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

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  • Wed, May 20, 2015 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright
    Leader: Bruce Wright

    Members: Lisha Peacock, Ken Meredith, Kevin Toups

    Guests: Paige Wroble

    Route: Casey Jones Express

    Weather: 73 degrees

    AMS: 17.0

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: The A group broke into three groups, 1st group was Ken and Kevin, 2nd group was Lisha and last group was Paige and Bruce (leading from rear).  Ken eventually joined the AA sweep and powered to the finish.  No issues and very fun ride after the challenging Storming of Thunder Ridge ride on Sunday. 

  • Wed, May 20, 2015 5:30 PM | Scott Walker
    Class: AA/3

    Category: Express

    Description: Hammerfest

    Speed Limit Imposed: None

    Gain: 701ft

    Distance: 25.8mi (TT segment at 25.1mi)

    Max Grade: 5.1%

    Founders: Benny Budd and Joni King

    Support: OHBTC and Paul Bales/Casey Jones Restaurant

    Motto: “For the love of the people and the ride” - Michael Blaine

    Course KOM: Dan Hoefert / Robert Golding (September 17, 2014 / 24.0mph)

    Course QOM: Claire Chiamulera (Aug 22, 2012 / 22.2mph)

    Ride Leaders Scott Walker, Blake Altman, Jean Wright

    Riders: Dan Hoefert, Brad Buzby, Douglas Carter, Charles Sidwell, Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Matthew Lewandowski, Paul Bales, Mike Dent, John Choate, Andrew Harris, Doug Cline, Robert Smith, Jason Hendricks, Anthony Carter, Kevin Toups (signed on with the A's but cleared the path for the AA's), Michael Blaine

    Weather: Sunny and 68 degrees. Winds from the NW at 12 with gusts to 16.

    AMS:    Leaders     23.7 mph

               Sweep       18.0 mph

    Mishaps: None

    Mechanicals: Blake had two flats just trying to ride to the start. Displaying superior CJE tenacity, he remained undeterred -- heading back home for his commuter bike, then riding part of the course on his own, and finally meeting the other CJE riders as they returned to the CJR.  Nicely done!


    Report: Even with the NW winds, it was a beautiful evening for a spin on the Express with twenty-three A and AA riders. Great to have Dan Hoefert and Kevin Toups back with us today! They put in some very nice speeds this evening with help from Andrew, Michael and Robert.  Congrats to Kevin, who also set a new KOM on ‘Kentucky and Bowling’ (4.6mi) at 27.5 mph.

    The Fat Burn:











    13 lbs

    4.0 mph




















    Robert S.




    5 lbs

    1.8 mph



















  • Wed, May 20, 2015 8:08 AM | Michael & Yuyin Bivens

    Ride Leader: Mike Bivens

    Distance:  37.0 (except for Darryl who rode from and returned home adding another 25 miles+).  AMS for the group was low As (assumption), to low Bs , and for the sweeping ride leader, 15.2.

    Members:  Darryl Lowery, Jan and Ron Tucker, Larry Peed, Richard Harrington, Jim Hudnall, and Ron Altemus

    Weather:  Another hot and humid morning. Temperature at ride start was in the upper 70s and rose to the upper 80s.  Some overcast, but mostly sunny and little to no wind. 

