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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  • Wed, February 21, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Lou Dallorso, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus, Ron Haney, Barb Haney, Joan Oppel, Harold Datz, Rita Z, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts, Tom Short and there but not signing the waiver, Don Gardner

    Weather: Heavy dark gray clouds at 9:55 gave way to sunny skies at 10:02 and the temperature quickly rose from wear a jacket to a long sleeves comfortable 67.  Surprisingly, the wind at North Keys Park (normally the windiest place in Brandywine) wasn't bad but once we got out onto the roads, we encountered strong gusty breezes that were with us all day, carefully choosing the steepest climbs to become a powerful headwind.  As predicted, temperatures rose to almost 80 degrees well before we finished the ride. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286119  36.5 miles, 1868' of elevation gain (and thanks to the wind, we felt every single one of those feet of elevation gain).  The route went down North Keys and southeast on Molly Berry, then took Baden Naylor and Croom to Candy Hill, then back to Croom on Nottingham north to Mattaponi and St Thomas Church to Croom Airport and Park Entrance to a rest stop at Jug Bay.

    We saw the AB group at Jug Bay leaving as we arrived: our only AB sighting for the day.  Departing Jug Bay we took Duvall to Mount Calvert Road and went down to the park, viewing the historic house and the Patuxent River.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none (quite a change from Tuesday, where we had two flats)

    AMS: 11.6 in the CC group, probably a lot faster with the ABs

  • Tue, February 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Holly Carr, Rob Smith, Lou Dallorso, Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Chantal Briere, Sam Perry, Pete Czapiewski

    Guests: Holden Hudson

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21840740, a figure-8-ish route taking us SE to a rest stop at St. Ignatius Church, then on through Bel Alton and back NW by way of La Plata and Pomfret

    Weather: Fantastic temps in the 60s to mid-70s, breezy at times but some of it was actually a tailwind.

    AMS: 18 for leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Tom S. had a flat and reportedly had to return to ride start via SAG. 

    Report: Today really made it seem like winter wouldn't last forever and that spring isn't far away. We had a sizable and enthusiastic group of A/Bs, including a contingent out for some serious training, and the rest who were just out riding and enjoying the company and the weather. It was nice to see that one's training schedule doesn't always have to preclude coming out to ride with friends. We mostly fought headwinds to Chapel Point, where we were pleasantly surprised to meet up with Michie Sidwell; he joined us for the remainder. After a pretty long break, some left; the rest followed after waiting a little more. Along the way we received word that Tom S wasn't able to finish the ride due to mechanical difficulty, and that Sam was accounted for with Ron A. We enjoyed some nice tailwinds on the return, and by the hill on Pomfret we had mostly all regrouped. Thank you to all who turned out today to enjoy this harbinger of spring! 

  • Tue, February 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Pat Walthers, Joan Oppel, Jim Hudnall, Don Gardner

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21840740  Down Livingston to Hawthorne and then the fabled ascent of the western face of Mighty Mount Pisgah.  Once we reached the summit, Rose Hill and Chapel Point took us to a rest stop at St. Ignatius (the ice machine was most welcome).  Continuing, Fairgrounds and St Mary's to MD-6 East, Valley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Pomfret/Livingston to conclude our route.

    Weather:  hard to imagine it could be any nicer for the 20th of February.  Temps in the upper 50s to start, rising to the low to mid 70s by ride's end.  Sunny skies with 10-12 mph winds out of the SW - it was a warm wind.  A portent of things to come - a bit of humidity.

    AMS:  swept around the low 12s; others were faster undoubtedly.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  past Ollie's on Hawthorne, the rear echelon CC'ers came upon the rest of their group at the side of the road along with Sam Perry and Tom Short.  Tom had flatted, repairs were well underway, and so the CC group continued on - for about 200 yards when Steve had a flat.  As we began the process of attending to his troubles, a car pulled up and a Good Samaritan asked if we needed help, saying he had a pump in his car.  We thanked him and assured him we could manage.  So he turned around, headed back down Hawthorne to where Tom and Sam were still working.  As luck would have it, Tom's spare wouldn't hold air.  So the Good Samaritan sagged Tom back to Bryan's Road (see Tom's comment under Barbara's ride for full details).   Meanwhile, we located the puncture in Steve's tube and translated it to the tire, finding a nasty gouge in the sidewall tread.  A boot was proposed to insure no future flats but in scrounging up said boot, we managed to lose track of the gouge and could not find it again.  After much teeth gnashing, the new tube was inserted, pumped up, and fortunately provided no further problems, at least back to Bryan's Road.  Then to make it a three-fer, Jim's rear view mirror fell off his glasses on Chapel Point Rd  Don and him went back and Don was able to locate the mirror and grab it before an approaching car had an opportunity to render the mirror useless.

    Report:  It was indeed a great February riding day notwithstanding the mishaps noted above.  Sam rode with us from the "flat" part of Hawthorne onward.  For the most part, we stayed together but once on Pomfret, a combination of heat and humidity led to a bit of fatigue and cramping for a couple of riders.  It was then a slower trip then normal up the incline on Pomfret but once crested, everyone quickly revived.  As always, the CC contingent had a lot of "Conversational Cycling" and I am certain, a good time.
  • Sun, February 18, 2018 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus, Sarah Clement, George Chiamulera

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26851618  40 miles, 1000' of elevation gain.

