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, July 23, 2017 6:00 PM | Linda and Bankerd

    Today was the third and last scheduled family ride.  We rode the IHRT.  Except for several adults on rides #2 and #3 and my kids and grand-kids on the first BWI ride, there does not seem to be much interest in this type of ride. There are so many trails in our area, perfect for family outings; I really thought there would be more participants.  We have been riding frequently with two of the grands and they are enthusiastic, uncomplaining and tireless.  But it is difficult to align their schedules with any planned rides on my part.  If I can anticipate what we are doing with the grands more than a few days in advance I will post our ride as a family ride.  And if anyone else wishes to post one we will try to attend theirs. 

    We too were deluged  just as we were packing up at the end of the ride.  

  • Sun, July 23, 2017 4:17 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    It looked like rain was imminent as I finished eating my sandwich. Decided to hit the restroom before getting on the road. As soon as I closed the door I heard the rain hitting the roof, very heavy someone-ask-Noah-if-the- ark-is-done-yet rain.  So I remain in Subway waiting for it to ease up. More than 15 minutes later and it's still really bad.

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Debby Bowman, Janell Saunders

    Guests: I listed this as a joint ride with PPTC, and many of them came, a dozen or more (I'm sure I recognized some people whose names aren't on the sign-up sheet).  Some are familar faces, regular attendees of the Rural Legacy & the Indian Head 100, but several were totally new to this part of Maryland.

    Route: A Debby Bowman route, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5054117  47 miles, 1945' of elevation gain on a route that would be familiar but disorienting to regular attendees of the Memorial Day rides to North Beach, because it's familiar roads in unfamiliar directions (and woe be unto those who try to shortcut without benefit of a map -- or, would have been had not Debby happened to be there when they finally realized just how badly lost they were).  And it was a perfect route today, being exceptionally shady and cool.

    Weather:  Sultry.  Hot, humid, sunny and breezy.  Coming off MD-4 at Waysons it looked a bit like a Turner painting - "clouds of tinted steam" without locomotives to create it - until I stepped out of the car and my sunglasses fogged up completely.  Only in the 70s at 8:00, but it was in the 90s when we finished at 1 pm.   30 minutes later the skies opened and heavy rain pounded down.  Sometimes you make your own luck...

    Mishaps & mechanicals: One of the riders had a flat in the parking lot.  We changed the tube but a mile later she had the same flat again: rim side, although nothing was visibly wrong with the rim tape.  When last seen she was walking back to the Park & Ride. 

    AMS: 13.8

    Ride report: There were a bunch of Potomac Pedalers, and you know what those rides are like.  Some even told me they were setting out early and didn't expect to see us again.  Others just took off.  And then the flat in the parking lot, and while I was fixing that, A. arrived and had to set his bike up.  I finished with the flat and everyone who'd been waiting took off... and A. had to pump up his tires.   nd he had no cue sheet, and had never ridden in the area before.  By the time he finally got going we were at least 10 minutes behind. 

    When we arrived at the the Highs in Deale, only Janell and Debby were there, which I didn't really find surprising -- and then a group of familiar faces from the Legacy arrived.  Either they'd taken a wrong turn and inadvertently ended up touring Masons Beach, or captivated with my glowing descriptions and comments over the years about what a shame the rides never go there etc. they decided while in the neighborhood and way ahead of me, why not.  Unsurprisingly, they liked it a lot.

    From that point on we pretty much stayed together.  We stopped at the North Beach Pier en route to the rest stop at Chesapeake Market.  In view of the big fuss earlier this summer in Ocean City ("In Ocean City, Hooters, thongs and horror over topless women on the beach") and utter silence from North Beach on the subject, I've been curious; unfortunately, there were neither bathers nor sunbathers at North Beach today (just how deadly are those jelly fish, anyway?) and so nothing approaching a definitive answer.  But the summer isn't over and North Beach is always a great destination, so who knows.

    We finished at 1 pm under sunny skies, 90 degrees in the parking lot; a little later there was "very heavy someone-ask-Noah-if-the- ark-is-done-yet rain" with temperatures in the 70s.  

