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  • Tue, May 22, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Lou Dall'Orso, Pete Czapiewski, Darrell Meyer

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18674509, a sort-of figure 8 going down to Bel Alton and back via La Plata and Hawthorne / Livingston Rds

    Weather: iffy, 70s and low cloud cover, but we ended up staying dry except for road spray

    AMS: 17.9 for leader

    Turtles saved: one small one, trying to cross at the intersection of Livingston and IHRT, by the good samaritans of our group

    Report: A small group of optimistic types gathered for a ride that was uncertain up until the last minute. Ron A had provided us with an alternate 30-miler that seemed like the best choice, but after checking various weather websites, the majority ruled for the original 36-miler. Tom Short departed with us, but we knew he was only going to ride the first few miles with us and then go his own way in order to get home early. The 5 of us remaining collaborated and regrouped when necessary. We didn't linger too long at St. Ignatius (just enough to recover from the 10% grade), and only stopped at the Dash-In long enough to agree that we didn't want to stop. The final segment was on wet pavement (it must have rained right before we got there) and we learned that riding behind someone with fenders doesn't necessarily mean you won't get his road spray. Thanks to Ron A for posting this pleasant route. It was a very nice ride: the few of us who turned out today were rewarded for our optimism! 

  • Tue, May 22, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18674509  36 miles, 1332' elevation gain.  Outbound on Bumpy Oak/Rose Hill/Chapel Point to a rest stop for St Ignatius' ice machine.  Then over to Fairgrounds/St Mary's/Oak to a 2nd rest stop at the Dash-In.  Final return via MD-6/Quailwood/Hawthorne/Livingston.

    Weather:  Overcast, some wind out of the south, and temps in the mid 70s with plenty of humidity

    AMS:   swept at 13.7

    Mishaps:  averted!  On Hawthorne, a bit before Chicamuxen, Joan encounted a good size snapping turtle on the side of the road.  She actually thought about picking it up to move it to safety!  Fortunately,  a good turtle Samaritan did a U-turn and quickly took charge of the situation.  He pointed out that 1) snappers are incredibly fast; 2) their jaws can clamp on and never let go; and 3) their necks can extend farther than it might seem possible.  We left him trying to coax the turtle off the road with his trusty putter.  See a pic at https://tinyurl.com/y7nhzatr

    Report:  constantly changing weather forecasts led us to consider a shorter ride but after consulting radar maps, Joan threw the gauntlet down at the ride start and said we would all be wimps if we didn't go the distance.   At one of the rest stops, the aforementioned radar showed shower activity in Waldorf.  We didn't encounter any rain though coming up Livingston, the pavement was wet leading to speculation that there had been a brief shower earlier.  All the same, with the high humidity, your faithful correspondent ended up as wet as if it had rained.  It was encouraging to defy the rain gods and get in a most pleasant Southern Exposure ride...

  • Mon, May 21, 2018 10:00 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Ken Williams

    Guests: John Komoroske

    Route: Fort Hunt Neighborhoods

    Weather: Sunny and Mild.  Temps in mid 70's

    AMS: 13

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: 

    Beautiful day for a ride.  Lots of shade on quiet suburban streets.  No cue sheets...several of us took turns leading.  Very pleasant.  


  • Sun, May 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)
    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Pat Sanders, Bob Howell

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27467089 - 50 miles, 1400 feet of climbing. From the Northern Senior Center we rode north on the Three Notch Trail and looped around on Oaks, Keech, Dubois, Trinity Church, Ryceville and Lockes Crossing back to the trail. At our stop at Laurel Grove Park we met up with the other groups, then split again as our routes to the strawberry festival diverged. We took Laurel Grove Rd, Morganza Turner, Colton Point and Hurry Rd to Christ Church. After enjoying strawberries in numerous forms we took Chaptico and Baptist Church Rds back to the trail and the senior center.

