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For Subject, enter the Month/Day - Ride Name - Class and number of miles; for example: “6/30 - No Deale Ride - B 45 miles”.

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  • Sun, June 24, 2018 8:30 AM | Brad Francisco
    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  Blake Altman

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Traipsing around central Calvert County, looking for hills and shade.  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24566695

    Weather:  Warm and muggy at the start.  No way to cool off until the temperature went up and then it got hot.  90 degrees at the finish.

    AMS:  18.2 for Blake and 18.0 for the leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   None after the ride started.  A shift cable adjustment was needed before the ride to get the chain into the large rear cog (it was needed).

    Report:  Where are all the AA riders?  Thank you Blake for keeping me company today and making sure that I could finish the ride.

    2400 feet of climbing on a ride that never got over 163 feet above sea level.  We used all of our gears!  Blake went through 2 large water bottles and a soda.  The ride leader went through two large water bottles, a Power Ade, and two cans of Arizona iced tea.

    Lots of friendly folks at the rest stops.  Beer seems to be their thirst quenching beverage of the day.  Two gentleman were drenched in sweat and buying Gatorade and water.  They had their work cut out for them today, they were harvesting garlic at their farm from a 1 acre plot.  They plant it in October and it grows through the winter.

    We found a lot of shade and lightly traveled roads.  A few squirrels avoided us and a vulture challenged us at the edge of the road with widely spread wings.  Fortunately, we were not on the menu.  A pleasant ride, but we were glad to find air conditioning.

    Thanks again for coming out for the ride today Blake.


     
  • Thu, June 21, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Harry Kidd, Jan Tucker, Walt Roscello, Sonja Newmann, Linda Bankerd, Ron & Barbara Haney, Jane & Jim Hudnall

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    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27039188  37 miles, 1843' of elevation.  Down Martin (unknowingly bypassing the road paving work on North Keys and Molly Berry) to Candy Hill, Croom, up Van Brady, Cheltenham to Duley Station, Wallace Lane and a tour of Marlton to a rest stop at the McDonalds, where we observed dark clouds and feared rain was in the offing;. down Trumps Hill and up Croom and the rain arrived, mostly a light shower.  Enough to get me to put on my rain jacket (mostly as a good luck charm, but I still haven't gotten over the two sudden Drowned Rats on Flooded Streets rides at the Classic Rendezvous Weekend!) for perhaps a mile on Croom, but it stopped well before we reached Mt Calvert Spur, so off it came as the sun came out and the skies cleared.  Across Duvall, up Croom Airport and down St Thomas Church, and we arrived at Merkle to find Jan and Sonja had taken a short cut back. 

    There were more dark clouds on the horizon as we left Merkle and we briefly considered a short cut, but in the end decided to stay the course, even giving in to curiosity about the road construction sign we'd seen at Molly Berry & Candy Hill -- which turned out to signify complete repaving of Molly Berry between Candy Hill and North Keys, and around the corner onto North Keys all the way up to Cross Road Trail!  In other words, the worst, most broken up, patched and potholed roads in the Rural Tier are now the smoothest: good news, even if it has taken since at least 2002 to get it done.

    Weather: Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy, high 70s to low 80s with humidity above 70%, and a chance of rain of 15-25% until noon, changing to a 35% chance of isolated to scattered thunderstorms by 2 pm, according to the forecast.  The ground truth was, impressive and threatening clouds giving way to a brief light rain shower followed by bright sun and an even more spectacular display of clouds, sun and blue sky.  In the end, no thunderstorms and no further rain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Ron Haney had a flat tire on Duvall.

    AMS: 12.4 at the back, higher for the Killer Bees.

    Photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ohbike/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2201114959904488

  • Tue, June 19, 2018 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney 

    Members: Ron Haney, Pete Czapiewski, Regina and Mike Saizan, George Chiamulera, Sam Perry, Don Gardner, Michael Arnold 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27781218, a little bit different way to get to Goose Bay, courtesy of Ron A, going the less-usual way on some roads

    Weather: HOT and humid, 90s by the end with a dew point of 74, noticeable breeze at times

    AMS: 17.8 for A group

    Report: Ron A’s route was just right for today, given the sudden early appearance of the Dog Days just before the official start of summer. Short distance, shady, good covered porch with ceiling fan at Goose Bay, and no one complained about the 1hour earlier start time given the rapidly rising temperatures. Since there’s not been much chance to acclimate to the summer conditions, we rode sensibly, everyone stayed hydrated, and there were no problems. The A group rode collaboratively and stayed together throughout the ride. The B riders were a little more spread out, but everyone met up at at Goose Bay. The As decided to bypass the second rest stop at Pisgah Store, since it was getting hotter every second. Many thanks to Mike S for generously offering to sweep the B group, assuring that no one had any heat-related issues, and for bringing out the post-ride cold water sprayer for the first time this season! 

