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  • Sat, November 04, 2017 8:45 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Name: Oak Ridge Park- Moreland’s – Amish Rds.  42 Class B

    Leader: John Gorman
    Members: Bob Howell / Guest: Bob’s son-in-law- Chris Teves  

    Weather:  8:45am start.  Sunny upper 40s clear skies ending cloudy 50. Light wind. Refreshing early Nov -Fall conditions.

    Stats:   42.57 Miles/15.4 AMS/Elv-1020ft gain/Riding time-3:13/elapsed time-2:46  

    Personal records: Bob hit 4000 miles YTD & I hit an all time best of over 2400 YTD.

    Route:   Departed north from Oak Ridge to a stop mile-13@  Moreland’s Store. Southbound thru Gallant Green subdivision (Young/Celestial/Bassford to Old-Rt.5-Hughesville.  3NT, break at MD-6 Library/Thompson Corner thru Amish Rds/Trinity Church/Kentucky/Wheatley back to Oak Ridge. Good quick route of 40ish miles with mainly straightways.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None    

    Report:  Great ride, using the wide open conditions of Huhgesville and St. Mary’s Amish Rds. and straightaways.

    With the easier terrain/ lower elevation of the route combined with Bob and Chris, we kept a steady pace on the flats and short breaks to finish before lunch as advertised. I’d like to encourage more riders to come out to rides starting around the Oak Ridge /Gilbert Run ride start locations to enjoy the more rural and serine conditions that exist in this area and into St. Mary’s County.  If you are like me sitting in a cubicle all week in D.C., and dealing with the commuting mess, it’s nice to get out in the fresh air in more wide-open areas.   Thanks Bob & Chris for joining me today.           

  • Fri, November 03, 2017 11:00 AM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Members: Nate H. (Matt S. met up at end of ride)

    Guests: Anthony C., Dean A.

    Pretty typical day for May or June, mild steady breeze to keep the paceline honest...with some strong pulls up the grades, and excellent rotation. Best way to describe the workout is "squirts." Nice change up with start time, and warming up with the IHRT group. Cheers!

  • Fri, November 03, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Michael & Yvonne Dong, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, Pam & Ken Williams, Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Guests:  La'Tasha Banks

    Route:  the Friday special - Indian Head Rail Trail from the Village Green to White Plains and back.

    Weather:  another "Hotutumn" day - ranges climbing into the mid 70s with some humidity present, plenty of sunshine and southwesterly breezes

    Report:  Another great day of riding the IHRT.  Jackie & Randy joined us at Livingston, Michael peeled off at Bensville to lead his training ride, and Bev White passed us heading to White Plains as we were returning to the Village Green.  Minimal wildlife sightings:  a visual on a rather large praying mantis and reports of a turtle enjoying the warm temps.  Hard to say how many more days like this we'll have until the weather turns cold (if it turns cold) so best to enjoy when the opportunity presents itself.

  • Thu, November 02, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Jug Bay - View from Mount Calvert

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Rita Z, Harold Datz & Donaro Gardner (who rode with the Bs)

    Weather: A beautiful Indian Summer day: bright sun, partly cloudy, 65 at the start rising to low 70s.  What fabulous weather!

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286119  36 miles, 1858' of elevation gain. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.4

    We're not at the peak yet, but autumn color has definitely come to the shores of the Patuxent.  We took a circuitous route to Jug Bay at the Patuxent River Park (where we briefly saw the AB group) then took Duvall to Mt Calvert Rd and went all the way down to Mount Calvert itself.  The gravel was in marvelous condition today, with only a couple of potholes to mar the pristine surface.  The view of the Patuxent was lovely, as was the climb back out, complete with Alpacas.

