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

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.

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 31, 2017 5:30 PM | Mia Haynes

    Ride Leader:  Mia L. Haynes

    Members: Ron Leak, Susanne Kohl-Parker, Calvin Conyers, and Rod Barnes

    Today's ride was cut short by rain and the rumblings of thunder.  We made it to Middletown Road and turned back.  Short, but sweet - with hopes that tomorrow will bring a better day.

    Thanks for coming out guys.


  • Wed, May 31, 2017 5:30 PM | Tim Murphy (Administrator)

    Leader: Tim Murphy

    Members: Tim Murphy, Dick Patton (new member, just recently became a member), Michael Fowlkes, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall.

    Guests: Mike Chandler

    Weather: The one factor you can't control. See ride report.

    AMS: 0.00 mph. 0.0 elevation gain. We never left the parking lot.

    Report: All dressed up and no where to ride. Safety First. I drove towards the Bryans Road area and notice that the skies were clear to the North and thunderstorms to the South and West. Not a good sign. But I hope that we could get the ride in. I drove to the Firehouse. Got ready to ride as riders showed up and did the same. We discussed whether to ride, cut the ride short by some miles... Then we heard what we didn't want to hear...THUNDER. We talked about just going a mile or two to get a ride in. We waited and listened and nothing.... So we mounted our bikes and were ready to pedal and... more THUNDER and some Lightning. Safety First as Road Captain Sherwood can attest - We cancelled the ride. See you next week. Tim

  • Wed, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Bob Howell, Larry Peed, Regina and Mike Saizan, Tom Short, Lou Dallorso

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21481786 Starting off with Barry's Hill, to Mt. Carmel, back via Rose Hill, Mt. Pisgah (Hawthorne) and Bumpy Oak

    Weather: pleasant temps in the 70s, overcast then sunny, humid

    AMS: 17.5 for leader

    Report: A few regulars came for the rescheduled Southern Exposure route created by Ron A. for his CC ride. Mike and Regina were our "sweepers" riding at a B pace, and the rest rode more or less together a bit faster. Although the hills occasionally created gaps, we regrouped at the two stops (7-11 on Middletown and the "social" stop at Mt. Carmel). An uneventful ride, but with worth mentioning are: a historic US Army biplane flying over us at ride start, a herd of VERY long-horned steer at a farm at Middletown and Billingsley, a large truck that REALLY wanted to pass us for all of Turkey Hill (but fortunately waited until 301) and a turtle rescue on Bumpy Oak by Ron H. Thanks for a good safe and fun ride today!


  • Wed, May 31, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar

    Route:  Advertised RideWithGPS file: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21481786  Outbound via Barrys Hill, Berry, Davis/Lexington, and Middletown/Turkey Hill/Mitchell to Mt Carmel for a social stop (water and facilities). Departing back on Mitchell, Valley, Rose Hill, and then Hawthorne for the hair-raising descent of Mighty Mt Pisgah and on to Livingston, the IHRT, and Bumpy Oak back to our starting point.  We altered the final leg riding straight up Livingston omitting Bumpy Oak.

    Weather:  a most cloudy 70 degree start giving way to sun at Mt Carmel and ultimately a high of 77 degrees, though at times a bit humid.

    AMS:  14 mph

    Report:  though a small turnout, we had a most pleasant ride.  Mitchell was civilized as CSM is on break.  Somehow we missed the steer but were back at Bryan's Road to witness the biplane flyby. 

  • Tue, May 30, 2017 1:05 PM | Nancy Avitabile

    On Saturday, May 27th we had our annual OHBTC and PPTC joint Memorial weekend multi-class and multi-distance ride. Not only did we have a great turnout, but the rain held off the entire ride. It was our usual ride from Southern High School to Chesapeake beach. Although we saw no one swimming at the beach, the scenery was spectacular as usual. Many thanks to all who showed up and made this ride so memorial. And a big Thank You to Steve Palincsar for stepping and leading the CC ride and for updating the 61 mile ride cue sheet. Our members are great!

  • Mon, May 29, 2017 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Belinda Acre, Calvin Conyers, Jan and Ron Tucker, Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, Herman Young, Bernie Cohen, Mike Chandler, Alan Kurzweil

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21483566. From Piccowaxen Middle School, headed right toward the Newburg Fire Station and Dan's Bait and Beer Store to rendezvous with Steve's group doing the longer route from McDonough High School. The combined groups continued together on  Mt. Victoria Road, left on Rock Point Road, right on MD 254 to Cobb Island. Then a scenic tour of the island around the perimeter with a stop at the "Scenic View." Back across Neale Sound to Captain John's Restaurant for lunch. Then back up MD 254 and MD 257 to the school.

