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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.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

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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  • Tue, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Patricia Sanders, Holley Carr, La' Tasha Banks, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Joan Oppel, and catching up with us at Scott's, Sam Perry

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29041776  Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and MD-6 to Welcome and a rest stop at Scott's Store. Return via Hilltop, Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse, Stucky, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen, and Livingston.  (A few riders stayed on Mason Springs to Chicamuxen, shortening their ride slightly.)  30.7 miles, 1021' elevation gain.

    Weather:   Temps ranged from 40-45 degrees, with the full sun making it feel warmer at times while the 10-15 NW winds made it feel colder at other times.

    AMS:   swept at 12.6 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known.

    Report:   A stiff cold breeze at our start gave pause as to clothing options; as a tail wind at least as far as MD-6, it made for fast cycling.  The two climbs on MD-6 to Scott's under full sun warmed us up considerably, leading to gear rearrangements for the return.  Only on a few sections of the return route did we really struggle against headwinds.  This will be the last Tuesday Southern Exposure of 2018.  Thanks to all who rode today.  To everyone, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

  • Sun, December 16, 2018 5:30 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    The Del Ray Holiday Lights ride had originally been scheduled for Saturday, Dec 15 but had to be postponed because it rained all day Saturday.  It rained most of Sunday as well. 

    Hourly forecasts in the morning had called for rain to stop by 3 pm, but at 3 it was still raining.  By 4 pm, weather.com was calling for rain through 7 pm, but by the time I set out for GW Middle School it had stopped for good.

    It was damp: high humidity, wet streets, the ground saturated from days of steady rain, with temperatures in the 40s, but it felt raw and colder than that, and by sundown it felt colder still.  The group was much smaller than last year but still more than 30 cyclists came, many with decorated and illuminated bikes and in one case, a full-body light suit.  Oxon Hill members in the group included Tom Short, Darrell Meyer, Leslie Tierstein, Ron Altemus and Joan Oppel.

    We were escorted by the Alexandria Police Dept. as we crisscrossed through Del Ray viewing brightly lighted holiday decorations, greeted several times by residents calling out holiday greetings and wishing us well.  When we got to the big light show in the 400 block of E Nelson the homeowner told us he'd been forced to shut the lights off for two days previous for fear of electrical shorts from all the rain.

  • Fri, December 14, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Jackie & Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus, Yvonne & Michael Dong, Robin Garnett, and Jane & Jim Hudnall.

    Guests  - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cold (high 30's), dreary, and over cast.

    AMS - approx. 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - We had the regular riders this morning. Not such a nice day so few others wanted to venture out. We saw almost no wildlife except for a feral cat and some birds. Only a few walkers (no dogs) and one other cyclist. We did enjoy the ride and the fellowship. There was no mention of lunch so we all went our own way home. 

  • Thu, December 13, 2018 10:23 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
      • Leader:  Joan Oppel
        Members:  Ron Altemus, Barb Haney, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Patricia Sanders, Tom Short, Pat Walthers
        Route:  Molly Berry, Baden Naylor, Horsehead/Iowa to the Celestial & Bashford neighborhood. Rest stop at Moreland Store and return Woodville, Poplar Hill, St Peter's Church, Cedarville/Ashbox, Brandywine, Gibbons Church
        Weather:  Sunny, and actually warm - temperatures reaching high 40s, almost no discernible wind
        AMS:   A pace adequate to ride leader (mostly) sweeping.
        Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known
        Report:  We all left the parking lot together but riders quickly broke up into subgroups. Some people had not been riding much in the cold and the slower riders stayed together, enjoying the company and the excellent weather. No word from the faster group so we will assume they had a fun ride as well. 

  • Tue, December 11, 2018 11:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel, Barbara Haney (friend)

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29012834  36 miles, 875' elevation change.  Outbound traveling Livingston, MD-228, Mill Hill/Davis, Lexington, Middletown, and IHRT to a rest stop at the White Plains Dash-in.  Return via Marshall Corner, Bumpy Oak, IHRT, Indian Head Highway.

    Weather:   temp range of mid 30s to low 40s with strong sunshine (as strong as it gets considering the sun angle) and marginal airs from the NW quadrant all added up to a quite nice day for cycling.

    AMS:   swept at 11.8 mph; others were faster

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   one rider (not named above) discovered enroute that they were minus their helmet and had to abort.  Otherwise, nothing to report.

    Report:  concern about possible lingering effects of Sunday's snow in Charles County led to a delayed 11 am start.  It was interesting to note the differences in snowfall.  Nothing in Bryans Road/Accokeek, but starting to see more as we headed east and south.  By the time we turned off of Middletown onto the IHRT, there was snow still covering the ground and in shady spots, a snow/ice mixture necessitating walking our bikes for 25 yards or so to prevent mishap.  Both Marshall Corner and Bumpy Oak displayed evidence of having enough accumulation to warrant plowing and our second section of the IHRT was mostly clear except for the short wooden bridges and sections over culverts, where ground warmth wasn't enough to melt the snow.  Barbara and Joan rode ahead - rumor has it Barbara spent a good part of the ride trying to entice Joan to the "dark side," aka riding at A/B speeds.

  • Sat, December 08, 2018 12:30 PM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Sarah Clement, Joan Oppel, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Sanders

    Guests: None

    Weather: High 30s, blue skies with high clouds partially obscuring the sun. Breezy at the start and during the first few miles; after that it either became a tailwind or it calmed down. Overall not bad with sufficient layers.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None

    Average speed: 12ish mph at the back

    Farm animals: We passed a yard on Queen Anne Bridge Rd where a couple of goats were hanging out with a pig. Not sure when we last saw any pigs on our rides...

