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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.

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  • Fri, May 11, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Steve Palincsar, Donaro Gardner, Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Calvin & Celeste Conyers, Belinda Acre, Jackie, Rose, & Randy Schoch.  Add'l club members encountered enroute:  Yvonne & Michael Dong, Bev White, Mike Bivens,  and a woman wearing a club jersey that none of us recognized.  (Mystery lady - join us next week!)

    Route:   the one, the only, the original IHRT,  Village Green to White Plains r/t.

    Weather:   another delightful day - sunshine, blue skys, temps in the mid- to upper 70s, relatively low humidity and a bit of pollen.

    Report:  What a wonderful surprise to reach the Livingston Road parking lot and finding Calvin and Celeste waiting to join us.  Calvin's recovery is going well - he looked great, says he's feeling good, gaining back some some weight, and ready to ride.  I think he spent more time on the side of the trail talking to everyone then riding.  He had a small coterie that rode from the parking lot past the Hudnall bench and back.  Jackie was towing a small trailer with their new dog Rose, who seemed to be enjoying herself though probably wished she was outside the trailer able to sniff around. 

    Lots of other cyclists on the trail, plus walkers/joggers/runners.  Wildlife sightings included several box turtles crossing the trail, sliders in the marshy area near Hawthorne, and a solitary turkey crossing the trail just before Pomfret on our return.  Just another most delightful day to enjoy a ride on the  IHRT.

  • Thu, May 10, 2018 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Riders: Bob Howell.Regina and Mike Saizan, Ron Leak, Latasha Banks, Darrell Meyer, Tom Short, Ken Meredith, Barbara and Ron Haney, Donaro Gardner, Barry W and Lou (who forgot to sign in)

    Route: NK 34 Hughesville

    Ride Leader: Sam Perry

    Twelve Riders and Steve Palincsar joined me on this flat fun run ride popular with all classes.  It start to rain prior to the start so we waited in the Pavilion area until it passed.  It was short and not enough to reduce the Pollen which is outrageous this year.  

    The  ride was split between those who trained during the cold weather and those just coming out now in the Spring. (Faster vs Slow)

    The Faster Riders were averaging 17-18 AVS. The Slower Riders were averaging 14.5 to 15 AVS.  No mechanicals today

  • Wed, May 09, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 9, 2018     

    Ride Name: Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance: 25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Mid 70’s, Sunny, Light breeze out of the south, A beautiful afternoon!

    Guest Riders:  Josh Hettel, Holden Hudson

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Eric Williams, Douglas Carter, Rob Smith, Mike Wilson, Phil Mitchell, Tom Roberts, Tyler Hill

    Ride Report:

    We had a good turn-out tonight (and so did the B’s).  We started out together but not for long with splitting occurring on Saint Mary’s Ave.  We regrouped at the temporary light on Route 6 and also caught the B’s there.

    After the light the ride split-up on the hill on Route 6.  The lead group was still about 5 riders.  Phil and Rob caught the lead group on Bowling Road – a very impressive effort.  The reconstituted lead stayed together until Alan’s Fresh Road where the splitting began again.  Further splitting occurred after the hill on Budd’s Creek Road.  The lead group of 2 was caught by the trailing group of 3 by the barest of margins and stayed together until the end.

    Here are the statistics I have:

      Lead: 21.5 MPH

      Chase 1: 20.5 MPH

      Chase N: 19.5 MPH

    By the way Tyler was late and rode the course himself with a very impressive average of 19.1 MPH.

    All-in-all it was a fun ride on a nice night. 

  • Wed, May 09, 2018 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright

    Leader:  Bruce Wright, Jean Wright

    Members:  , Ken Lemmert, Chuck Coe, Sue Estes, Ken Roman, Mike Kenyon, Ron Leak, Jason Hendricks, and Tyler Hill  


    Ride Distance: 25 

    Weather: Mid 70’s, Sunny, Light breeze out of the south, A beautiful afternoon!

    AMS: 18 MPH

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None 

    Report: B group left in front of the AA and was caught and passed by AA at the bridge on Rt. 6.   At that point, the B's split into two groups.  The first group speed was 18.7 MPH, which included Sue Estes, Ron Leak, and Mike Kenyon.  Second group was Bruce Wright, Jean Wright, Ken Lemmert, Ken Roman, Chuck Coe, Jason Hendricks, and Tyler Hill, we rode as a group off and on the rest of the route.  Ours speed was between 17.7 and 18 MPH.  Very good ride and very good weather.  

