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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.









  • Wed, May 30, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 30, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.9 MPH (Chase 1)

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Mid to upper 70’s, overcast, some breezy

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard, Alonzo Baxter, Anthony Carter

    Member Riders:   Eric Williams, Chris Zabriskie, Michael Blaine, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Mike Wilson, Brad Francisco, Gordon Schrader, Tyler Hill, Charles Sidwell

    Ride Report:

    The weather seemed doubtful all day and I was expecting to have to cancel.  Instead the rain chances dropped to 20% and we were able to stay dry. We had a really good turnout for this ride especially considering the weather.

    We all stayed pretty much together though the temporary light on Route 6.  After this the ride broke-up on the hill after the bridge.  There was a large lead group and a large chase group and some off of the back.  The chase group managed to catch the lead by the light at Penn’s Hill Road; not without some effort.

    The lead pack was together until crossing Budd’s Creek Road where some riders started to drop off the furious pace.  The group split into Lead and Chase 1 on the hill on Budd’s Creek Road.  This was the way things remained until the end.  For a while it looked like Chase 1 might catch the Lead on Route 301.  It was an illusion; the closer the Chase 1 got the faster the Lead went.  Almost at the end Chase 1 nearly caught one rider off the back of Lead.

    It was another fun ride with a good group of riders all of whom rode hard.

    And now for a friendly reminder about group riding etiquette.  When there are cars behind the group please form a single-file line.  When you ride double-file and don’t share the road you give all bicyclists a bad name.  

  • Wed, May 30, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    An all class ride where we can work on techniques to improve our climbing.  No one took advantage of joining me and getting a ride in early in the day so I rode solo.  Weather temp was very tolerable but the humidity was high.  Completed 2 sets of 4 climbs up Rosecroft Blvd.  20.7 miles.

  • Tue, May 29, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Harry Kidd, Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel,  and signing in but riding with the Bs, Donaro Gardner

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21871966   North to Accokeek, descend Farmington, climb Chatsworth, Berry Rd, and down Bensville to a rest stop at the park. Onwards via Marshall Corner/Hawthorne/Ripley/Poorhouse to Pisgah Store. Return on Pisgah Marbury/Chicamuxen/Chapman's Landing. 1083' elevation.

    Weather:  temp range mid to upper 70s; plenty of cloud cover until a few shafts of sunlight at Chapmans State Park; humidty not bad; negligible winds from the southern quadrant.

    AMS:  swept at 13 mph

    Report:  Not a bad ride at all.  The four of us stayed together for almost the entire ride until a "touring" stop at Mt Aventine on Chapman's Landing.  Of note:  quite a traffic jam as we left Pisgah Store - never saw so many cars at that intersection!

  • Tue, May 29, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Haney

    Leader: Ron Haney

    Members: Barbara Haney, Sam Perry, Lou Dall'Orso, Tom Roberts, Tom Short

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21871966 

    Weather: A gray day, but no rain even though it looked threatening at times. Humid, but not too hot

    AMS: 16.8 

    Mechanicals: At Bensville Park we noticed that Tom Short's front tire had a bulging sidewall. We all kept an eye on it; fortunately it got him home without getting worse. 

    Report: It was a nice change to ride north from Bryans Road; thanks to Ron A for creating this route that got us out of our rut. Even though there was little elevation gain, there were a few interesting hills along the way. A, B and CC riders regrouped at both rest stops. It was an uneventful day out, and sometimes that's a good thing! 

  • Mon, May 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jane and Jim Hudnall

    Members: Larry Peed, Jim and Louise McDermott, Sean Lloyd, Polly Choate, Kevin and Noel Foley, Sheryl Romeo, Matt Schwaller, Linda Bankerd, Steve Palincsar and Walt Roscello.

    Guests: Bruce Watkins

    Route: Piccowaxen Middle School in Newburg to Cobb Island via Mount Victoria and  straight back on Cobb Island Road (MD 254) and Rock Point Road (MD 257). https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21483566
    25.7 miles and 450 feet climbing according to RWGPS (or 660 feet according to Jim's Garmin 1000).

    Weather: The morning started off as Barbara described it in her report, "not so nice, 60s and misty bordering on drizzling ."  How much confidence can we have in the Weather Channel's forecast of 0% precipitation until after noon, and then a small chance of showers until later in the afternoon? By the 10 am ride start, it was barely misting, and all but one decided to go for it. One member (not listed) said his fenders had come off and he was not prepared to ride in rain. Fortunately, we did not have to ride in any rain. The mist was gone after a few miles, and after stopping to clean glasses and mirrors, we enjoyed the cool air and overcast sky.

