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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.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

Here is suggested template for the body that you can copy (control-c) and paste (control-v) into the body of your ride posting.









  • Wed, January 02, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Patricia Sanders, Joan Oppel, Pat Walthers, Kevin Foley

    Route:   advertised as starting at Pisgah Park, traversing Mason Springs and Smallwood Church before meandering down to the IHRT at Livingston. Return via Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne, Ripley, Poorhouse and Mason Springs.  When we got to the portolet at Livingston, we decided a few more miles were needed so we went up Livingston and down Bumpy Oak for an extra mile.  Then the Stukeys off of Poorhouse were included to get all of us at least 30 miles for the day.

    Weather:   gray overcast all day, temps staying in the mid 40s, slight breezes out of the E/SE.  All in all, it felt rather cool with a hint of moisture in the air.

    AMS:  swept in the upper 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:   very little traffic on many of the roads we traveled made for a decent pedal allowing the participants to continue to say they have "bicycled everyday this year!"  Pat W.  wasn't quite feeling 100% so she headed back to the start when we came to the end of Pisgah Marbury.  The rest of us rode together for the remainder of the route.  We welcomed Kevin to our group and hope he rides again with us in the near future.

  • Tue, January 01, 2019 4:16 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members and Guests: A bit difficult to sort out members from guests because some people didn't indicate one way or the other but I know they're members! So here's the list of 17 people who started with me today (more on that later):

    Belinda Acre, Ron Altemus, Steve Brown, Beth Baynes, Steve Forman, Karen Gibbs, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Frieda Lucy, Karen McMIllan, Sharon Miller, Chuck Miller, Steve Palincsar, Tom Roberson, Janell Saunders, Leslie Tierstein

    Route:  We visited the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, Korean War Memorial (very moving), Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, White House, US Capitol, Japanese American Memorial (for those Japanese Americans who served in WWII), Supreme Court, Library of Congress, National Mall, Washington Monument (and a cafe)

    Weather:  Headwinds (15mph or so) heading into town 

    AMS:  The group stayed together

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Ron Altemus stripped his left pedal and was unable to continue the ride. When last seen, he was heading to Foggy Bottom metro. 

    Report:  Aside from the wind, which only impacted riders for a short portion of the beginning of the ride, it was a pretty nice day for a ride. Temperature hovered in the 50's.  Bikers and pedestrians on the paths but not much traffic on the roads in the city. Some people had never been on the 15th St and Pennsylvania Ave cycletracks. Several people left the group after the rest stop at the Cosi cafe near the White House but the rest of us continued on, enjoying the company and the tour. Sharon and Chuck, Jim and Jane, Belinda, Beth, Steve F and Janell returned to the start at Daingerfield Island with me. 

  • Tue, January 01, 2019 10:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  None

    Guests:  None

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28646988

    Weather:  63 degrees at the start 61 degrees at the end.  Winds 10 mph from the NW changing to be a 15 mph headwind at the end.  Wet roads.

    AMS:  17.2

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:  A nice day for a ride.  As it was just me, it was a no-stop ride and my feet never left the pedals.  As I was leaving Avenue on the way back, the amount of visible trash on the side of the road and in the woods was shocking.  I can't wait for the leaves to be back on the trees to hide all the trash and piles of used tires in the woods.

    Very little traffic on the roads and many friendly waves from people that I passed.  Now it is time to give the bike a bath!  Happy New Year!!!! 

  • Sat, December 29, 2018 10:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Steve Forman, Jessica Hirschhorn, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Ken Meredith, Karen McMillan, Alan Kurzweil, Randy & Jackie Schoch, Tom Short, Linda Blackman

    Guests: Lynn, Kurt, Mark, Lynn

    Weather: Spectacular, far surpassing the forecast.  Sunny, but instead of the 48 promised, it got up to 58 before settling down to a steady 55 degrees, with 8-10 mph winds.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29089310?beta=false  33 miles, 900' of elevation gain on a route that started at Nanjemoy Mount Hope Elementary School and wound around most of the back roads in Nanjemoy, stopping at Mallows Bay Park and Friendship Farm Park.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Kurt got a flat tire 3 miles into the ride, at Beaver Dam and Liverpool Point Rd.  This was the second or third in a series, and this time Kurt used my Swiss Army knife to dig out some embedded glass, solving the problem once for all.  The repair went well, but Lynn, Kurt, Ron and I remained about 10 minutes behind for the rest of the ride, seeing the group leaving Mallows Bay as we entered it, and on the way back to the school as we were turning left onto Ironsides to head to Friendship Landing.