    Weather: Cool and overcast at the start turning into a beautiful sunny day and even hot at the finish.

    AMS: Not meaningful, since the ride included a casual bike tour around Cobb Island. 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Jim had two flats on the return leg. Glass on the shoulders caused the problems. 

    Report: Twelve cyclists left Piccowaxen Middle School and headed up Rock Point Road to meet Steve Palinscar and his group of six who who had started at McDonough High School on a 62 mile ride. The combined group headed down Mt. Victoria Road. One cyclist missed the left turn on Rock Point Road because of the cue sheet said straight from Mt. Victoria Road to  Rock Point Road instead of left. Fortunately, Blake Altman who was out on a solo ride, came to the rescue, caught him and got him turned around and back on the route. The groups waited for everyone to arrive at the scenic view for a photo and then toured the island. 

    After lunch at Captain John's Crab House on the Potomac River, most riders were off and away before Jim realized his rear tire had gone flat during lunch. Jane, Belinda, Calvin and Herman helped find a very small piece of glass and replace the tube. Three miles later, the scene was repeated.

    We had been fore-warned that repaving was being done on MD-257, but that it should not cause a problem, and it did not. For about 1.5 miles each way, both travel lanes had been milled. With little traffic on the road, we were more comfortable on the milled travel lanes than we would have been on the shoulders, since the shoulders had drainage cutouts. The repaving has been finished on most of MD-257, and it is a shame that Maryland SHA did not also repave the shoulders.

  • Mon, May 29, 2017 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Diane Harris, Randy Hadden, Tom Short, Darrell Meyer, Sue Estes, Chris Fairhall, Phil Mitchell, Brian Dupuy, Lou Dallorso

    Guests: Tony Harris, Eric Williams, Calvin Holmes

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20919314 heading from Manokeek over to the east of 301 and south to the Allen's Fresh area, then crossing back over 301 and turning north at Pope's Creek, returning to start via Chapel Pt, Rose Hill, Hawthorne, Livingston, 210; ~1900'  elev.

    Weather: A bit iffy at first, some misting before ride start but never turned into anything. Start temps 60s and overcast, but ending up almost 80 and sunny by the end, a nice breeze and some summery humidity creeping in

    AMS: 17 for leader, reported 18+ for front group

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Lou turned back at mile 7 with a rear flat; it had flatted on yesterday's ride so he didn't trust riding on it; VERY close call with a deer sprinting across Chapel Point Rd in few yards between Barbara and Phil

    Report:We had a good turnout, for some it was the longest ride of the season so far, others are preparing for Bike VA or Rural Legacy, but all wanted to take advantage of the day and good weather. It was the debut of this route and it got good reviews: a good mix of climbs, flat roads, familiar and unfamiliar territory. An AA-paced group formed early on and got a good lead on the A/B pacers, but we regrouped at Dash In, then set off to confront some longer grades: Rt 6 to Dentsville, Allens Fresh, and Popes Creek Rd going north. An impromptu decision was made to stop at the Red Top store, 3 miles before the official stop at St. Ignatius, so we could stock up on calories/electrolytes/etc. Reportedly there is a usable restroom there, but we opted to also stop at the church to get free water and ice and use their facilities (also to greet the cardboard Pope). We resumed, some on weary or cramping legs, to tackle the two remaining climbs, Rose Hill and Livingston, but knowing we only had 22 more miles gave us a little extra energy and everyone finished strong. Thanks to all who came out to make this a great ride on a holiday Monday!

  • Mon, May 29, 2017 8:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Melissa Newberry, Sue Gunter, Pat Walthers, Harry Kidd

    Weather: 64, misting and heavily overcast at the start.  By the time we got to St Ignatius either it, we or both had warmed up enough that the arm warmers, glove liners and vest came off, and by the time we were touring Cobb Island it had become the beautiful early summer day with blue skies and 83 degree temperatures that had been forecast.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21492803  

    MIshaps & Mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.8

    Starting from Maurice McDonough HS a quarter mile from the corner of Marshall Corner & Bumpy Oak, we took the usual route to St Ignatius on Chapel Point, then went over to Pope's Creek past Captain Billy's, up the rise and over to Edge Hill and the crossing of 301 (we walked across, forget that silliness of riding down almost to the Nice Bridge and back) to our rendezvous at Dan's store on the corner of Mt Victoria Rd, where we awaited Jim & Jane's 26 mile group and happily discovered the fire department was open.  We took a quick pit stop and then the Picowaxen group arrived and did the same.