    AMS: 13+

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: no problems
    Report: As Steve reported, he and Linda aborted their 60-mile ride that started at 8:30 and drove down to join us on the 26-mile ride. Shortly after starting, we met Walt coming toward us, after biking from his home. Riders spread out on Mount Victoria, but regrouped at a scenic spot on Cobb Island for a group photo. Then we continued around the island and stopped for lunch at Captain John's Crab House. 

    More photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ohbike/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2170473749635276

  • Mon, May 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Navigator: Janell Saunders

    Members: Tom Roberts, Liam Healy, Darrell Meyer 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27637854 created on the spot by Janell! Accokeek to La Plata with a stop at Dash In 

    Weather: not so nice, 60s and misty bordering on drizzling 

    AMS: 15

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: One, although prior to the actual ride: Tom R had a wet-road-related mishap while riding from home, and showed up bleeding at the start. Thanks to Darrell and Janell, he was patched up and decided to ride anyway. 

    Report: Nothing went according to plan this morning, starting with the weather. The forecast and radar had been obsessively checked pre-ride and the decision not to cancel seemed very safe. Then it rained on the way to the start, enough to creat wet and puddly roads, plus it looked dark and it was chilly. The co-leader Tom Short and the few others who showed up had decided to bag it when Janell rode up, and she and Tom R twisted some of our arms enough to get a group of five to go. We threw out the original route as well as all the shorter contingency routes, and Janell made us a route that took mostly roads with wide shoulders and little traffic. We stayed together since there was no gps or cue sheet to follow; we got misted on but the roads stayed mostly dry. We had a brief stop at La Plata Dash In. It was a pleasant conversational pace, and we agreed that, although nothing about the ride was as advertised, it was just right for today, and we were glad we took the chance. Thanks Janell, for the route, and to the group, for the chance to ride today!

  • Mon, May 28, 2018 8:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    This one didn't quite happen. 

    The weather on the way to the ride start was just as Barbara described it.  Linda Bankerd and I set out in a fine mist, and when she announced after a mile and a half that she was turning back, I realized I had no wish to do a 60 mile ride alone and turned back as well.   Total, 3 miles.

    We drove down to Piccowaxen Middle School and joined Jim and Jane on the short ride to Cobb Island.

  • Sun, May 27, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Weather: weather.com was predicting cloudy with a chance of rain in the 15-25% range through 1 pm, but with a chance of thunderstorms increasing by the hour between 2 and  6 pm.  As it turned out, it was hot (75 at the start rising to around 90) and very humid, but lots of sun and a lot of blue sky between the clouds.

    Route: given the deteriorating forecast between 1 and 2 pm and the speed at which CC riders go, 45 miles seemed like pushing our luck a bit too far (even a "scattered" thunderstorm isn't much fun if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time) so I scaled the ride back to 35 miles by skipping the loop to Patuxent River Park and back.  The revised route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27624069   Diane and her B riders agreed and rode along with us, effectively merging the two groups.

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    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6

    A bit on the hot-and-humid side, but otherwise a fine day for riding.  Except for crossing US-301 we pretty much had the roads to ourselves.  It was a very enjoyable ride.  Judging from the weather warnings being issued this afternoon, all hell may be breaking loose before long, but we found our window of opportunity and enjoyed taking it.  Perhaps Lear might have gone a bit far with the sentiment, but basically having beat the forecast, I'm happy to say:

    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
    You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
    Till you have drench'd our steeples, drown'd the cocks!
    You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
    Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
    Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
    Smite flat the thick rotundity o' the world!

  • Sun, May 27, 2018 9:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    The weather forecast called for scattered showers throughout the day starting in the afternoon.  So to avoid potentially spending the last miles in the rain (with Steve's suggestion) we shortened the ride to 35 miles.  The B group opted to ride with the CC's at their pace.  We had a good time conversing about different topics, cycling related and other stuff.  An enjoyable and uneventful ride!

  • Sat, May 26, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Jim & Jane Hudnall

    Route:  Henson Creek Trail - Oxon Hill Rd to Temple Hills Rd r/t.  Approx. 13 miles total.

    Weather:  a pleasant morning with sunshine, upper 70s/lower 80s temps, and a breeze out of the south.  We were finished before the humidity got bad.

    Report:  Susan & Fran had never ridden this trail though living in the area for a long time;  your faithful correspondent had only ridden it once; and long time trail users Jane & Jim hadn't ridden it recently.  The trail was in excellent condition with long stretches of lush vegetation as we rode along the creek making it seem we were miles from civilization.  Surprisingly, we didn't see any wildlife.  Jane was quite the tour guide, noting branch trails up to various subdivisions and other factoids of interest.  Fran was not aware of Tor Bryan Park, so she asked on our return that we exit the trail through that development so she could get her bearings.  We had a short stretch of 11.3% grade before reaching Oxon Hill Rd - quite a workout to end our leisurely trail ride.

    Photos at Facebook

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