    Ride Report:  Last week (48 miles on the hottest day of the year so far) convinced me that on hot and humid days, shorter distances and shaded routes are much more prudent.  Steve had posted a different CC ride, but was unable to lead.  He asked Ron to sub for him.  Since the routes were similar, we agreed to ride the same route and he would sweep with Jim staying with the sweeping group.  We left the shopping center south on Indian Head Highway to the Chapmans Landing roller; down 210 to the Glymont neighborhood; and then onto the Indian Head Rail Trail.  My early flat led to a group separation and we didn’t see Darryl, Richard or Larry again.  We turned on Chickamuxen to Marbury Run, Bicknell, and then right on Mason Springs.  An optional rest stop was included at the Pisgah Store at mile 13, but no one stopped.  We crossed Port Tobacco to Ironsides and then down Durham Church and back up Port Tobacco to the rest stop at Scotts Store.  Ron and Jan were waiting and we all continued back together on Fire Tower, Annapolis Woods, Ripley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Bumpy Oak.  As we passed the IHRT at Bumpy Oak, we noted there was still some construction equipment present, but it appeared the surface was getting leveled and prepared to be covered with asphalt.  Latest word is that repaving should start in June and once everything is completed, there will be a “reopening celebration”, hopefully by the end of June or early July.         

    Mechanicals: Today could also be called “Flat Tuesday.”  Larry had two flats before he even left the house; Ron had a front flat shortly after we left the rest stop on Fire Tower; and I had a rear flat at mile 4.5. Larry misjudged gear shifting coming up Chapmans Landing and had to unclip, but then had problems clipping back in (short-lived and back on track).    

    Incidents: Not sure whether it was the previous evening’s thunderstorms, but there was a variety of road kill to contend with: frogs, turtles, squirrels, and the occasional deer, or the makings of a southern Maryland stew.  On Ironsides Road, the black flies were swarming and attacking anything that passed.  At the rest stop, Ron and Jan pointed out a fellow who had attached fly paper to the top of his hat (not sure why, unless it was spice for the stew).  It was completely covered with dead flies.

  • Sun, May 17, 2015 11:30 AM | walter carr

    Ride Leader: Walter Carr/Walt Roscello

    Class:  Combined C/CC.

    Riders:  Melissa Watson, Kenny Mundy and Harry Kidd.

    Guests:  Jerry Watson and Hans Hauke.

    Route: Started at Laurel Grove Park to Christ Church at Chaptico. 27 miles.

    Weather: Initially overcast with some mist/sprinkles.  As the day wore on the clouds cleared and became more hot and humid.

    AMS:  12+ MPH  With me sweeping.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None on the ride except Harry Kidd who intended to start at Charolette Hall and had a brake problem, which he had repaired at the Bike Doctor and joined our ride at Laurel Grove.

    Report:  We arrived at Christ Church about 1:15.  BBQ was available, but strawberries were not available until after 1:30.  After eating and resting we  departed about 2:15 arriving back at the start about 3:30.  Very little traffic and good riding  surface.  An annual event which almost did not make the Club ride schedule.  

  • Sun, May 17, 2015 10:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Dan Zavorka, Janell Saunders, Magesta Hartley, Phillip Mitchell, Sharon and Chuck Miller 

    Guests: Terry and Sherri Dogan

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7920620. The route was shortened from 59 to 48 miles because of the 80% prediction of thunderstorms which never materialized. Starting at the Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall, the route went to a rest stop at John V. Baggett Park in Laurel Grove, down to Christ Church at Chaptico for the Strawberry Festival and back to the start. 

    Weather: At the start - 70 degrees, cloudy, with a fine mist - pleasant riding conditions for the first half of the ride. After the stop in Chaptico, the sun came out and the temperature rose to a toasty 84 degree. It was hot and humid - a taste of summer.

    AMS: 15.2 sweep with 16.4 at the front. Averages were higher before the BBQ and strawberry cake at the Festival.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Jim had two flats. He missed finding the sliver of glass that caused the first one so had to change the tube again just 4 miles from the 2nd rest stop (Strawberry Festival).

    Report: A great group of riders came out to ride on the Three Notch Trail and beautiful roads of St. Mary's County. Stronger riders rode ahead but regrouped at major turns. Sharon Miller helped lead the front group while Jim and Jane led from the middle and rear. Chuck Miller joined us on the way. Steve Palincsar and Bob Howell (CC-59) stopped to give encouragement as Jim changed his 2nd flat. The Strawberry Festival is always a treat with delicious BBQ sandwiches and strawberry desserts. Riders from the C/CC-27 were there when we arrived. We also saw Nancy Ruth who was doing the 27 mile route on her own. Steve joined the B's for the ride back to the Senior Center. Sharon and Magesta did an extra loop to make it 50 miles for the day. Welcome to Terry and Shari Dogan who recently moved to Clinton from New Orleans and plan to join OHBTC.

