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  • Sun, March 04, 2018 10:00 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Name: Westlake HS to Ollie’s / Pisgah stores via IHRT Class CC+-low

    Ride Leader: John Gorman
    Members: Don Gardner and Ron Altemus

    Weather:  10:00am start.  Sunny 38 – 45 finished, windy 17-18mph, but no gusts. (Refreshing to be outdoors, since Dec 2 for me)

    Stats:   40.35 Miles/14.0 AMS/Elv-750ft gain/Riding time-2:53/elapsed time-3:06  (My first outdoor ride for 2018) Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None    

    Route:   Wanted to keep this simple as an initial re-start up ride, 2.9miles to the IHRT/Rt224 South to rest break mile 14.7 Ollie’s store. Ripley/Poorhouse/Bicknell/Sweetman/Chicamuxen-back on the IHRT taking to the end in White Plains, retraced back to Middletown to the high school.

    Report:  Great ride, to finally get back outdoors riding again, (I guess my 2xs per week indoor spin classes, allowed me to keep my cycling legs & endurance). The Charles Cty work crews did a great job, of cutting down trees away from the actual.  IHRT, though you could see many large trees had come down due to the pas Friday/Sat heavy winds in the Metro area. Many road shoulders still had debris on them, but considering things were in good shape. For me finally being outdoors since Dec 2, had me my good vibes flowing again. Good to get that natural vitamin-D from a sunny day. Haven’t had too many of them on the weekends this past winter.



  • Wed, February 28, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Pat Walthers, Ken Meredith, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberts, Don Gardner

    Image may contain: 10 people, people smiling

    Guests: Bill Dennen, Norm Sanderstrom, Gwen Monroe

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26933480  (except that the spurious stub of a turn without a noted immediate U-turn, the kind of thing RWGPS can do to you if you aren't really careful, sent us off course in Pinefield, adding an extra mile)

    Weather: Partly cloudy, windy, low 50s at the start rising to the low 60s by early afternoon

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.7 at the back

    It's a good thing Pinefield was designed before they got the silly idea that dead ends and cul-de-sacs were a good idea and the Minotaur's Labyrinth the perfect model for town planning!  The route under high magnification showed the tiniest stub of a turn onto Holly followed by an immediate U-turn back to Country Lane that didn't show in the cues, so we stayed on Holly and added a bit to the planned route.  Recovery wasn't difficult, as Pinewood and Pinefield provide both landmarks and thru-routes and most cross roads connect up, so "Forget Sat-Nav, Use Brain" works well here.

    An added bonus: today's wind got us an early start on training for this year's Seagull Century.

  • Tue, February 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers, Sam Perry, Ron Haney, Tom Roberts, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Don Gardner, Joan Oppel

    Guests: Norm Sanderstrom

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    Weather: Lovely!  A fine breezy spring-like sunny day with clear skies and temperatures rising from the low 50s at the start to nearly 60 by the ride's end.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26903658  38 miles, 1200' of elevation gain.  Rest stops at Scott's store and the Pisgah store, and featuring Pisgah Marbury, Fire Tower, Mill Swamp & Blossom Point, Poorhouse, Bicknell and Chapmans Landing.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.  A fine day entirely free of problems.

    AMS: 12.6 at the back

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  • Sun, February 25, 2018 1:30 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Tom Short, Lloyd Matthews, Joan Oppel

    Weather: Cloudy, overcast, damp feeling chilly 51-53 degrees (instead of the high 60s forecast!) but as promised, the rain stopped before 1:30 and had long since been tapering off so road conditions were better than acceptable.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26920630 -- the standard Tour d'Accokeek route with a couple of extensions. 

    For what I believe to be the very first time ever in OHBike, we took the left off Marshall Hall Road onto Fenwick and took it to the end of the road.  It was wonderful: nice winding gently rolling 2-lane with a couple of great views of the river at the end.  I definitely recommend this be added to the standard Tour d'Accokeek route, it's well worth it. 

    Then, after the stop at Marshall Hall and the climb up Barry's Hill, we went left on Old Marshall Hall Rd.  I'd planned for us to stop at the end of Old Marshall Hall Rd, before the 130' descent as the road becomes Old Landing.  But we didn't.  In fact, we found the gravel at the bottom of the descent as rideable as pavement, so we continued on  past the turn onto Steamboat Landing, not turning back until we were halfway to Poplar Hill Rd, adding almost two more miles to the route.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.8, higher for those who didn't have to get off and walk on the climb back up from Old Landing to Old Marshall Hall Rd.  RWGPS says it's only 8%, but Joan's GPS saw 16%.

