We met at my house and then formed car pools.  It was 80 miles to Big Meadows, but the ride was made enjoyable by having company in the car.  The other aspect about Skyline is that you can ride as far or as not so far as you wish.  There is no way to get lost up on Skyline drive and you are bound to meet other riders along the way.  In addition the ride is beautiful.

    What made this ride particularly fabulous was having Coach Rob and Michael Dong riding with me and Craig.  We got the benefit of their knowledge and support.  Both Coach and Michael provided tips on bike handling, climbing, recovering, and managing a long effort.  I know that Craig and I benefitted greatly from their presence.   We got to ride and learn at the same time.  We got stronger and supported each other.

    After the ride, we enjoyed Pizza is Sperryville and talked more about riding and techniques.  Please feel free to join us the next time we go, which is tentatively set for November 4 to head for Skymass.

  • Thu, September 20, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Randy Schoch,  Harry Kidd, Debby Bowman, Alan Kurzweil, Joan Oppel, Jim & Jane Hudnall

    Weather: Sunny, 80s - a very pleasant day

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7530755?beta=false  37 miles, 1742' of elevation gain on a route that took us down Mt Calvert, Duvall and Croom Airport to a rest stop at the Patuxent River Park Pavilion, then up Croom Airport, down St Thomas Church and up Fenno to a second stop at Merkle, followed by a trip down and up the Big Dip on Croom Rd at Spice Creek, over Nelson Perrie and up Molly Berry and Martin.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.5

    It was a rare treat to see Randy at Brandywine - it's been years - and an even bigger surprise to see him riding (with electric power) with the B group, and another rare treat (thanks to a furlough) to see Debby Bowman at Brandywine on a weekday.  We enjoyed the break in the weather knowing more rain was waiting only a few days away.  Thanks to Sonja for leading the B group.  Jim posted a series of photos on the club's Facebook site.

  • Thu, September 20, 2018 1:30 AM | Sonja Newman

    Ride Participants: Latasha Banks, Tom Short, Tom ? Regina Saizan, Mike Saizan, Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Sam Perry and Sonja Newman

    Today’s ride there was great excitement in the air as everyone seem full of energy, enthusiasm, and eagerness. Weather:  Sunny and calm with a slight grey-cloud at the start, then sunny skies warning up to the mid to low 80’s. Cumulative elevation gain 1742’.

    Conquering hill prior to Merkle Sanctuary one could sense pain, exhausted and completely out of breath. We definitely felt the burn of each pedal stroke!

    Fate was on our side as we rode today w/o any mechanical problems.

    “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

     

  • Wed, September 19, 2018 5:00 PM | Michael Dong

        A bright and blissful afternoon boded fine blessings to our intrepid group of the Queen's Riders, lead by the experienced, albeit young Michael Dong of Her Majesty's colony at Waldorf. Other's who responded to the siren's call of adventure and fame included such notables of the Empire as: Denise D., Walter C., Gil D., Jane H., Jim H., Troy E. who pre-scouted the planned route for treacherous natives and forbidding terrain, and Sheryl R. with Matt S. freshly back from an expedition to open trade routes to the far north in Maine. Rolling towards the unknown, the group maintained cohesion as Commoners waved and bid us "God Speed, for Queen and Country." Minor occasions on the road featured gravel beds and mysteriously a near total lack of wheeled mechanization on the secondary byways, which peaked interest as it was enthusiastically noted. At the big waters of the Po-To-Mak, a most queer sighting was made, and such waterbourne creature observed for a substantial amount of time. Part round above waterline, with 2 distinct lumps adjacent, it floated oblivious to our hushed and slightly frightened comments of whether this beast of the Po-To-Mak would demonstrate such aggression as several route-bourne canine had offered. In the end, the group departed with no man power losses, and successfully returned to home port at full sail and no casualties. A joyous celebration erupted at the local pub "B&J BBQ" enjoyed by most, but not all, as our lead was notified that the Bramblewood Manor had no chef to be seen, and desperate measures were in order to ensure dinner was well prepared and presentable by that evening. I sign off this entry as her Majesty's lead, Michael Dong.  God Save The Queen.

  • Wed, September 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Ride Leader:  Tom Short

    Riders:  Linda Bankerd, Chuck Coe, George Chiamulera, Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, Cathy Wilson, Don Gardner

    Ride Report:  At about 5 miles youth and conditioning separated us into two groups.  Group A consisted of Chuck Coe, Cathy Wilson, Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, and Don Gardner.  Group B consisted of Linda Bankerd, George Chiamulera and me.  Group A quickly disappeared from view.  When we, Group B, got within about 3.5 miles from our rest stop George spotted Don Gardner ahead who had apparently been shaken loose from his group.  George sped up and caught Don just at the rest stop.  Linda arrived at the rest stop before me.  At the rest stop, Nanjemoy Community Center, a local was strongly recommending that we visit Mallow Bay because of its beauty and the sunken navy ships still visible in the Bay.  It did sound like a good idea.  We all left the Community Center together and again split into two groups.  This time, Group B added Cathy Wilson and Don Gardner.  The ride back had two events.  One event was that the cell phone that Don carries on a handlebar holder fell off onto the pavement but was unhurt due to the armored case Don uses.  The second event was Cathy's flat tire.  It was remarkable in that there were five people there and all five were engaged in some aspect of the tire repair.  We all did a good job and we were shortly on our way back.  All in all, a very good day and a very good group.