  • Thu, November 02, 2017 10:30 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Bob Howell, Mike and Regina Saizan, Lou Dallorso, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Tom Roberts

    Guests: Kim Mason

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286119 a Steve P route covering a lot of the Rural Legacy roads NE of N. Keys Park

    Weather: Is this Hotumn? or Indian Summer? Either way, fantastic conditions: upper 60s to mid-70s, warm breezes

    AMS: 16.? for leader

    Report: After the recent chilly and blustery conditions, today was a welcome change: no winter gear was needed! It was just a great day to be outdoors. We had a good size group that broke into A/B subgroups as usual; in addition Donaro Gardner kept pace with the B riders although he had signed with the CCs. At our stop at Pax River Park it was noted that the water fountain is not functioning (possibly off for the season?), and the sinks in the restroom are not good for filling bottles, since they automatically distribute soap before the water. Most people were ok without a refill, but good to know. After resuming, the ride split, with some going down to Mt. Calvert to see the gravel and the historic site, and others opting to turn left instead and avoid the out/back, thus cutting off a few miles and a bit of climbing. We all ended up back at about the same time, and basked in the warm sun a while, appreciating it all the more because it's November. Thanks to Steve P for the route, to Mike S for helping keep an eye on everyone, and to all who came out today!

  • Tue, October 31, 2017 4:50 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Today's Halloween route was designed to find out if there are apparitions in Charles County - and indeed we found some. Marshall Hall seemed "eery".  Ghosts (and apparent spattered blood) were seen at Colonial Farm. All three of us also can confirm a dinosaur sighting at Colonial Farm.

    A house on Farmington Road has suddenly become a graveyard, guarded by (this is not a joke) a 12 foot spider. (After that scary experience, newly paved & smoooooth Farmington Road was a "treat".)

    A headless biker passed by quickly on the Indian Head Trail but a somewhat blurry picture was captured. And in another strange occurrence, the old cigar logo of the Dutch Masters had mysteriously turned bloody on a sign outside a store.

    Stunning weather today! Thanks to Steve Palincsar and Ron Altemus for being the CC group - and the 12 riders in the fast group.


    Pictures are here: https://goo.gl/kPAa6S


  • Tue, October 31, 2017 10:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (9) Regina Saizan, Alan Kurzweil, Bob Howell, Lou Dall’Orso, Larry Peed, Chris Fairhall, Tom Roberts, Barb Haney, Sam Perry

    Guests: (2) Anthony C?, Kim Mason

    Weather: Sunny with low 50’s at start.  Warmed up to about low 60’s.  Most needed an extra layer today.

    Route: An interesting Halloween route provided by Joan Oppel. We first went to the end of Marshall Hall Rd. Then for the first time for many of us, we headed to the Colonial Farm at the end of Bryan Point Rd. From there we rode the more familiar areas of Berry Rd, Middletown Rd, IHRT and Pomfret Rd. Joan’s cue sheet included some historical reports of various ghost sightings on the route.

    Ride Report:  A few folks had a slow pace in the beginning due to the cold temps but we mostly stayed together down to the Colonial Farm.  The climb on Bryan Point Rd from the Farm was a little more challenging for some.  But being afraid of any ghosts at the Farm, I beat everyone up the hill. :<)   After that, from my sweep position, I lost track of the main group until the rest stop at the Shell Station on Berry Rd.  From there a couple of us trailed the main group somewhat on the way back to the parking lot safe from any ghosts on the way.

    One rider short cutted back to the parking lot from Berry Rd due to fatigue.  Chris road to ride start from Manokeek and headed directly back after the rest stop. 

  • Mon, October 30, 2017 12:00 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Joan Oppel, Jan and Ron Tucker

    Route:  http://bit.ly/2z0Iipz  right from the launch site into Belmont Bay, past Kane Creek to a smaller tidal stream which we went up until it got too shallow.  Retracing, we turned left into Kane Creek and again paddled as far as we could.  Turning around, we headed back until we found a suitable beach for a mid-paddle rest stop.  Continuing, we exited Kane Creek to the left, paddled past our launch point approx 1/2 mile before returning to the takeout.  Approx 6 miles total on the water.

    Weather:  plenty of sunshine, air temps in the 50s, water temps in the low 60.  Winds were out of the SW at the start, 13-15 mph, gusting to 20+.  Kane Creek was considerably less windy and by the time we returned to Belmont Bay, the winds had come around to the SE at less than 10 mph.

