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

You must be logged in to post a ride report. To log in, enter your Email and Password in the upper right corner and click the "Login" button. If you need a password, click Forgot Password. After you login, you will see an "Add Post" button.

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, June 21, 2017 5:00 PM | Jean Wright

    Leaders: Bruce and Jean Wright

    Riders:  Paul Bales, Brian Dupuy, Charles Sidwell

    AMS:  17.2 (Leaders)

    Weather:  80's, low humidity, light breeze

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  Didn't have to race the sunset, because Summer is here and so it the longest daylight of the year.  Brian, Paul, and Charles started out with the AA group and ended somewhere in between the AAs and the leaders, who rode sweep. 

    The bridge on Charles St will soon be one-way due to bridge repairs/replacement.  When that happens, CJE will change to an alternate route until the construction is complete. 

  • Tue, June 20, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Rider Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Members:  Rod Barnes and Sherwood Byers

    This evening was great for riding the trail.  There were rabbit, squirrels, deer, and yes we rode past a snake.  The pets were walking their owners, the children were ensuring their parents got exercise, and people fishing. There were runners, walkers, and other riders.  The trail was active and people- as well as animals - were out enjoying it's scenery.

    I want to thank Sherwood for joining my ride today.  In the first leg of the ride he did his thing, but after the rest, he took Rod and I to another level in our riding.  And it felt great.

    Thanks guys for coming out, especially you Rod - for always being on my rides.  I appreciate you. 

  • Tue, June 20, 2017 9:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader: Jim Hudnall

    Members: Larry Peed, Jan Tucker, Alan Kurzweil, Mike Bivens, Dave Schnirel, Ron Haney, Lou Dall'Orso, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts and Darrell Meyer. As usual, Lou and Tom got extra miles by riding from home.

    Guests: None

    Route: BR 45 Riverside Counterclockwise https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22302796
    44.5 miles and e
    levation gain between 1,400 feet and 2,100 feet, depending on whose Strava data you look at.  This route is almost the same as the CC 42-mile route that Ron used today. The only difference is that Ron's route takes Woodland Drive from MD-210 to Strauss Avenue and this route continues on MD-210 in Indian Head, through the Indian Head Village Green, and back down 210 to Strauss. The extra miles were added so the ride leader could get some video of cyclists starting out on the Indian Head 100 route. 

    Weather: Pleasant, especially after the past several days of high humidity and threats of thunderstorms. 

    AMS: Ride leader had 15.2 mph. Most riders were between 14.8 and 16. 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: it was another delightful ride on the Nanjemoy Peninsular, where there is plenty of shade and almost no traffic. We enjoyed three rest stops:  the Sweden Point Marina in Smallwood State Park, the Nanjemoy Community Center and the Pisgah Store. We lingered a little longer than planned at the Pisgah Store, wondering "what happened to Darrell?"  We later learned that he and Tom Short, who had signed in with Ron, skipped some rest stops. We later saw Darrell coming toward us on Livingston Road; he had finished the ride and backtracked for more miles. 

  • Tue, June 20, 2017 9:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Harry Kidd, Steve Palincsar, and signing in but riding with Jim's group, Tom Short and Karl Craton

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21240172     Chapmans Landing, Strauss/Hawthorne, Chicamuxen/Riverside, and Liverpool Point outbound to a rest stop at Nanjemoy Community Center.  Return via Baptist Church, Bowie, Mason Springs, and Livingston.  The shade coefficient was very high today.

    Weather:  first day of summer featuring brilliant sunshine with temps in the low 70s at ride start climbing into the mid 80s at the finish.  Breezes out of the WSW and decreasing humidity levels/dew point made for a very nice cycling day.

    AMS:   swept at 13.5 ish

    Report:  Riding on Chicamuxen past Stump Neck and Riverside was the best.  Plenty of shade producing delightful temperatures and so few cars in either direction that I don't think one needed more than a single hand to tally a total.  The three of us rode together almost the entire route until Harry went into Bion-X Kidd mode coming up Livingston.  A nice route and definitely one to do again on a hot day to enjoy the tree shaded roads.
  • Sun, June 18, 2017 2:10 PM | Robert Howell

    Ride Name:  Southern Maryland Sunday Fun Day Ride.

    Leader:  Bob Howell.

    Members:  Me, Myself, and I.  The 3 people that I can depend on the most.

