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.

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  • Fri, August 11, 2017 2:34 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Sheryl R., Matt S. Nate H.

    AMS: 15-16ish

    Total: inc. cool down 43.5mi

    Weather: San Diego Baby! Perfect temp and still air, just need to add surf

    A great structured training ride today. It would be hard to ask for better morning conditions. The repaving on Mason Springs continues with uneven pavement along the double yellow lines, and a SCREAMING fast autobahn section of glassy, smooth asphalt. Saw a copperhead in the road (turned around to get a good look), and the omnipresent deer along the IHRT cool down, while meeting up with the Friday group out of Village Green. A splendid day to get the heart rate up.

  • Fri, August 11, 2017 9:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Yvonne Dong, Larry Peed, Norm & Judy Lisy, Calvin Conyers, Sue Henn, Randy & Jackie Schoch, Belinda Acre

    Route:  the all-time favorite - the rail trail from Indian Head Village Green to White Plains and back.

    Weather:  Overcast, temps in the mid-70s rising to low 80s, gentle zephyrs out of the NW quadrant

    Report:  Quite the turnout today, and when we converged at the Livingston Road parking lot with Michael's training group, we almost achieved critical mass.  Numerous other trail users, many cycling but some walking or jogging.  Wildlife was limited to four deer just prior to Bensville Rd - they must be use to trail users as they didn't pay us much attention as we cycled past.  Biggest highlight of the day was having Yvonne ride past her previous turn point (10 mile marker) and then continue on to White Plains under Calvin's tutelage re the finer points of gearing.  When she returned to the Village Green, she became the newest member of the Order of the IHRT round-trippers.  Congratulations, Yvonne.    Second highlight had to be lunch at the Lunch Box dinner in Bryan's Road for the majority of us.  Good food and good conversation. 
     
  • Thu, August 10, 2017 9:30 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Barb Haney David Schnirel, Bob Howell, Darrell Meyer

    Guests: 0

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7530755

    Weather: Sunny and 90 degrees

    AMS: 14.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: 0

    Report: 

    Thanks to Steve Palincsar for developing the "Toto..." route.  Light traffic, some hills, great scenery.  Great traveling companions.  Cheers.

     

  • Thu, August 10, 2017 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Loretta Troen, Pat Walthers, Patricia Sanders, Walt Roscello and Karen Morgan (who rode with the B group)

    Weather: Does it get any better than the mid-70s at ride start, rising to the low 80s by early afternoon, with low humidity and sunshine?  (80s, Norm, not 90s)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7530755  37 miles and 1740' of elevation gain.  After weeks and weeks in the flatlands of Malcolm and the Five Points, today's route hit all the high points in the Patuxent Heartland (well, technically, I suppose mostly they were low points rather than high points, because as is well known, There Are No Hills in Southern Maryland (TM), only valleys masquerading as hills).  North Keys to Molly Berry, up Van Brady and Duley Station over to Croom, down Mount Calvert and Duvall to Croom Airport down to the Pavilion at Patuxent River Park, where we joined the Bs for a rest stop; then up Croom Airport, Croom to St Thomas Church and Fenno to a second rest stop at the Merkle Sanctuary, where we again joined the Bs.  We then went around Nottingham and Tanyard, then down the big dip on Croom, across the bridge and Spice Creek and up the other side, then Bald Eagle School to Nelson Perrie and Molly Berry to Martin and back to the park.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.0



  • Wed, August 09, 2017 9:01 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Diane H., Sherwood B., Richard P., Henry S., Melissa N., Tyler H., Tommy H., Jerry H., Matt S.

    Guests: DeWayne R., Broderick P.

    AMS: 14.8 at the back

    Mech/Miss: none

    Weather: Fantastic! Perfect riding temp with low humidity and no wind

    Superb day to roll this route. A great group that stretched out once we got to Marshall Hall, regrouping at the boat launch for a bit more extended break due to the awesome weather and conversation. Several riders are noticeably better in technique and stronger (Melissa, Jerry and Richard come to mind), Kudu's! Everyone scooted up Barry's Hill quickly, and Tyler held double digits the entire way, Well Done. We also had guests today, and it's wonderful to show them how OHBTC riders work together.

  • Wed, August 09, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Rider Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Members: Reggie Stokes, Rod Barnes, and Daryl Stinnett

    Mechanical/Mishaps:  Ride Leader had a flat before ride began and Reggie's bike computer stopped keeping his cadence.