    Weather: Hot and humid. High 80s by ride's end. Wet roads and trail at the start, dried by a SW breeze that challenged us at times. Flash floods that had closed roads on Friday had subsided but vast puddles remained in adjacent yards and fields. A large tree blocked the 3NT north of the senior center.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: My bike continues to have intermittent problems around the front wheel, not helped by brake adjustments. It's at the shop now for diagnosis.

    Strawberries: EXCELLENT

    Despite days of heavy rain through the end of last week, we were happy that the skies cleared and roads reopened in time to ride on Sunday. Bob rode from home to the senior center. The three of us stayed together and enjoyed our circuitous route to Laurel Grove park, where we were happy to meet up with the other OHBTC riders. As we rode from the park to Christ Church, the hot sun, head wind and lack of shade on Colton Point Rd made for an uncomfortable combination. At the intersection of Hurry and Zack Fowler Rd, Bob continued on to his home where a steak and grill awaited. Pat and I cooled down in the church's A/C and visited with Sharon and Chuck over pie, berries and ice cream. Soon after the other riders arrived, having been slowed down by the humidity and hot sun. Pat decided to ride back to the senior center while I waited and rode back with Jane, Jim and Rodney. We stopped in the shade along the way and were glad when we reached the senior center.

    Thanks to Pat and Bob for joining me today, and special thanks to Bob and Dan Donahue for their reconnaissance missions and  advice on potential hazards along the route.


  • Tue, May 15, 2018 8:37 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Nine riders plus me gathered on a very warm morning. The headwind was actually welcome. We arrived at Goose Bay via Hawthorne, Ripley, Poorhouse and Mill Swamp and enjoyed the shaded porch. Return was via Rose Hill and Pomfret. The riders split into a fast pack and a very few CCs - Ron Altemus, Harry Kidd and me. The fast group: Lou D'Alloroso, Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Tyler HIll, Ken Meredith (rode to the ride), Sam Perry and Tom Roberts (also rode to the ride). It was sweaty hot today!

  • Mon, May 14, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Tom Short, Pete Czapiewski, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts, Linda Bankerd

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20013839 to Pisgah and back from Accokeek Firehouse

    Weather: Good riding weather, 60s-low 70s, overcast and not windy, even though rain looked imminent at times

    AMS: 17.9 for leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Sam had to turn back early to take care of an issue at home

    Report: Because of Sunday's rain, this ride was added at the last minute, and fortunately a few people were able to fit it into their schedules. Leaving from the firehouse felt almost like a novelty, since we don't really do a lot of rides from there. We enjoyed the cool conditions, and regrouped at various points. At the rest stop at Pisgah Store, Linda informed us that Sam had an issue to attend to at home and had to turn back early. Tom S left the store before the rest of us in order to get back home sooner; shortly after that it started seriously threatening rain, so the rest of took a bit of a shortcut. Of course the sun came out after that. We pretty much all reached the parking lot at the same time. Thanks to all who were able to come out and ride today!

  • Sat, May 12, 2018 7:02 PM | Kirk Saunders



    Leader: Kirk Saunders 

    Members: Lou Dallores , Jim Beliveau ,Sue Estes , Fred Schafer, Eric Williams, Darrell Meyer , Chuck Coe , Barb and Rocket Ron Haney and Masi Tom . Tom Short also led this ride today also . Nice to see You Tom !!!

    Guests: none 

    Route: Even more new pavement to enjoy on the route that only gets better . Rolling terrain , Great Scenery 

    Weather: Fabulous 70s-80's 

    AMS: 17.7 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none 

    Report: Fabulous group of people with good riding skills kept it smooth and safe throughout the ride . We decided to revisit this route again in 2 weeks and I'll be adding it to the ride schedule most likely if It's not in conflict with another . I was pleased some brave B riders joined us today and they rode very well . I'm going to stick with A sport hoping to mentor fast B riders upwards . Regrouping and showing some mercy towards these riders made our group safer and enjoyable for everyone . 

