Ride Reports

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  • Sun, March 05, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Melissa Watson

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19252503  45 miles, 1468' elevation gain.  Leaving Northern Senior Center, we headed down the Three Notch Trail to Mechanicsville Rd and took that to the first rest stop at Chaptico.  From there we headed up Hurry to a left on Manor, merged into Horshoe and then onto Budd's Creek.  The planned construction activity Walt mentioned at the annual meeting was to us just a bunch of safety cones narrowing the lane and removing the shoulder just before the intersection with Colton Point Rd.  Passing through the intersection, we took Budd's Creek up the hill and then went right on Bayside to Compton, then took Newtowne Neck to a rest stop at MD-5.  After that break we went through the Loveville Mennonite community via Maypole, Friendship School and Bishop then took Loveville, Kavanaugh and Laurel Grove to Laurel Grove Park and a third rest stop.  From there, we took Morganza Turner and MD-6 straight back.

    Weather: 28 at the start, sunny (a very warm-feeling sun) and very light winds, rising during the day to a reported high of 38 (per the radio and weather apps) or 42 (according to my car).  Now you might think that would be a cold ride, and I wouldn't blame you for thinking so; but with the right clothing it turned out to be remarkably pleasant.  This was the next most coldest ride of the year for me (I did one in January that was 25 and windy) and I dressed accordingly: I usually wear one or more of a Capilene base layer, a very light wool long sleeve T and a medium weight wool long sleeve T; today I wore them all.  A wool winter weight jersey and a very light windbreaker completed the ensemble, with the addition of a wind vest on top of all that for the first 10 miles or so.  By the last quarter of the ride, I was playing musical zippers with the windbreaker, opening it on the uphills and zipping it up on the downs to maintain temperature equilibrium.  Net result: all day comfort!

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.5

    It was very pretty out with that unobscured bright sun and the intense blue sky.  It was rather strange passing my front yard full of daffodills with the car reading 25 degrees, but with the right clothing it turned out to be a very nice ride.   Thanks to Bob & Melissa for joining me.

  • Sun, March 05, 2017 10:00 AM | John Gorman

    Ride leader: John Gorman and (well kinda of) Jean Wright

    Members: Chantel and Bob Thompson, Leisha Peacock and Bruce Wright

    Weather: 28! at the start, near 42 at the end. No wind and all day long blue skies.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    STATS: miles 41.17/riding time 3:05/total elapsed time 3:36/ AMS: 13.4 ride leader sweeping and at times leading. Elv gain 1204ft, a few mild 4-6% grades.   

    It was cold at the Starbucks, as Leisha and I were awaiting for Jean, who advised on Sat, that she would lead the B/A riders who may come out. I guess the below 30 temps had folks re-think riding today.  Jean and Bruce did arrive and as they were almost ready, Chantel and Bob pulled in, which would allow John to have riding partners. We agreed that Leisha, Jean, & Bruce would likely ride at a higher AMS grouping together.  Well, after perhaps 2-miles down the road Jean/Bruce decided it was (I guess too cold) and were going to head back. (I think those A-rider types need to toughen up a bit...LOL). So Chantel and John continued on and then Bob caught up, and eventually Leisha came along (advising she would continue to ride solo.) Chantel advised this was her 1st time out for the season, so she was trying to get conditioned, so Bob/John, kept a slower pace and ensured we grouped as needed. After the first rest break mile 18(Dash In)-Charles St/Rt6, Chantel asked if there was a way to shorten the route. John agreed to skip Ripley(Pisgah store) and simply stay on Hawthorne to Livingston, which would cut off a few miles. Well somehow, John didn't take a quick L/R? on Washington/Hawthorne, which got us off track by about 2miles, eventually needing to take 301 S back to the R on Hawthorne. Any hoot, we got back on track, and skipping Ripley,it shaved off about 1mile less than the planned 42. Bob mentioned he enjoyed traveling thru the community streets off of MD-210 (Catherine Fran/Barney Dr) vs being on the MD-210 shoulder the entire time. Ride Leaders always enjoy hearing positive feedback on their planned routes, this is why I like using some community streets time to time. Also the Piney Church Rd (semi goes thru a community) with a nice bike trail /broken line walkway next to the actual road, which we used. We stopped on the Livingston Rd/IHRT for one final drink, before heading north onto MD-210.   Nice day to ride, though the temps were far far from the past 70s that we so enjoyed.  Certainly a route I'd lead again, and would be  more enjoyable come spring/summer.     

