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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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.









  • Wed, August 16, 2017 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jessica Hirschorn, Jerry Finan, Jim McDermott, Norm Lisy, Pat Walthers, Leslie Tierstein

    Weather: Summer made a return, with typical humidity and temperatures that reached the high 80s.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7003225  

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 10.x (really irrelevant with this sort of ride)

    Jessica rode down to Jones Point from Bethesda and Leslie joined us at the Jefferson Memorial.  We rode through nearly deserted downtown streets (where was all the traffic?) to Union Market, then through the Gallaudet campus (this time going down Faculty Row to better check out the architecture) and up West Virginia Ave to the Arboretum.  The eagles having left the nest, Azalea Drive was open so we got to climb it as well as the many other hills in the Arboretum. 

    When we arrived at the Capital Columns, Jessica wasn't with us.  She'd stopped to take a photo - fine, but she had the route in her GPS, so what could have happened?  The roads in the Arboretum aren't well marked - road signs are something like 4x4 posts with vertical lettering that's almost impossible to read when you're riding, and it took me five attempts before I was able to do this route through the maze without missing a turn - but she had a GPS so all should have been well.  I called and learned she'd gotten the Chutes and Ladders treatment: missed a turn and was ejected, and was waiting for us outside the Arboretum.  We decided to skip the Bonsais, make a quick stop at Arbor House and join her.

    We stopped at Eastern Market for lunch, then headed back to the Jefferson Memorial, where Jessica left the group to ride back to Bethesda; crossed the 14th St Bridge, where Leslie headed back to Arlington; then took the Mount Vernon Trail south to Four Mile Run, where Jerry left the group to go hunt for the computer that had fallen off his bike early in the ride.  We took the Wayne Anderson Trail (currently the Four Mile Run Trail detour) to Mount Vernon Ave, then rode up Old Dominion Blvd and through the North Ridge, then rode through Del Ray and Old Town back to Jones Point Park.

    It's always fun riding to the Arboretum, and today was no exception.

  • Wed, August 16, 2017 9:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Jim Hudnall posted this route for the Tuesday a.m. ride from Bryans Road but, unfortunately, it was rained out.  Wednesday (today) was a much better day and since the posted route seemed so nice I decided to ride it by myself.  The route is a portion that will be used on the Indian Head 100 and it is a terrific route and will be even better at the Indian Head 100 date because there are road improvements being made now. 

    Today there was road repaving in progress.  The bike route comes along Ironsides Road and turns right at the intersection on MD-6 towards Ollie's Store, our famous bike rest stop.  On MD-6, shortly after I passed the cutoff onto Mason Springs Road, the traffic was stopped for about 100 yards.  I rode forward to investigate what was happening.  I had passed about 30 yards of the stopped traffic when a fellow in one of the stopped vehicles began cursing at me very loudly for, I suppose, not waiting in line.  If there is ever a contest to determine who can utter the most curse words in a single sentence this guy would win.  Of course I did not respond at all but continued going forward.  I could hear him shouting for a long while but could not understand the words but did understand that they were not complimentary.  I found that MD-6 is being repaved but I do not for what distance.  The flagman did not know how long the wait would be and I was not anxious to ride with the anger issue fellow behind me.  (I do not understand his anger as I would not have effected his ETA not even a micro second.)  Since I was not anxious to have the anger man behind me I turned around and went back to the Mason Springs Road intersection and headed toward Pisgah from there.  About a quarter mile later, there was a flagman with his stop sign.  Mason Springs Road is being completely repaved! It will be extremely nice in a day or two but today the soft tar stuck to my tires and consequently picked up stones.  As soon as I could stop I removed nearly all of it but still have some remnants.  The Mason Springs Road is being completely repaved from its intersection with MD-6 to the Pisgah Store.

    Jim, you have a tremendous route. It is a pleasure to ride it.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 4:48 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader:  Michael Dong

    Members: Ron A., Calvin C., Rodney P. (Yvonne D., Charles W.)

