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For Subject, enter the Month/Day - Ride Name - Class and number of miles; for example: “6/30 - No Deale Ride - B 45 miles”.

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  • Tue, February 13, 2018 9:47 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    A nice sunny Tuesday after 3 days of rain and clouds and 7 riders came out to join me for this visit to the Nanjemoy Community Center - Ron Altemus, Linda Blackman, Chantal Briere, Jessica Hirschhorn, Steve Palincsar, Rob Smith and Bob Thompson.  About 2 miles into the ride, Bob's right pedal fell apart and he and Chantal spent some time looking for the parts (they found "some"). Bob decided to continue the ride even though he had only the pedal spindle for his right foot....

    He was rewarded for extra effort by chocolate cake at the Nanjemoy Community Center! The cake was being served to the seniors for lunch and the cyclists must have looked in need of some sort of sustenance. One of the staffers brought out a tray with large pieces of cake.

    Lovely ride, thanks to all for coming out.

    Pictures here and here and here

  • Fri, February 09, 2018 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jackie & Randy Schoch, Don Gardner

    Route:   Shortened version - Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:  mostly overcast w/occasional sun; temps ranging from mid 30s to low 40s; breezes out of the southern quadrant

    Report:  Jackie had gloves malfunction in that her hands were cold so she and Randy turned back at the Hudnall bench.  Don, on the other hand (warm!), decided to continue on to the IH Village Green once we returned to the parking lot.  No much in the way of wildlife - crows, a jay, other unidentified birds.  We didn't encounter any other bicyclists while there was maybe a 1/2 dozen or so walkers or joggers.  At this point in the season almost all leaves are down and vegetation has died off and thus one can see farther into the woods flanking the trail with houses, etc., exposed.  Not quite the feeling of isolation one gets on a summer day with full foliage.

  • Tue, February 06, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Jim Hudnall, Ron Altemus, Sam Perry, Barbara Haney, Joan Oppel, Tom Roberts and Don Gardner and Darrell Myer (who didn't sign the CC waiver)

    Weather: Overcast except for about an hour and a half when the sun broke out and warmed everything up; low 30s at the start, briefly rising to close to 40 while the sun was out but slumping to the mid 30s when it clouded over again.  Still, we were comfortable.  Not much wind, making our own heat, in all a pretty nice day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7344967  31 miles, 950' of elevation gain. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.5 at the back

    Barbara posted an A/B version and indeed, A & B riders showed up.  They chose to sign on the CC waiver, but once we crossed Indian Head Highway, natural selection asserted itself and the AB group was off the front and away.  We saw them at the rest stop at Scott's store, but they left before the CC group - which at that point consisted of Steve, Ron, Joan, Don and Jim.   We stayed together, taking several stop-and-cough breaks to accommodate Joan's cold along the way.  I think everyone seemed happy to have a shorter route today, especially since for some, temperature conditions were below their minimums.

  • Sat, February 03, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was sunny as promised, and breezy too, but only 25 degrees at the ride start - enough to deter any participants.  But since I was there, I rode the Indian Head Rail Trail to White Plains, and on a whim went past the spot we normally stop and visited the caboose. I might have been there once since they moved the caboose to that location.  While there, I saw this:

    It's been there for years, of course, but I never noticed it before.  Recognize the jersey?

  • Thu, February 01, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jane & Jim Hudnall, Bob Howell, Barbara Haney, Janell Saunders, Don Gardner, Sam Perry

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26718788  33 miles, 1080' of elevation gain

    Weather: Cloudy, breezy, 40s at the start and chilly feeling, but warming up to 50 just as predicted by early afternoon.  We were bundled up at the start, but after the stop at Morelands layers started coming off, and the wind breakers were gone before we got to Brandywine Road.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.7

    It was good to see Janell taking a rare mid-week holiday, and I was happy that Sam was unable to resist the appeal of Gallant Green -- even though today's trip down it was dead in the teeth of a headwind, and so for me was a bit of a slog.  We had two groups today: Jim, Jane and me in back; and everyone else off the front, although Janell waited for us, doing traffic control at the intersection of Croom and Brandywine. 

