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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.

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Members: 

Guests: 

Route: 

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Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Tue, November 27, 2018 5:11 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus and Larry Peed

    Route: Chicamuxen to the Nanjemoy Community Center, return via Poseytown, Bowie, Baptist Church to Ironsides/Mason Springs and Hawthorne.

    Weather: Nice and sunny, temperatures about 40 at the start and rising a few degrees.

    Distance: Leader finished with 40.2 ( we added a bit on Greenleek Hill off of 6, and Ron and Joan visited the facilities on the IHRT at Livingston before heading "home").

    AMS: We all rode together until a short distance from the end.

    Mishaps/Mechanicals: Ron had a flat tire at mile 14. And it was an interesting endurance test: the first flat on that tire after 3,000 miles and the tube had completely adhered itself to the inside of the tire, which was pretty tight on the rim. Only Joan's small hands could get inside to start to peel the tube and even that took a few minutes, it was as if tire and tube were Gorilla-glued together.  The culprit was a tiny piece of glass. Once the darn tube was out, the tire and a new tube went back together smoothly.

    Report: The three of us agreed that the wind was not a big factor for us, only in a few short sections, because most of the roads were somewhat protected by trees and houses. The community center makes a nice rest stop, warm today, welcoming - in fact we were invited to partake of the $3 senior lunch being served.

    We're really glad we got out today!


  • Tue, November 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski
    • Ride Leader: Pete Czapiewski

      Date: November 27, 2018

      Ride Distance: 31-39 Miles

      Average Speed of the Ride: 17.1 MPH for ride leader.

      Route: Bryan's Road to Ironside. 31.3 miles, 1238 ft.  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/29841902

      Mechanical Issues: None

      Mishaps: Two riders touched wheels and fell while riding uphill on Mason Springs. Some soreness,  but both riders were able to ride back with the group.

      Weather: 43-45 degrees, sunny and windy (15+ mph from the WNW) 

      Member Riders: Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Darrell Meyer, Tom Roberts.

      Ride Report:

      The sun was out, but so were the winds, making for an uncomfortably cold start. Riding at effort with the group let us warm up a bit.  Along the way, we encountered mostly cross winds. But the wind was high and unpredictable -- at times swirling and quickly changing directions.

      The five of us stayed together for the first 12 miles, until Darrell dropped back. At mile 15, the four leaders agreed it was a good idea to cut the ride short and minimize our time in the wind. We turned left off Chicamuxen onto Rte. 6 then back onto the route at Mason Springs --cutting  8 miles and skipping the rest stop.  Darrell was heartier, and proceeded solo to the rest stop then completing the full 39 mile course.

      Thanks to all who came out today and braved today's winter-like conditions, and to Joan for the route.

  • Sun, November 25, 2018 1:00 PM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Ron Leak, Jay Lewis, Janell Sanders, Steve Palincsar, Walt Roscello

    Guests:  None

    Route:  The  Indian Head Rail Trail from the parking lot on Livingston Road to White Plains and back

    Weather: Sunny afternoon with temperatures in the low 60's

    AMS: 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report:  It was a beautiful afternoon to be riding the trail. Janell and Walt both rode from home. Walt shared maple syrup power packs for energy boosts. A number of other cyclists and walkers were also using the trail. South of Bumpy Oak Road, Mattawoman Creek is overflowing its banks and rushing toward the Potomac River, but the trail was dry with only a few muddy places. OHBTC members Linda Bankerd, Sherwood Byers and Holly Carr were spotted biking up Livingston Road as we drove to the start.

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    More photos in Facebook Album at https://goo.gl/Uvsa6P

  • Thu, November 22, 2018 9:30 AM | Michael Dong

    Posting a remark, as Bike Doc will probably post on their website. Great turn-out for a 35f morning, about 25 riders. It was my first time on this fantastic loop single-track, and parts reminded of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" in SoCal, a quality route with plenty of elevation change, creek crossings and more roots than you can imagine.

    This will certainly be part of my winter cross-training routine if anyone else wants to spin some fat tires and get down and dirty. 1 lap is about 1 hour budgeting time, once you know the course.  Cheers!

  • Wed, November 21, 2018 12:00 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong, joined by Linda B.

    No mechanicals:  Performed a quick rebuild on the broken spoke wheel from Monday's ride, spins true, yippee.

    Fantastic cruise in swirling wind today, with comfortable temps once warmed up. We called out a "on your left" to a couple and their dog's along the IHRT. The lady promptly moved to the left in front of Linda, who braked quickly and stopped. It's a 50/50 shot on the IHRT ;) Finished before 2pm, and had the rest of the day to get ready for Thanksgiving. Cheers

  • Tue, November 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (6) Jane & Jim Hudnall, La'Tasha Banks, Regina Saizan, Larry Peed, Barb Haney

    Weather:  Temps were about 48-50 degrees throughout the day. The promised sun was only a part-time occurrence.  A significant headwind at times.

    Route: Scheduled route was down Bumpy Oak to Marshall Corner to Bensville Rds with the Rest Stop at the Shell Station on Berry Rd.  The return was supposed to be Middletown, Marshall Corner and Pomfret Rds.  Well, no one wanted the Pomfret climb. So, the group decided they preferred the Bumpy Oak climb with a more direct route via the IH Rail Trail.  After Bumpy Oak, the cold air,  the strong headwind and the overcast skies, no one was interested in the planned side trip through the housing area at the end.

    Report: I was pleased with the number of riders today considering the cold temperature and the wind.  At times, there was some separations into the various ride classes.  But for much of the route, the group rode together with an occasional regrouping at various points.  I think the Bumpy Oak climb as opposed to the Pomfret climb was a better idea. The cold did not deter us from having a good ride day. 