  • Sun, March 05, 2017 9:30 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Blake Altman, Cynthia Anderson, George Valenzuela, Jill Patterson, John Wilson, Rob Golding, Scott Walker, Steve Koegle

    Guests: David Buchanan, John Schiavo

    Route: Fort Hunt Park to Mason Neck Park, out and back. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19391063 . 43 miles, 1770 feet elevation gain. 

    Weather:  Cold start at 26 degrees F, but sunny with fairly light winds from the North at 5-7 mph. A relatively comfortable 40 degrees F at the finish.

    AMS:  16.4 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Frozen ink in the ball point pen, along with cold hands made it challenging for riders to sign in at the start. Also, David was feeling under the weather, and turned back at the top of Jeff Todd Way.

    Report:  Impressive turnout for such a brisk day! Being a Training category ride, the goal was to ride and finish together as a group. We did that, with some regrouping needed after the bigger climbs. Although the average speed didn’t match up to the advertised AA/3 pace, everyone still got a good workout. When riders got gapped off the back, the stronger ones dropped back to help pull them back to the lead group. We also practiced riding in a constantly rotating paceline on the low-traffic road coming out of Mason Neck Park. Someone noted that the countryside was reminiscent of Southern Maryland, even though we were in Fairfax County VA. We even spotted a bald eagle at the finish, one of several pairs nesting in the area.

    Props everyone for working together and for surviving the low temperatures. Extra props to Blake and Scott for traveling from Maryland, and to John W., John S., Rob, Jill, Steve, David, and Cynthia for riding to and from their homes.

  • Sat, March 04, 2017 10:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Holly Carr & Joan Oppel came early, leaving the ride start before I even arrived (and I got there 1/2 hr early) and Darrel Meyer came late, arriving after I left.

    Weather: 39 at the start, rising to 44 by mid-day; sunny and breezy-to-windy.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10633624

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.4

    It was cold at breakfast and the radio weather report made much of it, but it wasn't that bad by the time I got to Pisgah Park.  Riding into the north wind on the 0.9 mi running path in the park was rather cold, but it had warmed up a bit by the time I left, and the route headed down wind for the first 8 miles or so, not heading north until I reached Jacksontown Rd in Nanjemoy for a shaded-by-woods 2 miles, then continued south again for another 8 miles.  As I finally headed north the wind had calmed a bit and things had warmed up considerably, making for a very pretty, pleasant day for riding.  I finished with plenty of time in hand to visit T&Js to pick up some BBQ and head over to Harmony Hall for the Annual Meeting. 

  • Fri, March 03, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Forecast of snow showers - pfft!  Thus when Larry Peed and your faithful correspondent encountered near-blizzard conditions, we simply rode on into the face of the gale, taking all that mother nature threw at us. 

    At the Village Green, we were surprised to see a snowflake or two in the air; their numbers would multiply intermittently mixed with, or concurrent, sunshine as we were blown up the trail to White Plains at a 15.2 mph clip.  Whilst at our rest stop, Kenny Walker of the Bike Doctor happened by (sans bike) to exchange pleasantries.  As we regaled him with stories of the snow we had encountered, he looked over his shoulder back down the trail and commented as to how dark the sky looked.  Said sky was a potent of things to come as we headed back.  Already riding into a stiff wind out of the west, as we passed the 12 mile marker, it began snowing again, this time in earnest.  By the time we crossed Middletown, it was really coming down, so much at once that I was glad Larry had his rear blinky on otherwise I might have lost my way and gone off the trail into a snowbank.  Of course, it had stopped by Bensville and once we crossed Pomfret, nothing but blue skies and sunshine were present.  All in all, it was different (and IMHO, fun!), and Larry remarked that he had never ridden in snow before so another item off of his bucket list.