  • Wed, May 09, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Linda Bankerd, Bob Howell, Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, George Chiamulera

    Weather: in a word, PERFECT.  Sunny, breezy, mid-60s at the start rising to the high 70s.  Warm in the sun, refreshing in the shade, pleasant as can be.  The only thing you could complain about was the pollen: yellow tire treads, yellow handkerchiefs, itchy eyes and the occasional explosive sneeze.  But then, it's spring - to be expected.

    Route: As planned, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18408464  42 or 36 miles: right out of the park, right on Keech, left on Rt 6, right on Dubois, Trinity Church to Budd's Creek to Aviation Club Rd.  And then George wrote me to let me know they've been doing repaving on Budd's Creek between Trinity Church and Thompson Corner Rd, and as of last Friday there had been single-tracking and 20 minute delays.  So we decided to detour around the problem by going left from Trinity Church onto Ryceville and taking that to Thompson Corner to Budd's Creek.  It's more scenic and rural, too - but it's 3 miles longer.  No problem, that's one reason why we ride long rides, so an extra 8 or 10% isn't an issue.  

    The detour was quiet and scenic, the picnic stop at Wicomico Shores was fabulous and everyone elected to do the lovely loop up Maddox to Manor to Hurry back to Chaptico.  We enjoyed the second stop at the Chaptico Store too.  Baptist Church was fun as always, and the Three Notch Trail was very pleasant.  All in all, a truly fabulous ride - and enough mileage to celebrate Ron's actual birthday (in km, of course) for the second day running.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.5

  • Tue, May 08, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Birthday boy (leader):  Ron Altemus

    Revelers (members):  Steve Palincsar, Chuck Coe, Darryl Lowery, Kirk Saunders, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, La'Tasha Banks, Tom Roberts, Ron & Barb Haney, Karen Morgan

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27422060  44.4 miles/1491' elevation gain.  Recapping the route:  Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne, and Ripley/Annapolis Woods/Fire Tower to Scott's for a rest stop. Onwards to Durham Church, Ironsides, Baptist Church, Bowie, Mason Springs, Smallwood Church, and Chicamuxen to a 2nd rest stop at Sweden Point Marina. Final leg was Chicamuxen/Hawthorne/Lower Wharf over to Chapman's Landing, then Hungerford and Livinston back to Matthews and a quick jog up to Shiloh Church and Gospel Union before u-turning back to the start.

    Weather:   Delightful!  Blue blue blue skies with plenty of sunshine, temp range of mid 60s to mid 70s, gentle NE/ENE zephyrs, low humidity, and less pollen than previous days.

    AMS:   swept at 13; undoubtedly faster for everyone else.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   two chain drops and one flat, all of which were remedied in short order.

    Report:  Thanks to all that came out for my birthday ride, albeit a day early and my years in kilometers instead of miles.   It was a great day for riding - various shades of green everywhere one looked occasionally interrupted by bursts of other colors from flowering plants.

    A couple of items of interest:  1)  the Safeway at Bryans Road is closing (https://bit.ly/2jJ54Jz); and 2) Grinder's on Chicamuxen just east of the entrance to Smallwood Park makes for a good stop if in need of foodstuffs or cold beverages.

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leaders: Barbara and Ron Haney

    Members: Darryl Lowery, Tom Roberts, George Valenzuela, Larry Malone (Matthew Lewandowski joined the route after the start)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27270795 May Metric 65, new route to avoid construction on the traditional route

    Weather: Excellent, despite much prior uncertainty and an abundance of caution: 70s, light breeze, overcast. 

    AMS: 17.6 for leader

    Report: Since all who signed in as A riders left with the AAs, all that were left to start as the A group were the two leaders. We had a nice warmup, then caught up to Darryl, and were soon joined by Sue Estes, who had signed with the B-41, and Matthew, who had ridden from home. We rode together to the first stop at Merkle, then Sue left our group to wait for the 41. The Haneys, Darryl and Matthew stayed together the rest of the ride. It was a good, cohesive group and a great ride. 