    Mech/Miss: none

    A pre-ride car sweep to remove branches in the roadway "Thanks Charles!" had the B+D groups rolling along pretty much on schedule. The route took a wonderful jaunt along the clean rolling roads to Kings Landing and back. The C and Charles' "D" group blended for an intrepid bunch that stayed together from start to finish. It was the first visit to the docks for several of us, and well worth returning for a kayak or canoe trip. Special thanks to everyone who helped out with advice on riding, that's what makes the "lower" graded rides so much fun, there's always something to learn! Troy and wife provided BBQ magic, with the picnic spread varied, plentiful, and delicious. The venue could not be better, THANK YOU! Special bonus was seeing the newborn fowl. Kudu's to the clean-up crew, you rock.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 9:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader: Jim Hudnall

    Members: Chuck Miller, Mark Finisecy, Jerry Finan, Jean Dwyer, Warren Smith, Richard Patton, Reggie Stokes, Rod Barnes and Walt Chalmers

    Guests: none

    Route: Picnic 28 (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14560407) 28 miles and 1057 feet of climbing according to RideWithGPS (1394 feet according to my Garmin). From Fresh Meadows to a photo op at the Lower Marlboro dock, then up Flint Hill Rd and down Chaneyville Rd to a stop at the Friday's Creek Winery, and back to the picnic.

    Weather: Close to perfect, especially after the rain and humidity a day earlier. High water was still standing across most of the road in one place. Rescheduling the ride from yesterday to today was the right thing to do, but it is regrettable that some who had planned to come Saturday had other plans for Sunday,

    AMS: Close to 13 mph, right in the center of the CC classification of 12 to 14 mph, a relaxed pace for enjoying the scenery along the Patuxent River. 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: One flat tire

    Report: It was an enjoyable ride with a pleasant group of riders. On the way out, we regrouped at turns. At the Lower Marlboro dock, a friendly woman agreed to be our photographer and her dog posed with the group of cyclists. Friday's Creek Winery opens at 11 am and we were there at 10:30, but the owner let us in to use the restrooms. Walt Chalmers caught up with us at the winery; apologies to him for the group leaving three minutes early without him. 

    We returned to the picnic for the delicious food brought by members and the tasty ribs and chicken prepared and grilled by Troy and Mary Ann Eddy. Thank you to all for the good eating. Thank you also to everyone to came early to help setup and/or stayed late to help cleanup. Very special thanks to Linda Molesworth for letting the club once again have its annual picnic at Fresh Meadows Farm. 

    Thank you to Brad Francisco for bringing get well cards to have people sign for Linda (broken collarbone from fall from horse) and Pete Czapiewski (mountain bike crash). 

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Debby Bowman, Dave VanAmayden, Gloria Gladden, Walt Roscello, Janell Saunders, Harry Kidd

    Guests: Krista Riddley, Anh Mai

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14560428 for the 48, 1686' of elevation gain

    Weather: perfect, as noted.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.2

    We stopped at Bowen's Grocery for a bio break / range extender and some went on.  About 3 miles later the routes split, and some took the short cut, staying on Plum Point while the 48 went right on Emmanuel Church.  We stopped briefly at North Beach, a stay that became rather extended for two who failed to heed the call to leave and then couldn't decide which way to go leaving the pier.  We stopped at the Chesapeake Market and eventually, realizing far too much time had passed, I called and a few minutes later the group was together again, and stayed that way for the rest of the ride.  We were a small enough group that I felt it OK to take the Flint Hill alternative, and everyone seemed to enjoy its bucolic charms.  In all, a fine day.  Too bad so many couldn't shift their schedules to accommodate the change in day.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | Linda Bankerd