  • Tue, June 19, 2018 9:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Jan Tucker (signed in w/CC but rode with the Killer Bees), Jane and Jim Hudnall

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27781218  35 miles/1117' elevation gain.  Pomfret, Valley, and MD-6 to Blossom Point and a Goose Bay rest stop.  Onwards via Fire Tower/Annapolis Woods/Poorhouse to a 2nd rest stop at Pisgah store.  Final return featured Mason Springs/Livingston back to our start.

    Weather:   Hot (85-93), humid enough to qualify as "muggy" on the dewpoint indicator scale, more sun than expected, and breezes out of the NW that allowed one's arm coolers to cool (if you were so attired!).

    AMS:  swept at 13 mph

    Mechanicals:  a balky chain needing repositioning after turning off Valley onto MD-6; a recalcitrant front derailleur made the Livingston Rd incline a bit more taxing than normal.  Both taken care of in short order.

    Report:  predicted noonish thunderstorms never materialized, nor was the sky mostly clouded as forecast.  So it was hot, as already mentioned.  Thankfully parts of our route offered long shady stretches.  Perhaps everyone was energized by the 9 am start as Steve and I "swept" considerably farther back all the way to Goose Bay.  Once there, we discovered the Hudnalls had splurged on a bag of ice to add to water bottles.  Almost as nice as visiting St. Ignatius.  The CC group rode the return together, considering the inclines on MD-6 and Livingston as warm-ups for Bike Virginia which commences on Friday.

  • Sun, June 17, 2018 10:00 PM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Norm Lisy

    Guests: Dustin Feltarmen, Jake Gysland, Bennett Roth

    Route: https://goo.gl/kFbH6H 35 miles/1,400 elevation gain.

    Weather: Hot, humid, cloudy, and sunny with temps in the 90's.

    AMS: 12-13 mph.

    Mechanicals: None.

    Report: A ride to two of the biggest and largest National Parks in Washington, DC, - Rock Creek Park in the North and Fort Dupont Park in the South. Ride departed from the BicycleSPACE shop in Downtown DC. 

    The ride traveled in a loop like fashion mostly on protected bike lanes, sharrows and trails to get to each park. What was nice about the ride was how safe it was riding in the city to get to each park. It was nice seeing the new Klingle Rd bike lane which took us directly and safely into Rock Creek. We also rode on the Metro Branch trail, the  Anacostia Riverwalk trail, and the "I didn't know this was a trail!" the Suitland Parkway trail. 

    Once in each park, we rode on some of the lesser known paved trails that most cyclists rarely use, but may see on a map of each park. Riding on these park trails in the city felt like we were riding out in the remote woods! 

    All in all, a ride that many who do not necessary ride in DC might not believe it was actually a ride in DC had they not been on it!

    Ride Pictures: https://goo.gl/5nqP1Z

  • Sun, June 17, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: none

    Weather: a typical summer day: sunny, breezy, humid, 70s-high 80s/feels like mid-90s but thoroughly pleasant in the abundant shade of Nanjemoy.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27792800  shortened by 10 miles by skipping the Adams Willet - Smith Point - Riverside loop because 1) there no longer seem to be accessible water outlets at the Nanjemoy Community Center, and 2) because it's a lot less fun when nobody shows up and you're riding alone.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.2

    There's good news and bad news.  The bad news: no more water outlets at Nanjemoy Community Center, and although some work has been done the Nanjemoy Store remains closed so at present the only water source in the area is at Old Durham Church; and the portolet that used to be at the entrance to Mallows Bay Park is a victim of budget cuts and won't be back. 

    The good news: there are two portolets at the end of the gravel road at Mallows Bay Park, and if you choose to go down there rather than using a convenient tree you get to see the pretty view above.

    Summer is here.  Whether that's good news or bad news depends on how you feel about heat, humidity and riding by yourself.


  • Sun, June 17, 2018 8:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Father's Day.  Happy Father's Day to all the men (whether they're dads or others that take on the dad role) that started this day by joining me on this 36 mile ride from the Manokeek Village shopping center to LaPlata and back.  Club members Ron Leak, Ken Meredith, Dawn Byrd-Carter, Douglas Carter, Theresa Rowell, Monica Irmler, Lou DallOrso, Randez Hadden, Phil Mitchell, Tom Roberts, Donaro Gardner, and Sue Estes joined me on this warm and humid morning.  We starter the ride with 1 cyclist that had forgotten a helmet.  Fortunately, living near the shopping center, a Hemet was provided not long after the ride started.  Another rider was late to the start because of crabs.  No, not those kind.  On the way to the ride, she came upon a bushel of crabs that had apparently fallen off a truck and there were live crabs all over the road!  What's a person to do?!!  Stop and pick up as many as she could!!  So, after picking up crabs (getting pinched in the process) she got to the start and chased (and caught up) to the rest of us.  Sue is strong and fast!!  The guys kept a pace that everyone was comfortable with and the group was able to stay together.  One rider was plagued with flats throughout the ride but made it back to the start.  This was a very pleasant way to start Father's Day!!  Some of us took advantage of being close to Starbucks and got cold drinks and snacks at the end of the ride.  Ride leader averaged 15 mph.