    APS:  approx 2 kpm (knots per hour)

    Report:  with a number of club members also paddlers, we decided to try a kayak expedition together.  A few others had expressed interest, but the early morning wind speeds caused them to rethink paddling.  Our excursion turned out to be quite nice.  There was a bit of a cross wind with small swell on first leg to the smaller tidal creek and again when we headed into Kane Creek.  The tide had turned 2 hours before our launch, so we had an incoming tide.  Nonetheless, in the far reaches of both creeks, it got a little shallow and we might have been better suited with poles instead of paddles.  Large amounts of wildlife observed, all of an ornithological nature:  bald eagles, great blue and white herons, grebes, cormorants, the ever present Canadian geese, mallards, kingfishers, large crows (ravens?), black vultures, and numerous others unidentified.  We'll try another club paddle in 2018 - earlier in the paddling season so that conditions will be more favorable to all interested. 

  • Sat, October 28, 2017 9:30 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Linda Bankerd

    Guests: Zack Gold (BicycleSPACE Shop Ride Leader)

    Route: https://goo.gl/vd3gyV

    Weather: Sunny with a slight breeze. High 50s at start. 60s into low 70s duration of the ride. 

    AMS: 12-13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: Overall a nice beautiful sunny Fall October day half-century ride taking us into two states Maryland/Virginia and a territory of the United States the District of Columbia. 

    What is nice about this ride is that each of us knew parts of the route as well as the others in that we all have ridden parts of the ride in one form or another. For example, Zack knew the Rock Creek Park section around Maryland. Linda the Virginia sections, and myself the DC sections. Putting all these sections together as one ride really seemed to work well. A ride with a route for all you might say. 

    As for the route itself, needs at least three minor changes. (1) Jump on the Four Mile Run Trail off South Glebe Rd from the Potomac Yard Trail is a bit smoothly than taking the that sharp turning curly winding ramp onto the FMRT off the PYT. (2) Crossing the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the street much easier and safer than taking the sidewalk. (3) Better to cross Connecticut Ave one block down from Leland St at the Ped Xing light on Woodbine St as Woodbine picks up Leland after the crossing. Easy fix with a slight right onto Meadow Lane off Leland with a left onto Woodbine for a direct cross on Connecticut.

    Rest stop mid point of ride seemed to work well. Nice variety of choices of places to choose from for eats with ample indoor/outdoor seating and restrooms. Nice bonus that a bike shop Big Wheel Bikes located at the stop.  

    Big thanks to all who braved this ride with me! I hope to offer this ride again sometime in November weather permitting. #bikedmvloop #ohbtc

    I posted pictures of the ride on the Club's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    Facebook photos link: https://goo.gl/e4KBLT

    Twitter photos link: https://goo.gl/SXekJJ

  • Sat, October 28, 2017 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel

    Guests: Alan Bulond, Cindy & Phil Ayliff (all PPTC)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6215701

    Weather: sunny, eventually clouding over in mid-afternoon, breezy increasing to windy as the morning went on.  High 40s/low 50s at the start, rising to a reported 71 that felt no warmer than 65 due to the wind.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.7

    It was the day of the Great Pumpkin ride, and we were a little apprehensive as we approached the Warrenton Greenway.  Although they'd be coming at us in waves, there were over 1,200 riders registered for the ride and it's a narrow bike trail, especially at the beginning where it makes a 90 degree turn coming off the trestle and at the end of the trail a couple of blocks from downtown Warrenton.  The riders would be leaving in waves, and our goal was to arrive between the 9:30 and 10:00 waves.  We saw perhaps a hundred riders, several in costume: half a dozen with orange and black striped thigh high stockings, and several with tall feathers sticking up from their helmets, and although  it was a bit tight at the first turn no harm done.

    In Warrenton I was disappointed to see that my favorite cafe on Main St was closed, now some kind of work co-op, but the justly famous Red Truck Bakery is just down the street.  A similar disappointment awaited us in Brandy Station: Bailey's store is closed.  However, AJ's just 2 blocks before is open and has a rest room. 

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