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”.

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  • Thu, February 28, 2013 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    March: in like a lion and out like a lamb, so it stands to reason February would go out like a lion -- but today it was a bit more like that little Pekingese yapping at us as we were climbing out of Magruders Ferry: blustery and a bit ornery, but not nearly as menacing as perhaps it hoped to be. Mid 40s and sunny at 10:30, but windy enough to feel a bit chilly; warming up to 50 as we arrived at the first rest stop, but clouds obscured the sun sapping its warmth. Having faced down the Peke, we turned south on Croom and from then on, rode into head winds laughingly described on weather.com as "10 mph" (seemed twice that) which only added to the fun on the Croom Rollers and Cross Road Trail.

    It was a large group for a winter ride today, 15 plus the leader, including Phil Creed (and who knew all this time he was a guest?), Larry Peed, Ken Meredith, Alan Kurzweil, Mike Bivens, Darin King, Joan Oppel, Richard Harrington, Loretta Troen, Tom Roberson, Linda and Paul Bankerd, Jim and Jane Hudnall, Sam Perry and leader Steve Palincsar.

    The route was a little shorter than typical, 33 miles, but with a few more contour lines crossed than usual and 20 miles of headwinds, by no means an easy ride. Hard enough, in fact, that a sizeable contingent decided after the stop at the Nottingham store to skip Cross Road Trail and follow North Keys straight back. No mechanicals or mishaps today. AMS at the back of the pack somewhere in the 13.x range.
  • Wed, February 27, 2013 4:00 PM | Anonymous
    I would like to thank Nancy, Tiny and Brodrick for a great ride.. We did a quick 26, And then ate some Mexican food with Mieshie.  The ride was great! We all got some miles in after a long break. I look forward to a great season... Ride Leader Julieann Kowalewski
  • Sun, February 24, 2013 1:00 PM | John Gorman

    Ride Leaders: John Gorman and Reggie Stokes

    Riders: John Riconda and Larry "Fast" Peed.

    The 1pm start from the IHRT(White Plains), was sunny and temps were above 50, for the first time in long time, but by 1pm the winds had picked up to a steady 15mph w/ higher gusts. So heading up the trail we easily realized the resistence, making a simple flat trail an effort for a few of us who haven't cycled some 30 or 45+ days. " Fast" Larry and John R., quickly flew ahead, we re-grouped @ the initial left onto MD-225 to Chicamuxen, Reggie and John R.  decided to just ride the trail only, Larry/John G. continued on the route to the rest stop @ the Smallwood Park Marina. It was interesting that the winds seemed stronger on the trail vs the open roads. (I think as Reggie noted the trail tends to create a tunnel effect.) After leaving the Marina, we traveled on Sweetman, Bicknell, Pisgah-Marbruy, Mason Springs back to the TL MD-224/MD-225, making a R on Livingston and quick R back on trail for the final 10miles back to the start.

    Well the route played out as I had hoped, offering a few low elvation changes combined w/ some steady peddling on the trail, in rembering how to change gears, etc after a lay off.

    Larry and John's final stats: Total Miles 35, AMS 14.10,  riding time 2.29.

  • Sun, February 24, 2013 12:30 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    A beautiful sunny day finally ended the long streak of dismal, gloomy weather and finished out the weekend on a glorious note.  It got to the low 50s, but windy -- according to the weather report, gusty winds between 20 and 30 mph -- so although it was pretty, we never got that "Oh my God, spring is here and I'm so not ready!" feeling.  There were 11 of us all told: Richard Harrington, Jim and Jane Hudnall, Loretta Troen (first time out after what seems like a month of illness), Janell Saunders, Jan Tucker (again, first time out in many weeks), Linda Bankerd, Holly Carr, Jill Thompson-Riese (also first time out in many weeks), Lou Dall'Orso and leader Steve Palincsar.

    The basic route was 39 miles: Mason Spring to 6 to Bowie and Poseytown, Rt 6 to Greenleek Hill, then Sandy Point to Riverside, staying on Riverside for 11 miles, turning off on Holly Springs.  The short cut (which nobody took) turned off Riverside on Smith Point Rd; the long cut (which nobody took) stayed on Riverside all the way to the T at 6.  From 6 we took Ironsides to Durham Church, 6 to Welcome, then Fire Tower, Annapolis Woods and Poorhouse back to the firehouse.  Pretty scenery, lots of woods, and almost no traffic on the roads.

    We seemed pretty fast today: 15.something to the first regroup at Greenleek Hill & Jacksontown; 15 again all the way down Riverside to the second regroup at Holly Springs.   We regrouped again at the water stop at Old Durham Church and then zoomed down Durham Church Rd to 6, then took a real rest stop at Scott's store on Welcome Rd. 
    Linda had been experiencing lousy shifting all day, and by the time she arrived at Scott's her right hand shifter cable had completely parted. 

