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”.

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.

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  • Sun, September 24, 2017 9:00 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders, Chris Roell

    Guests: none

    Weather: another lovely August day, 65 at the start rising to 85 and almost 90 by the time we got home; sunny, low humidity, breezy

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25503292l, modified of necessity to visit the Nanjemoy Community Center for water because the Nanjemoy store was closed.  We also went down to the end of the gravel road at Mallows Bay Park, adding some bonus miles so that we ended up losing only a mile.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.0

    It's always shady and cool in Nanjemoy, and today was no exception.  Riding there was scenic and delightful.  Chris had never been on several of the back roads and had never been all the way down to Mallows Bay, so naturally we had to.  Although the (badly faded) sign on the door of the Nanjemoy store said it would be open today, it was not.  There aren't many places out there you can get water, and we had to detour off the planned route to visit the Nanjemoy Community Center (note: no handle on the one behind the A/C unit but the one around back on the left side next to the concrete stairs was working).  We went through this a couple of years ago, so we'll survive if the store is actually permanently closed but if you're planning a route in the area keep it in mind.

    Ron must have been wearing canine attraction aftershave today, because he was chased three times by a total of five loose dogs.  He's got a fierce bellowing "NO!!!" which established dominance each time, so no harm done but Janell insisted on calling it the "Loose Dog Ride".  Adding the little guy on Hancock Run made it six loose dogs, but since he didn't chase Ron didn't want to count him.

    Chris took a bunch of photos today including the one above of Ron on Riverside.

  • Sat, September 23, 2017 8:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jim Beliveau

    Guests: Mimi Zucker

    Weather: 60s and sunny at the start, warming up to the mid to high 80s as the day went on; as the day warmed, the wind freshened until the final 20 miles were akin to a Seagull training ride, only with hills.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25391365 for the 75, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18764764 for the 56.  The routes are identical until the final turn from MD-6 onto Keech, the 56 returning directly to Oak Ridge Park while the 75 continues on 6 to Gilbert Run Park for a rest stop, then goes down Trinity Church to Bowling, Allens Fresh, up the climb on Penns Hill and across 6 onto Wheatley, then Olivers Shop and Oaks back to Oak Ridge Park.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.2

    Jim arrived at the last minute and Mimi from Potomac Pedalers and I waited for him, but once he got rolling it was obvious he (a member of both OHbike and PPTC) was wearing his PPTC hat this day, because in moments he was off and gone, never to be seen again.  Mimi and I rode more or less together: she would scoot ahead then wait at the next turn for me to come into view. 

    The route takes Oaks and the Three Notch Trail down to Northern Senior Center, then doubles back on Charolette Hall Rd to Golden Beach.  Coming to the T at All Faith Church, it goes left and spends the next 10 miles cruising the back streets of Golden Beach exploring, cruising the perimeter in search of water views.  On the way down we'd turned left on Cross Woods, so the 8.5% grade on Golden Beach was a bit of a surprise - so much for the "flat riding" as Mimi called it.

    From there, things took a more familiar turn: All Faith Church to 6, Flora Corner across 5 to Old Flora Corner and Old Village Road to a rest stop at the WaWa on 5.  While there, a man filled his truck's gas tank then asked me how old I was and then said "It was good to see old people out being active."  Another customer asked whether there was some kind of organized competition on -- probably he'd seen participants in Pax Velo's St Marys Century, which shared some of the roads we were on, and had had a rest stop only yards from where we'd parked our cars.

    Leaving the WaWa, we went down to the 3NT and then headed south on Morganza Turner, across 5 onto Colton Point and then took Dr Johnson over to Chaptico Road and a rest stop at the Chaptico store.  I noticed a couple of new and curiously placed all-way stop signs on Dr Johnson: you'd hardly think a 4-way stop sign was needed at a newly built road with no houses (just after the climb up from the recently replaced bridge) never mind here at Friendly Hall Farm.