  • Sat, May 12, 2018 9:30 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members:  None (The Leader had a very compliant group of 0 persons)

    Guests: None 

    Route: Riverside 44 is a nice route that is in the Oxon Hill Route Library.  Currently, the portable toilet has not yet been placed at the Mallow Bay Park entrance nor has the Nanjemoy store been re-opened (but soon).  The Nanjemoy Community Center is not open on Saturdays or Sundays.

    Weather:  Great weather, around 70+ degrees at start and 81 degrees at finish.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  Kirk Saunders led the A group and I led the B group (which consisted solely of me).  The ride started leisurely and then began to surge.  I would fall back during the fast part of the surge and catchup during the slower part.  This continued until the turn on Chicamuxen at mile 8 where the fast surge never slowed down.  The A group continued to gain distance on me until they eventually disappeared.  I expected their disappearance as a B group does not ride at an A pace and actually welcomed it as I felt no pressure to keep up with riders I could not see.  I eventually came across the A group who had stopped at the Nanjemoy store (closed) around mile 22.  I stopped to ask why they stopped at a closed store and was told that there was a portable toilet at the back of the store.  I announced that the B group (me) was leaving knowing that I would be the fox that the A group hounds would chase and soon, I thought, overtake.  I reached the end of Liverpool Landing Road and crossed MD-6 to Baptist Church Road and the hounds were nowhere to be seen.  I continued on Baptist Church expecting to see them behind me but did not until just before the turn onto Ironsides Road.  I turned onto Ironsides and saw they had stopped to wait for a vehicle to pass.  This gave me the opportunity to widen the space between the B group and the A group. On a downhill section Ron Haney and Tom Roberts passed me but the other hounds were still behind until a 12 percent climb just before Durham Church.  All of the hounds passed me on the climb.  All I heard and saw was shifting gears, whirring chains, buzzing tires and brightly colored jerseys.  Strangely, no one except me was breathing hard.  I stopped at Durham Church to fill my water bottles, wipe sweat from my eyes, and let my heart rate settle a little but the A group kept going.  The next time I saw the A group was at mile 32 at the Pisgah store rest stop.  I left the store with them but was soon dropped on the way to the Indian Head Rail Trail which they took so they could climb Bumpy Oak.  I wimped out and continued on Livingston Road which cut about 2.5 miles off the course and permitted the B group to actually finish BEFORE the A group.

    I really enjoyed the ride.  The A group were a congenial group which rode together.

    AMS:  17.0 mph.  This was much more than the 16.0 average I expected.  It was faster because the route does not have much climbing except for Bumpy Oak which I cut out.

     

  • Sat, May 12, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)
    Leader: Debby Bowman
    Members: Linda Bankerd, Sherwood Byers, Steve Palincsar
    Guests: none
    Route: 47 miles and 2000ish feet of climbing, from Utica Park to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial (www.firehero.org) in Emmitsburg, with a return through Thurmont.
    Weather: A cool spring morning, 61 at the start, warming into the 70s for most of the ride and above 80 by the end. Sunshine throughout the day with just enough wind from the south to challenge us in the last few miles. Pollen not as bad as on some recent rides but not gone yet either.
    Four-legged creatures: Plenty of cows, sheep and goats. Two dogs ran into the road toward us, luckily without incident.
    Music: many birds in the trees singing to us.
    Mishaps and mechanicals: A flat tire at the very end of the ride. Intermittent vibrations and noise from a front wheel, possibly from brakes rubbing, though attempted adjustments did not fix the problem. Sunscreen failure leading to sunburned shoulders.

    This was a great ride. I moved the ride start up from 10 am to 9, to reduce the chances of getting caught in afternoon thunderstorms and avoid possible hot weather. As it turned out the 90s forecasted for the DC area did not reach northern Maryland and early afternoon storms stayed well north of us. But being caught in severe storms in open farmland is no picnic, so it's worth being cautious when they're a possibility.