    Not a really promising day -- all gray and damp with wet-looking brown trees, wet looking brown leaves still on trees livened up by the occasional evergreen adding a touch of green color, and in many places that would look really depressing.  But for some reason, it really works on the Tour d'Accokeek route.  Half the route is narrow backroads lined with wet looking brown trees etc and it feels just mavelous riding through the forest, especially once you get to roads you've either never or seldom seen. 

    Years ago we used to ride Old Marshall Hall down to Cactus Hill, taking Cactus Hill down to Bryans Point and back but then they got all picky about Cactus Hill being a private road and us trespassing and threw us out, so Old Marshall Hall north and west of Barrys Hill/Marshall Hall Rd is virtually unknown.  And as noted above, today we rode Fenwick from end to end, a first as far as I know - certainly a first for today's entire contingent.

    It was the kind of riding you almost never see unless you're on tour and don't have the option of saying "What a lousy day, I think I'll stay home and skip the ride!"   And not all present were sure they were going to enjoy it: Tom said he was there as a "character building exercise" - I think he imagined it would be a bit like BUD/S training - but we all had a great time anyway.

  • Fri, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner

    Route:  The one, the only, 100% original - Indian Head Village Green to White Plains via the rail trail and return.  Accept no substitutes.

    Weather:  Heavy overcast w/temps in the low 40s and breezes out of the east.  Outbound, mist from Middletown to White Plains.  On the return, we rode out of the mist prior to Bensville but then encountered a bit more between Hawthorne and Woodland.  The combination of temps, wind, and precipitation made it feel colder than one would expect for a low 40s ride.

    Report:  What can I say?  We wanted to ride and didn't make any excuses not to do so this morning.  There weren't any other cyclists on the trail.  We did encounter a good number of dog walkers, a few pedestrians, and one jogger.  Other than two hawks in search of prey, we did not observe other wildlife.
  • Wed, February 21, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Lou Dallorso, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus, Ron Haney, Barb Haney, Joan Oppel, Harold Datz, Rita Z, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts, Tom Short and there but not signing the waiver, Don Gardner

    Weather: Heavy dark gray clouds at 9:55 gave way to sunny skies at 10:02 and the temperature quickly rose from wear a jacket to a long sleeves comfortable 67.  Surprisingly, the wind at North Keys Park (normally the windiest place in Brandywine) wasn't bad but once we got out onto the roads, we encountered strong gusty breezes that were with us all day, carefully choosing the steepest climbs to become a powerful headwind.  As predicted, temperatures rose to almost 80 degrees well before we finished the ride. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286119  36.5 miles, 1868' of elevation gain (and thanks to the wind, we felt every single one of those feet of elevation gain).  The route went down North Keys and southeast on Molly Berry, then took Baden Naylor and Croom to Candy Hill, then back to Croom on Nottingham north to Mattaponi and St Thomas Church to Croom Airport and Park Entrance to a rest stop at Jug Bay.

    We saw the AB group at Jug Bay leaving as we arrived: our only AB sighting for the day.  Departing Jug Bay we took Duvall to Mount Calvert Road and went down to the park, viewing the historic house and the Patuxent River.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none (quite a change from Tuesday, where we had two flats)

    AMS: 11.6 in the CC group, probably a lot faster with the ABs

  • Tue, February 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Holly Carr, Rob Smith, Lou Dallorso, Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Chantal Briere, Sam Perry, Pete Czapiewski

    Guests: Holden Hudson

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21840740, a figure-8-ish route taking us SE to a rest stop at St. Ignatius Church, then on through Bel Alton and back NW by way of La Plata and Pomfret

    Weather: Fantastic temps in the 60s to mid-70s, breezy at times but some of it was actually a tailwind.

    AMS: 18 for leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Tom S. had a flat and reportedly had to return to ride start via SAG. 

    Report: Today really made it seem like winter wouldn't last forever and that spring isn't far away. We had a sizable and enthusiastic group of A/Bs, including a contingent out for some serious training, and the rest who were just out riding and enjoying the company and the weather. It was nice to see that one's training schedule doesn't always have to preclude coming out to ride with friends. We mostly fought headwinds to Chapel Point, where we were pleasantly surprised to meet up with Michie Sidwell; he joined us for the remainder. After a pretty long break, some left; the rest followed after waiting a little more. Along the way we received word that Tom S wasn't able to finish the ride due to mechanical difficulty, and that Sam was accounted for with Ron A. We enjoyed some nice tailwinds on the return, and by the hill on Pomfret we had mostly all regrouped. Thank you to all who turned out today to enjoy this harbinger of spring! 