  • Wed, March 01, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: none

    Weather: 65, overcast and windy at the start, clearing to blue skies and temperatures in the high 70s by 11:30 to noon; clouding over and very windy with threatening skies by the end, and rain as I made the turn onto MD-210 on the way home.

    Route: It was meant to be https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18416970 - Fort Washington via Taylor and Tantallon, then over to Miller Farms, down Thrift, etc., but with the weather radar showing a line of rain and storms blowing in from the west due to arrive between 1:30 and 2 pm (and nobody to be responsible for but myself) I decided to skip Miller Farms and rearrange the way back.  I went down Gallahan, through Old Piscataway and then through The Preserve and took Danville to Accokeek Rd back to the Firehouse, for a total of 35 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.6

    It was chilly, overcast and blustery on the way down to Taylor Avenue.  The climb through the neighbourhood up to Old Fort Rd coincided with a rise in temperature, and by the time I got to 210 I was down to shorts and a lycra jersey, the windbreaker, vest and glove liners having long since been discarded in turn. 

    It was gloriously sunny, breezy with bright blue skies as I rode through Tantallon and spring was definitely in the air with flowering trees everywhere, and it stayed that way as I rode into Fort Washington.  It was still sunny but breezy turned to windy on the way down Gallahan, and by the time I got through The Preserve, up Danvill and turned onto Accokeek Rd the sky was completely overcast and the wind had gotten heavy with very heavy gusts.  The ride back to the Firehouse was directly into the wind the whole way, fighting headwinds and swirling sideways gusts.

    As I was putting the bike away and changing into regular shoes it took on a decided "Take Shelter NOW" look, and the first rain drops fell as I was waiting at the traffic light to turn onto Indian Head Highway.

  • Tue, February 28, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Mike Bivens, Alan Kurzweil, Joni King, Benny Budd, Holly Carr, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13457705  Bumpy Oak/Valley/MD-6/Blossom Point to a rest stop at the Goose Bay marina. Return via Mill Swamp/Fire Tower/Annapolis Woods-Ripley/Hawthorne and Chapmans Landing.

    Weather:  another great April day as February comes to an end.  59 degrees at ride start, climbing to at least 69 on the rarefied heights of mighty Mount Pisgah.  Sunshine for the first half, overcast on the return with gentle breezes from the southern quadrant.

    AMS:  swept at 13.1; reports of 15.2 for the fastest riders.

    Report:  confusion reigned at the ride start as the rapidly escalating temps caused serious concern as to proper cycling attire.  Bare knees and elbows were contrasted with full leg tights and windbreakers - probably both worked today.  Whilst us humans were debating the season, some wildlife took today's weather to emerge in profusion.  A beaver was spotted in Valley Creek just before Hawthorne reaches Valley.  The flamingo flock was still in evidence on Valley Road proper.  Then, returning on Hawthorne prior to the IHRT crossing, a long log was espied with at least a dozen turtles spread out in a row taking advantage of the day's warmth. 

    Everyone rode at their own speed, regrouping for an extended rest stop at the Goose Bay marina which should reopen for the season in a couple of weeks.  From there, small groups tended to stick closer together, with some minor route variations for the final leg after Lower Wharf.  Just another great day of riding in beautiful Charles County.

  • Sun, February 26, 2017 2:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Another afternoon ride for those who wanted a later start.  Jim and Jane Hudnall, Jeanne and Bruce Wright, Holly Carr, Lisha Peacock, and Theresa Rowell joined me on this ride.  After days of above normal temperatures, today was more typical of February...with wind.  We got off to a good start with the faster B's surging ahead.  We caught up to them at the rest stop, talked a bit, then they were off.  The rest of us continued on uneventfully until Holly got a flat at the stop light at the top of Hawthorn.  During the tube change, we realized the replacement tube was the wrong size!  What to do?!!  Patch the tube, which required more work.  (Note to self, start carrying a patch kit!).  The tube was successfully patched, the wheel replaced, we enjoyed the company and stories of one of the local residents, and we were off.  The rest of the ride was uneventful and we made it back before losing sunlight.  Thanks to all that came out.