    Photo album

  • Sun, May 17, 2015 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Harry Kidd, Bob Howell.  Bob rode from home following the return route, and bade us farewell after the Festival stop when he got to his driveway.

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4636828  Bob and I did the full 59 mile route; Harry set out to do the 49 mi version, turning right out of the Senior Center and picking up cues at the intersection of Rt 6 and the Three Notch Trail.  That didn't quite work out as expected (see below).

    Weather: 70 and lightly drizzling at the start.  The drizzle stopped by the time we arrived at the first rest stop in Laurel Grove Park, and before long the sun came out and eventually it got rather hot (88 degrees) and humid.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: 2nd hand info, but I'm told Harry had an issue, something rubbing on his tire that before long destroyed it.  He returned to the Senior Center, drove to Bike Doctor in Waldorf and bought a new tire, and then went to Laurel Grove Park arriving in time to make the 11:30 ride.  Bob and I came upon Jim and Jane on Hurry Rd, Jim fixing his second flat of the day, relaxing and taking his time in the shade.

    AMS: 13.5

  • Sat, May 16, 2015 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jay Lewis, Debby Bowman, Emily Rogers, Pat Walthers

    Guests: Steve McNeal, Ted Frank

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7589831  A relatively flattish (1590' of elevation gain) but very scenic route in rural Fauquier County VA.

    Weather: sunny, breezy, 70s at the start rising to 88

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 14.2

    Ride report: we were joined by Linda Bankerd and a contingent of B riders.  There's a long but gentle climb on this route starting a couple of miles from the ride start, and no surprise, the Bs got ahead of us there.  We saw them, briefly, at the store at mile 10 and then again at the rest stop in Remington, where we were all together for some time.  We found them again at the ball field in Cazenova, evidently waiting for us.  Aside from a tiny difference a few miles outside Remington, the two routes were the same until Cazenova, where the long route went left into some sharpish rolling hills, while the short route followed the railroad tracks to Rt 28 and then back to the school on Bastable Mill.  Although the Bs had wanted to take the long way back, I think 88 degrees said otherwise, and we all returned to the school together. 

    It's very different out in this part of Virginia from our usual riding territory in Southern Maryland.  This far out, it's beyond the Sprawl that has eaten most of NoVA and still much as it was 30 years ago.  Beautiful, and in a different way from rural Southern Maryland: this was never tobacco country and it just looks different.  I lead here several times a year, even though it's an hour and a quarter getting out and longer on the way back.  Linda had speculated that perhaps this time the return on I66 might be easier, and I thought "Sure, the pigs have been going to flying school, and maybe this time they might be ready to solo."  Surprise, the standing wave at Nutley Street wasn't there -- but it wasn't because pigs had learned to fly; rather, it was the 3 car accident a few miles before that had demolished the back of that young lady's Fiat 500.  It was clear sailing by the time we got to Nutley.

  • Sat, May 16, 2015 7:30 AM | Judy Mutty

    Leader: Judy Mutty 

    Members: Steve Levine

    Guests: Yoku Shaw-Taylor (former member)

    Route: From the former 94th aero sq. restaurant parking lot we headed out on the Northeast Branch Trail for the Bladensburg Waterfront Park; once there, we continued on the Anacostia River Trail up to the point where the trail was closed - trail extension under construction.. We retraced our route and continued on by the College Park Airport, looped around Lake Artemesia, picked up the Paint Branch Trail and continued by the University of Maryland and Paint Branch Golf Course, stopping at Cherry Hill Road before turning around and retracing our route back to the 94th.