    Spring may not be here yet, but it seems as though the spring broken STI shifter cable season is already under way.  If you can't remember the last time you changed yours, it may just be time to bring your bike around to the LBS and get it changed while it's cheap and only takes a minute, before it breaks on the road and maybe the little bits jam up the shifter and you have to buy a new one. 

    After the break came my first time on Fire Tower since the crash.  Somebody who'd been there that day hooted to acknowledge the spot, and I'm pleased to say it held no terrors for me today. 

    A hundred yards from the end of the ride, Holly's rear derailleur broke.  200 miles at most on a brand new SRAM Red rear mech.  Sorry it happened, but if it had to fail, it picked a good place, almost at the parking lot, because she couldn't even push the bike the way the chain was tangling itself up. 

    We finished with an AMS of 14.something.

  • Sun, February 24, 2013 10:00 AM | Claire Chiamulera

    It was hard not to ride with a smile on your face today. After last Sunday’s bone-chilling cold and wind, today was a treat. Ten members joined me on this beautiful day: Scott Walker, Ken Meredith, Diane Harris, Al Manley, Mike Bivens, Darin King, Blake Altman, Jo Lutmerding, Michael Blaine, and David Kemp. We headed out from Laurel Springs and looped up around the Blue Crab Stadium and back towards La Plata before heading east towards Gilbert Run Park via Springhill-Newtown and Rte. 6. The group spread out but regrouped at the park, where we took a break by the lake. Gilbert Run is one of my favorite local parks and I always enjoy sharing it. On the return, the front group very courteously waited for the back group at various points. We all made it back to Laurel Springs without a hitch. Thanks all for coming out!


  • Thu, February 21, 2013 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Phil Creed, Larry Peed, Tom Short and Richard Harrington, Polar Bears all, joined me today for what turned out to be a sunny, very windy and surprisingly, not all that cold (considering it was 31 when we started and 39 when we finished) but, thanks to the wind, challenging ride. One might think that on a route that does Baden Naylor, Bassford and Clestial the hard way, that terrain might be a factor in the ride's difficulty, but with the wind as it was today we never noticed the terrain, drowned out by the wind.
  • Mon, February 18, 2013 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    As predicted, clear cloudless blue skies, 10 mph winds, 31 degrees when we left Oak Ridge Park, rising to 41 by the time we arrived back at the park at 2:30.  In the group were Ken Meredith, Darin King, Janell Saunders, Scott Walker and leader Steve Palincsar.  It was, as Ken put it, a "good old fashioned polar bear ride,"  and a very pretty one.  There was almost no traffic anywhere, and a scenic route was made even nicer by the bright golden sun.

    We took a vote at the first rest stop in Chaptico and all decided to do the full 46 mile route.  The A riders did a marvelous job hanging back and regrouping, and it always felt as though the group stayed together (even though Ken, Darin and Scott could drop me in a heartbeat, were they so inclined). 
  • Sun, February 17, 2013 10:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Members Claire Chiamulera, Scott Walker, and Michael Blain joined me for the 48 mile Hidden Amish ride.  It was about 32 degrees at the start of the ride and windy; it was about 35 degrees at the end of the ride and windier.   The weather conditions were such that we were questioning whether riding was such a good idea.  We started out and after some painful acclimation to the conditions I think everyone was reasonably comfortable (at least I was).  After about 5 miles against the wind we turned and had the wind from the side or behind us until we turned left on to MD 242 from Dr. Johnson road; we then had a slog of almost 20 miles into the wind until the end.  We all took turns pulling and stayed together.  While the conditions were not ideal it seemed like everyone was glad to get out and ride.  We were pleasantly surprised by our 17 MPH average; I would have expected slower given the wind.  The ride moved us closer to compliance with rule #5 (www.velominati.com/the-rules/).  Special rule #5 mention goes to Claire who rode to and from the ride from home.  Did I mention it was windy?

  • Sat, February 16, 2013 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was supposed to snow today.  The forecast was so dire DC Randonneurs postponed its scheduled 200K brevet until next week.  I had no hope of riding today and didn't even bother to set the alarm.  So it was a huge surprise when I noticed that it was kind of nice outside and the forecast showed no chance of precipitation.  On a very last-minute basis I put in this ride, and not surprisingly only Holly and I showed up.  For a day with a dire forecast, it wasn't bad at all.  We rode for 2 1/2 hours and when we got back to the Wilson Bridge decided to skip the northern loop.  

  • Fri, February 15, 2013 11:00 AM | Jackie Schoch
    Leader Jackie Schoch, riders were Randy Schoch, Steve Palincsar, Darin King, Jane and Jim Hudnall and John Rigonda.  We also saw Vicki Garlock on the way back from White Plains.
    What a beautiful day for a ride on the Indian Head Rail and Trail.  I have to say this was Randy and my first club ride of the year. We have been on the trail on our own either by bike or walking our dog Zoe for 5 miles. We will be so  glad when the warmer weather is here to STAY.

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