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.

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  • Wed, September 27, 2017 5:15 PM | Jean Wright

    Ride Leader:  Jean Wright

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.0+ MPH

    Mechanical Issues:  Two Flats

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Low 90’s, Partly Cloudy

    Members:   Mike Mullinoff, Joel Carney

    Guest: Ken Roman

    Ride Report:

    The weather has been so nice that we were having trouble believing that the CJE season was ending and this was our last scheduled ride until the Spring.  Historically, our October rides are cancelled and we find ourselves chasing daylight.  However, a ride like this one highlights our rationale for ending in September.

    Mike took off with the AA group. Joel, Ken, and Jean stayed together. Joel had blow out on Bowling Road. As he changed it, two horses came to the fence to offer their support. A man in a pick up also stopped to offer help. Joel quickly changed the tub and we were on our way again.  We did not get too far before the tub blew again. This tub had a hole in a different place.  A kind neighbor on a four-wheeler came out to check on us and brought a tire pump. He also cycles and we encouraged him to join us next year. Joel proficiently change the tub and we were on our way. But not for long...yes, this tub blew as well. Joel called his wife and Ken and Jean continued on the route.  We arrived at Casey Jones after dark.  Joel arrived about the same time. 

    As Blake reported...This was the last CJE ride for the season L.  We had a successful year and missed only 2 rides due to weather.  That is amazing considering how much rain we had this summer.  We wish Scott, our AA leader, the best and hope that he joins us next year.

    Stay tuned for more news on our CJE social...the date announced in the ride posting may change.

  • Tue, September 26, 2017 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Chris Fairhall, Dave Schnirel, Tom Roberts, Mike and Regina Saizan, Larry Peed, Brad Francisco

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25593388, route designed by Steve P to take us to the dedication ceremony of the new Port Tobacco River Park / Tom Roland Natural Resources Area, then on a nice route around some of our favorite Charles County roads

    Weather: pleasant temperatures in the 70s, a bit of a northerly breeze building, possibly a portent of some hurricane-borne winds in the near future

    AMS: 18.5 for leader

    Report: Today's ride started off with a purpose: to have a strong club presence at the above-mentioned ceremony. With the A,B and CC groups we were pretty numerous, enough to earn a couple mentions in the dedication speeches and to reinforce our reputation as a club that is actively involved in efforts to improve the quality of cycling in our communities. The ceremony lasted about 40 minutes, and we had a chance to schmooze, eat cupcakes, and get a souvenir stuffed eagle. After that long early break, we got back to business at hand, i.e. the ride, and headed to La Plata, then down to Bel Alton, back through Port Tobacco, and back via Hawthorne and Pomfret. There were enough little hills to break us into a few different groups, but we got all caught up at the two more rest stops, and all arrived back safely at Bryans Road, a little later than usual, but having participated in a worthwhile event. Thanks to Steve P for the route and to Mike S for volunteering as sweep rider. Thanks to all who participated today!

  • Tue, September 26, 2017 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    There's little I can add to Barbara's description.  It was great to see so many of us wearing our club jerseys at the ceremony.  They certainly did notice us.   Ride leaders take note: this park has portolets right at the park entrance. 

  • Mon, September 25, 2017 7:36 PM | Mia Haynes

    Rider Leader:  Mia Haynes

    Member: Rod Barnes

    Guest: None

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    This evening was another great evening for a ride; the only issue - bugs.  Our AMS was 13.5 as we rode to Bumpy Oak Road and back. 

    Nice ride Rod.  Thanks for coming out, as always.

     

     

  • Sun, September 24, 2017 9:00 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders, Chris Roell

    Guests: none

    Weather: another lovely August day, 65 at the start rising to 85 and almost 90 by the time we got home; sunny, low humidity, breezy

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25503292l, modified of necessity to visit the Nanjemoy Community Center for water because the Nanjemoy store was closed.  We also went down to the end of the gravel road at Mallows Bay Park, adding some bonus miles so that we ended up losing only a mile.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.0

    It's always shady and cool in Nanjemoy, and today was no exception.  Riding there was scenic and delightful.  Chris had never been on several of the back roads and had never been all the way down to Mallows Bay, so naturally we had to.  Although the (badly faded) sign on the door of the Nanjemoy store said it would be open today, it was not.  There aren't many places out there you can get water, and we had to detour off the planned route to visit the Nanjemoy Community Center (note: no handle on the one behind the A/C unit but the one around back on the left side next to the concrete stairs was working).  We went through this a couple of years ago, so we'll survive if the store is actually permanently closed but if you're planning a route in the area keep it in mind.

    Ron must have been wearing canine attraction aftershave today, because he was chased three times by a total of five loose dogs.  He's got a fierce bellowing "NO!!!" which established dominance each time, so no harm done but Janell insisted on calling it the "Loose Dog Ride".  Adding the little guy on Hancock Run made it six loose dogs, but since he didn't chase Ron didn't want to count him.