    Guests:  None.

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22163399.  Then Plan B route.

    Weather:  Warm, Cloudy, Sunny, and WINDY!!!!

    AMS:  Low due to wind.

    Distance:  41 miles.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None.

    Report:  Since Me, Myself, and I were the only ones present at 9:30 a decision had to be made to either do the posted route or come up with a Plan B.  After some discussion we decided to do a Plan B ride which was doing Steve Palincsar's ride but in reverse.  Start his ride at the end and ride toward the beginning hoping to meet up with his group somewhere in the middle.  That did not happen.  Not at first.  By the time I came to Bishop Road and Friendship School Road intersection the 3 of us decided to turn around and head back to Oak Ridge Park.  We even decided that when the 3 of us came to 3 Notch Trail we would take it the entire length back to Oaks Road instead of Route 6.  The wind was just too much.  At 3 Notch Trail a little distance before Route 5 where the "Yellow Gate Obstacle Course" is there is a bench that the 3 of us decided to take a much needed break.  While looking down at our pack of cheese crackers all of a sudden we hear "Hey Bob".  We look up and it is John Gorman, Jay Lewis, and Robin Kyle.  3 members from Steve's group!  Long story short we kinda/sorta rode with them back to Senior Center, said a few "see ya laters", and headed back to Oak Ridge Park.  All in all a good day.  Some people say that any ride is better than no ride and today Me, Myself, and I have to agree with that.  To all the Fathers out there Happy Fathers Day.  Take care.  Later.


  • Sun, June 18, 2017 9:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Fathers' Day and I was joined by Tom Short, Regina and Michael Saizan, Ron and Barb Haney, Sonia Newman, Chuck Coe, Samson Samson, Ron Leak, Ken Meredith, Tom Roberts, and Phil Littleford on this ride that took us from Accokeek to LaPlata to Pisgah, and back.  We had the usual split between the faster and the rest of us, but it further split after the ride leader had a front flat.  Phil, Ken, and Ron Leak stopped to help (actually Phil and Ken changed the tube) and while checking the tire for the cause of the flat, I took a small piece of flesh from my pinky finger, resulting in bleeding that needed to be taken care of sooner rather than later.  So we stopped at the Dash-In at Billingsley and St Charles Pkwy so I could wash my hands. Phil again helped by giving me a band-aid which held until I got home.  The group waited until we regrouped at the rest stop.  From that point on, the ride was uneventful.  We got back with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of Fathers' Day

  • Sun, June 18, 2017 8:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Walt Roscello, Jay Lewis, Robin Kyle, Debby Bowman, John Gorman, Harry Kidd

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22006607 except that after the rest stop at Laurel Grove Park everyone followed the Three Notch Trail back to Northern Senior Center.  It had gotten up to 90 by then (heat index 100) and the relative coolness of the 3NT's shade, not to mention the difference between the flat 3NT and MD-6 and All Faith Church's rollers, proved irresistable.

    Weather: Sunny, breezy, humid and hot.  77 at the start, rising to 90 with a heat index of 100 and a Heat Advisory by early afternoon.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: nothing worse than a dropped chain

    AMS: 13.6

    It had been cool down to Chaptico and up Hurry to Manor School, but the heat started to show its stuff on Budd's Creek going up to Bayside.  Bayside was very cool and shady, but again there were open stretches on Newtowne Neck on the way to the second rest stop where we could really start to feel it.  It was shady through the Mennonite area, and we saw several Mennonite cyclists as well as buggies (even one towing a fiberglass canoe).  Jay, John and Robin had gotten way ahead of Harry, Walt, Debby and me, and on route to Laurel Grove Park must have decided to skip the 3rd rest stop and take the 3NT straight back.  When the trailing group arrived at the park, they decided to do the same.  We finished up with 42 rather than 46 miles.

  • Sun, June 18, 2017 8:30 AM | Blake Altman (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: June 18, 2017  

    Ride Name:  White Marsh-Sotterley

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.6 MPH (probably more for Steve and Andre)

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Upper 70’s to upper 80’s, cloudy to party sunny, humid, and breezy

    Guest Riders:  Andre Burton

    Member Riders:  Steve Koegle, Darin King

    Ride Report:

    It was cloudy at the start and even looked like it might rain (although that wasn’t forecast).  No worries though, no rain materialized.  We started out and immediately headed into the wind; the wind was with us the remainder of the ride but it wasn’t too bad.

