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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Guests: 

Route: 

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Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

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  • Fri, December 15, 2017 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Route:  a variation on the gold standard - started/ended at the Livingston Road Parking lot shortening the ride to a bit over 20 miles

    Weather:  temps only in the upper 20s with overcast skies, minimal wind, and snowflakes at the end

    Report:  I only checked one of the big four online weather prognosticators (weather.com) which forecast temps in the low 30s so considered the ride ON.  Evidently, other possible riders looked at additional sites and determined that temps below freezing were a bit too cold for riding.  But suitably attired, the cold wasn't that bad though my toes were feeling it by the end of the ride.  Couple of other cyclists and a few dog walkers rounded out today's trail users.  BTW, there was ice on most of the non-moving bodies of water.
  • Wed, December 13, 2017 8:55 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Cloudy and chilly at the start, though we warmed very quickly by riding! Don Gardner, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall and Ron Altemus and I rode together, enjoying socializing along the way. On the Goose Bay porch both ride groups hung out together - and because the store was having the floors redone and didn't want people walking around inside, the manager took orders from the doorway but didn't take any money for the drinks!

    We agreed at the end that a route to Goose Bay is always a good ride. 

  • Tue, December 12, 2017 10:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader: Mike Saizan

    Members:  Bob Howell, Sam Perry, Darrell Meyer

    Weather:  A cold day for a ride.  Temps were 44-48 degrees and cloudy all day, no sun to help warm things up. Fortunately, the strong winds did not pick up until after the ride.

    Route: One of the standard routes to Goose Bay.

    Ride Report:  I decided on ride day to signup as the B ride leader so the CC ride leader, Joan Oppel, would not be responsible for the faster riders.  The 4 of us in the B group rolled along at a decent pace for the first half to the Goose Bay rest stop.  The second half was a different story.  We intermingled a lot with the CC group, having conversations and regrouping at times.  It was chilly for the first half but comfortable for the second.  It turned out to be a good day of riding.

    Mishaps:  Ride Leader had a flat at mile 10.5 on Hawthorne Rd.  Thanks to Bob for helping me with the repair.

    Credits:  Thanks to Joan for posting the route.



  • Fri, December 08, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Don Gardner

    Route:  IHRT - Village Green>White Plains r/t

    Weather:  overcast, negligible winds, temps in the mid to high 30s

    AMS:  14.2

    Report:  Only two of us riding today leading to speculation that 1)  everyone else thought it was too cold; or 2) everyone was getting ready for the mega snowstorm scheduled to hit this evening; or 3) since Jackie and Randy weren't going to be present, everyone figured the ride wouldn't be any fun.  Whichever was the case, other trail users must have felt the same as we saw a total of 6 walkers (3 with their dogs) and two other cyclists, one of whom was Bev White heading on to White Plains as we passed her in the opposite direction on our return.  Of course, Julianna was also out doing trail maintenance.

    Actually, the cold weather wasn't that bad and the track (trail) was fast as witnessed by our AMS.  Had a deer dart across the trail in front of us between Livingston and Bumpy Oak; coming back in the same stretch we startled a Great Blue Heron fishing in the creek along side the trail.

  • Thu, December 07, 2017 3:36 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Mambers: Jane & Jim Hudnall, Barb Haney, Alan Kurzweil, Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Pat Walthers and Donaro Gardner.  Bob Howell came, discovered he'd left his riding tights home and wisely left.  Polar bears might have been OK with just lycra shorts today, but their legs are a lot furrier than ours.

    Weather: Partly clouds, partly sun; low 40s at the start rising to the high 40s at the finish but breezy and cold feeling.  Of course, North Keys Park is well know to be the coldest place in all Brandywine and lived up to its reputation today, but even out in the big world it still felt chilly even in the sun.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26576762  As a first day back ride and close enough if not actually technically on the right side of the "It's OK to resume riding" date line, I thought it would be smart to keep it fairly short and fairly easy.  And so it was, at least until the route crossed Spice Creek on Croom Road.  For some reason (probably related to recovery from surgery!) I was panting by the time I got to Bald Eagle School and by the top of Westwood, it was just me and Pat who decided to stay with me. 

    I thought that was it, the group is gone, but at the corner of Baden Westwood and Baden Naylor there they were waiting, and deciding whether to follow the route back or take a short cut.  I think Jim was feeling it too -- only his 2nd or 3rd ride on the "right side of the date line" -- so the group split, some cutting off a couple of miles and more than a couple of hills by taking Brandywine back to Gibbons Church, the rest on the planned route on Baden Naylor, Molly Berry and North keys.

    AMS: 12.3 at the back.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    It was a day of infamy 76 years ago, but there was no recollection of it today.  Instead, it was a day of return, starting the long climb back from the slough of surgical recovery, at least for me and for Jim. And a cold-feeling, welcome to winter like it or not day. 

    Photos

  • Tue, December 05, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Sam Perry, Matt Schwaller, Rita Zeidner, Harold Datz, Joan Oppel, Don Gardner, Jim Hudnall

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20253311 Up Barry's Hill to Accokeek, then climbed Mill Hill to Davis. Lexington/Middletown and the IHRT over to 301 for a rest stop at the White Plains Dash-In.  Onward via Marshall Corner/Bumpy Oak, a short spurt on the IHRT and up Livingston to cap the ride. 36.9 miles w/935' elevation gain.

    Weather:  Heavy overcast at start w/temps in low 50s.  Encountered winds out of the south in the low 10s making for a bit of a headwind, esp. on Middletown.  Skies lightened some and finished with temps in the upper 50s.  We might not see these temps again in the next couple of weeks.