    We rode together down Mt Victoria Rd, the two groups merged into one and rode the milled section of Rock Point Rd, which turned out to not be bad at all (hideous, stupid job they did on the shoulder,  leaving it rideable except for a number of huge trenches in the pavement that would have taken down anyone trying to ride there!).  We toured Cobb Island, had lunch at Captain Johns and then headed back.

    Our route left Rock Point at Shiloh Church, and Janell and Allan came with us.  I'd never been there although I'd read about it in ride reports, and was very eager to see it.  Very pretty, with a section that rather abruptly gains 100' of elevation in around four tenths of a mile, with a grade that RWGPS says was 7.7% but felt like twice that much.  Very much a case of "Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!"

    There's something goofy about the maps, too: per google maps you get to it from Merrimack Pl, which we never saw, but the ground truth (reflected in the satellite imagery and the road signage) is that the turn, marked Shiloh Church, is right off 257 several tenths farther north than shown on the map.

    Sue, Melissa and I stopped at the fire department again; while were there Ron, Harry and Pat kept going.  We caught them on Faulkner and arrived at the Dash-In in La Plata in time to see some EMT drama, while they extricated the driver from a silver Mercedes and carried her off on a stretcher.  Ron, Harry and Pat missed the show, arriving after they cleared the scene.

    Riding to Cobb Island on Memorial Day with a long and a short route that linked up in the middle worked brilliantly.  It was a fabulous day.

    Jim was taking photos all day.  He's posted them on the club's Facebook page.

  • Sun, May 28, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Tasha Harris, Barbara Haney, Pat Walthers, Tom Reitta, Lou Dallorso, Karen McMillan

    Weather: sunny, partly cloudy and around 70 becoming more and more overcast and cooler until it rained.   Hardly the first time it has rained when the forecast said little to no chance of rain, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10633624   We didn't make it to Durham Church or Annapolis Woods.  When Pat, Pat, Tom and I came to the turn for the rest stop at Friendship Landing Rd Karen, Lou and Barbara were stopped, debating skipping the rest stop and the trip down Durham Church and up Annapolis Woods and heading straight back instead.  We four went to the park and the rest went on. 

    We discussed shortening the route before we left the rest stop and decided that we would skip Durham Church and just stay on Ironsides/Mason Springs back to the park.  By the time we got back to the corner the clouds had gotten much darker, and on the way to Durham Church it began to rain.  We stopped and put on our rain gear, such as we had, and smiled or gritted our teeth against dentists' advice and pushed on.  It wasn't quite Singing in the Rain time, but in all honesty it wasn't bad - and although Barb and Lou might have beat the rain by skipping the rest stop, I'm sure we four wouldn't have.  Besides, needs must.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Lou had a flat tire.  Barb stayed with him while it was being fixed so they got rained on while, the rest of the advance party made it back to Pisgah Park before the rain began.

    AMS: 14.1

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 11:15 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Sarah Clement

    Weather: As described by Steve, except Sarah and I had some light rain in Fairhaven as we headed back to Northern High School. I wondered aloud if stopping to put on my jacket would cause the rain to stop. And then it did stop! So just talking about putting on a jacket was enough. Sarah and I both noticed this, but neither of us said anything about it until the ride was over, lest we jinx it.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21490098. 39 miles, 1900 feet of climbing. We rode a few miles north to meet Steve at his second rest stop, then the three of us followed the traditional metric century route down Route 2, Dalrymple, Hardesty, Ponds Woods and Bayside, then up Christiana Parran, Old Bayside and Bay Ave to a stop at Herrington Harbor. Then we continued up through Fairhaven to the intersection of Leitch and Franklin Gibson, where Steve went north to Southern High School and we went south to Northern High School. One fun deviation from the posted route: on Route 2 we explored Wayside Dr, a horseshoe between Skinners Turn and Pushaw Station that provided a brief respite from the traffic noise of the main road. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.

    AMS: 13ish mph

    Nature: Numerous magnolia trees in bloom. Two ducks joined us for our rest stop at the Chesapeake Market. The eagles who live on Town Point Rd were not at home.

    Report: We had a fun ride today. The weather was actually pleasant, not too hot or too cold or too humid. Topics of discussion included mansions, Cobras and Lamborghinis, and lessons learned about what to eat (and what not to eat) during a long summer bike ride. Thanks to Steve for conducting the local train and to Sarah for hitching a ride with me!

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