  • Mon, November 19, 2018 12:00 PM | Michael Dong

    Lead:  Michael Dong

    Members: Barb H., John H.

    There was an agreement at the beginning of the ride to shorten our road time to the 2-Bump Slump route, which only cuts off the Barry's Hill section. The weather temp was great in the 50's, light wind that swirled a bit, so you didn't get a true tailwind boost. Excellent team work for a short "blow the lactate" out of the legs ride, as all three of us had done a harder ride the day before.

     

    Mechanical: Michael broke a front spoke within the first 5 miles going up Mill Hill, and after removing the spoke, deemed it "rideable but certainly not raceable", and chose to toodle on with a bit of brake rub.

     

    Working together and keeping a steady cruise, ended up with 18.3AMS. Not bad for chit-chatting a lot, and not really pushing the IHRT section.

     

    Looking forward to others jumping in on this route. There's riding terrain for everyone's taste. Cheers!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sun, November 18, 2018 11:30 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Tom Roberson

    Guests: Peter Blagrove (PPTC Member), Daniel Curry, Maree Eiseni, Alvaro Espitia, Lou Hansen (PPTC Member), Joe Morey (PPTC Member) Tom Revesz (PPTC Member), Bennett Roth

    Route: https://goo.gl/WqpYPT

    Weather: High 40's to low 50's. Sunny with fall like blue skies. 

    AMS: 12 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Front derailleur on Joe Morey's bike froze and became stuck in middle ring on climb up the Oxon Hill Farm hill. Joe rode rest of the ride in middle ring. 

    Report:  What can one say? A beautiful Fall ride out to the American Civil War Earthwork of Fort Foote located in Fort Washington, MD, to see the Big Cannons there! Rode 30 miles in total from the BicycleSPACE Downtown shop in DC through the Southern route out of DC into the Oxon Hill Farm taking us out to Fort Foote. Nice route with ample bike lanes and it is always fun to ride on the forgotten and bumpy Oxon Hill Bike Trail. Important Trail that connects DC, MD and VA. On way back from Fort we took the Woodrow Wilson bridge and the Potomac Yards Trail, and headed over the 14th Street bridge back into DC. Cruised down the National Mall and Chinatown as we made our way back to the shop. Only change we did to the original route is that we did not make it to Fort Stevens to see the small cannons there. Group thought it would be more fun to spend more time at the Fort with the Big Cannons! Good choice... 

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  • Sun, November 18, 2018 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, Pat Walters

    Guests: none

    Route: 37 miles, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28942086?beta=false. As the title says, a variation on the Hidden Amish route, going in the opposite direction and cutting a few miles. We turned right out of the park and stayed on Oaks Rd all the way to Charlotte Hall Rd, which we took to Golden Beach. Crossing Route 5, we rode on Golden Beach,  All Faith Church Rd and New Market Turner Rd, then crossed Three Notch Rd and took the trail to a rest stop at Laurel Grove Park. After the break we rode the trail north for a while, then took Locke's Crossing, Dixie Lyon and Ryceville to a second stop at the Amish school house. Our final stint took Trinity Church, Meredith and Dubois up to Rt 6, and finished up on Keech and Oaks Rd.

    Weather: A nice fall day! The forecast called for cloud cover in the afternoon, but they were high clouds that never blocked out the sun. Temps were in the high 40s to low 50s. Several of us traded jackets for vests for much of the ride.

    Average speed: 12.6 mph at the back.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None

    Signs of winter: the rest room at Laurel Grove Park is closed for the season. There is a portolet available, but no opportunity to refill water bottles. 

    Farm animals: Goats, sheep, a few cows, lots of horses, including a very friendly one across the road from the Amish school house.

    We had a great bike ride today. I thought we might see Blake's group somewhere on Golden Beach or All Faith Church Rds, and sure enough we passed him and Brad on the latter. Our group was somewhat spread out on the road but not too far apart to regroup several times and enjoy the rest stops together.  Steve opted to shorten things a bit by starting at Northern Senior Center and riding the trail to meet us at Laurel Grove Park, then splitting off from our route at the turn from Dubois to Rt 6 to head back to his car. Janell and Jay left the Amish school house ahead of me, Steve and Pat, and their cars were gone when Pat and I returned to Oak Ridge Park.

    While packing up our gear after the ride we met a woman who was walking a fluffy dog while her grandson played nearby. She asked where she could get a hitch rack like the one on Pat's car, and we recommended REI and Bike Doctor. Having recently moved to Hughesville, she was also interested in learning about the Three Notch Trail as a place to ride bikes with her grandson.

    Thanks to everyone for joining me today, and thanks to Blake for posting the ride that inspired our route!

  • Sun, November 18, 2018 9:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader: Blake Altman

    Date: November 18, 2018

    Ride Name: 46 Mile Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride: 18.0 MPH

    Ride Class: AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: 36 degrees and no wind at the start, 52 degrees at the end, partly cloudy

    Guest Riders: None

    Member Riders: Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    It was pretty cold at the start and we dressed warmly.  I was comfortable at the start and later got hot and had to unzip some stuff.  Brad said his hands were cold at the start but that they warmed up later.

    I drove to the start on Keech Road and it was pretty wet.  We avoided it by taking Oliver's Shop Road which I usually try to avoid due to traffic; it wasn't too bad this morning.  We decided to skip the first rest stop so we got on the bike trail at the end of Locke's Crossing Road and took it to Baptist Church Road.  The first detour added miles and the second shortened the ride; all-in-all we ended with an extra mile.

    We saw Debbie and company going the opposite way on All Faith Church Road.  They were just starting down the hill that we were cresting so we didn't see them for long; we waved and they waved and then they were gone from sight.

    This is my second ride in a row with just one other rider but any ride with someone else is a win in my book.  Thanks for joining me Brad.

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