    AMSGroup A:  Who knows?  They had already left by the time we finished. Probably 19+mph.  Group B:  15.8 mph

  • Sat, September 15, 2018 9:00 AM | Michael Dong

    Lead:  Michael Dong

    Members: Diane H., Holly C., Linda B., Sue E.

    Dist. 50.5mi  over 3:10 (with regrouping several times)

    What can I say? 4 fabulous gals to ride with today! Doesn't get much better than this group and a perfect 75ish temp with slight winds, which seemed always to be in our face for some odd reason. This is one of those routes you have to ride 2-3 times to figure the push points and gist of the ride, everyone did awesome.

    The extended version of the 3-Bump was done, going up Mason Springs and looping back through Smallwood, and reconnecting to IHRT, so as not to miss out on Bumpy Oak. Great teamwork kept everyone together almost to the end, when Holly took a flyer on the Manokeek route, and we figured she'd be waiting for us at Starbucks...as she did.

    Today's "Chump" is me. Got home, drank some Gatorade, and my wife asked "we going for a ride?" seeing the bike on the rack. "Sure, Honey" a quick roll on the IHRT will be fun...add on 22 more miles :) Well, at least it's a Metric.  Cheers!

  • Fri, September 14, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Larry Peed, Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Diane Harris, Don Gardner, Belinda Acre, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Barbara Haney

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Road parking lot to White Plains and return.  Larry rode from home, met us at Livingston on his way back, and joined us to White Plains.  Diane rode from Accokeek Firehouse via Livingston and returned via Indian Head Highway.

    Weather:   Guess the four forecasts consulted don't consider mist as precipitation.  Just enough moisture in the air to keep one plenty hydrated simply by breathing while making it difficult to see through one's glasses because of the water coating.  We rode into a brisk 10 mph wind from the NE to White Plains and then enjoyed the resultant tailwind back to our start.  The sun made a very brief appearance when we got back to Livingston Road.

    Report:  a surprisingly good turnout given the gray conditions.  The Hudnalls and Barbara were a bit late in starting but all of us came together at White Plains.  Not too many other trail users, the majority of which were cyclists.  Wildlife sightings included a number of deer, two snakes (one a rough green snake - look it up!) and Monarch butterflies.  Whatever one felt about the misty conditions, it was better than the alternative of not riding and sitting like a lump on the sofa.

  • Thu, September 13, 2018 4:38 PM | Michael Wilson

    ·         Ride Leader:  Mike Wilson

    Date: September 12, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  20.9 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  One errant water bottle (recovered)

    Weather: Lower 80’s, humid, mostly sunny

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard, Kevin O’Clair

    Member Riders:   Douglas Carter, Blake Altman, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Gordon Schrader, Anthony Carter

    Ride Report:

    What better group to lead on my maiden voyage as ride leader than a group of hard-charging CJE AA riders!  I quickly assessed that I would be the weakest link but thanks to a great group effort (with a special thanks to Anthony for staying with me on the climbs) we started and finished together as a group. 

    There was minimal breakup on the Route 6 and Budd’s Creek climbs. However, Anthony helped pull me back and the lead pack that would slow enough to allow us to regroup.  This group definitely pushed me to rider faster.

    The start time was moved up by 15 minutes beginning this week.  This affected one rider, Kevin, as he arrived for a 5:30 departure and found no one there.  Not to be deterred, he rode solo and finished up about 10 minutes after our group did.  He finished with a very nice 21.3 mph moving average!    

    It was another fun CJE ride.   Thanks again guys!

    Note, the ride will again move up by 15 minutes to 5:00 PM to accommodate the earlier sunset time.

     

  • Thu, September 13, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Chuck Coe, Don Gardner

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28585306  a 32 mile version of a longer route to Malcolm and Pinefield.   After the rest stop at the WaWa on McKendree, the original went up to Accokeek Rd and down to Floral Park; this time we went back across 301 to Cedarville, skipping the mess they've made of Accokeek Rd and the construction at Brandywine and MD-5.  The weather forecast was uncertain and the weather we were experiencing was equally uncertain, so a route replete with shortcut options seemed in order.

    Weather: 70s, overcast and extremely humid, staying at or near 100% for much of the morning.  The forecast said it wouldn't rain.  We drove through mist on the way to North Keys Park, and between 10 and 10:30 that mist intensified and became drizzle.  By 10:30 it was back to mist - enough that those riders wearing glasses needed to stop every few miles to clear off the water.  Eventually it stopped, even cleared up to blue sunny skies for a few moments after the stop at Moreland Market, but by the time we reached the Mudd house the mist returned, lingering until we reached Pinefield.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.something

    Linda Bankerd came to the park but seeing the drizzle changed her mind about riding and drove back home, leaving just as the drizzle stopped.   Chuck rode with us to the Moreland Market and then took off on his own. The rest of us rode at a CC pace, staying together, especially while cruising through the many turns inside Pinefield.

    Pat and Jay skipped the rest stop at the WaWa.  I was a bit concerned that doubling back across 301 after the break might seem odd, but conditions on Accokeek Rd and at the crossing of Branch Ave at Brandywine Rd are pretty unpleasant due to construction, so I was happy to see the routing worked and felt natural. 

    We all thought it was a pretty nice ride, and were happy we didn't need any of the short-cut options.  I'm still wondering, though: what's up with the Bees?

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