    AMS:   12.5ish

    Mechanicals:  your faithful correspondent had a soft (i.e., flat) front tire upon arriving at the start.  After carefully checking the tire for foreign objects and changing the tube, the tire immediately went flat again.  Jim offered the use of Jane's front wheel and the ride went off as scheduled albeit a few minutes late.

    Report:  Sam and Matt set the pace, the rest of us followed.  A missed turn here and there added to the fun and excitement.  At the rest stop, Rita said Harold and her would finish at their own pace.  She commented that "maybe she would miss a turn and get some extra miles."  Not sure if she was joking or not, but the two of them arrived very shortly after the rest of us at the end.  Of course, it can honestly be said that the high point of the ride was attained once completing the ascent of Mill Hill.  Otherwise, just another nice ride in Charles County.

  • Sun, December 03, 2017 12:00 PM | Deborah Bowman

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Janell Saunders, Linda Bankerd, Randy Sim

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12231193 - 39 miles, starting out with a spin through the Pindells, then on to North Beach via Fisher's Station, McKendree-Jewell-Wilson, Friendship, Boyd's Turn and 5th St. After the rest stop at Sweet Sue's we followed the familiar route up Friendship to Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch and Franklin Gibson to Bay Front. We enjoyed a quiet break from Bay Front by going up Brooks Woods and down Little, then crossed over Route 4 to finish the ride on Wrighton, Plummer and the smoothly-paved service road to Route 4.

    Average speed: 13.3 mph for me, probably a bit higher for others since I fell behind a few times.

    Weather: Mid 50s with sunshine and no wind. Sometimes we were a little cool, other times we were a bit overdressed, so on average we were comfortable. No complaints for an early December afternoon.

    Chesapeake Bay: Calm and pale blue under a blue sky. High tide.

    Farm animals: Numerous horses, some wearing blankets. The goats on Fisher's Station were out, along with a sheep.

    Puppers: The big white dogs who live with the goats on Fisher's Station were chillaxing. Several other dogs were out enjoying the afternoon sun, playing in their front yards.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None, though near the end we rode through a lot of glass on the shoulders of Bay Front and Mount Zion Marlboro Rds, so we should all check our tires for lingering sharp bits. A pickup truck driver drove close and voiced some unhappiness after we made the turn from Boyd's Turn to 5th St in front of him.

    Report: We enjoyed a pleasant winter bike ride today. For the most part we stayed close together on the first half of the ride. Randy left the rest stop ahead of Linda, Janell and me in order to get a head start. We caught up with him later, but bid him an early farewell when he decided to stay on Bay Front when we turned onto Brooks Woods. He waved from his truck as he headed home while we approached the park and ride on Southern Maryland Blvd.

    While stopped at Sweet Sue's we noticed a group of cyclists meeting for a ride at a parking lot across the intersection. They passed us going up the hill on Friendship, we passed them as they stopped to regroup at the turn to Fairhaven, then we saw them again going the opposite way on Brooks Woods. We also saw a few solo riders enjoying an afternoon ride.

    Many thanks to Randy, Linda and Janell for joining me on this ride!


  • Sun, December 03, 2017 10:00 AM | Laura Clauser

    I'm happy to report that the multi-class training ride out of Wegman's continues to grow.  About 20 to 25 riders joined us yesterday. 

    George and I co-led the A ride.  Although the roads were wet at the start, they quickly dried.  We enjoyed beating one another up on the rollers and a nice, fast pace line to Mason Neck park (with a sprint or two).  The beer and company afterwards were awesome too.  Thank you to everyone who came out!

    Average speed 16.4 mph.

     

     

  • Sun, December 03, 2017 10:00 AM | Alan Kurzweil

    Another good showing despite wet roads at ride start.
    Blue skies and mild temps quickly came through to dry the roads.
    The B group of Ed, Cathy, Jim, and myself decided to do the 35 mile route.
    We pretty much stayed together for a very enjoyable social ride.
    Mason Neck was new for most of the riders and they thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful scenery.
    We averaged around 13.8 mph.
    No animal sightings today except for passing and being passed by the faster groups.

  • Sun, December 03, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 3, 2017       

    Ride Name:  About Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance: 47 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.3 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: Broken chain, loose back wheel

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Partly cloudy and about 45 degrees at the start, upper 50’s and sunny at the end

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Michael Blaine, Chris Zabriskie, Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Ride Report:

    Everyone rode to the ride start except me which made me feel lazy.  The roads where wet at the start from the early morning rain but they soon dried-out and within 10 miles of the start they were only wet in the shady places.

    Michael split from the ride at about 5.5 miles in order to get home in time for church.  The rest of us continued on until a mini-disaster struck on Riverside Road when Chris’s chain broke.  We considered fixing it but eventually Chris decided to call his wife.  Lynne and I helped him search for a missing item we lost in the leaves during the aborted repair but no one could find it.  Eventually, after much encouragement from Chris, Lynne and I continued on.  We saw Chris and his wife later in the car so he made it home okay.

    Lynne had never been to the end of Route 6 so this ride checks that off of her bucket list.  (Actually, I’m pretty sure riding to the end of MD Route 6 is not on her list.)

    Later during the return on Route 6, Lynne stopped because her back brake was rubbing.  It turns out that her rear quick-release wasn’t tight and the back wheel wasn’t in the drop-outs!  I’m pretty sure the wheel was seated until she noted a problem but this definitely could have caused her to crash if the wheel had come loose on a downhill.  As it was she re-seated the wheel and tightened the quick-release and we were soon on our way.  Shortly after this Lynne continued on Route 6 for home and I turned-off to return to my car.

    Despite the mechanical problems it was an enjoyable ride with nice weather.  It was very fortunate that neither of the mechanical problems caused a crash as they both had the potential to do so.

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