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.









  • Tue, October 23, 2012 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was a gorgeous Indian Summer day, 60 at ride start rising to 80 by the time we returned to Bryans Road.  The route was a forest tour, for the most part, and there was an abundance of glorious fall foliage.  The best views were on Bowie, Poseytown, Riverside and Chapman's Landing; not Vermont, the Berkshires or Old Rag, of course, but a marvelous day nonetheless.

    In the group were Jackie and Randy Schoch, Larry Peed, Darryl Lowery, Sonja Newman, Vicki Garlock, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Joan Oppel, Sam Perry, Richard Harrington and Jim Hudnall.  Much less drama than my last ride, but still more than usual: if you're going to have a flat on a Southern Exposure ride it's almost always on one of three roads: Rt 6, Hawthorne and Chicamuxen.  Today we had two flats, both on Chicamuxen; the unlucky victims were Tom Short and Sonja Newman.  Helpers with the flats were Jim Hudnall and Joan Oppel, respectively. 

    38 miles, one rest stop at the Nanjemoy Community Center, 1500 feet of climbing and everyone finished with a B average.  Route details are here:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1814921

  • Sun, October 21, 2012 9:00 AM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)
    I saw only the A ride posted by Blake and knew we needed another ride to enjoy the lovely weather and great roads.  It was about 45 degrees at the start, so it was a good test run of winter clothing options. I was joined by Jan Tucker, Mike and Regina Saizan and Steve Palincsar. 

    Jan, Mike and Regina took off at a fast pace behind Blake's A ride, while Steve and I hung back to warm up.  David Kemp pulled up from behind and chatted for a bit before taking off to catch Blake. Steve and I lost sight of the rest of the group, while I pulled ahead of the 2 of us.  I took a bathroom break on Rt 6, not sure if we could use the restrooms at the Nanjemoy store, and Steve passed me as I was getting back on my bike.  I caught him as we were heading onto Riverside and continued on, enjoying the autumn leaves and dappled sun littering the road.  The rest of the group was at the store, and surprise, they let those that asked use the bathrooms!  Steve stayed behind a bit longer while the rest of us headed out for the rest of the ride.  

    My thanks to the group for letting me work on my drafting and allowing me to actually keep pace!  
  • Sun, October 21, 2012 9:00 AM | Blake Altman (Administrator)
    Members Chuck Coe and Ken Meredith joined me for the Doncaster & Nanjemoy ride.  We were joined within a few miles by (Super) Dave Kemp.  We had beautiful weather for the ride.  The leaves are starting to turn so the scenery was great.  We all rode together though out the ride and had a good 18.0 average.  We enjoyed having the B ride starting at the same time and we met up with some of them at the rest stop.
  • Sat, October 20, 2012 10:00 AM | Anonymous
    What a beautiful day for Class CC/C to do a 32 mi. ride. We left just after 10:00 AM from Accokeek Firehouse. New comer Martine joined us for her first ride with the club. As we began our ride, Pat C. drove up. John R., Bill B, Martine P., Catharine R and Ride Leader JulieAnn K. went in the first wave of riders. Co-ride leader Reggie S. took charge of the second wave: Polly C, Pat S., Pat C., Calvin and Kevin C. 

    It was a slow start for the second group and they turned on to Ripley Pat C. had a loud blow out. Reggie was quick to react and in record time changed her tire and back on the road they went. It was a easy ride and we all had a blast. Worried wave one would not make the light on 210, we gave it our all and pedaled and pedaled, reaching record speed to cross with the light, exhausted and having no energy to make the next few miles, we thought it would need to refuel. So we had no choice but to stop for sundays at McDonald's. All Bill wanted was a strawberry sunday. Apparently this McDonald's is the only one that does not have strawberry so he was forced to eat a caramel sunday. 

    As we were refueling Kevin blasted by, We waved to him but he was going so fast he never saw us. Upon our return to the firehouse, we were soon reunited with the second wave of riders, making it a great end to a great ride. John gave us a great Irish Trifle recipe. We were so hungry we went to B&J after the ride, where we ran into Janell. I would like to thank all riders for coming, without you it would not be the same. THANKS
  • Sat, October 20, 2012 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    Saturday was a splendid day for cycling: cool but not cold at the start, around 52 and sunny, rising to almost 70 by the time the ride finished at 3 pm. Breezy but not horribly windy, and although the forecast was for cloudy skies, it was bright and sunny most of the day, the clouds finally rolling in as we were on the home stretch on Bumpy Oak Road.

    The group consisted of members Jan Tucker, Larry Greene, Mike Bivens, Linda Bankerd, Michelle Williams, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Lou Dall'Orso and, joining us at Johnny Boy's in La Plata, Charles Sidwell. Also in the group were Guests Michele Coleman, Lyle Cromwell, Bernard Jones and Cynthia and Rene Smith.

    Normally, there isn't much drama on one of my rides: no attacks, breakaways or aggression; and surprises generally come from scenic views and riding seldom-used roads in unexpected directions. There was a bit of that today, to be sure: Locust Grove, Cooksey, Newport Church and Pope's Creek all in the "wrong" direction, but there was genuine drama as well. It started before the second mile. Jan had a flat tire, one of those mystery flats with no obvious hole in the tube, and Michelle fell (lesson learned: don't try to adjust your computer pickup when the bike's in motion).