    After the Chaptico stop we went up Budd's Creek to Thompson Corner and through the area near the Amish schoolhouse, over to the 3NT and then left on 6 to the route split, where Mimi took off for the last time.  There was plenty of activity in Gilbert Run Park - a couple of family reunions and lots of music, but no sign of the St Marys Century rest stop.  That was at mile 25 on their route, and I'm sure had long since closed by the time I arrived there at 2 pm. 

    By then the wind had seriously freshened, and the remaining distance was a bit of a slog, the climb up Penns Hill in the face of the wind necessitating a shift onto the granny ring.  By the time I got to Cooksey's store I was feeling dehydrated and thoughts of a cold soda were almost irresistable - except for over a dozens of people queued up in the store!

    By now it was a race against time: would I get back to the start in time to get home and get a shower before the Indian Head 100 after-action meeting?  I was well ahead of my worst-case schedule and would have ample time if I pushed on, so that cold soda would have to wait until I got home. 

  • Fri, September 22, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Vickie Garlock, Lester Jackson, Robin Garner, Calvin & Celeste Conyers, Michael & Yvonne Dong.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Beautiful cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Good turnout of riders this morning. This was the day of the "no driving pledge" so some of our regulars didn't come. It was great to see Vicki on her bike again. The riders split up right away to ride at their own pace. We saw a few walkers, dogs, turtles, squirrels and birds. We had a nice break and visit at White Plaines. There seems to be a new business taking over the failed bike shop across for the benches. We saw the Moye's on the trail. After the ride, we went to George's for lunch and to visit.


  • Fri, September 22, 2017 9:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leaders:  Ron Altemus & Steve Palincsar

    Member:  Belinda Acre

    Route:  None - we used the Mt Vernon Trail and neighborhood streets to meandered and noodle through the numerous communities in the east part of Fairfax County.  Rest stops at Fort Hunt Park and the McDonalds at Rte 1/Cooper.

    Weather:  temps in the 70s, a touch of humidity, mostly overcast w/o any noticeable wind.

    AMS:  a tad under 12

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Minor separation on the return between the mansion and Riverside Park.

    Report:  since today was Car Free Metro DC day, your faithful correspondent took the pledge to go "car free" and thus needed a route that would allow bicycling to the start.  Steve was willing to co-lead as we figured we'd pull out all the stops and just go wherever.  Actually, we had a bit of a plan, but still made it up as we rode along.  Belinda was looking for a ride on the shorter side, so she turned back once we reached the Mt Vernon mansion, went thru Stratford Landing and ended up with 28 miles.  Steve and I recorded 41 miles from start/finish at Jones Point Park.  Both of us were over 50 for the day with cycling to the start.
  • Fri, September 22, 2017 8:15 AM | Michael Dong

    A wonderful morning to roll the roads around Indian Head/Ironsides. Sheryl R. and I were the only riders for the workout, although we met Ron at the start, and later Nate and Reg to add on a few more quick miles "hey let's just run around 224 and Bumpy Oak, it'll be fun!." The grades literally melted away today, with great average speeds going up, and sustained cadence throughout the ride. Ended up with just over 55mi and 17.8mph total, with 14.8mph AMS for the first half workout. Of course, our cool down is riding with the Friday IHRT group and chatting of BBQ, etc.
    What makes the Friday Scoot The Loop's worthwhile, is Sheryl noting her Tri Event times are getting better. Go Girl!  Cheers, Michael D.

  • Thu, September 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sonja Newman & Karl Craton -- mostly in theory, but they did wait for me at Moore's store and we did ride together for about a quarter mile.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25301844  37 miles, 1879' of elevation gain

    Weather: Mike described it perfectly

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.2

    Where Mike's journey was one of gradual defections and losses, mine was a solo voyage with brief social interruptions when I joined or spotted the AB group at the rest stops, along with that fabled quarter mile when there were three of us in the CC group riding more or less together.  Still, it was a fabulous day.

  • Thu, September 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (7) Larry Peed, George Chiamulera, Holly Carr, Alan Kurzweil, Regina Saizan, Barb & Ron Haney plus (2) Sonja Newman and Karl Craton from the CC group

    Weather: A comfortable day for riding in the 80’s. In the sun, it felt a little warm; in the shade, it felt a little cool.