  • Sat, January 27, 2018 6:17 PM | Polly Choate

    A chilly slightly breezy day to start ended up being a beautiful biking day. Four riders including members Jim Hudnall, leader Polly Choate, Linda Blackman and guest Marc Blackman, enjoyed a relaxed social ride on the trail. Relaxed in part because the leader, with left knee tendinitis, had to bike a bit slower. The Blackmans were biking the trail for the first time. The group met up with member Belinda Acre and guest Irmgard Dugge at Livingston Rd. No mechanicals or incidents, but it was interesting to see a small herd of cows bedded down in the woods just off the trail.

  • Sat, January 27, 2018 12:30 PM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Sarah Clement, Sharon Miller, Phil Mitchell, Peter Klosky

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26760642   35 miles, 1700' of elevation gain

    Weather: Vests and arm warmers in January! 60 degrees, sunshine with clouds increasing during the last stint, some wind gusts but not as bad as the morning riders experienced.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.4 mph at the back

    Today's ride was for people who wanted to get out and enjoy the weather but were unable to ride earlier in the day. The breakdown of riders was:
    - 20% - riding regularly through the winter
    - 40% - doing their second ride of the year
    - 40% - doing their first ride of 2018

    The route was hillier than it was the last time I rode it back in October. We rode south on Martin, Molly Berry and Baden Naylor, then took Nelson Perrie and Bald Eagle School to Croom. Turning north, we "enjoyed" one big Croom roller, then turned on Tanyard to Nottingham and Fenno. Upon arriving at Merkle, we thought the geese had gone AWOL, but then found them sitting quietly in the field behind the visitors' center. After a break we rode up St Thomas Church and Croom to Mount Calvert, where we pondered a sign advertising tours of an alpaca farm. Then it was down Duvall and Croom Airport to a second stop at the Jug Bay Picnic area, where we found a group of Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts on a camping weekend preparing for an outdoor Iron Chef cook-off.

    We discussed and compared helmets at Jug Bay until Phil pointed out that the sun had disappeared behind clouds. This was our cue to get back on the road and head back to North Keys Park. By this point our winter legs were pretty much done. We rode the Duley Station-Cheltenham-Old Indian Head-Van Brady loop, then finished the ride on Molly Berry and N Keys, which seemed to go on forever. Throughout the ride we stayed pretty close together and regrouped frequently, with Peter zooming ahead periodically to take photos.

    Thanks very much to everyone for joining me on a beautiful January afternoon!

  • Sat, January 27, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Walthers, Janell Saunders, Sue Gunter, Rita Z, Harold Datz, Don Gardner, Bob Thompson and Chantal Briere, Tom Short (the last three failing to sign the Release & Waiver)

    Guests: Babes & Babe Magnets Bridget and John

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26754932   37 miles, 1247' of elevation gain

    Weather: Sunny, windy and clear.  High 40s at the start rising to the low 60s by early afternoon (although it never really felt much warmer than the 50s, thanks to the brisk wind)

    Mishaps & mechanicals:

    That's Bob fixing a flat on Muddy Creek Road less than a mile before the turn onto Galesville.  Repairs were complicated by a spare that refused to accept air, salvaged thanks to Tom Short who provided a spare.

    AMS: 12.8 at the back -- amazing to me, considering how bad the head winds were in the second half of the ride, and how slowly I was going on Polling House!

    Ride report:   I've ridden to Galesville for years.  Back when, we used to start at Davidsonville and stop at the West River Market down by the water.  I never much liked taking Rt 50 to Davidsonville, but the rest stop at Galesville was worth it.  When the market closed perhaps 10 years ago, the ride changed: the rest stop was moved to the Highs on Muddy Creek & Owensville, and although we called it Galesville we didn't actually go there.  That's a shame, because it's quite pretty.

