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

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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.









  • Sat, February 18, 2017 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 18, 2017       

    Ride Name:  Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.2-17.7

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: Minor Heckling

    Weather:  About 35 degrees at the start by the end mid 60’s, light wind, sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Michael Blaine, Matthew Lewandowski, Brad Francisco, Darin King, Chris Zabriskie

    Ride Report:

    Chris and Darin rode to the start.  There was a discussion about routing internal cables and then we started.

    On the way up the hill on Trinity Church road we experienced the minor heckling from a passing Amish wagon; something about pedaling harder.  We were more than a bit surprised to receive such treatment from an Amish person; I guess they were trying to be funny.

    We all pretty much stayed together until the first rest stop.  Following the stop we were together for a while but soon the front group was out of sight.  Darin took his planned short-cut by bypassing Dr. Johnson road and heading for the 3-Notch trail to return home.  Other than that, those of us at the back continued more or less together until the end.

    Today we welcomed Matthew back for the first time after a long time off of the bike due to injury.  Welcome back Matthew!  Also, today was Michael’s birthday.  Happy birthday Michael!

    We had a good ride on a very nice day.

  • Fri, February 17, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Larry Peed, Belinda Acre, and Steve Forman joined your reporting ride leader at the Indian Head Village Green to ride up to White Plains and return.  We departed under overcast skies and temps in the low 30s: by the time we crossed Hawthorne, the sun had come out, gradually pushing all clouds away and raising the temp to mid 40s upon the end of our ride.  Larry rode at a faster pace, the other three had an enjoyable ride on the trail.  Item of note:  between Bumpy Oak and Livingston on our return, four deer crossed the trail in front of us, left to right.  Actually, three of the deer crossed the trail while the straggler ran down the trail away from us, literally bouncing along with its white tail up high, before veering back into the woods on the left and hiding in the underbrush.  Made me wonder if it was the designated decoy for predators.

  • Thu, February 16, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Holly Carr, Darrell Meyer

    Weather: at times mostly overcast, at other times partly cloudy/partly sunny, temperatures firmly and fixedly in the upper 30s ("feels like" the high 20s/low 30s) with strong (17-20 mph) winds from the West-Northwest.  

    Route: I'd originally planned for a 40 mile route to Eagle Harbor, but the prospect of over 10 miles back from Eagle Harbor on Aquasco Road headed north by northwest into a 20 mph wind from the west northwest didn't bear thinking about.  As it turned out, the alternative ( https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19025447 a route Joan Oppel put together ) although shorter by five to six miles and missing the out-and-back-down-and-up to Eagle Harbor, still put us well downwind to the south and east facing a tough slog directly into a fierce headwind for the second half of the ride as well as replacing the wide open flats of Aquasco and Brandywine Road with the rollers of Croom, Baden Naylor and Molly Berry.  At times it took hard effort to go as fast as 7 mph into the wind.  As Ron said, "Any day you're riding is better than a day you aren't;" but I've done centuries that were easier than today's ride.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: thankfully, none.

    AMS: 11.3 at the back.

  • Tue, February 14, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Larry Peed, Mike Bivens, Ron Haney, Lou Dallorso

    Weather: Overcast hazy skies, temperatures that stayed firmly in the 40s, rising a few degrees when the sun came out - more or less between 10:30 and noon - and falling again when it clouded back over after noon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18897861  40 miles, 1170' of elevation gain  Bumpy Oak uphill in both directions.  Livingston and the IHRT to Bumpy Oak, down Rose Hill and over to Chapel Point, up Locust Grove and down St Mary's Ave to a rest stop at Wills Memorial Park, where we saw the fast group leaving the park.  From there we took Glen Albin and Sprinhill Newtown southeast to Bel Alton Newtown, then back north on MD-6, La Plata and Radio Station over to Rosewick (with a brief stop at the intersection to fix a flat tire); then Rosewick to Washington to Hawthorne and across US-301 to a rest stop at the Dash In, which was closed due to renovations (but they let us use the rest room anyway, and it'll be open again by the weekend).  Hawthorne to Marshall Corner to Pomfret, then a zig on the IHRT back to Bumpy Oak for the big climb.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: a flat tire at Radio Station and Rosewick.

    AMS: 12.8

    Although it was Valentine's Day, with no women on the ride no mention was made of the holiday.  No springtime interlude today (that's coming on the weekend, or so they say) but a fine day for riding nonetheless.  Thanks to Ron for the help fixing the flat tire.

  • Sun, February 12, 2017 5:56 PM | Scott Walker

    Class: AA/3
    : Sport
    Description: An espresso and a spin from Accokeek around Northern Charles.
    Speed Limit Imposed: None
    Colors: None
    : 11:30
    Location: Manokeek Village Center



     The Course

    Distance: 35.8 mi
    : 944ft
    Rest Stops: None
    Max Grade: 5.8%

    The Ride

    Riders:  10 –Blake Altman, Rob Golding, Alexander Rapavi (guest), Steve Koegle, George Valenzuela, Jill Patterson, Pete Czapiewski, John Wilson (guest), Tom Roberts, Scott Walker (welcome to guests Alex and John, nice to have you both with us)
    Weather: Overcast but clearing, 49 degrees and wet roads at the start, warming to 56 w/winds building from the WNW at 10
    Moving Time
    : 1:37:27
    : 21.9 mph (Sweep:18.3)
    : Pete flatted on Middletown and then unfortunately pinched his spare tube while installing; with that he elected to patch his spare and head back to Manokeek.
    : None
    Report:  After I arrived at the Manokeek Village, I sent an email to OHBike a little before 11:00 cancelling the ride due to rain.  Shortly after, everyone started arriving; “cancelled, what do you mean? The ride’s not cancelled [big smiles]; the ride is on!”  So you guessed it, my cancellation was summarily overturned and the ride deemed, “De-cancelled.” (You’d think I’d have learned by now –after not successfully cancelling a ride in years –unless there’s a torrential downpour with lightning, hail, fire and brimstone, if these folks show up for a ride "It’s On Baby)!"  ...It turned out to be a great ride (save Pete’s flat and pinched tube).  By the time we returned to the Manokeek Village, the sun was out and the roads were dry. Thanks for coming out folks, good times!

