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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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  • Fri, June 08, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Belinda Acre, John Riconda, Wilma Fant, Jan Tucker, Leslie Harding, Jackie Schoch, Bev White.  Seen enroute:  George Chiamulera, road captain Barbara Haney

    Route:   the Friday regular - Indian Head Rail Trail from Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:   high overcast so sunny but no blue skies, temps from the mid 70s to low 80s, increasing humidity, some breeze

    Mechanicals:   no ride/club related problems but when the last of us returned to the Village Green, two young boys that had been seen riding the trail now had a flat tire.  Fran offered the assistance of your faithful correspondent, and ably assisted by Barbara, we were able to get the rear wheel off.  It wasn't equipped with a quick release lever but fortunately I had a 15mm wrench in the car that did the trick.  The tube, a Shrader valve 26x2.3, had suffered a pinch flat.  In another fortunate occurrence, Fran had the correct size tube.  So we got the two of them up and rolling fairly quickly.

    Report:  Wilma was riding the IHRT for the first time - she acquitted herself quite well.  Leslie, the mystery woman of past reports, was riding the IHRT from the Village Green for the first time.  She also acquitted herself nicely.  John, Wilma, and Leslie headed back first.  Those remaining met up with Jackie at White Plains and Bev came along as we were heading back so we rode together to the Livingston Road parking lot, where both of them had started.  Lots of other trail users today, the majority of which were cyclists.  We also shared the trail with a good number of turtles, thankfully none of the snapping variety.  The May rains have the trees and grasses in a very lush shade of green.  An enjoyable Friday IHRT ride - but then, aren't they all?

  • Thu, June 07, 2018 10:30 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members:  Barry Winkelman, Linda Bankerd, Sam Perry, Lou Dall'Orso, Chantal Briere, Bob Thompson

    Weather:  Perfect!  Clear sky, low wind, 75 degrees at end of ride

    AMS:  14.9 mph

    Distance / Elevation Gain:  36.7 miles / 1700 feet of climbing

    Mechanicals:   GARMIN GPS ALERT!!!!! Chantal's Garmin 1000 melted where the charging cord attaches to the Garmin's charging port.  The USB charging cord was attached to the USB port on Chantal's computer nevertheless the heat at the Garmin's port was sufficient to melt the Garmin 1000.  Garmin told Chantal that it will replace her GPS.   If any of you have knowledge of other Garmin meltdowns or their cause please let the other club members know. In the meantime please do not place your Garmin on a flammable surface while it is charging. 

    Report:  This was a preview ride for the Patuxent River Rural Legacy ride on Saturday, June 9.  The CC riders were sweeping the route on the lookout to mark potholes or other potentially harmful conditions.  Based on our experience the route is nice, scenic and has a low volume of vehicle traffic. We all enjoyed the ride.

  • Thu, June 07, 2018 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Norm Lisy, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Joan Oppel

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27714788  36.7 miles/1854' elevation.  Basically the first and final parts of this year's Rural Legacy.

    Weather:   nice - more sun than clouds, temps in the 70s, humidity mostly low, a puff or two of air now and then.

    AMS:   swept at 11.5 but we were in our SHA gear for a good part of the ride.

    Report:  Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 3, and rained out.  Today's ride was to check on the most egregious parts of the route as noted during Friday's route marking.  At that time, Molly Berry and Candy Hill had sections where dirt, sand, and gravel had swept across the roads.  Most of those areas were now clear but a bumper crop of potholes had appeared in their wake.  We were equipped with plenty of orange spray paint and marked the worst to alert the Rural Legacy riders.  Otherwise, as Tom noted, it was a very nice ride utilizing many of the road with minimal traffic that can be found east of Brandywine.

    SPECIAL NOTE:  sign boards were up saying Brandywine Road will be closed between the Medstar building and Missouri Ave beginning  Saturday, June 16.  For anyone driving to North Keys Park from the west on Brandywine Rd,  the detour will be a left onto northbound 301 and a right onto Missouri to return to Brandywine Rd.  Given the amount of traffic that is going to need to turn onto 301, it could be very interesting...

  • Wed, June 06, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: June 6, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.5 MPH (Lead), 21.5 MPH (Chase 1)

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  Dropped Rear Light

    Weather: Mid to upper 70’s, low humidity, partly cloudy to overcast, some breeze

    Guest Riders (AA):  Reggie Forbes, Josh Hettel, Orlando Howard, Alonzo Baxter, Holden Hudson, Anthony Carter

    Member Riders(AA):  Tyler Hill, Charles Sidwell, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Phillip Mitchell, Mike Wilson, Gordon Schrader, Michael Blaine, Chris Zabriskie, Eric Williams, Brad Francisco

    Member Riders(A/B):  Joel Carney, Emily Hendricks

    Ride Report:

    We had a really good turnout on probably because the weather was really nice.

    The temporary light at the bridge on Route 6 is finally gone but the road was milled and rough plus the shoulder was blocked with construction barrels so we had to take the lane.  There was a fair back-up behind us; hopefully everything will be completed by next week.

