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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.

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.









  • Thu, February 25, 2016 3:15 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Predicted wind gusts kept some riders at home today but the 6 of us who showed up at a great ride.  The route was designed to keep us sheltered as much as possible, though, of course, we did encounter some windy areas.  There was nothing too difficult to handle and at least two riders remarked to me that "wind plus the hills will make us stronger".

    Joining me were Tom Roberts - who rode to & from North Keys for a round trip bike commute of 30 MILES! Also, Pete Czapiewski, Holly Carr, Tom Short and Cindy from Alexandria.

    Photo - https://www.facebook.com/ohbike/timeline

  • Mon, February 22, 2016 10:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Monday, not Tuesday - because it's supposed to rain on Tuesday and with the awful winter weather, we haven't had enough days to ride.  Lou D'Alloroso, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Peed, Tom Short and Jan Tucker joined me for this lovely ride on a really lovely day. We visited Scott's Store and, with some complaining, returned via both Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak (and I can report that everyone actually made it up the hills). And that everyone was happy just to get out and ride. 

  • Sun, February 21, 2016 10:00 AM | Barry Howard

    We held our Sunday morning Mountain Bike Ride at Cedarville State Park. Despite the raining weather from the week before, the trails were in good condition. We started the ride at 10:00am and followed the course clock wise. After a very short break at the lake we finished up the ride just as the rain started. Riders included Barry & Randy.

  • Sat, February 20, 2016 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader: Debby Bowman
    Members: Deb Reynolds, Tom F., Denise Edwards, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Tom Short
    Guests: Randy Sim
    Route: 35 miles, 1500 feet of climbing, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12232522
    Average speed: 13-14 mph
    Weather: Hooray!!! Temps in the low 60s!!! Even with the sun hiding behind thin clouds and a cool breeze near the Bay, it was a welcome taste of spring in February. 
    Mishaps and mechanicals: None
    Half-brown, half-white goat on Fisher's Station Rd: sitting the yard surrounded by many friends of the goat and fowl variety. No sign of the of the big fluffy white dogs, though.

    Blizzards, ice, cold north winds and temps topping out in the 20s -- winter has been front and center these past few weeks. But today we took advantage of south winds and enjoyed a nice bike ride in rural Anne Arundel County. There was a bit of confusion at the ride start, as the ride leader parked at one end of the park-and-ride lot and everyone else parked at the other end. When I arrived I saw some people standing near their cars at the far end but didn't see any bikes or cycling clothes, so I assumed I'd probably be riding alone. But when I looked again a few minutes later, I saw the other people donning hi-viz jackets. Just as I finished my pre-ride prep and started to ride toward them with the sign-in sheet, they started to ride toward me. After a few minutes for signing in, getting cue sheets and taking photos, we started to ride.
    The route was the same as one that we rode in December, except for a slight change at the end. We began by crossing over Route 4 to ride through the Pindells, then crossed back to Fishers Station Rd and fought a bit of a breeze as we rode south on McKendree, Jewell and Wilson. Then we turned east on Sansbury/Friendship toward our rest stop at the Chesapeake Market in Herrington Harbor. It was cooler and windier near the Bay, so only some of us sat at an outdoor table while others took advantage of the indoor seating. We split up after the break, as half the group was eager to start pedaling again so they got a head start on the ride back up Friendship Rd toward Fairhaven.  We regrouped at the turn onto Town Point Rd but then stretched out again on Leitch and Franklin Gibson. We hung a left onto Bay Front Rd for a couple of miles, then detoured up Brooks Woods and down Little Rd back to Bay Front. Then we reached the new part of the route as we stayed on Bay Front over Route 4 and took Wrighton Rd and Plummer Lane to the service road on the west side of Route 4, then crossed back on the Mt Zion Marlboro Rd overpass and returned to our ride start. This was a nice, mostly flat way to finish the ride.

    Many thanks to everyone who joined me today. Let's hope for more warm days ahead!!


  • Sat, February 20, 2016 10:30 AM | Sherwood

    This Saturdays Morning Jaunt, Jan Tucker, Larry Peed, Majesta Hartley, Kelly Bikowski, Bruce & Jean Wright, Sharon Miller, all members, along with  David Lewis a guest joined in with me to ride this wonder day.  The temperature at ride start was a breezy 54 degrees with the sun peeking through the clouds with no chance of precipitation as a 10 mph wind from the Southwest whispered in our faces.

    Before we began the ride, during the briefing, I decided not to turn into Bunker Hill Road until I could check for the severity of potholes since I had been pre-warned of this being an issue. Instead the ride would continue on route 228 until the turn onto McDaniel.  From this point the ride would continue as planned.  The group stayed together until the rest stop at the Indian Head Rail Trail (IHRT) rail head.  At the rest stop the group talked about the wind and some other brief topics.  Two riders at the rest stop asked to ride along with us till Bumpy Oak Road.

    Just as the group started down the Indianhead Rail Trail (IHRT), one rider had an electronic failure.  The magnet had come apart and had to be removed from the wheel.  Part of the group continued, while others waited for the magnet to be removed and rode together to the end.  This was the only reported mishap.  As we continued on our jaunt, we had the pleasant surprise of seeing Calvin Conyers (Club President) riding toward us along with some other club members.  We waved and continued on with the ride.  This was a pleasant ride with the AMS being 15.5 and the breeze turning to our backs as we began a northerly heading.  This a was quite pleasant welcoming since more than half of the ride we had the wind in our faces with some riders teasing at the route 301 & Billingsly intersection regarding the breeze.  I knew that the worst was about to come once we would start riding directly into the southwest heading.