    AMS: 11.3 and up

    An absolutely spectacular last Saturday of 2018.  We had a large group, augumented with guests from the Wednesday Irregulars.  For some, this was a first exposure to the quiet back roads of Nanjemoy.  I hope it won't be their last.  

    Jim posted an album of photos taken on the ride on Facebook.

  • Thu, December 27, 2018 6:00 PM | Polly Choate

    Leader: Polly Choate

    Members: Jane & Jim Hudnall, Walt Roscello, Belinda Acre, Leslie Tiersten, Christina Campbell, Roslyn Rubin, Rita Zeidner.

    Guests: Harold Datz, Catherine Kitchell, Dale Hunt, Gary Eiserman.

    Route: about 3 miles, from Mr Henry's Capitol Hill, to Botanical Gardens, to US Capitol Tree, & return.

    Weather: low 40's, pretty good for Late December, not as frigid as last year! 

    Report: with 13 walkers, slightly smaller group than prior years. Miniature train display amazing---replicas of train terminals from around the country, made of all natural materials, beautiful poinsettias, choral music, festive Capitol tree. At Mr Henry's, six enjoyed conversation and dinner.

  • Thu, December 27, 2018 5:25 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members:   Linda Bankerd, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Tom Short and meeting us at Jug Bay - Randy Schoch, Jackie Schoch and Sam Perry

    Route:  Visiting Jug Bay and Merkle by way of Van Brady, Duley Station, Mt Calvert and St Thomas Church Rd, with return via Nottingham/Tanyard, Baden Naylor, Candy Hill and MB to North Keys.

    Weather:   For once it was warm and calm in the parking lot and quite sunny. High 30's and warming to 49/50. Delightful December day.

    AMS:   keeping the ride together

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   one cuesheet was lost on Croom Airport Road, unbeknownst to the rider. A Utiliquest driver in a white pickup followed us onto Croom Rd, flashers on, finally getting our attention by shouting. Jim, Jane and I pulled over, not knowing what to expect - just a super friendly helpful young guy!

    The only other mishap noted: one rider was suffering from pants-falling-down syndrome and we had to stop for a correction.

    Report:   Almost no wind until half mile from the end, lots of sun, warm enough to sit around at Jug Bay and chat with Randy, Jackie, Jim, Jane, Linda and Sam. Tom Short went back before going to Jug Bay, Sam took off on Croom Airport and was heading back on a different tack. Randi and Jackie had arrived very early at ride start and started early, socialized at Jug Bay and but then also took a different route back to the park. Jim, Jane, Linda and I finished together.

  • Sun, December 23, 2018 4:11 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Randy & Jackie Schoch, Ken Meredith, Linda Bankerd, Karen McMillan, Ron Altemus, Sarah Clement, Janell Saunders

    Weather: Sunny, low 40s at the start, rising to nearly 50 with bright sun, blue skies and no clouds - much nicer than the early forecasts, which called for clouds and temps no higher than 43.  As it turned out, the clouds came rolling in moments after we left Oak Ridge Park.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29069876  Nominally, 30.2 mi but we ended up with 31.6, partly due to a wrong turn on Stein's Store and partly because the pavement extends farther on Woodburn HIll than is shown on the map & satellite imagery.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.6 and up.

    It was a very pretty day, and a scenic route on which to enjoy it.  It was New Bike Day for Janell, taking her first ride on her new Trek Domane and it took a few shifts for her to get used to the DI2 electronic shifting, but by the end of the ride she was all smiles, on her way to the bike shop to tell them "I'm keeping it!"  