    The pack managed to stay together until the hill on Route 6.  Some of the stragglers managed to rejoin the lead group before the light at Penn’s Hill Road.  The reconstituted lead then stayed together until the hill on Budd’s Creek Road where the group fractured again.  It appeared that on 301 the lead group was caught by a large trailing group but this is speculation because the ride leader was permanently dropped at this point.  The ride leader and another trailing rider joined forces and became Chase 1; however, we weren’t chasing we had no hope of catching the lead group.

    At the end of the ride an attempt was made to reunite the lost rear light with its owner.  We were unsuccessful and will continue the task this week.

    It was another fun ride for the AA group.

    The A/B riders are listed since the A/B leader could not make the ride at the last minute.  I may have missed listing some of these riders since there was some confusion on the sign-in sheet.  It seems like they had a good ride as well.

  • Tue, June 05, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney 

    Members: Ron Haney, Tom Short, Dave Schnirel, Tom Roberts, Sam Perry, Kirk Saunders, Jonathan Oliver, Pete Czapiewski, Charles Sidwell

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19804782, a brief tour of Indian Head, then looping through La Plata and Port Tobacco, returning via Hawthorne, Marshall Corner and Bumpy Oak 

    Weather: 70s, breezy bordering on windy

    AMS: 17 for leader, after riding half the ride with B and half with A groups

    Report: It was a great day to ride, despite the wind picking up a bit. Leader rode with the B group until the rest stop at Dash In, where the A’s were waiting, having been met by Michie, who rode from work to join us for the rest of the ride. Sam offered to sweep B group for the second half. It was an enjoyable and uneventful morning of riding on pleasant roads. 

  • Tue, June 05, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Member:  Joan Oppel

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19804782  39.2 miles/1258' elevation.  Outbound via Chapman's Landing to Indian Head, then Strauss/Hawthorne/Rose Hill & MD-6 to a rest stop at the La Plata Dash-In.  Return via Willow/Glen Albin/Spring Hill-Newtown then Locust Grove/Chapel Point/Valley back to Hawthorne.  Final stretch utilizing Marshall Corner/Pomfret/the IHRT and Bumpy Oak.

    Weather:  lovely day - temp range of low to mid 70s, plenty of sunshine, negligible humidity, some air moving that at times was a bit blustery.

    AMS:  upper 12s

    Report:  quite a delightful ride.  In true CC (conversational cycling) style, Joan and I had any number of stimulating and engaging conversations on topics mundane and/or extraordinary.  The section east of 301 was particularly nice with very little vehicular traffic to contend with as we cycled.

  • Mon, June 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Tom Roberts, Lou Dall'Orso, John Hartsfield

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8649161 

    Weather: 60s, cloudy, some breeze from NW

    AMS: 20.4 for leaders, 19.9 chase

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: flat tire about 1/2 way up the Hawthorne climb to the light at Rose Hill

    Report: Even though this was advertised as an A ride, no one seemed interested in that detail, so by consensus it ended up being our Monday Manokeek version of Casey Jones Express. We were on-and-off together until John and Tom definitively got away about mile 10 on St. Charles Pkwy. Ron, Lou and I chased, also getting some bad luck at traffic lights, but we saw the lead again on Hawthorne when they were stopped afterJohn had hit a rock and flatted. We stopped briefly at Ollie's, then finished the last bit mostly together until the final mile on Indian Head before Manning, when John and Tom took the lead again. It was a fun ride, admittedly not as advertised, but since all riders were on the same page, that was not a problem.

  • Fri, June 01, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members:  Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, Tom Roberts, Rita Zeider, Harold Datz

    Mechanical Issues/Mishaps:  None

    Weather:  Clear and blue sky.  86 degrees at ride end

    Average speed/climbing:  15.8 mph / 1012 feet of climbing

    Ride Report:  This was the second time for this route that was designed by Ron Altemus.  The route is relatively flat except for three noticeable climbs - one on Chatsworth Road and two climbs on Bensville Road.  Overall, this is a magnificent route.  Barbara Haney, Tom Roberts, and Ron Haney waited for me at the top of the three climbs and rode below their ability on the flats.  With their help I was able to get a very good workout.  We saw Holly Carr at the Pisgah Store where she stopped to take a break in her solo training ride. We invited her to join us but her return route was different from ours so we went one way and she another.



  • Fri, June 01, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Belinda Acre.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather -  Pleasant (not raining)

    AMS - 11mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report -  Only three of us this morning. A few of the regulars were out painting the markings for the Rural Legacy Route for next week. The trail traffic was light except for an abundance of squirrels trying to run in front of our bikes. Lots of birds, deer, a few fishermen at the Bumpy Oak lake, and Jane and Jim Hudnall saw a flock of wild turkeys. Jim and Jane were working at the Ft. Wash. Food Bank and came to the ride late.  

  • Wed, May 30, 2018 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright

    Leader:  Bruce Wright, Jean Wright

    Members:  , Ken Lemmert, Darrell Meyer,  Mike Kenyon, and Jason Hendricks


    Ride Distance: 25 

    Weather: Mid 80’s, Overcast

    AMS: 17.4 MPH

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None 

    Report: B group left in front of the AA and was caught and passed by AA on St. Mary Ave.   At that point, Darrel stay with AA.    The rest of the group maintain a good pace at 17.4 MPH. Jason stopped with Gordon at the bridge on Rt 6 bridge because Gordon had a flat tire.    

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