  • Sat, June 16, 2018 9:00 AM | Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Leader: Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Members: Phillip Mitchell, Michael Blain, Matthew Lewandowski, David Kemp, Blake Altman, Alfred Jemmott, Brad Francisco

    Weather: Sunny and clear. Temps 70's in morning, 80's afternoon. Much of the ride was shaded so it was really quite nice.

    Stats: 54 miles, 6,200+', AMS high 14's-high 16's

    Mechanical issues/mishaps: None.

    Ride Report: The ride started with great promise given the beautiful weather and the the fact that a good number of riders showed. It did not disappoint. 

    Immediately leaving the parking area, riders start a 7 mile climb to the Shenandoah National Park entrance. Grades start off mildly until they reach an average around 6-8%- typical of the area. On rides like this, groups generally break apart as everyone climbs at their own pace. David and Brad split off from the main group rather quickly and, I believe, they separated from each other before reaching the park entrance. It was nice that the rest of the group chose basically the same pace and arrived at the entrance mostly together with one rider trailing. The climb is nice and a good part of it includes a slow lane, which we took over. I was impressed by (as one rider called it) the mild banter heading up the hill as I, myself was just trying to breathe.

    At the entrance, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that we had arrived on a free entry day to the park. After entering, we started the next 5 mile climb - same general grade, but a couple of very short steep sections. After that the ride is the typical Skyline Drive "rollers".  David and Brad split off from the group again (I can see why Brad won so many yellow jerseys on his recent Crete adventure), but most of the group remained pretty close to each other during the climbs and descents heading to Big Meadows. On previous Shenandoah rides, I've not really experienced  a group where so many of the riders rode at such similar paces with this much climbing - it was quite nice. 

    We quickly learned that lots of people take advantage of free entry days and the traffic was heavy. Cars continually squeezed in between the riders as they  seemed to be in a hurry (surprising how people want to get through the park so quickly). There was one disquieting moment when a car passed oncoming descending riders and crossed the center line within about two feet of our ascending group.

    Most of the group came close to catching Brad about the time we entered Big Meadows for refueling and a rest. David arrived after us because he had added about 10 miles to his ride. 

    The group left together but split apart a little more on the return trip with some stopping to take pictures and to just enjoy the ride.  There was one bear and cub sighting and only one deer sighting that I heard of.  The descents were exhilarating and with one rider reporting that he had to slow behind cars and a motorcycle that couldn't keep pace. We all seem to agree that riding through a dark tunnel at about 30 mph was a little unnerving. The final 7 mile descent was a technical and (for this rider) a good challenge because of the large number of back to back tight turns.

    Riders all returned within a short number of minutes of each other and most got together for lunch before departing. I want to thank David for recommending this route (it is my new favorite way to enter Shenandoah) and all the riders for coming so far and spending the better part of their day on this ride. The company was great.


  • Sat, June 16, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Harold Datz, Bob Howell (riding from home) and Sarah Clement (who shortened the ride by starting at Baggett Park)

    Guests: none

    Weather: a lovely summer day: sunny, breezy, not too humid, morning temps in the low 70s rising to the high 80s by the end of the day.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27770858  60.6 mi, 1307' of elevation gain. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.3

  • Sat, June 16, 2018 8:30 AM | John Gorman

     

    Ride Name: N. Sr. Center to Sotterly and Sandgates (St. Mary’s Cty) B(14-15)

    Leader: John Gorman
    Members: Jay Lewis, Walt Roscello, Chuck Coe

    Riders: Bill and Pat Silva, and Deb Spatz

    Weather:  8:30 AM start.  Brilliant sunshine high 60s/ending in mid 80s. Best day I’ve had of riding since last year. I like summer.   

    Stats:   55 Miles/14.5 AMS/Elv-1447-1600? ft gain/Riding time-3:48/elapsed time-4:17  Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None    

    Report:  I advised I would sweep and I’d be at an overall day’s AMS of 14-15. No one wanted to lead, so I did down 3NTL. (1st R on actual road was 3.7 Mechanicsville), I was notified folks wanted to pick up the pace and was there a limit on the trail, bsc I was only going 16. Well I advised once on Mechanicsville go ahead and I’d sweep. Will very quickly, other than Jay, who advised he was only going the 11miles to Chaptico Market and then head back and I we were the only ones left, the forward pack was long gone. They did wait at a turn prior to my announced “water” break at Chaptico Market. The real store break wasn’t until mile 25 (McKay’s Market).  Walt decided to keep going vs stopping at Chaptico, Jay left to do his thing, again, the others advised perhaps they’d see me @ McKays. All fine with me, I’m used to riding solo. When I got to McKay’s, Walt was there, the others long gone. He and I stayed together to go to the next stop at Sotterly Plantation. We did see the forward group departing as we were getting closer. Next we traveled to Sandgates Pier and Bar (it’s a Motorcyle Bar), needless to say, when they see our spandex wearing “bikers” “roll up”, there’s some looks tossed our way. "Maybe they scared I’d be taking their women"…LOL. Well we headed back to the other side of MD-235/5 and then back onto the 3NTL all the way back to the Sr. Center.  The faster riders’ cars where long gone.  Great day’s ride.  

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