  • Sat, July 22, 2017 5:30 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Linda Bankerd, Mike Bivens & Sherwood Byers

    Weather: Sunny, hot and humid, breezy.  80s at the start, low to mid 90s when we finished.  Although it was heavily hyped (Capital Weather Gang spoke of "the onslaught of high heat and humidity continuing unabated...  It’s peak summer heat humidity, and it refuses to go out without a bang. Heightened storm risks...") the weather didn't live up to the predictions.  It was warm, especially after we arrived at Chaptico; and on the drive home the sky did get mighty dark around I495 - it even rained a bit in Alexandria.  But the storm didn't materialize, and as hot days go this really wasn't one, hardly the anticipated "dangerous weather" that prompted WABA to cancel today's Tour de Fat.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22844022 for the long route, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22195966 for the short.  We skipped the trip to Morris Point, thereby shortening both routes by around 4 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.6

    The Beeees and I rode down to Chaptico Park, arriving 15 minutes earlier than expected (even though they said they were taking it very easy) only moments before Joan arrived, followed shortly by Sharon and several others.  We rode together to Quades (a photo op) and to St Clements Museum (another) where we ate snacks and in turn provided snacks to some fairly vicious little ankle-biting flies. We stopped twice at the store on Oakley & Abell, and regrouped a final time at the Chaptico store, where the two groups went their separate ways.  No one particularly seemed to miss the skipped four miles, and everyone seemed to have a good time.  It was a decent route for a hot summer day, offering reasonable amounts of shade throughout the route and little in the way of challenging terrain.

  • Sat, July 22, 2017 10:34 AM | Ken Lemmert

    Members: Ken Lemmert, Michele Williams

    Guests: Jay Kirby

    Route: 37 miles.....Lewes, DE Back Roads

    Weather: Warm, humid, light winds (light for the beach)

    AMS: 17.5mph


    Report:  OHBTC teamed up with Sussex Cyclist Club for todays ride.  It was a wonderful route, light traffic, nicely paved roads.  Started at the SSA building on Route 9 in Lewes, took back roads to Milton and other little towns like Fleatown. Did you know 5 governors of Delaware are from Milton?  It's on the big sign as you enter the old town.  Never once touch the dreaded beach road Route 1.  Bring your bike next time you come to the beach and join in.  A ride is posted most summer weekends on the OHBTC ride schedule.


  • Fri, July 21, 2017 2:25 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Nate H., met Beverly after the ride at the IHRT White Plains canopy

    Guests: none

    AMS: 15.6 first 25mi., 17.8 second 25mi (total was 57.2mi...fuzzy math)

    Mech/Miss: Flat, glass cut on Chicamuxen, quick tube replace.

    Weather: 95f end of ride! Real feel was "broil"

    This was one of those training rides that felt like you really got something accomplished. Despite the heat and 4-5mph winds, we slow cooked the route with training emphasis on sections. After the initial 25, figuring we're already hot and the legs felt good, rode to White Plains to see if the Friday Ride Group was there...they weren't, but we met up with Beverly for a brief respite in the shade. Nate peeled off to head home, and I finished a bit more (can't say 'no' to Bumpy Oak) returning to Village Green. Hot, Humid, but Happy day!

  • Thu, July 20, 2017 4:03 PM | Lisha Peacock

    Leader: Lisha Peacock 

    Members: Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Larry Peed

    Guests: none

    Route: see Steve's report for ride with gps route link

    Weather: Toasty!  High 80's to mid-90's; pleasant while moving, especially while traveling through shaded roads, but stifling at rest stops.

    AMS: about 16

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: CLOSE call with a crazy fox intent on crossing Martin... thankfully I saw it crossing the field to my right and slowed just as it darted toward my front wheel!  I also dropped my ride sign-in while flying down Martin... thankfully Ron snagged it and saved me pedaling back up that short but steep hill. 

