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  • Sun, March 11, 2018 11:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader: Diane Harris

    Members: Ken Meredith, Ron Haney, Darrell Meyer, Karen McMillan

    Guests: None

    Route: MV 36 mile Manokeek Espresso

    Weather: Clear, sunny, cold (low to mid 40's), occasionally breezy

    AMS: 13.8 (some riders just getting their legs back from being indoors)

    Mechanicals/mishaps: None

    Report: Wasn't sure I'd get any takers for this ride so was happy when 4 club members joined me on this ride.  I've been riding a few times a week but the rides have been short (usually less than 20 miles) and I haven't strayed from my neighborhood.  The traffic on this route was not bad and the wide shoulders on most of the roads added to this being one of my favorite routes in terms of safety.  There was occasionally debris on the road left from the historic wind storms of last week but otherwise the roads were pretty clear.  Everyone got back safely and 3 of us enjoyed hot drinks and snacks at Starbucks.  Check out the club's facebook page for pics.

  • Sat, March 10, 2018 6:28 PM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    Once again, we celebrated a birthday on a ride to Cobb Island, as yesterday was Rob Smith's birthday!  Happy Birthday Coach Rob. 

    Ken Meredith and Daryl Meyer joined me on an A version of Blake Altman's ride to Cobb Island.  A few times we stopped to check the route, since our Garmins were telling us to make a U turn.  Each time we checked, the cold cloudy damp weather made us a bit colder.  We were quite glad to sit in the lobby of Captain Johns restaurant.  While we were there, Ken and I reminisced the time John Early brought a cake on the ride to celebrate Sam's birthday many moons ago.  We also remembered the heat and a race to captain Johns that Jan Tucker and I had done one time while Steve tried to "keep the group together."  But mainly we remembered John's cake that his wife Linda had made.  When John completed the ride, he continued to ride back to his home making it a century that day.  

    Anyhow, after we warmed up, we rode back and enjoyed the rollers on Fairground road.  

    For statistics and metrics and pictures,  please see my post on Strava entitled, "Happy Birthday Coach Rob"

  • Sat, March 10, 2018 2:08 PM | Michael Dong

    Great day to ride, as the wind was minimal and the temp was nice in the high 40's (still cool enough to have to 'think' about drinking). Early season small ring work out, and big ring coming back. A GII rider joined, and really contributed to the fun...and OH rides are FREE, just join us. :) AMS 18mph, 42 miles total, short and sweet. Cheers!

  • Sat, March 10, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Thomas Short, Pat Walthers, Alan Kurzweil, Don Gardner

    Guest: Freddy Castillon

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26944639  40 mi, 1269' elevation gain.

    Weather: Again we wondered if it was Spring yet, and today the answer was "Yes; no; maybe; and yes again."  A fine sunny 50 degrees on my front porch and a day with clear blue skies gradually slumped back to Winter on the way to St Marys County: skies got gray and overcast, and somewhere on MD-5 just north of the county line my car alarm went off to warn me that it had sunk to 39 degrees. 

    It stayed in the high 30s/low 40s, feeling like the mid-30s due to the brisk wind and no sun for most of the day, only starting to clear and warm up in the final 10 miles of the ride. 

    In the Northern Senior Center parking lot after the ride it was around 48, and by the time I got home it was around 50 with bright blue sunny skies and a yard full of blooming daffodils. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.8 mph

    Joined by Freddy (who I've known for years in the Wednesday Irregulars) we fought the cold and the wind down to the first rest stop in Chaptico, at which point Tom decided to give up and head back. 

    The rest of us rode down to Chaptico Wharf which still managed to be quite pretty even with leaden gray skies and a sharp-feeling wind, then returned to Chaptico for a second rest stop on Manor and Horseshoe, roads we seldom see. 

    The final leg up Baptist Church, across MD-5 on Flora Corner to MD-6, then All Faith Church to Golden Beach saw a gradual clearing and warming, and by the time we were crossing MD-5 it had become glorious Springtime.   Perhaps this might turn out to be the last ride of Winter - wouldn't that be nice?

  • Sat, March 10, 2018 10:30 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader:  Norm Lisy

    Members:  Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Roscoe Williamson, Ray Luckenbach

    Guests:   Beth Baynes

    Route: Belle Haven to Ft. Hunt to Mt. Vernon to Peet's to Carlisle

    Weather: Oh...it was cool starting out.  10:30 and 40 degrees.  And it got colder.  Then it warmer up; by the time we got to Peet's it was toasty. 

