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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.









  • Tue, May 07, 2019 6:00 PM | Sherwood

    Sue Estes, Linda Bankerd, Darryl Lowery, & Beth Dushman Joined me (Sherwood Byers, Sr., Ride Leader) on this weekly evening ride.  The AMS at the front was 19MPH & 15.7 MPH at the rear.  No incidents were reported to me.  

    Thanks to all who joined me on this ride.


  • Tue, May 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Sam Perry, Larry Peed, Pete Czapiewski, Alan Kurzweil, Kirk Saunders, Tom Roberts 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29861614 a Mike Bivens original, modified by CC leader Ron A for more mileage 

    Weather: pleasant temps 70s-low 80s, but seemingly 99 percent headwind (!) that whipped up the pollen and caused some discomfort. Par for the course in these early season rides. 


    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Tom R arrived at ride start with a rear flat, which he fixed and was able to start on time. At the Dash In rest stop he then discovered a front slow leak that took some time to repair due to valve stem issues. 


    We made time at the start to celebrate Leader Ron A’s imminent birthday, presenting him with a card and singing to him. Festivities over, on to the ride: an A pace group formed early and rode together to the Dash In at mile 20. We were met there shortly by the B group. The B riders left the rest stop while we were dealing with the mechanical, and we didn’t see them until the end. The A group actually short-cutted the route, opting to go straight up Bumpy Oak, thus ending with 36 miles, while the B riders stayed faithful to Ron’s intentions. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, pollen excepted, and the chance to climb the Three Hills. 

  • Tue, May 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jim Hudnall, Harry Kidd, Karen McMillan, Joan Oppel, Theresa Rowell, Pat Walthers

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29861614  39.5 miles, only 1,052' elevation change.   Outbound on Barrys Hill, Mill Hill, and Middletown over to a rest stop at the Dash-in on US-301/Marshall Corner. Return via the IHRT, Pomfret up to Marshall Corner, down Bumpy Oak to the IHRT again, and up Livingston as a finale.

    Weather:   blue skies, green trees - a visual delight.  Temps started in the low 70s, finished in the upper 70s, maybe 80, with low humidity.  Winds were predicted to be out of the SW quadrant, but seemed to be all over the place.  And there was a bit of pollen in the air to lodge in one's throat.

    AMS:   swept at 12.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known

    Report:   Originally, this was a Mike Bivens' route, I believe, totaling 31 miles, so it was extended and another hill thrown in with the climb on Pomfret.  Karen and Theresa rode ahead of the main CC contingent (Jim, Harry, Joan, Pat, and your faithful correspondent) and we didn't see them again, figuring they were with the Bs.  Highlights included crossing the creek on the lower part of Barrys Hill and attaining the highest elevation in Charles County on Mill Hill.  Those thrills aside, it was another day of enjoyable cycling in Southern Maryland.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 4:47 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    • Ride Leader:  Joan Oppel

    • Date: May 4, 2019

    • Ride Distance and AMS:  41 and within the CC pace

      Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754652

      Weather: 70s with humidity

      Riders:  Harold Datz, Rita Zeidner, Fred Robbins, Pat Walthers, Patricia Sanders, Walt Roscello, Ellen Goodwin, Steve Cohen

      Mechanical Issues/Mishaps:  A slight mishap for Walt when his chain jammed on the last hill back to the park. He said he leaned the wrong way and fell over on his recumbent but was ok and returned to the park without further issues.

    • Ride Report: As others have mentioned, we were happy to have the weather turn in our favor and provide us the opportunity to ride. It was cloudy with about 15 seconds of sun during the entire ride. The CC group was social with different riders chatting with each other at various times. Thanks to all who came out to ride today!

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 12:53 PM | John Early

    Total of six riders: Leader John Early, James Rauch, Stephanie Willing, Jonathan Oliver, Nancy Hankin, and Kirk Fedder.

    A Perfect C Ride! No mishaps or breakdowns, great weather, great riding group, minimum average moving speed 12.4 mph. Riders back in Cosca Park, shortly after 12 noon.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:03 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Darryl Lowery, Eric Nielsen

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Cosca Regional Park to Merkle, McGruders Landing, Aquasco, Baden, and Cedarsville. 65 miles, 2,888 feet. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754670

    Weather: Partly sunny and humid. 69-73 degrees. 4-5 mph winds.

    AMS: 17.2 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Eric flatted on the rough pavement a couple of miles before Merkle. Quickly changed without fuss.

    Report: A few of the regular A riders opted to do the shorter B ride. Nevertheless, the three of us enjoyed a steady ride, working well together in a smooth paceline.

    We rode by the first rest stop at Merkle, then did the full stop at McGruders Landing. Other than a couple who were  kayaking from McGruders, we were the only souls there.

    Darryl opted to take a shortcut back after the next rest stop at the Baden Community Center, having ridden an extra eight miles from home to the start. Eric and I continued past the fourth rest stop at North Keys. At about mile 52, we started getting hunger pangs but continued on the next two miles before stopping at the WaWa for food and drink. We saw a few of the AA riders going home on the last few miles on Thrift Road, but returned to an empty parking lot. 