    Great decision to change the ride from the muggy Saturday to the perfectly pleasant Sunday.  There were 4 of us riding together for the first half.  Then we joined with the rest of the group, numbering 10 or 12 at the break.  During the ride last year, at least 10 degrees warmer, we were literally suffering from heat and dehydration.  This year we were sailing along, the dreaded hills near the end, were much flatter and easier to negotiate.   Picnic was pleasurable. I wish I had the recipe for those chocolate chip cookies and a delicious tuna salad.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    I was joined by 3 club members (Ken Meredith, Pano Gianniotis, and Bob Thompson) and 2 guests (Larry Malone and Tom Fedewa) for this 48 mile ride.  Tom dropped off early in the ride to be picked up by one of the other groups that followed.  Ken decided to go at more of a B pace and Pano decided to stay with him.  That left Bob, Larry, and me to continue at the A pace.  It was a very nice ride although more challenging for me as I was not really familiar with the first half of the route (I was a late fill-in for the original ride leader who was leaving for Italy!!).  In spite of some mis-cues everyone made it back to enjoy the picnic at the end!

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (10) Karen Morgan, Stu Morgan, Andrea Nor???, Jonathan Oliver, Sharon Miller, Fred Sawyer, Norm Lisy, John Harris, Chantal Briere and Karen McMallin

    Guest: (2) Stephanie Willing, Ann Sawyer

    Weather: About 70 at ride start and about 80 at the end. Sunny. Great day for a ride.

    Route: The standard Picnic 43 route from Fresh Meadows Farm to Chesapeake Beach and back. 

    Ride Report: The B-48 and B-43 groups started off together and stayed close up to the 8.3 miles mark where the long-B group turned off for their route. From there, the faster B's started to move out of sight from the sweep position but we all regrouped at the Bayside Market rest stop.  From the Market, we started up the 150’ climb up Friendship Rd. A quick regroup at the top then off again. Some separation again for the second half but it seemed like everyone enjoyed the day. I did.

    Mishaps: (Not really) Picnic ride postponed one day due to projected rain on Saturday. Good decision. Today’s weather was wonderful.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Name: Picnic Ride 36 CC/B

    Leader: John Gorman

    Members: Deb Reynolds, Sheila Harron, Bill Loewe

    Weather:  8:45am start.  Sunny near 80.

    Stats:   37.70 Miles/13.3 AMS/Elv- 1371ft gain/Riding time-2:49/elapsed time-3:11.  

    Route:  Stays within in the Rt 4 roads of Linda’s farm. Follows the 28-mile route, but goes up to the Friday’s Winery mile 14 rest break, goes down Flint Hill. Takes a few out/back community streets to views of the Paxtuent River.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Perfect NONE!    

    Report:  The out bound roads has it’s share of inclines, but that allowed the return same roads to enjoy the decline rollers to help you get back up easier. We stay together and/or allowed everyone to re-group as needed. Sheila, Bill and John explored a few extra streets off of the Deep Landing Rd.

    Everyone commented it was an enjoyable ride.

  • Sun, August 13, 2017 8:30 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Matthew Lewandowski, Steve Koegle, Sue Estes, Robert Golding

    Guests: None

    Route: 48 mile

    Weather: Sunny, light winds, 70's to low 80's.  Great weather for August!

    AMS: 19.2 according to the ride leader's bike computer, higher for Rob and Steve

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: First, thank you for all the volunteers that helped make this ride possible, for all the wonderful food provided by the club (plus the club volunteers that sweltered outside preparing it), all the great foods provided by the club members, all the cold drinks available, and most importantly for the hosting of this event by Linda Molesworth at her equestrian farm.

    Rescheduling this event from Saturday to Sunday appeared to reduce the number of participants, which was unfortunate.  But it also provided roads with very little car traffic.

    Our little group of 5 stayed together most of the ride, with Rob showing off his mountain training in the west and Steve showing off his training in the east.  Sue made negative comments about her fitness and then passed the ride leader numerous times.  Matthew surged at the end to finish before the ride leader and Sue (Rob and Steve had already challenged the route and were putting their bikes away when the final three arrived).

    Everything is so green this year!  No problems with wildlife.  Upset a couple of dogs, but that is pretty much it.  A very uneventful pleasant ride.  More of these please!  Now I need to diet a few days, too much great food!

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