    Weather: Started out in the high 60s but quickly warmed up. It was a lovely morning but very evident that heat and humidity were on the way!

    AMS: 9.8

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  This route is always a pleasant ride - a regular route for Judy and Yoku. They were delighted to have Steve join them; it was great to get acquainted. Lots of good conversation flowed. We parted ways vowing to ride together again!

    After the ride, Judy stopped by the farmers’ market across the street. She met a couple who had just started (from Cape May) on a coast-to-coast trip. They were riding a tandem with trailer filled with gear. They looked at Judy’s shirt and commented that they would be stopping in Ohio along their route. Judy smiled and replied that it was actually an Oxon Hill Bike Club shirt. They quickly replied that they’d heard about us!

  • Fri, May 15, 2015 7:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Ron and Jan Tucker, Mike Bivens, Larry Peed, Sherwood Byers, Ruddy Elly, Mike Edwards, Majesta Hartley, Janell Saunders

    Guests: none

    Route: From the Oxon Hill Park and Ride Lot, down the hill to a pit stop on the trail, across the Wilson Bridge to the King Street Pit Stop in Alexandria and north on the Mt Vernon Trail to the Freedom Plaza Pit Stop in DC. The return included L'enfant Plaza, across the Case Bridge Bike Path, a spin around Hains Point, a stop at the World War II Memorial and them back across the 14th Street Bridge, retracing out route to Oxon Hill.

    Weather: Cool start early in the morning - 59 degrees - but warming up nicely as the ride progressed.

    AMS: Relaxed touring

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: A jogger darted in front of Larry as we made a right turn from Constitution on to 17th Street. Unable to unclip in time, Larry went down. Fortunately no harm to body, bike or clothes.

    Report: This is a great ride for retired folks. Mike, Majesta and Janelle headed off to work and Sherwood left the group to get in some miles. The rest of us enjoyed the route into DC, a bike rally at Freedom Plaza and a tour around some of the memorials. Other OHBTC members were at the pit stops and we saw Steve Palincsar on the trail. Pit stops offered food and swag - bright orange Bike to Work t-shirts, $10 Spokes gift certificates, a coupon for a free ride on Bike Share, water bottles and other goodies. After the ride, some stopped for lunch at the Bangkok Golden Thai Restaurant in Fort Washington. If you are retired, work in DC or can take the day off from work, join us for Bike to Work Day next May.


  • Thu, May 14, 2015 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sonja Newman, Bob Howell, Jim & Louise McDermott (Welcome back, Louise, great to see you again!), Jay Lewis, Loretta Troen, Pat Walthers, Barry Winkleman, Tom Roberson and signing with the CCs but riding with the AB group, Rita Z and Tasha Harris.  We were joined at the first rest stop by Paige, who had been riding with the ABs but had been left at the loo.  Your loss was definitely our gain, fast people!

    Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7706471  According to RWGPS, 1645' of elevation gain - a bit more than most Thursday rides.  This one ventured out to the northernmost reaches of the Brandywine area and well into Upper Marlboro, territory originally pioneered by Mike & Regina Saizan, to check out the state of the pavement on William Beanes (much improved over last year) and developments at the shopping center at South Osborne.  Happy to report the Safeway is back and better than ever [hard left as soon as you're through the door and keep going parallel to the front of the building, way past the water fountains to the rest rooms].  After the break we rode through Marlton, down Van Brady and up Cross Road Trail.

    Weather: Sunny, breezy, much less humid than Tuesday and cold by comparison.  Low 60s at the start, rising to no more than 70 at mid-day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    Ride report: A much larger group than we've seen in the past month or two, and some very welcome new additions.  We worked at keeping the group together, stopping to regroup and check that everyone was there whenever we lost sight of people, although those stops were never very long.  And an absolutely gorgeous day for riding.

    AMS: 13.3

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