    For the numerous false starts we had, the ride was great.  I had put air in my tires prior to leaving my house, but apparently my front tire decided it wanted to go flat.  I didn't notice it until I got on and headed toward the bench to greet any other riders. 

    Thanks to Rod and Reggie, I was on my way in no time.  As we were about a quarter of a mile into the trail, I noticed my bike computer was not tracking my speed/miles; we stopped to adjust the reader on my tire.  Then Reggie's computer was not reading his cadence; we stopped several times in an attempt to adjust it,  however we found ourselves giving up and just riding.

    We formed a pace line and headed down the trail.  The pace line idea was so nice we decided to repeat it on the return trip.  We averaged a moving speed of 14.8 (according to MapMyRide). 

    As we were heading back, we saw Monique riding.  She went to Middletown Road and back.  She will be back with us before we know it.  Good Job Moe!

    There was plenty of activity on the trail.  The usual walkers, runners, pets walking owners, families enjoying the trail, a snake, deer, rabbit, and bugs.

    Great ride guys.  Thanks for coming out as always.

  • Wed, August 09, 2017 5:30 PM | Paul Bales

    Excellent day for a ride. 12 riders posted. Temps around 82 deg. We had slight detour due to repaving on Spring Hill Newtown road. Av speed at the back was 19.5. All riders stopped/ held up at the temporary traffic light on RTE 6. Bridge repairs. 


  • Wed, August 09, 2017 5:30 PM | Jean Wright

    Ride Leaders:  Bruce and Jean Wright

    Member Riders:   Joel Carney, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Ken Lemmert, Darrell Meyer

    Guest Rider: Mike Mullinoff

    Mechanical Issues/Mishap: None

    Weather: Delightful...low 80s, low humidity

    AMS: 18.8 mph (leader); 17.5 mph sweep

    Ride Report:  This group of riders have become CJE regulars and have captured the spirit of CJE. Our speeds, strength and endurance have improved throughout this season.  As usual, this ride was challenging and fun.  Look forward to next week.

     

  • Tue, August 08, 2017 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Mike Saizan, Dave Schnirel, Mike Bivens, Tom Roberts, Jim Hudnall, Tom Short, Chantal Briere, Bob Thompson, Darryl Lowery, Sam Perry

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19804782, in which we headed southeast to La Plata, rested at Dash In, and returned home by way of Port Tobacco and Pomfret.

    Weather: Very pleasant, temps in the 70s, some breeze, still some humidity

    AMS: mid 16s 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: one flat tire on the gravelly part of Springhill-Newtown

    Report: With no CC group today, and several regulars out for various reasons, the parking lot was a little less populated than usual, but we still had a decent turnout, despite heavy rains Monday that lingered overnight and roads that were still wet when we departed. We started out cautiously, but as conditions dried up, we resumed our usual paces and everyone seemed to be enjoying the cooler weather. At the Dash In we observed some interesting police activity across the street; there were several patrol cars and they were taking away in handcuffs a woman whom they had been DUI testing. Good thing they got her before she crossed paths with us. Or she may have also ended up like the car we saw later on Willow Lane facing the wrong way in the bushes being extracted by a tow truck. We also had to stop for the RR crossing gate on Springhill-Newtown; we waited a bit, didn't see any train, and then decided to proceed. Turned out they were just testing the gate. For future reference, we found the surface of Springhill-Newtown covered with a thick layer of fine gravel (much like Durham Church), that requires caution. Not sure if that is a precursor of new pavement or chip seal or something. Just before turning onto Bumpy Oak we stopped to regroup and to take some group photos. Thanks to our photographers Jim and Mike S, and to Mike S for generously offering to sweep. Thanks to all for the nice ride!

    Thank you to Mike Saizan for photos

  • Sun, August 06, 2017 9:30 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Members: Janell Saunders, Steve Cohen, Sherwood Byers, Lisa Oken, Steve Palincsar, Linda Bankerd, Tasha Harris

    Guests: None

    Weather: Is this August? Temps in the 70s, a tad humid perhaps but just enough to keep the early morning low temps from seeming cold, cloudy until about 3 pm when the sun finally came out, but they were blue-gray clouds, not gloomy or threatening. In all it was near-perfect weather for a summer ride in Frederick County, where the miles of unshaded farmland can be brutal in the hot summer sun.