    Route: Nutwells Roasting on an Open Fire -- https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26934085?beta=false -- 32 miles in a clockwise loop. We began by heading north up Sands and Patuxent River Rd, then turned onto Queen Anne Bridge, Wayson and Harwood Rds to our rest stop at the Harwood gas station and store. Then we went south on Owensville-Sudley/Sudley/Nutwell-Sudley, turned right on Nutwell and Old Ridge Path Ln, and took Rt 2 down to Bay Front Rd. From Bay Front the route turned onto Fisher's Station for a ride through the Pindells on the way back to the park and ride. Steve and I opted to stay on Bay Front all the way to its end, then took Wrighton Rd to Plummer Ln and the service road back to the start, for a total of about 29 miles. Joan detoured near the end to check out the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and noted the presence of a rest room there.

    Report: With January weather arriving a month early, I wasn't sure how many people would join me for this ride, so I was pleasantly surprised to see five friends at the start. We ended up riding in a Noah's Arc formation: two by two by two. Alan and Pat made an early breakaway and were not seen again on the road; most likely they rode faster to keep warm. Steve and I were the sweep group, and Joan and Sarah were in between. The latter four were together at the rest stop and for a few miles at the start of the second stint. By taking a short cut a the end, Steve and I finished a few minutes before Sarah, with Joan arriving a bit later.

    Thanks to all for joining me on a nice winter ride!

  • Sat, December 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 8, 2018       

    Ride Name: Laurel Springs and Mill Hill

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.9 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  About 35 at the start, about 39 at the end, sunny, some breeze from the NW

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Claire Chiamulera

    Ride Report: 

    I was glad to see another rider; I figured I had a 50% chance of riding alone.  Both Claire and I rode from home; we waited until 10:30 but no one else showed up so we left.

    It was cold but not too uncomfortable with what I was wearing; Claire seemed to feel the same.  Given that it was just the two of us it isn’t too surprising that we stayed together throughout the ride.

    By the time we got back to Rock Point Road from Mt. Victoria Road, my hands were cold and I called a break at Dan’s Store.  We hung-out inside and ate a few snacks while my hands warmed up.  I don’t think Claire needed the stop; she was tougher and/or better dressed than I was.

    Since we both rode from home we split once we returned to Route 6; she went right and I went left.  The average is from the ride start until we split.

    Claire and I used to ride together a lot years ago but not so much lately.  It was good to see her again and she is riding as strongly as ever; hopefully she will be out for more AA rides soon.  Thanks for joining me Claire!

  • Fri, December 07, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Larry Stirling, John Early, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail, Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   blue skies, sunshine w/o much warmth given the sun angle, NW winds in the 10 mph range, and temps hovering at just about 40 degrees

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   After airing up, Larry's tire wouldn't hold air.  Too cold to try and change it with almost frozen fingers so unfortunately he didn't ride with us.

    Report:   A ride of pairs:  John and your faithful correspondent; Susan and Fran; and the Hudnalls, a bit late due to earlier volunteer responsibilities.  I don't recall any other cyclists using the path today though there was an occasional jogger and a few dog walkers.   Major item of note:  as John and I approached Middletown, an animal ran across the trail just a bit ahead of us, right to left.  It was either a very big fox or a coyote.  Researching the differences between these two animals was inconclusive as to exactly what it was but my recollection of its tail leads me to think it was an unusually large fox.

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 4:42 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    • Leader:  Joan Oppel
      Members:  Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Tom Roberson - and meeting us at Jug Bay - John Early
      Route:   Over Van Brady, Duley Station, Mt Calvert, Jug Bay, return via St Thomas Church and Merkle, then Nottingham, Candy Hill, Molly Berry to North Keys
      Weather:  Sunny, temperatures in high 30s, then into low 40s, light winds
      AMS:   A pace adequate to ride leader sweeping.
      Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known
      Report:  The six of us left the parking lot feeling chilly and quickly warmed up in the sun. The route was scenic, and several of us mostly stayed together. It was great to see John Early. Of note, the portapotties at North Keys Park were locked - perhaps waiting to be removed for the winter. 

  • Tue, December 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Holly Carr, Jay Lewis, Mike Saizan, Barb Haney, Jim Hudnall, Steve Palincsar, La' Tasha Banks, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, Donaro Gardner (riding from home)

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26630223  36 miles, 1332' elevation change.  Outbound  via Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and Chapel Point to St Ignatius.  Onward using Fairgrounds and St Mary's to the MD-6  Dash-In.  Final return traversing Quailwood, Hawthorne, and Livingston.

    Weather:   cloudy/overcast, temps dropping from the low 40s to high 30s, cold 10 mph winds out of the NW.

    AMS:   ride leader swept at 11.6; Friends were unquestionably faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known

    Report:  a decent turnout - guess there are a few club members looking to pick up miles to reach a yearly goal.  The "friends" were quickly out of sight on Livingston prior to Bumpy Oak so your faithful correspondent can only describe the traditional CC contingent's adventures, of which there was nothing worth mentioning.  We rode, we talked, and we did see the friends as they were leaving St. Ignatius.  The facilities have been redone quite nicely at St. Ignatius and the ice machine is still putting out ice.  Jim waited for us at the Dash-In and rode with us back to the start.  for some reason, it seemed to be more traffic than normal on Livingston .

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