    All in all, this was a solid ride with a mix of challenging hills and extended flat sections. Thanks to Eric and Darryl for riding and to Barb Haney for organizing the event.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Brad Francisco, Sue Estes, Tom Roberts, Michael Blaine, Rob Golding, and Phil Mitchell.

    Guests: George Wilson, Demetris Taylor, and Carole Harris

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754670 out of Cosca Regional Park

    Weather: Low 70's, light winds, overcast at the start

    AMS: Something close to 18.0 for the group, 17.9 for the leader. I should round up!

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Rob Golding lost a water bottle on the rough roads at about mile 12. He said not to wait and went back to retrieve it. By the time that the rest of the riders found out about it, he was back with us.

    Report: This was a ride that didn't seem ready to happen this weekend, but the weather gods took pity on us and gave us a really nice day to ride.

    The potholes and patched pavement made the ride interesting. Also several bridges are higher than the roadway. I hit one very hard. Good thing that you can't get a pinch flat with a tubeless tire!

    At Merkle Wildlife center we made a pass by the Visitors Center. Their parking lot was almost full but it was before the regular opening time, so we didn't stop. Two of the riders skipped that loop and were caught a little ways down the road. About that time the trusty ride leader thought it best to again drop off and pace himself. Another rider dropped off and our riding styles were totally incompatible, but we kept each other in sight.

    We stopped at McGruders Landing, kind-of. Most of the riders stopped at the gravel road. Three of us went down the gravel road and then rejoined the main group. After a bit of a rest we were on our way. Water was running low so the plan was to stop at Baden Community Center. At the left out of the Landing onto Croom Rd, I noticed as the rest of the riders passed me that one was missing. I waited further on down the road (before the next turn) and rode with that rider to the community center and then onto WaWa. We stopped at the community center for ice cold water (the rest of the riders were not in sight) and to talk to a family unit hanging out at a picnic table. Low and behold as we were waiting at the traffic light to get to the WaWa, the missing riders joined us. They had stopped at a store instead of the community center.

    We rode as a group until the dreaded Thrift Rd. All the riders went at their own paces up Thrift and drifted into the parking lot within a minute or so of each other.

    Thanks to all that came out, with a special thanks to Barb Haney for making this happen.

    PS: When signing in, if I can't see how your name is spelled it might be wrong in the ride report. But if I can't read the phone numbers, I can't contact you during the ride or reach the emergency contact. Not that I needed to today, but one member didn't provide an emergency contact and two guests plus one member need to practice their handwriting.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Co-Leader:  Charles Williams

    Member:  Reggie Stokes

    Mishaps:  None

    Another great morning for a ride.  Although it was cloudy, the temps were great for riding.  We cheered Army soldiers that were running in their Physical Training (PT) Test; Members of Getting It In (GII) were out enjoying the trail; dogs walking their owners; turtles, squirrel, birds, ducks and their babies all were out and enjoying the trail.  The trail was alive with activity.

    We averaged ~14 during the ride.  On the last 2 miles of the trail's return trip, Charles let go and did his thing while Reggie and I maintain our speed and chit chatted.

    Great ride guys.

  • Sat, May 04, 2019 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara and Ron Haney

    Members: Larry Peed, Kirk Saunders, Brian Dixon, Sherwood Byers, Linda Bankerd, Sue Gunter, Ken Meredith, Ron Leak, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Laura Clauser, Liam Healy

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754652?beta=false the same route as 2018. Start at Cosca Park, go east and south. Planned stops at Merkle, North Keys Park, Wawa

    Weather: After some uncertainty in the preceding days, it turned out very nice, with temps in the 70s, overcast but DRY

    AMS: in the B range

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No problems, but a close call with an impatient motorist on Cedarville

    Report: Fortunately by Friday evening the weather forecast had stabilized, so by Saturday morning there was no doubt it would be great riding weather, so we had an healthy turnout of B riders. We had a leisurely first rest stop at Merkle, then skipped the North Keys one only 7 miles later, opting for a second stop at Wawa. There were a few nice hills to confront, the highlight being the double-digit climb three miles from the end on Thrift, followed by the rather unpleasant grade right before the entrance to Cosca. Everyone finished the ride in good spirits; it was a nice day on beautiful roads in excellent company.


  • Fri, May 03, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Forman, John Riconda, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, Vicki Garlock, and joining us on the trail, Michael Dong, Diana and Don Donahue

    Guests:  Steve Brown, Andrew DePristo

    Route:   the original edition, Indian Head Rail Trail, Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:  another fine day w/plenty of sunshine, blue skies, not much wind, and a tad bit of humidity

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  we resumed starting at the Village Green and had a nice turnout of riders, augmented by two guests.  As usual, we rode in small groupings:  John with our guests out front, the rest of us in various combinations allowing for conversation.  Large number of other trail users, especially other cyclists.  Main wildlife seen were box turtles crossing the trail, a few of which received assists from riders or walkers.

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