  • Tue, February 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Pat Walthers, Joan Oppel, Jim Hudnall, Don Gardner

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21840740  Down Livingston to Hawthorne and then the fabled ascent of the western face of Mighty Mount Pisgah.  Once we reached the summit, Rose Hill and Chapel Point took us to a rest stop at St. Ignatius (the ice machine was most welcome).  Continuing, Fairgrounds and St Mary's to MD-6 East, Valley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Pomfret/Livingston to conclude our route.

    Weather:  hard to imagine it could be any nicer for the 20th of February.  Temps in the upper 50s to start, rising to the low to mid 70s by ride's end.  Sunny skies with 10-12 mph winds out of the SW - it was a warm wind.  A portent of things to come - a bit of humidity.

    AMS:  swept around the low 12s; others were faster undoubtedly.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  past Ollie's on Hawthorne, the rear echelon CC'ers came upon the rest of their group at the side of the road along with Sam Perry and Tom Short.  Tom had flatted, repairs were well underway, and so the CC group continued on - for about 200 yards when Steve had a flat.  As we began the process of attending to his troubles, a car pulled up and a Good Samaritan asked if we needed help, saying he had a pump in his car.  We thanked him and assured him we could manage.  So he turned around, headed back down Hawthorne to where Tom and Sam were still working.  As luck would have it, Tom's spare wouldn't hold air.  So the Good Samaritan sagged Tom back to Bryan's Road (see Tom's comment under Barbara's ride for full details).   Meanwhile, we located the puncture in Steve's tube and translated it to the tire, finding a nasty gouge in the sidewall tread.  A boot was proposed to insure no future flats but in scrounging up said boot, we managed to lose track of the gouge and could not find it again.  After much teeth gnashing, the new tube was inserted, pumped up, and fortunately provided no further problems, at least back to Bryan's Road.  Then to make it a three-fer, Jim's rear view mirror fell off his glasses on Chapel Point Rd  Don and him went back and Don was able to locate the mirror and grab it before an approaching car had an opportunity to render the mirror useless.

    Report:  It was indeed a great February riding day notwithstanding the mishaps noted above.  Sam rode with us from the "flat" part of Hawthorne onward.  For the most part, we stayed together but once on Pomfret, a combination of heat and humidity led to a bit of fatigue and cramping for a couple of riders.  It was then a slower trip then normal up the incline on Pomfret but once crested, everyone quickly revived.  As always, the CC contingent had a lot of "Conversational Cycling" and I am certain, a good time.
  • Sun, February 18, 2018 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus, Sarah Clement, George Chiamulera

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26851618  40 miles, 1000' of elevation gain.

    Weather: Partly sunny changing to partly cloudy and back, breezy, 40s at the start rising to the low 50s.  The sun was warm, the air cool, and the final result was just lovely.  There was a lot of concern about snow, ice, residual salt and sand from snow clearing operations, and with crusted frozen slush on the porch steps and the car roof and windshield in Alexandria, it was hard to know what to do.  The forecast was clear, but who knew what it was like in St Marys County? 

    Well, as it turned out it didn't snow in St Marys at all last night, it just rained.  Because there was no snow there was no residual snow still on the 3 Notch Trail and no salt and sand left over from road clearing that never happened; and what rain there was had completely dried out by the time the ride left. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.9

    What a lovely day for a ride!  It seemed pretty doubtful this morning, after the snow on Saturday night, but the weather maps showed a zone of snow north of the District, a dusting through the District and Arlington and Alexandria, and just rain in Southern Maryland.  I delayed the start for half an hour in case some of that rain had frozen the night before, but other than some puddles in the fields there was no evidence of last night's rain to be seen.

  • Thu, February 15, 2018 5:16 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    What a warm day in February: temperature about 57 at ride start, climbing over 60. It was a grey day but a great ride. When the route was chosen, there was some possibility of rain so this Baden Baden & Baden again route allowed for shortcuts if needed. Therefore, we made lots of circles to nowhere but - No rain, and even an occasional peek of blue sky showed up.

    A large crowd for winter gathered and quickly broke into fast and moderate pace sections:

    Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Pat Sanders and your ride leader were one group.

    Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Bob Howell, Tom Roberts, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Don Gardner, Tyler Hill, Lou D'Alloroso and Ken Meredith went off together. 

    Both Ken and Tom R rode to the ride start. Barb Haney had a flat and she and Ron did a shorter version.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out!


    (Forgot to take pictures)

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