    If you are a AA rider, please sign the AA sheet when available. If you're not sure, or want to try AA but are afraid to commit by signing with them, at least tell your A ride leader your intentions so we know what is going on, otherwise if we aren't aware you started before us, and don't see you, we'd wonder what happened to you. 

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Doug Lesar, Ellen Goodwin

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27270795  the 65 mi route, with no short cuts (although we did check the weather at Croom & Brandywine and at the Community Center just in case a shortcut might be necessary)

    Weather: Overcast, cloudy-bright, mid 60s at the start rising to no more than 72.  In practical terms, it was perfect: not too hot, not too windy, not too much sun, and in spite of all the weather forecasting drama, it didn't rain.  There was a lot of pollen, but fortunately not the kind that bothers me.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: nothing worse than a chain drop at the start of the climb on Thrift Rd.

    AMS: 13.5

    Because Joan was taking pictures, we rolled out with the CC 32 and the CC 41 groups, a merger that was further reinforced by the traffic light at Surratts and MD-5.  We rode together until the 32mi group turned off after the turn onto US-301 and the 41 mi group stopped to help a rider from the A or B group who'd pinch-flatted on Cheltenham. 

    We joined up with Sherwood's B 65 after we left Merkle -- they left first and we caught up on Tanyard, and certainly not because we were riding faster -- and rode together with Sherwood, Linda Bankerd and Karen McMillan from that point on, until Sherwood and Linda put the hammer down after leaving the WaWa.

    I think the revised routes were well received, a virtue born from necessity.  

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Mia Haynes, Reggie Sikes, Rod Barnes, Belinda Acre, and Tim Murphy

    Guests - None

    Weather - Beautiful (70's)

    AMS - Leader 12+

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - This was the first time the C/D ride for the May Metric didn't start from Cosca Park. Because of the route difficulty and road construction, it was decided to use the IHRT. The trail was very busy today with many people, bikes, dogs, etc. enjoying this fine weather. The riders rode at their own paces. We saw members Bob & Carleen Moye riding today and other OHBC members doing their own rides on the trail. Great day and good ride.

  • Sat, May 05, 2018 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Thank you all for putting this ride together.  I think that the all class rides are very important.  Not only do we get to mingle with other riders that we would seldom see otherwise, but we get the chance to ride with riders of other ride categories, if we so choose.  I will have a ride report to follow this, I promise.

    Please riders, our sign up sheets are a ride waiver.  But they are much more than that, they are a way for the leaders to know who is riding with them and who to contact in an emergency.  If you are riding with me and did not sign my signup sheet, the only thing that I can do is call 911 in case of a problem.  If you are riding up a class, let both the ride leaders know what you are doing.  If you sign both the sign up sheets, we will both have the critical information needed in case of an emergency.  We don't get points for each rider that signs our sheet, we just want to get everyone home safely.

    On to the ride report:

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members signed on sign up sheet:  Steve Koegle & Michael Blane

    Borrrowed members from "A" sign up sheet:  Darryl Lowery (was with us for a little bit, so I have heard), Tom Roberts, George Valenzuela, and Larry Malone (has become a member after I rode with him on the End Hunger Ride last weekend) - welcome!

    Guests:  Rob Golding - Please renew!

    Route:   65 miles

    Weather:  Low 70's

    AMS:  19.1 for the leader who became more of the follower

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:   We were the last ones ready to go and we needed to be the first to go.  But we got it done!  The ride leader tried to keep a manageable AA pace for the first 5 miles.  Then Rob passed saying that I needed a break.  Followed by Steve.  Then the ride leader went to the back with 6 riders ahead.  How could that be, there should only have been three?

    We were trading places a lot, but the ride leader was getting dropped.  I really appreciate Michael for watching out for us weaker ones when he could have been mingling with Rob and Steve.  Those long pulls of his were very much appreciated.  Tom, your riding was awesome.  You could keep up with anyone that you wished to.  Larry, I don't know if you were holding back to keep me company or not, but thank you.  George, you may not be the fastest on the hills, but your stamina is amazing!

    Thank you all for coming out to ride today.  It was very enjoyable.  Well, except the potholes.

    I need to credit the drivers of the vehicles on the road.  A very considerate bunch.  Not that they will read this, but it makes me feel good to give them positive credit.  There are a lot of bicycle friendly drivers out there.

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