  • Sat, February 11, 2017 10:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jane Hudnall

    Members: Jim Hudnall, Larry Peed, Tom Short, Mike Bivens, Alan Kurzweil, Ken Meredith, Pano Gianniotis, Dave Schnirel, Bob Howell, Ron Haney, Lou Dall'Orso, Chris Fairhall and Holly Carr

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18928510. From the Accokeek Firehouse, we headed east on Accokeek Road to Dyson, Old Indian Head and Brandywine Road to a rest stop at the Baden Store. That was a fairly flat and fast 17 miles. Then came the hills of Baden Naylor, Molly Berry and Martin before back on North Keys, Old Indian Head, Dyson, Brandywine, Floral Park, Livingston, Berry and Accokeek.

    Weather: Cool and cloudy, in the 50's and not the mid 60's promised by the weather forecasters. All in all, a pleasant winter day for riding.

    AMS: 14.9 at the back;  16+ up front

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: We looked at this route as an alternative to the Watermelon Ride route to avoid Cedarville Road that is closed where a bridge is being replaced.  It was great to have so many riders come out and enjoy the ride and make comments on this possible route for the Watermelon Ride in July. The Saturday traffic was not too much of a problem except when we crossed MD-301 on Brandywine Road and then turned left onto Floral Park. Other routes will be explored before July. If you have suggestions, let us know.

    Photos at www.facebook.com/ohbike

  • Sat, February 11, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Ron Altemus, Melissa Watson

    Guests: Jenn, Alicia, Robin & Tom from Arlington Babes & Babe Magnets on Bikes

    Weather: The hoped for 60s didn't materialize.  Instead, what we had was cloudy skies, temperatures that began at the high 40s and rose to the mid 50s but thanks to the humidity and the breeze felt like the high 40s or at most 50.  On the other hand, 50 degrees in February really isn't that bad, even with overcast skies.  With the right clothing, it was a fine day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18914346  40 miles and 1136' of elevation gain, with almost all the elevation gain happening in the southern half of the ride between Bishop Rd and Baptist Church.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: One of the Babes had DI2 electronic shifting.  She couldn't remember when the last time was that she charged her battery, and she ran out of juice today and had to ration her shifts so as to avoid a total failure.  I always knew that was a theoretical possibility, but I've never been there when this actually happened before.

    AMS: 13.0

    I invited the Arlington Babes to today's ride and four came.  Most had never been in St Mary's County, and they enjoyed the quiet roads and the rural scenes. 

  • Fri, February 10, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Guess the temperature roller coaster we currently are experiencing gave all other riders incentive to skip today and enjoy the 60+ degree weekend forecast by riding then.  Today saw a balmy 28 at ride start rising to 32 with the completion of going to White Plains and back.  Unlike Wednesday's ride on Riverside, no turtles spotted sunning at the Bumpy Oak pond though a very large wild turkey did share the trail with me there on the return.  Aside from the turkey, only one jogger/running using the trail between White Plains and Middletown. 

  • Wed, February 08, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Ron Altemus, Darrell Meyer, Joan Oppel, Jessica Hirschhorn, Larry Peed

    Weather: another gorgeous Spring-like day.  Temps in the low 60s at the start rising to 72 by 1:30, with a claimed 78 degrees in the sun and out of the wind at the second rest stop at Nanjemoy Community Center.  Thin high clouds with a lower layer of marshmallow & cotton puff clouds with blue skies, bright warm-feeling sun and a brisk breeze made for a magnificent day for riding.

    Route: 42 miles, 1400' of elevation gain  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18882091  The route went down Poorhouse to Annapolis Woods, up Durham Church, and Ironsides, Baptist Church and Poseytown to a first rest stop at the Nanjemoy Community Center.  After the break we took MD-6 to Holly Springs and Riverside, then up Maryland Point and back down on Smith Point to Riverside, Liverpool Point and a second rest stop at the Community Center.  We returned on Baptist Church, Bowie and Mason Springs.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.3

  • Tue, February 07, 2017 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Ride Leader: Tom Short

    Members: Lou, Ron Haney, Diane Harris, Tom Roberts

    Nice day. Comfortable temperature right at the start and with the knowledge it would get even better. My first "uh-oh" moment came when after just 1/10 mile from start we turned south on MD-210 and were met by a headwind but we persevered and all seemed OK. Until we turned south on Chixamungen. Then for 9 or maybe 100 miles the dreaded face-on headwind reappeared. By this time Diane Harris had peeled off to take care of some things at home. We stopped briefly at the Nanjemoy Store at mile 21.5 so I could remove my windbreaker (too warm) and continued on. At mile 24 I saw in my rear view mirror a bike rider rapidly approaching. It was Tom "The Phenom" Roberts. He had arrived late at the start but easily caught us AND after riding 105 miles the previous day. We continued on to the Pisgah Store for another very short break. Shortly after this rest stop Ron, Lou, and The Phenom easily out paced me back to the start.

    Elevation gain: 1680 feet but RWGPS says 1212  (don't believe RWGPS)

    Mechanicals, flats, etc.  None

    AMS:  15.6 (for me, theirs was faster)

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