    Animal roll call: Lots and lots of cows, horses, a couple of fat woolly sheep, some ducks, a goldfinch, a few roosters heard but not seen.

    Corn report: High and green. Sometimes the crops and lawns look a bit parched this time of year due to lack of rain, but this year everything looks green and healthy.

    Notable sights: The three covered bridges on today's ride were at Loy's Station, Roddy Rd and Utica Rd. For most of us it was the first time seeing the new paved lot and composting bathrooms at Loy's Station, as well as the newly-repaired Roddy Rd bridge complete with big maximum-height signs to prevent any more trucks from from ripping it apart. Our historical markers were The Spirit of the American Doughboy in Emmitsburg, which we passed without stopping, and the Steelman's Marker outside of Fairfield, PA which notes the first European settler in the area. We also stopped at the old trolley substation in Thurmont to look at the murals before our maiden voyage on the Thurmont Trolley Trail (scroll down page for info). This trail has a hardpacked surface of fine gravel (except for a few small spots with larger gravel) which was easy to navigate on a road bike and was a nice low-traffic way to ride through Thurmont, though a lack of street signs at intersections caused some confusion and will necessitate clearer instructions on future cue sheets.

    Bonus bathrooms: a new bathroom at the Roddy Rd Covered Bridge, and a composting restroom (similar to the ones at McGruder's Ferry) discovered way back among the ball fields at Utica Park.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23832916, 56 miles, about 2400 feet of climbing. This one's a keeper. We rode up to Emmitsburg on some beautiful roads for cycling, including Wilhide Rd along Big Hunting Creek, Sixes Bridge and Sixes Rds, and shady Toms Creek Church Rd. After riding through downtown Emmitsburg we looped up into Pennsylvania on the aptly-named Mountain View Rd and took the rarely-used Orchard, Topper and Crum Rds, then took Tract, Boyle and Irishtown the easy way back into downtown Emmitsburg. From there we passed through the Mount St Mary's campus, rode up the hills in the Thurmont and were rewarded with some fun downhills on Blue Mountain and Kelly's Store before finishing up on Hessong Bridge and Utica Rd. Just outside our starting point in Utica Park, the road over Fishing Creek is closed for bridge renovation, so the route was bookended by short but challenging detours up and down the hills on Lenhart Rd.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: A couple of missed turns, easily remedied. Need to tweak the cue sheet a bit to clarify a few of the turns.

    AMS: 12ish mph at the back

    Report: We had a great ride today! We were a mix of Bs and CCs, so at times we rode within sight of each other but much of the time were split into faster and slower groups. The ride was cross-posted on the Baltimore Bicycling club site, and four members from that club signed in but left a few minutes before the scheduled start time. We did not see them again, which we hope means they enjoyed a problem-free ride. Later they left a note on my car thanking me for the ride and explaining that they had left early because they needed to finish early. Hopefully in the future we'll be able to enjoy riding with them. 

    All of the OHBTC riders enjoyed the first two rest stops together, at Loys Station park and the Subway in Emmitsburg, where we reminisced about the Holy Grounds Cafe and some of our previous rides in the area. We also stopped together at the Steelman's marker. On our second trip through Emmitsburg the Bs reached the stoplight at Main and N. Seton Sts in time for a green light, but the CCs had to wait through a red light. This created a significant gap. Upon reaching the Mount St Mary's campus, where an optional rest stop was scheduled, we found Janell waiting for us while Sherwood, Linda, Steve C. and Tasha had gone ahead without stopping. We did take a break at the student center, and then stopped again at the trolley substation to look at the murals and take photos of the trolley on display there (as the daughter of a rail fan, I always stop to look at and photograph old trolleys and trains). As a result we did not see the four Bs again on the ride.  After our final break at High's in Thurmont we headed back to Utica Park; we did look to see if we could walk through the construction area instead of taking the detour at the end, but found a large gap in the road on one side of the bridge. So that part of of Old Frederick Rd looks to be off-limits for a few months.

    When we returned to the park we found all the other riders' cars were gone, indicating that everyone had completed the ride successfully. Afterwards Janell and I met up at the Panera at Liberty Rd and Monocacy Blvd for a post-ride lunch.

    Thanks very much to everyone for joining me today!!

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