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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”.

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  • Sun, January 21, 2018 10:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 21, 2018         

    Ride Name: About Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance: 47 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.6 MPH

    Ride Class:  A

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Partly cloudy, Lower 40’s at the start rising to about 55 at the end, light wind

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Matthew Lewandowski, Steve Koegle, Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    Well we strayed into AA territory but that was okay because we were all capable of maintaining the speed.  While we weren’t always together, we were always within sight of each other and regrouped frequently.

    I would say that most everyone went through periods of struggling to maintain the pace and periods of pushing the pace.  The only exception to this seemed to be Steve who was riding really strong throughout the ride.

    Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride and the weather was great!

  • Sat, January 20, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Karen McMillan, Loretta Troen, Wayne Hunt, Pat Walthers, Tom Short, Sarah Clement, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Don Gardner

    Weather: A wonderful early spring day in the middle of January.  Sunny, 40s at the start rising to the low 60s by the end of the ride.  Breezy at times.  In a word, fantastic.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26707020  35 miles, 1081' of elevation gain.

    Riding down Old Sycamore

    Image may contain: 4 people, people smiling, sky, bicycle, tree, outdoor and nature

    Rest stop at the Amish Schoolhouse

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.3

    We had a wonderful respite from the recent arctic chill, a lovely sunny touch of early spring and a great reminder of how much fun winter cycling can be in our area. 

    Loretta and Sarah were the Jari twins today, both sporting new Fuji Jari wide-tired 1x11 all-road bikes; and Sarah and Tom were Alltrack twins, Tom recently having traded his black Acura wagon for a new white VW Allttrack nearly identical to Sara's.  I've got one too, mine's silver: a great car for a cyclist as a bike fits right in the back with both wheels on, even a large one (59-60 cm) with full fenders.

  • Fri, January 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride Leader: Randy Schoch

    Members:Belinda Acre, Daniel Zavorka, and Donaro Gardner

    Weather: Very cool - mid 30's

    Route: IHRT

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Only 4 or us this morning with maybe 5 others on the trail. Still had a little snow on shady parts of the trail and prickly balls scattered around. It did warm up a little with the bright sun. It was enjoyable despite the chill. C'mon spring! 

  • Tue, January 16, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Don Gardner, Darrell Meyer, Tom Roberts

    Weather: Partly cloudy with a warm sun.  Low 30s at the start rising to the low 40s by the end of the ride.  Breezy at times.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26630265  34 miles, 1150' of elevation gain.  Bumpy Oak/Rose Hill to Chapel Point and a stop at the new Port Tobacco River Park, the up Locust Grove to Springhill Newtown (a section of the road we very seldom see) and left on Glen Albin (again, we rarely go in this direction) to Oak and a rest stop at the Dash In in La Plata.  From there, MD-6 to Qualwood, Hawthorne to Marshall Corner, down Pomfret to the IHRT to Hawthorne, Chapmans Landing back to Bryans Road.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none   We were a little worried when Darrell decided to do Locust Grove twice and then didn't catch back up until we were almost ready to leave La Plata, but it's easy to underestimate just how far an excursion like that can set you back and how long it'll take to catch back up.

    AMS: 12.2

    It was a great day for riding.  It was in the low 30s at the start, but the sun was warm and with the right clothes riding was comfortable.  We stayed together as a group except when Tom and Darrell did a couple of loop-backs and of course Darrell's doing Locust Grove twice just for the hill of it.  We met Holly out doing a solo training ride at Bumpy Oak & the IHRT on the way back, and that was fun until she and Darrell started discussing CAC cards, which proved to be too much "inside baseball" for the rest of us.  Obviously, we get Polar Bear points for today's ride but really - no suffering was involved and a great time was had by all. 

  • Sat, January 13, 2018 1:00 PM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 13, 2018         

    Ride Name:  Laurel Springs & Mill Run

    Ride Distance: 42.5 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.0 MPH

    Ride Class:  A

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  Sunny, Lower 30’s at the start rising to about 35 at the end, windy

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Michael Dong, Lynne Blake-Hedges

    Ride Report:

    I was pleased to have two riders come for the ride.  I was afraid that the cold and wind would mean no one else would come out.