    By the time we had approached Dr. Johnson Road Darin was fading off of the back a bit.  He told us to continue without him since he was planning to short-cut for home at Chaptico anyway.

    Once we departed from the rest stop the clouds were starting to part and it became progressively sunnier.  You might think this would make it hotter and more unpleasant but to me it felt better because the sun drove-off some of the humidity.  We were all soaked at the rest stop but with the sun and the lower humidity we dried-out some.

    After the rest stop it became clear that I was the weakest link.  I was able to stay in sight of Steve and Andre and they would slow or stop periodically for me but I wasn’t able to lead much.  After a quick stop at Laurel Grove Park for water I rallied some and I was even able to take some pulls up front again.  For the last section Steve took the front for a long time and once we turned on to Thompson Corner Road and the wind was behind us and he was leading at 27-28 MPH; what a fun way to finish the ride!  Steve should be ready for the Diabolical Double next weekend; he is definitely fast and strong.

    This was Andre’s first ride with us and we hope he will be joining us again.  He is back in the area again after just graduating from Drexel University.  He is a strong rider but he was willing to dial it back to ride with the old guys.

  • Sat, June 17, 2017 9:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Regina and Mike Saizan, Mike Bivens, Barbara and Ron Haney, Steve Palincsar, Norm Lisy, Jay Lewis and Monica Irmler.

    Guests: none

    Route: AF 34 Smallwood State Park and Marshall Hall (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/22233195). The route starts at the Accokeek Fire Station and goes down Livingston Rd to Hawthorne Rd (MD-225) and Chicamuxen Rd (MD-224) to Smallwood State Park. The return was Md-224, 225 and 210 to Bryans Road. The advertised route was 30 miles, going down Marshall Hall Road and up Barrys Hill. The group decided to add a few miles by going to the Marshall Hall boat ramp and coming back to Barrys Hill.

    Weather: Threat of isolated thunderstorms must have scared away some riders, but those who rode enjoyed a pleasant morning, although a bit humid. Average temperature over the ride was 75 degrees.

    AMS: 15.2 for the faster ride leader, 14.5 for the sweep. That is a little fast for a CC ride, but there were a lot of flat stretches and downhills. Elevation was between 1,000 and 1,200 feet, depending on whose GPS you believe.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: We stayed together down Livingston Rd. On Shiloh Church Rd, Mike Bivens suggested we stop at Janell's and wish her a happy birthday. Jane reminded us that Janell is out of town, but we stopped anyway and took a group photo to send Janell.

    The next stop was at Sweden Point Marina in Smallwood State Park. The gate attendant waved us in like he was expecting us. We learned shortly after that, that the marina was the checkpoint at mile-152 of today's Total 200, a one day double century (200 mile & 200 kilometer options) from Washington DC to Southern Maryland and back.

    At the waterfront, there was far more activity than we usually see there. It was the third day of the Fishing League Worldwide 2017 Potomac River competition for professional bass. The entry fee is $10,000, and the top prize is $125,000.

    We continued on to Marshal Hall for another water-view and to read the road sign about the history of Marshall Hall.

    We finished the ride at noon and were a group of hungry cyclists. Seven of us stopped at B & J's for food, ice cream and conversation.


  • Fri, June 16, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  John Riconda, Steve Palincsar, Susan Altemus, Michael Dong, Belinda Acre, and arriving after we departed so not signing in, Jane and Jim Hudnall.

    Route:  the one, the only, Indian Head Rail Trail from the Village Green to White Plains and back.

    Weather:  temps ranging from low to upper 70s, mostly overcast, an occasional drop or two of rain
    Report:  a typical Friday ride on the IHRT.  Some riders were fast to White Plains (John, Steve, Michael), some sedate (Belinda, Ron), and some enjoyed the wildlife and scenery (Susan).  The return trip saw different combinations and the Hudnalls passed in the opposite direction at the 11 mile marker, Beverly White a short time later.  Wildlife sightings included the usual turtles, birds, and butterflies plus two separate occurrences where deer continued feeding mere yards off the path as we cycled by.  Susan also had the opportunity to practice her Florence Nightingale skills - early on we came upon a father walking with his two young daughters, one of whom had fallen and skinned her knee.  A bandage was all that was needed to dry eyes and make everything good with the world again.  

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