    AMS: 11MPH

    Comments:  A great time riding a classic route with a great group and the wind at our back for the last leg.  "May the wind always be at your back!"

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   We lost our guest.  She was in front of us and then just kinda disappeared.  We communicated by email after the ride. Note to self:  before ride start make sure to give out your mobile number even if it is in ride notices.   

  • Sat, March 10, 2018 10:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: March 10, 2018

    Ride Name: Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 53 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.9 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: Slight route confusion

    Weather:  Cloudy, Temperatures in the 40’s but it felt colder, light wind

    Guest Riders:  Rob Golding, Anthony Carter

    Member Riders:  Matthew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Lynn Blake-Hedges, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    David joined us in route on Old Stagecoach Road; he turned back on Rock Point Road at the end of Mount Victoria Road.  Anthony arrived late and flew down 301 to meet us at the rest stop on Cobb Island.

    This was not a cohesive ride.  At times there were 3 or more groups (or singles).  However, generally there were 2 groups since the people at the back tended to regroup or catch each other.  The average is from the Ride Leader’s computer who was at or near the back through-out the ride; the leaders would have a much higher average.

    Matthew missed the turn on Faulkner Road and continued on 301; we shouted but he couldn’t hear us.  We continued on but when we reach the end Matthew wasn’t there.  It turned out that he had doubled-back to take Faulkner instead of staying on 301 like we thought so he was behind us instead of in front.  No matter, Matthew returned shortly thereafter without issue.

    By the time we returned to the start point the sun was finally out and it had warmed up.  Thanks to all for joining me on the ride.

  • Fri, March 09, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, and Yvonne & Michael Dong joining us enroute

    Route:   IH Village Green to White Plains on the rail trail and return

    Weather:  temp range 40-44; WNW winds at 12-15 mph w/gusts as high as the 20's.  Plenty of sunshine but an occasional cloud producing chillier shadowy areas.

    Report:  the aforementioned winds pushed us right nicely from Indian Head to White Plains.  We encountered Yvonne & Michael prior to Bumpy Oak.  They rode up to White Plains with us and then left at Middleton where they had parked.  The return trip didn't seem too bad wind wise until the final three miles from Livingston to the Village Green.  That section became quite a tiring slog.

    Item of interest:  overhead signs are being placed at the Bumpy Oak Rd and Middleton Rd crossings.  They will be solar powered, have a button to activate, and flash to alert oncoming motorists.  Completion date is unknown:  per the workers that we talked to at Bumpy Oak, all the necessary parts and supplies had been ordered and received and then the county changed the specifications.  More ordering done and now awaiting the new parts.  The guys we talked to didn't know if other crossings would get these signs in the future.  My speculation is that these two roads are maintained by Charles County; the other crossings are all numbered state routes.  So perhaps the county is moving ahead on its own and at some point will try to get the state to do the same.

  • Thu, March 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Tom Roberts, Rita Z, Harold Datz, Don Gardner

    Weather: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy, very windy, high 30s at the start quickly rising to the low 40s but as far as what it felt like, it felt like the low 30s and full winter clothing was called for.

    Route:  We planned a 37 mile route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26974537 that took Martin to Molly Berry, left crossing Croom on Brooks Church, then Tanyard to Fenno and a rest stop at Merkle.  That went according to plan.  Leaving Merkle we took St Thomas Church to Mattaponi and up Van Brady as per plan, but by then heavy clouds were rolling in and it felt colder than ever so instead of a northern loop down Trumps Hill and up Croom to a second stop at Patuxent River Park, we went right on Cheltenham to Duley Station and back on Croom for a total of 27 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.7

    "Is it Spring yet?"  Not today, it wasn't.  March Winds, for sure, and if weekend forecasts are to be believed, not yet Winter's last gasp, never  mind the daffodils blooming in the back yard.  Still, an excellent ride.  Thanks to those who came out.

  • Mon, March 05, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Darrell Meyer, Tom Short and joining us from Accokeek, Sam Perry

    Guests: None

    Weather: Sunny, windy (gusts up to almost 25 mph and constant winds around 20), high 30s at the ride start rising up to around 48 by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26949519  38 miles, 1400' of elevation gain -- but a lot of that elevation gain was riding directly into the wind, and that's got to count for something.  This route was an interesting wrinkle on the journey to and from Fort Washington, taking many of the well-established routes backwards and venturing into almost never seen territory.