    We all rode together throughout the ride and everyone took their turn at the front and worked hard.  The wind was mostly out of the north and the route mostly headed south before looping back to the north for the return.  We knew it was going to be hard work on the return and it was.  However, with the group and with everyone taking turns at the front it wasn’t so bad.

    Everyone seemed to enjoy the ride; I know I did.  I’m glad I had help on the return; it would have been a really long slog into the wind alone.  I was really surprised at our average; I would have expected it to be slower with so much wind.

    Lynne let us know at the end of the ride that today was her birthday.  Happy birthday Lynne!

  • Thu, January 11, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Bob Howell, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner

    Weather: Partly cloudy to cloudy (but bright), 50s at the start rising to an indicated 65 (hard to believe, but that's what the car said) by the time we finished.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26694312   32 miles, 1238' of elevation gain  

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.2

    It's been a tough January so far.  This was the first OHBike ride this year that didn't get canceled because of weather.  Hard on the heels of a near-record cold spell, today brought a welcome relief.  It also brought an appreciation for many of just how much of a toll this season's weather has taken on our fitness. 

    We took it easy today, staying together as a group until the final few miles.  We made no effort to avoid elevation gain, climbing up from the Pavilion at Patuxent River Park (with its flooded rest rooms -- burst pipe, perhaps) on Croom Airport, Duvall and Mount Calvert and south on Fenno up the rise to the Merkle Entrance Road.

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    Jim took several photos at the start and along the route. 

  • Sat, December 30, 2017 12:06 PM | Polly Choate

    Not sure but I believe Temps in the 20s to start. 18 very hardy souls met up at Mr Henry's on Capitol Hill for a brisk walk down Pennsylvania Ave to the Botanical Gardens.  There we warmed up while enjoying the minature trains and Road Trip USA display, unique places one would see on an off the beaten track road trip, all made of natural materials. And enjoyed the poinsettias and other flora. Then we walked to the Capitol Tree in front of the US Capitol, very pretty, but debated whether it was a full tree or just live branches made in the shape of a tree. By this time everyone was getting pretty cold so we headed back to Mr Henry's for dinner and libations.

    Leader:Polly Choate. Members: Leslie Tiersten, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Joan Oppel, Belinda Acre, Harry Kidd, Monica Irmler and 4 of her Family; and Guests: Christina Campbell, Roslyn Rubin, Walter & Anne Schwermer, Nancy & Steve McGuire.  Several OH folks opted out of the walk due to the freezing temps, very understandable.

    Happy New Year!

  • Tue, December 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Weather: low 30s at the start rising to at most 36, breezy, partly sunny

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6473532 with the addition of a trip down to the Potomac by the lighthouse

    Mishaps & mechanicals: a couple of chain drops

    AMS: under 12

    Cold at the start, very cold going down the hill on Marshall Hall Rd -- 35 mph at 32 degrees -- but by the time we climbed Barrys Hill we were ready to remove a layer, an opportunity afforded by an impromptu comfort stop at the Firehouse.  In all, a very pleasant ride, although made slower by the wind.

  • Sun, December 24, 2017 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Leslie Tierstein

    Weather: low 40s, breezy, partly sunny at the start quickly becoming overcast, clouds gradually becoming thicker and grayer.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17040817  35.4 miles, ~550' of elevation gain, with 20 miles having but 180'.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.0

  • Fri, December 22, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, and Jane & Jim Hudnall.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Very cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Good turnout of riders this morning considering the questionable temps. Our riders split up right away to ride at their own pace. We saw a few walkers, dogs, turtles, squirrels and birds. We had a nice break and visit at White Plaines. Jim enlisted a dog walker to take our group photo. The weather prediction for next Friday is "very cold" so this might be the last Friday ride until next year. We will ride through the winter if the temp. is 40 or above.

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