    We regrouped at the self-storage and went on, hoping we'd had our quota of mishaps, and for a long time that was true. By the rest stop at Cooksey's store at mile 33, it became clear that Michelle had injured her knee in the fall, and she abandoned the ride, and three of the guest riders decided they wanted to cut the ride short in order to attend a youth football game and stayed on 6 heading for La Plata, while the main body headed down Kentucky and Bowling for a big loop along Allen's Fresh and Pope's Creek.

    After the climb up from Capt' Billy's (it's a good thing we know for a fact there are no hills in Southern Maryland, because other wise we might well have mistaken that little rise for one) we regrouped at the Red Top Liquor store at Faulkner on 301. 

    When we got to St. Ignatius, more drama. Lou forgot we were turning into the church driveway for a rest stop, but the rider to his right didn't; he turned and Lou went down and stayed down for a while. In the end, not much damage done: torn tights, fresh blacktop marks all over the back of that yellow Century jersey (and forget about that collar, it's finished) and a few small scrapes, and although the helmet got a hard clonk, it seems to have done it's job.

    As we left St. Ignatius, one of the guests who'd taken the La Plata shortcut joined us at the cemetery, and we learned that one of the shortcut riders' rear derailleur had overshifted into the spokes in his back wheel while climbing a hill, which locked up and twisted and pretzeled the derailleur.

    6 hrs total time, and an AMS of 14.2. 

  • Fri, October 19, 2012 11:00 AM | Jackie Schoch
    Leader was Jackie Schoch and riders were, Randy Schoch, Vicki Garlock, Janell Saunders (she had the day off and just wanted to see how it was to ride on a Friday Afternoon), Jan Tucker, Jack Hammond and Calvin Conyers.  What a great day for a ride.  It was just plain wonderful.  Jack Hammond parked at White Plains and rode his bike to meet us at the starting time.  On his way to Indian Head he was the "Breakfast Club".  He said there was probably 15 or more turkeys.  I told him it was the younger group just being shown what the Breakfast Club is all about.  The Men's Group.  We saw a Eagle at Bumpy Oak Rd at the pond.
  • Thu, October 18, 2012 10:30 AM | Samuel Perry
    Today's ride fell on my birthday and what a great day it was.  Nice weather, good friends, and a fun route to ride it in.  A total of fourteen people joined me at the ride's start.  Mike Bivens, Tom Short, Steve Palincsar, Roger Cubbage, Phil Greer, Regina & Mike Saizan, Calvin Conyers, Richard Harrington, Sharon Miller, Michele Williams, Jim & Jane Hudnall and Lou Dall'Orso.  Everyone stayed together the first ten miles then the faster riders separated.  This was my first attempt in developing a route in a while. Although the total mileage of 37 was correct, the individual mile directions were off the first half by a mile and a half.  We were met at the second rest stop by John Early who accompanied us the remainder of the route. Calvin Conyers came in with a 14.1 avs and the ride leader swept the rear.  Thanks to everyone for the birthday cards and sentiments. It was an enjoyable day.  Looking forward to the movie.

  • Wed, October 17, 2012 4:30 PM | Shane LaBrake
    Six OHBTC riders came out on a beautiful evening to heed a last minute call for the Wednesday evening Tour de Accokeek.  Joining ride leader Shane LaBrake were Kirsten Watts, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, and Fred Telleria.  Ron Leak rode his bike from home and missed the start.  Undaunted, he took a short cut thinking he would catch us, but instead actually got ahead of us.  We eventually met at the Potomac River rest stop at Marshall Hall.

    The group rode at a steady 14.5 and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors along the way.  There were no mechanical mishaps or dog issues. 

    Fred has asked if I intend to do it again next week.  Stay tuned.  Weather and work schedule permitting, I may post it again for 4:30 next week.  Watch the website.

  • Wed, October 17, 2012 4:30 AM | Anonymous
    I would Like to thank All the riders that came out for the WEDNESDAY ON THE INDIAN HEAD RAIL TRAIL RIDE.   I would like to thank Kim W. She is new to biking and came out for her 3rd ride of the year.  Ride leaders JulieAnn K. and Calvin C, made sure she did great. We were joined by Reggie,  who did the Sea Gull Century just a week or so ago. John R rode down from Indian Head to join us before heading off to work. Dan D. came and gave some pointers and took of with John at record speed. There were only 6 of us, but in that short time we were able too see the wild life on the trail.

    The leafs are changing and the smell of fall is in the air. Come out and join us next week.
  • Tue, October 16, 2012 10:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    Perfect weather for biking this day - warm sun and pretty fall colors:  14 riders joined the ride leader for a tour of both the Indian Head Trail and some of the pretty roads that lead to the south and east.  We had one guest visiting from the Eastern Shore, Arlene, and Linda Bankerd, Mike Bivens, Vicki Gorlock, Richard Harrington, Alan Kurzweil, Darryl Lowery, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Mike and Regina Saizan, Randy and Jackie Schoch and Tom Short. After heading toward Indian Head, we swung back to visit Pisgah, then on to Welcome and the Welcome store (nice guy runs the store, he and his wife are bikers).  Around Mill Swamp and then heading toward Rose Hill on Route 6, Steve had a flat.  Six of us helped to fix it. Though we found a tiny bit of glass in Steve's tire at the spot that the tube punctured, the tiny bit had stubbornly buried itself in the tread and would not come out.  We finally added a heavy boot to that section of the tire, installed a new tube and rode back uneventfully, though late.   

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