    Mishaps and Mechanicals: Crossing MD-210 at Old Fort I noticed my back tire was getting soft.  We stopped at the church just west of the intersection, a fine place away from the noise of Indian Head Highway that we've used before to fix flats en route to Fort Washington.  I couldn't find an embedded sharp today, no more than I could find one on March 3, but when I got home I found the leak to be in the exact same place as the one on the 3rd so whatever it is, it's still in there. 

    As Fisk adverts used to say back a hundred years ago,

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    it's obviously time to re-tire

    AMS: 11.4 and we earned every bit of it.

    We lost a weekend day and Tuesday's forecast threatens rain (or even snow) so I posted a Bryans Road ride for Monday.  Some riders even showed up for a 10:00 am departure, although I listed it for 10:30 hoping for a little local warming.  We could have used it, because even at 10:30 riding into the wind on Marshall Hall Road it was nippy and even wind-chill skeptics were riding their brakes on the big downhill before Barrys Hill Rd to keep the frostbite away.  For some reason, by the time we climbed Barrys Hill we were a lot warmer -- and pleasantly surprised to find Sam Perry riding towards us to join the group, having started from Accokeek Firehouse.

    The route went down Farmington, across Indian Head Highway and up Livingston to Piscataway, then left on Gallahan.  According to RWGPS, that 160' climb on Gallahan gets up to around 8.5% but riding into 25 mph headwinds made it seem a lot steeper and much higher as well.

    We crossed 210, fixed my flat (thanks, Joan!) and took Old Fort to a rest stop at Fort Washington.

    Leaving the fort, we turned right on Asbury and took Tantallon, Lira and Lampton through the neighborhoods back to Old Fort just before the church we'd stopped at before.  There's a fair amount of climbing on Tantallon and Lira but everyone thought it was much better than climbing Livingston after crossing 210 at Swan Creek.  Crossing 210, we took the "Taylor Avenue Bypass" through the neighborhoods down to Livingston; in this direction, the 12% grade is a descent, but there are still a couple of challenging little climbs on Taylor before you get to Livingston Road.

    We wound our way through The Preserve onto Danville and found that virtually all of it except for the roughly mile and a half before Accokeek Road has now been repaved.  The map shows a couple of new roads through The Preserve, Lusby Ridge and Gardner cutting the corner between Danville and Accokeek Roads, but on today's satellite imagery it looks like dirt to possibly not even there yet, although when you ride by Lusby Ridge the entrance to the development is clearly paved.  Someday we'll have to explore it: cutting miles off Accokeek Road's generally a good thing.

    We stopped at Accokeek East Community Park for a rest.  No portolets (it's well known to parks departments everywhere that no one needs a portolet in the winter time) but we made do and enjoyed the break from the traffic and the wind, then finished the ride following an abbreviated version of the Tour d'Accokeek route.

    It was a challenging day, but an excellent ride.  Everyone enjoyed the route, too.  Going this way substitutes a hard climb for a thrilling descent on Gallahan, but the change of perspective more than makes up for it.

  • Sun, March 04, 2018 12:30 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar, substituting for Debby Bowman

    Members: Harold Datz, Rita Z, Sarah Clement, Janell Saunders

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26934085  32 miles, 1277' of elevation gain.  There was a tree and an electrical pole down on Patuxent River Road blocking access to Queen Anne Bridge, so we doubled back to Harwood, shortening the ride by a couple of tenths.

    Weather: sunny, high 40s getting up to 53 and very windy: 20+ mph with gusts to 29 -30.

    Mishaps & mechanicals:  none, other than the ride leader not being able to due to allergies and the wind and a road closure due to a downed tree and power line.

    AMS: 12.2

    That was hard! I thought with Spring at hand, a sunny day and a fairly short route (at least by the standards of those who have been riding since early January) with a late start might bring out riders who haven't been riding during the winter, but the wind put an end to that notion.  That's a good thing, because the wind made those 1300-odd feet of elevation gain seem more like 3000, and would have made for a rather discouraging first ride.  Those who came had a good time, and it certainly made some very familiar roads seen quite new.  

    Debris from the wind storm was everywhere, but other than the one downed power line previously mentioned none of it really hampered our ride.

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