  • Sun, February 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Karen & Stuart Morgan, Sheila Harron, Bill Lowe, Melissa Watson

    Weather: Sunny, breezy to windy (12-14 most of the time, higher at Rose Haven), low 40s/feels like 38 at the start rising to 48/feels like 45 or 46 at the end.  Guess what, it's still winter - who knew, after the past couple of days' assaults on the record readings almost at 80?  Today it was back to winter gear: balaclavas, warm gloves, winter jerseys and tights and booties & shoe covers.  It felt a bit chilly getting ready in the parking lot, but a jaunt to the portolet by the tennis court behind the Middle School made it clear that the wind was responsible for the chill.  Fortunately, it was behind us at the beginning, and by the time we were riding into it the day had warmed up.  In all, a glorious day, and a fine day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19133405  35 miles, 1465' of elevation gain.  We took Flint Hill and Chaneyville Rd to Lower Marlboro (BTW: the Harbor Master's house is still for sale) and from there the "Ghost Bike" route via Briscoe's Turn and Skinner's Turn to Mt Harmony and MD-260.  We turned off 260 through a development onto the Chesapeake Railway Trail into Chesapeake Beach and rode to North Beach to a rest stop at Sweet Sue's.  Brownies were marvelous as usual, although the sign on the door sent us back to the Welcome Center to use the rest room.  Sweet Sue's was sheltered from the wind, and it was very pleasant sitting outside in the sun.  By then the day had warmed a good bit.

    We fought the wind past Rose Haven and Herrington Harbor, rode past the Bay at Fairhaven, climbed Leitch and then turned left on Franklin Gibson (happily skipping the sharp dip at Trott's Branch) crossed 2 onto Jewell, descended Wilson and climbed back up, then crossed back over 2 and headed south on Old Solomons to a second (unnecessary but pleasant none the less) rest stop at the Shell station at MD-260 (and yes they did let us use the rest room, never mind the "No Public Rest Rooms" signs on the door).  We crossed MD-2 onto Grovers Turn, enjoyed the new traffic light that helped us across W Mt Harmony onto Fowler and crossed back across MD-4 and into the school.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.3

    What a marvelous day for riding!  Things have changed at Northern HS: the woods and the parking area we used to use are now a huge building site.  There's still plenty of parking, so no need to shift to the Middle School (and there must have been some activity there today, because there were plenty of cars parked in its lot) - at least, not yet.  The portolet at the tennis court around behind the Middle School seems to be a year-long permanent fixture, although they moved it a few yards from where it was last fall.

  • Sun, February 26, 2017 9:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 26, 2017       

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 52 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.0 (at the back)

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  About 35 degrees at the start by the end mid 40’s, windy, sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Tom Roberts, Darin King, Chris Zabriskie

    Ride Report:

    I was a bit later arriving at the start than I would like due to an unexpectedly flat rear tire this morning but I still arrived about 10 minutes prior to the departure time.  Tom, Chris, and rode to the start.

    It was pretty breezy which was unfortunate but more unfortunate was that the wind was blowing primarily out the north and we were heading south which meant a head wind for the return.

    Darin was planning to return to the start at the top of Mill Hill road for a quick 35 miles.  I lobbied aggressively for him to do the whole ride but he was not interested.  After Darin left the three of us continued at a brisk pace to the rest stop on Cobb Island.

    After the rest we struggled out against the cold wind.  Chris led much of the way back which was an impressive effort.  It was too impressive for me and I frequently fell behind.  However, I never lost sight of Chris and Tom and they would periodically slow down to let me catch up even though I told them to go on without me.

    Chris departed for home about 3 miles from the end and Tom and continued back to Casey Jones.  Tom had another 8 miles to get home making for a long ride for him; especially this early in the season.

    Thanks to all who joined me for a coldish windy day.  It was good training.

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