    Route: From North Keys Park to the Merkle Sanctuary rest stop via Baden Naylor and Bald Eagle Rds. Next to Mt Calvert via St Thomas Church and Duvall Rds.  A 2nd rest stop at the Moore’s Store was followed by Duley Station and Van Brady Rds.

    Ride Report: Today’s ride had some varying dynamics.  The B group started out with 8 riders (including the ride leader).  In the beginning, two riders from the CC group rode with the B group (+2 = 10).  Before the Merkle rest stop, one B rider was not feeling well and short cutted back to the park (-1 = 9).  After the rest stop, another B rider was feeling fatigue after riding hard yesterday and short cutted back (-1 = 8).  Fragmentations started on the way to Mt Calvert.  Some riders stopped at the gravel to Mt Calvert.  One rider short cutted to the Moore’s Store rest stop.  Two riders skipped the Moore’s rest stop (-2 = 6).  The two A riders in the group started out early from Moore’s as we regrouped (-2 = 4).  The two CC riders waited for the CC ride leader before departing (-2 =2).  The two of us remaining finished together at a comfortable pace.  It was a casual fun day of riding with a good group of folks with everyone staying in their comfort zone.

    Credits: Thanks to Steve Palincsar for designing the route.

  • Wed, September 20, 2017 5:15 PM | Jean Wright

    Leader: Jean Wright

    Rider: Ken Roman 

    Guests: none

    Weather: 90s, sunny, light breeze 

    AMS: 18.3 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report:  Congratulations to Lynne for moving up to the AA group! She is riding strong and belongs there. This week, we switched out the Kens - Ken Roman for Ken Lemmert. Since I was tired and sore, I was hoping that he may want to take it easy. What was I thinking? This is CJE!!! Ken and I rode hard the entire route and have the time to show for it...18.3 mph! Along the way, we gave a rabbit a good run on the shoulder of the 301. It finally gave up and turned into the woods.

    Next week is the last CJE of the season! Don't miss it! Our annual social will be on October 4 at Casey Jones at 5:30 pm. If you rode with us at any time during the year, please come join us. 

  • Wed, September 20, 2017 5:15 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Sheryl R., Larry P., Joe E., Jim H., Jane H., Broderick P., Troy E., Ron L.

    AMS: 14.8 at back, front group scampers faster

    Mech/Miss: None

    Another perfect weather window to take advantage of during this spell of 75f+. Had 2 riders turn around early for a short loop, demonstrating the flexibility of this route to adjust for time demands, etc. Everyone got a great cruise in, meeting at the boat launch for a short break, and chatting about distance nutrition. Heading back to Barry's Hill, a flatbed truck allowed a draft for a back marker to catch up to Joe at the head, tooting his horn with a wave as he drove on (33mph) :) We all missed the Hill's and Richard while rolling along! This route will still continue next Wednesday at 1715; however, I'm waiting to see if anyone else would like to be the "lead."   Cheers!  

  • Wed, September 20, 2017 5:15 PM | Blake Altman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: September 20, 2017

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.5 MPH (lead)

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 80’s, Partly Cloudy, some humidity but a nice day

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Eric Williams, Douglas Carter, Michael Blaine, Paul Bales, Gordon Schrader, Tyler Hill, Chris Zabriskie

    Ride Report:

    Once again we had one rider arrive late so the A riders took-off first.  Chris joined us in route.  We caught the A ride at the light at the construction on the Route 6 bridge.

    The ride split at the hill on Route 6 and never rejoined.  Chase 1 was able to keep the lead group in sight throughout most of the ride.

    The group I was riding with was a lot of fun; we maintained a good pace and showed a lot of cooperative riding.

    Here are the ride statistics:

      Lead:  22.5 MPH

      Chase 1:  21.8 MPH

      Chase 2:  20.5 MPH

      Chase 3:  19.2 MPH

    Next week is the last CJE ride for the season L.

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