    Then they enlarged the parking lot at Davidsonville, in the process removing the readily accessible woods that served as a restroom at the ride start - and that was that, as far as I was concerned.

    Today's route starts at a much better location, Waysons Corner Park & Ride, which not only is closer by quite a good distance and doesn't require driving on Rt 50, but also has two restrooms and a portolet within a quarter mile of the parking lot. 

    The Highs is still available on the corner of Muddy Creek and Galesville Rd, but last year the wine & spirits store in Galesville decided to start carrying snacks and drinks.  And there are two nice parks down on the water, one next to where the portolet is located when it's not winter

    and the "hidden" park behind the yacht club at the end of the road.

    Both have lovely views of the water, but this park has shade in summer.

    After the break we toured back-street Galesville (there's a street that parallels the main road) and fought the wind the rest of the way back.  At times I was doing 6 mph on level ground riding into the headwind.  But I've got a lot of frontal area, and I'm dead slow in a headwind.  The group got well split up in the second half; most of the time Pat was the only rider with me.  We met Janell taking a break on 408 before the turn onto Greenock, but couldn't keep her in sight for long. 

    The wind definitely made the second half challenging, and probably kept people away today.  Some were fortunate in not knowing it would be this windy, saying if they'd known they wouldn't have come but even so they still had a great time.

  • Sat, January 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman

    Guests: None

    Weather: 40 rising to 55 degrees by the end; sunny; winds 10-15 mph

    AMS: 17.68 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: A nice day for a ride.  The wind made this ride difficult.  On the lower part of Mackall road the wind was coming from our side (from the Patuxent River) with nothing to slow it down.  It was a good choice not to have put the aero wheels back on the bike.

    The country store at Broomes Island and Ross Rd. has reopened.  It has been closed for many years.

    We stopped briefly at the end of Broomes Island to enjoy the view.  Then we went to Jefferson Patterson Park for a stop in the pavilion, out of the wind.  The museum is closed on weekends this time of the year, but we did make it to the museum, so the ride requirements were met.  But this an AA ride and maybe we could overachieve, just a little bit.

    One more stop.  Battlecreek Cypress Swamp.  The most northern stand of cypress trees.  They have a nature center with some artifacts.  Since it is history and it is preserved, it is kind of a museum.  We did not walk the trails and boardwalk given the shoes that we were wearing.  Going into the museum we saw this enormous white turtle.  It is an albino snapping turtle that was discovered in 1991 when it wasn't much larger than a quarter.  It is one of only 8 documented alblino snapping turtles.  But it turns out that we were there at socializing time for their 7 month old barn owl, "Buddy".  He was brought out of his caged in area to visit with us - how cool.

    Thank you for joining me today.

  • Thu, January 25, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Don Gardner

    Weather: Sunny, windy, mid-30s at the start (but felt much colder, due to the wind and the exposed, windswept location at North Keys Park) rusing to the low 40s by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26633444   One of the few times we've routed through Marlton entering at Wallace Lane and headed up to the McDonalds for a rest stop, and even rarer, crossed 301 and traversed through the (unfortunately rather boring) neighborhood west of US-301.  Joan was under a time constraint so we skipped the rest stop at Merkle and went right on Nottingham, left on Croom, rejoining the route at Candy Hill and Croom.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11-something

    Two big news discoveries: first, the northbound lane on Cross Rd Trail by the construction for the new development has been completely repaved.  Repaved, not patched doing the minimum work necessary to fill the enormous potholes, as was the case the last time; this time they've actually repaved the entire lane -- but only the northbound lane.  The southbound lane hasn't been touched at all, as far as we could see. 

    Second, turning left from Nottingham onto Croom we discovered that the Nottingham Store is open again, with what appears to be fresh new signs in front of the building.

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