    We had our first rest stop at the Amish schoolhouse on Ryceville Rd, and although the ride had spread out quite a bit in the first 15 miles, when Ron and I arrived everyone was there, chatting with an Amish farmer.  I think everyone enjoyed the conversation.  After heading down N Ryceville and Dixie Lyon, we turned off Thompson Corner Rd onto Woodburn Hill and entered the heart of Amish Country.  It's a narrow farm road with almost no traffic and bucolic scenes on both sides of the road including farms, an Amish schoolhouse and a cheese shop.  Almost nobody had ever been on it, and I think everyone enjoyed it.

    At the end of the pavement, we found a curiosity: a farm with a large sign that included its name and a large notation: Sin Pollos.  Without Chickens.   It was also without crocodiles and as far as we could tell, armadillos; why was it important to single out chickens, and to do so in Spanish?    The Clover Hill Dairy cheese shop and a farm a few tenths down the road had signs advertising Queso for sale.  Is there a large Spanish-speaking Amish population in St Marys County?

    In all, a great way to usher in Christmas and the New Year!  Happy holidays to you all.

  • Sun, December 23, 2018 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 23, 2018

    Ride Name:  Laurel Springs & Mill Run

    Ride Distance:  43 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  16.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: 40’s to 50’s some breeze from the SW

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:   None

    Ride Report:

    I was later leaving home than I should have been; then I had to return for a forgotten item.  All of this meant that I arrived at the ride start right at the advertised start time of 10:30; this bad form for a ride leader.  However, it didn’t matter; no one was there.  I waited until 10:35 and then left to ride alone.

    The wind seemed to be stronger than predicted or perhaps I was just tired.  Either way, it was against me on the first half of the ride.  Once I turned north it was behind me for a while but then seem to shift against me again.

    I did most of the planned route but then headed for home at St. Mary’s Ave. instead of taking Spring Hill Newtown Road.  With this short-cut and the ride from home to Laurel Springs Park I ended up with 43 miles.  This is exactly the mileage I would have had riding the route from Laurel Springs park.

    The less said about my average the better; it certainly didn’t make into AA ride territory.  I just felt tired for the whole ride; some days are like that.

    It was actually a fairly nice day weather wise but I guess everyone was too busy with holiday plans to come out for a ride.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Tue, December 18, 2018 6:30 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Ron Altemus & Joan Oppel

    OHBTC Members:   Jessica Hirschorn, Jim & Jane Hundall, Gil Dutchover, Michael Arnold, Belinda Acre,

    PPT, Burke Babes, & Guests:   Elyse Jacob, Tom Niedbala, Mary Scala, Carla Porter, Joni Forman, Lynn S & Kurt V G

    Route:   meandering through neighborhoods of Waynewood, Potomac Valley, Stratford Landing, Riverside Gardens, and Collingwood

    Weather:   dry, starting at 40 degrees, falling to 35, and dark

    Report:  15 total riders participated in a slow paced ride to take in the holiday decorations and lights in the greater Ft Hunt metro area.  Numerous houses were outfitted festively with a few standouts, capped by the house on Collingwood Road most recently a winner in ABC's Christmas lights competition.  We rode about 9 miles in 1 1/2 hours with stops to appreciate in full measure of some of the displays. 

  • Tue, December 18, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Patricia Sanders, Holley Carr, La' Tasha Banks, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Joan Oppel, and catching up with us at Scott's, Sam Perry

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29041776  Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and MD-6 to Welcome and a rest stop at Scott's Store. Return via Hilltop, Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse, Stucky, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen, and Livingston.  (A few riders stayed on Mason Springs to Chicamuxen, shortening their ride slightly.)  30.7 miles, 1021' elevation gain.

    Weather:   Temps ranged from 40-45 degrees, with the full sun making it feel warmer at times while the 10-15 NW winds made it feel colder at other times.

    AMS:   swept at 12.6 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known.

    Report:   A stiff cold breeze at our start gave pause as to clothing options; as a tail wind at least as far as MD-6, it made for fast cycling.  The two climbs on MD-6 to Scott's under full sun warmed us up considerably, leading to gear rearrangements for the return.  Only on a few sections of the return route did we really struggle against headwinds.  This will be the last Tuesday Southern Exposure of 2018.  Thanks to all who rode today.  To everyone, best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

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