    At the end we greeted each other with compliments about the ride and said our good byes.

    Thank you to all of the riders for joining in with me on this ride.


  • Sat, February 20, 2016 9:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 20, 2016

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance:  55 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.3 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: Broken rear shift cable

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  46 to 62 by the end, cloudy, minimal (but tricky) wind

    Guest Riders:  Chris Cordova

    Member Riders:  Robert Smith, Steve Koegle, Brad Francisco, Michael Blaine

    Ride Report:

    The weather was not exactly what I had expected; it was much cloudier than the forecasts had let me to believe.  No matter, it was still a pretty nice morning for February.

    Everyone was in the parking lot when I arrived at 9:15 except Michael who rolled in about 9:20.  We waited until the start time of 9:30 and started out.  We had an uneventful and quick ride down to Cobb Island with everyone taking turns on the pace line.  The wind was light but against us and we were anticipating having it at our backs for the return.  We stopped at the store for a break and then did a slow “tour” of the Island.

    After the “tour” it was back to business.  We again formed a pace line and stayed together until we were approaching 301.  Robert had let me know that he was going to do some interval work for the last half hour of the ride so he took off.  This let to us splitting with Steve and Chris going up with Robert.

    By midway back on 301 Chris was about a half mile in the lead.  I had said to everyone that we should skip Faulkner road since it is rough and continue on 301.  Unfortunately, Chris hadn’t heard and I missed seeing him turn on Faulkner.  Brad let me know, and we cut over to find him but he had returned to 301 so he was behind us.  It worked out okay, but I should have made sure to discuss this with everyone when we were stopped – my bad.

    Prior to briefly losing Chris, Steve reported that his rear shift cable had broken and to continue without him.  In the end Steve did fine with his “two speed” and beat the tail-end group back.  Fortunately, the end of this ride doesn’t feature any big hills so if the cable had to break – this was the place for it to happen.

    When we got back we all agreed that we never to the tail wind we had expected.  It seems like the wind had shifted after our stop so it was against us on the return.  It wasn’t really a big deal since the wind was strong enough to be noticeable but not a huge factor.

    This is my first ride with Chris.  He did great and is a really strong rider.  He is in the area on TDY until April and we hope to see him on more rides soon until he returns home.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out for a fun ride.


  • Sun, February 07, 2016 1:00 PM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    Members:  Diane Harris, Ken Meredith, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Janell Saunders, Tom Rebintz, Pete Czapiewski, Travis Proctor, Tod Sperry, Lou Dallous, and Blake Altman.  Guest:  Daniel Macfer.  (pardon spelling)

    A little hectic at the start, as folks wanted to ride and get back in time for Super Bowl, so we settled on the older 32 mile route.  As I did not have any cue sheets for this ride, we had to rely on people's memories.   Yet, since it is nothing but a big square, all was well. 

    Expecting it to reach 50 degrees, we were somewhat surprised that it never reached 44, but we pedaled hard and got back in time for the game.

    Next week, so far, seems a bit extreme, with an anticipated high of 25 degrees.  If so, I plan to ride the trainer that day.

  • Sun, February 07, 2016 10:00 AM | Barry Howard

    We decided to hold our ride at Cedarville since the major snow storm had cleared out, the snow had melted, and the trails were extremely wet. We started around 10:00am and followed the trail counter clockwise. Despite a wet ride everyone had a great time. Riders included Randy and Barry

  • Sat, February 06, 2016 9:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 6, 2016

    Ride Name:  Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance:  46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.7 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: 1 Flat

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Upper 41 to 48 by the end, sunny, minimal wind

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Robert Smith, Steve Koegle, Claire Chiamulera, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    Robert and Claire rode to the ride start and once 9:30 rolled around we headed out.  Most everyone rode together for the ride except David who was often off the back trying to warm-up.  No problem, he remained in sight and he is such a strong rider he can always catch up.  We had quick and uneventful ride to the Sunoco for a quick break.

    After the break, we continued together.  On MD 238 Claire and I both hit the same pothole but Claire was unlucky and got a snake-bite flat soon after.  We had some trouble pumping up the new tube due to the short valve stem but with three of us working (one holding bike, one holding the pump on the valve and one pumping) we got it fixed.

    Robert needed to get home early so he let me know and took a short-cut for home at the Three Notch trail.  David also needed to get home so he let me know and then blasted off the front to get back and was soon gone from view.  The remaining three of us were together until Keech road where Claire headed for home.  It was just Steve and I for the last mile.  When we got back to the start David was just leaving.

    Of the two days this weekend Sunday was predicted to be the nicest but instead it turned out Saturday was the best day.  It was really a beautiful day for a ride.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out for a fun ride.

  • Thu, February 04, 2016 10:30 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    The temperature said 50 but the riders in the North Keys parking lot were shivering, under cloudy and windy skies.  However, remembering that some riders bailed out and didn't ride the last time it felt cold in this parking lot, everyone stayed, got on their bikes and headed out: Ron Altemus, Lou D'Alloroso (in shorts, he couldn't find his knickers), Pete Gapiewski, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Larry Peed, Travis Proctor, Tom Short and Jan Tucker.

    I warmed up in about 10 minutes, Ron and I met up with Jan, Jim, Jane, Larry and Tom at the Moreland store. Travis, Pete and Lou did their own thing - clouds remained heavy, temperatures remained 50 or so.  And, not one person complained because it was still a great day to ride a bike!

    Possible update on the vanished portapotties: there is a newly poured concrete pad at the northeast end of the parking lot.  It could be a potential location for 2 portapotties. 



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