    The cool temperature at the earlier start time left us with a clothing quandary, however, and we needed extra layers as we rolled out of Utica Park. We warmed up quickly and were able to pack away the jackets and vests at the first stop at Loys Station park. Conditions for most of the day were just about perfect as we wound our way past the farms and over the creeks of Frederick County. Sherwood and Linda generally rode ahead of Steve and me, but we were all together for all of the rest stops and the visit to the Firefighters' Memorial.

    This ride was originally scheduled for last fall, after the ceremony at the Firefighters' Memorial to add those who died in the line of duty in 2016. Unfortunately I had to cancel it then and reschedule it. Among those honored last fall was Lieutenant John Ulmschneider of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

    Photos of the Memorial

    The information below is from https://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/john-e-ulmschneider/.

    John E. “Skillet” Ulmschneider was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on February 24, 1979, to Cheryl and the late James Ulmschneider. When he was eight, Skillet’s family moved to Clinton, Maryland, where he spent much of his free time working at Miller Farms while attending and graduating from Surrattsville High School. Miller Farm is where Skillet met and fell in love with his future wife, Dawn Padgett.

    As a law enforcement officer, Dawn’s father had already become quite familiar with this young man, and it required a healthy amount of convincing for him to come around to the idea of Skillet dating his daughter. However, Skillet was persistent, and he and Dawn went on their first date on her 16th birthday. From that moment on, the two were inseparable.

    Skillet had two dreams—to become a firefighter and to settle down and raise a large family. On March 10, 2003, Skillet’s dream of becoming a firefighter came true. On July 31, 2003, Skillet graduated at the top of his class. Through the years, Skillet advanced to paramedic. He spent countless hours studying, fulfilling clinical requirements, and achieving impressive test scores. Officers and peers recognized his work ethic and determination to excel and asked him to become a preceptor to aspiring paramedics. Firefighting was a job Skillet was perfectly suited to do. He loved teaching and helping others and also strived to learn new things himself. A friend to many, Skillet was a joy to work with. His last assignment at Landover Hills Medic 30 was definitely his home away from home. He could not have asked for a better fire department family.

    While Skillet had an unparalleled work ethic, there was nothing he enjoyed more than time spent with his family. Skillet and Dawn wed in August of 2005. In June of 2014, they were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Abigail, who became Skillet’s whole world. As Abigail grew, Skillet never missed an opportunity to teach her something, whether it was how to turn a wrench or just to enjoy life.

    Skillet was a faith-filled man who lived a life of service, both professionally and personally. He deeply loved every part of his life, at home, on the farm and on the job. On April 15, 2016, he enjoyed a memorable day on the farm with Dawn and Abigail. That evening, while working an overtime shift, Skillet and his partner responded to a 911 call from a concerned family member. Tragically, that evening Paramedic Ulmschneider answered his last call.

    Skillet is survived by his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Abigail. Skillet brought joy to every life he touched and is missed greatly by all that knew and loved him.

  • Sat, May 12, 2018 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  Blake Altman, Matthew Lewandowski

    Guests:  None

    Route:   52 miles

    Weather:  Low 70's at start to mid 80's by the end.  Light breeze from the SSE

    AMS:  19.0

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:   This ride uses a lot of roads that make up our usual stable of rides, but most of the time going in the other direction.  It is like riding on completely different roads.

    Blake rode to and from the ride, adding another 12 miles or so each way.

    Matthew lightened his bike by leaving one water bottle back at his car (on purpose).

    The ride leader went the cautious route of carrying two large water bottles.  A first in several years.  They were just enough.

    There were some potholes in spots, but in general the roads were pretty good, very few vehicles out on the road, and an abundance of courtesy shown.

    Wildlife - a couple of squirrels, one of which had to make the decision of being run over by an SUV or a bicycle.  I don't know how he/she did it, but the squirrel managed to run between my two wheels while I was going almost 20 mph.  The other two riders (who were behind me) were amazed.

    Not wildlife - a pair of smallish dogs were protecting their homestead and came out in the road to threaten us.  Blake gave his rendition of a fierce monster and we rode on.

     Pleasant day to be out in the countryside in good company.
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