    Report: Tom decided to take an alternate route before we left the park as he is getting ready for a 500-mile challenge through NY State, and our route today was not exactly as he had anticipated.  Sam stopped to make sure Joan and Steve did not need assistance with Joan's flat, then took some short-cuts to meet the remaining 4 A/B riders at Moreland.  He decided he'd had enough fun in the sun by that point and went back to the park from Moreland.  The rest of us stuck together to WaWa and decided to backtrack Cedarville, instead of staying with the route to Floral Park, because the temperature was climbing rapidly and the no-shade stop at WaWa was a little miserable even with the free ice.  Our reward was seeing the new bridge again, lol, with two really fat turkeys crossing it.  Anyone with the inclination to shoot their dinner would be well fed by either one of the exceedingly well-fed fowl!  We happily slowed to let them make their way across!

    It was a fun ride, but one that no one was disappointed to cut a little short on this warm July day!

  • Thu, July 20, 2017 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Weather:  Hot and humid, but far short of record-setting (Metro DC record for July 20 was set in 1930 at 106 degrees).  80s and humid at the start, mid 90s and humid when we finished.  Although there were heat advisories and bad air alerts on the news, Brandywine must have been exempted because it seemed pretty much OK to me - downright pleasant at times, in fact. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23231671 as planned: Martin, Molly Berry, Baden Naylor and Horsehead to the Five Points and a rest stop at Moreland Market, then Dr Mudd, Poplar Hill & St Peters Church and a winding tour of Pinefield culminating in a trip across the NEW BRIDGE on Cedarville Road,

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    which is indeed open, and a rest stop at the WaWa.  Although the original intention was to go down Danville and up Floral Park, the CCs and the ABs decided to skip that section, settling instead for a second trip across the new bridge and a short return via newly repaved Ash Box, Brandywine and Gibbons Church, for a total of around 33 miles.  Plenty enough for today.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Joan got a flat on Martin at mile 1.0, a patch failure of a repair done yesterday.  For once we were using the same size tubes and I had plenty of them with me, so the fact that she only had one spare wasn't an issue today, and the rest of the ride was uneventful.

    AMS: 13.0

  • Wed, July 19, 2017 8:17 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Joe E., Valerie E., Tyler H., Tommy H., Jerry H.

    Guests: Rosmino W.

    AMS: at back 13.8mph

    Weather: 92f, 45-50% humidity, sporadic clouds, light 5mph wind

    Mech/Mishaps: None

    A superb ride, that contrary to the temp reading, was very comfortable. Everyone held a steady pace, with the front group in sight +-400m, and only took a 3-4min break at the boat launch to keep the legs warmed up for Barry's Hill. Some riding techniques were pointed out, and the hill didn't seem too strenuous at all. More than 50% of the route is in the shade this time of day, making it a joy, and worthy of second laps for those with time/energy. Looking forward to more B riders showing up for this ride!

  • Wed, July 19, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Members: Reggie Stokes, Calvin Conyers, and Rod Barnes

    Guest:  Mystery rider, for a little while

    Mechanics/Mishaps:  None.

    Today was another great day for a ride.  There was a mystery rider, during the early part of our ride, riding at a really good pace and a nice cadence.   Calvin noticed him and joined his cadence; therefore we all did - creating a pace line.  The mystery rider, crossed Pomfret Road and disappeared from our sight, we enjoyed his tailwind though.

    On the return trip back, the trail activity seemed to pick up.  Riders, runners, and walkers were enjoying the trail.  The deer, rabbit, squirrel, and yes a beaver were enjoying the trail as well.

    Thank you guys for coming out for another great ride.


  • Wed, July 19, 2017 5:30 PM | Ken Lemmert


    Average Speed of the Ride:  NA

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: low 90's and humid at the start

    Guest Riders: Eric Williams, Gordon Schrader, Andre Burton

    Member Riders:  Mike Wilson, Chris Zebriskie, Paul Bales, Michael Blaine, Blake Altman, Jason Hendricks,

    Ride Report:

    It was hot...didn't seem as hot and humid as last week but it was plenty warm. 

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