    Weather: Partly sunny changing to partly cloudy and back, breezy, 40s at the start rising to the low 50s.  The sun was warm, the air cool, and the final result was just lovely.  There was a lot of concern about snow, ice, residual salt and sand from snow clearing operations, and with crusted frozen slush on the porch steps and the car roof and windshield in Alexandria, it was hard to know what to do.  The forecast was clear, but who knew what it was like in St Marys County? 

    Well, as it turned out it didn't snow in St Marys at all last night, it just rained.  Because there was no snow there was no residual snow still on the 3 Notch Trail and no salt and sand left over from road clearing that never happened; and what rain there was had completely dried out by the time the ride left. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.9

    What a lovely day for a ride!  It seemed pretty doubtful this morning, after the snow on Saturday night, but the weather maps showed a zone of snow north of the District, a dusting through the District and Arlington and Alexandria, and just rain in Southern Maryland.  I delayed the start for half an hour in case some of that rain had frozen the night before, but other than some puddles in the fields there was no evidence of last night's rain to be seen.

  • Thu, February 15, 2018 5:16 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    What a warm day in February: temperature about 57 at ride start, climbing over 60. It was a grey day but a great ride. When the route was chosen, there was some possibility of rain so this Baden Baden & Baden again route allowed for shortcuts if needed. Therefore, we made lots of circles to nowhere but - No rain, and even an occasional peek of blue sky showed up.

    A large crowd for winter gathered and quickly broke into fast and moderate pace sections:

    Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Pat Sanders and your ride leader were one group.

    Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Bob Howell, Tom Roberts, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Don Gardner, Tyler Hill, Lou D'Alloroso and Ken Meredith went off together. 

    Both Ken and Tom R rode to the ride start. Barb Haney had a flat and she and Ron did a shorter version.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out!


    (Forgot to take pictures)

  • Tue, February 13, 2018 9:47 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    A nice sunny Tuesday after 3 days of rain and clouds and 7 riders came out to join me for this visit to the Nanjemoy Community Center - Ron Altemus, Linda Blackman, Chantal Briere, Jessica Hirschhorn, Steve Palincsar, Rob Smith and Bob Thompson.  About 2 miles into the ride, Bob's right pedal fell apart and he and Chantal spent some time looking for the parts (they found "some"). Bob decided to continue the ride even though he had only the pedal spindle for his right foot....

    He was rewarded for extra effort by chocolate cake at the Nanjemoy Community Center! The cake was being served to the seniors for lunch and the cyclists must have looked in need of some sort of sustenance. One of the staffers brought out a tray with large pieces of cake.

    Lovely ride, thanks to all for coming out.

    Pictures here and here and here

  • Fri, February 09, 2018 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jackie & Randy Schoch, Don Gardner

    Route:   Shortened version - Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:  mostly overcast w/occasional sun; temps ranging from mid 30s to low 40s; breezes out of the southern quadrant

    Report:  Jackie had gloves malfunction in that her hands were cold so she and Randy turned back at the Hudnall bench.  Don, on the other hand (warm!), decided to continue on to the IH Village Green once we returned to the parking lot.  No much in the way of wildlife - crows, a jay, other unidentified birds.  We didn't encounter any other bicyclists while there was maybe a 1/2 dozen or so walkers or joggers.  At this point in the season almost all leaves are down and vegetation has died off and thus one can see farther into the woods flanking the trail with houses, etc., exposed.  Not quite the feeling of isolation one gets on a summer day with full foliage.

  • Tue, February 06, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Jim Hudnall, Ron Altemus, Sam Perry, Barbara Haney, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberts and Don Gardner and Darrell Myer (who didn't sign the CC waiver)

    Weather: Overcast except for about an hour and a half when the sun broke out and warmed everything up; low 30s at the start, briefly rising to close to 40 while the sun was out but slumping to the mid 30s when it clouded over again.  Still, we were comfortable.  Not much wind, making our own heat, in all a pretty nice day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7344967  31 miles, 950' of elevation gain. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.5 at the back

    Barbara posted an A/B version and indeed, A & B riders showed up.  They chose to sign on the CC waiver, but once we crossed Indian Head Highway, natural selection asserted itself and the AB group was off the front and away.  We saw them at the rest stop at Scott's store, but they left before the CC group - which at that point consisted of Steve, Ron, Joan, Don and Jim.   We stayed together, taking several stop-and-cough breaks to accommodate Joan's cold along the way.  I think everyone seemed happy to have a shorter route today, especially since for some, temperature conditions were below their minimums.

  • Sat, February 03, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was sunny as promised, and breezy too, but only 25 degrees at the ride start - enough to deter any participants.  But since I was there, I rode the Indian Head Rail Trail to White Plains, and on a whim went past the spot we normally stop and visited the caboose. I might have been there once since they moved the caboose to that location.  While there, I saw this:

    It's been there for years, of course, but I never noticed it before.  Recognize the jersey?

  • Thu, February 01, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jane & Jim Hudnall, Bob Howell, Barbara Haney, Janell Saunders, Don Gardner, Sam Perry

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26718788  33 miles, 1080' of elevation gain

    Weather: Cloudy, breezy, 40s at the start and chilly feeling, but warming up to 50 just as predicted by early afternoon.  We were bundled up at the start, but after the stop at Morelands layers started coming off, and the wind breakers were gone before we got to Brandywine Road.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.7

    It was good to see Janell taking a rare mid-week holiday, and I was happy that Sam was unable to resist the appeal of Gallant Green -- even though today's trip down it was dead in the teeth of a headwind, and so for me was a bit of a slog.  We had two groups today: Jim, Jane and me in back; and everyone else off the front, although Janell waited for us, doing traffic control at the intersection of Croom and Brandywine. 

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