    Chris took a bunch of photos today including the one above of Ron on Riverside.

  • Sun, September 24, 2017 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    A beautiful Fall day had 4 riders (Ron Leak, Ken Meredith, Phil Mitchell, and Theresa Rowell) join me for this ride that took us from southern Prince George's County into Charles County by way of ~ 9 miles of Croom Rd.  For the most part, the group stayed together, with Phil occasionally charging ahead.  Ken and Ron left the group before returning to the start as they had ridden to the start from Ken's house.  Theresa and I returned to the start after having a nice uneventful ride with an average of 14.7mph.  No mishaps.

  • Sat, September 23, 2017 8:45 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jim Beliveau

    Guests: Mimi Zucker

    Weather: 60s and sunny at the start, warming up to the mid to high 80s as the day went on; as the day warmed, the wind freshened until the final 20 miles were akin to a Seagull training ride, only with hills.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25391365 for the 75, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18764764 for the 56.  The routes are identical until the final turn from MD-6 onto Keech, the 56 returning directly to Oak Ridge Park while the 75 continues on 6 to Gilbert Run Park for a rest stop, then goes down Trinity Church to Bowling, Allens Fresh, up the climb on Penns Hill and across 6 onto Wheatley, then Olivers Shop and Oaks back to Oak Ridge Park.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.2

    Jim arrived at the last minute and Mimi from Potomac Pedalers and I waited for him, but once he got rolling it was obvious he (a member of both OHbike and PPTC) was wearing his PPTC hat this day, because in moments he was off and gone, never to be seen again.  Mimi and I rode more or less together: she would scoot ahead then wait at the next turn for me to come into view. 

    The route takes Oaks and the Three Notch Trail down to Northern Senior Center, then doubles back on Charolette Hall Rd to Golden Beach.  Coming to the T at All Faith Church, it goes left and spends the next 10 miles cruising the back streets of Golden Beach exploring, cruising the perimeter in search of water views.  On the way down we'd turned left on Cross Woods, so the 8.5% grade on Golden Beach was a bit of a surprise - so much for the "flat riding" as Mimi called it.

    From there, things took a more familiar turn: All Faith Church to 6, Flora Corner across 5 to Old Flora Corner and Old Village Road to a rest stop at the WaWa on 5.  While there, a man filled his truck's gas tank then asked me how old I was and then said "It was good to see old people out being active."  Another customer asked whether there was some kind of organized competition on -- probably he'd seen participants in Pax Velo's St Marys Century, which shared some of the roads we were on, and had had a rest stop only yards from where we'd parked our cars.

    Leaving the WaWa, we went down to the 3NT and then headed south on Morganza Turner, across 5 onto Colton Point and then took Dr Johnson over to Chaptico Road and a rest stop at the Chaptico store.  I noticed a couple of new and curiously placed all-way stop signs on Dr Johnson: you'd hardly think a 4-way stop sign was needed at a newly built road with no houses (just after the climb up from the recently replaced bridge) never mind here at Friendly Hall Farm.

    After the Chaptico stop we went up Budd's Creek to Thompson Corner and through the area near the Amish schoolhouse, over to the 3NT and then left on 6 to the route split, where Mimi took off for the last time.  There was plenty of activity in Gilbert Run Park - a couple of family reunions and lots of music, but no sign of the St Marys Century rest stop.  That was at mile 25 on their route, and I'm sure had long since closed by the time I arrived there at 2 pm. 

    By then the wind had seriously freshened, and the remaining distance was a bit of a slog, the climb up Penns Hill in the face of the wind necessitating a shift onto the granny ring.  By the time I got to Cooksey's store I was feeling dehydrated and thoughts of a cold soda were almost irresistable - except for over a dozens of people queued up in the store!

    By now it was a race against time: would I get back to the start in time to get home and get a shower before the Indian Head 100 after-action meeting?  I was well ahead of my worst-case schedule and would have ample time if I pushed on, so that cold soda would have to wait until I got home. 

  • Sat, September 23, 2017 8:30 AM | Sherwood

    On this gorgeous day, Chris Fairmall, Diane Harris, Phillip Mitchell, Holly Carr, Tasha Harris, and Ron & Barb Haney joined Linda & Myself on this great ride.  The AMS at the rear was 15.8.  Only one incident was reported to me as a minor collision between 2 cyclists. The cyclists involved reported no concerns.  The Road Captain had a flat tire at Mason Springs & Pisgah Roads.

    Thank you to all of the riders on this ride.

  • Fri, September 22, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Vickie Garlock, Lester Jackson, Robin Garner, Calvin & Celeste Conyers, Michael & Yvonne Dong.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Beautiful cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Good turnout of riders this morning. This was the day of the "no driving pledge" so some of our regulars didn't come. It was great to see Vicki on her bike again. The riders split up right away to ride at their own pace. We saw a few walkers, dogs, turtles, squirrels and birds. We had a nice break and visit at White Plaines. There seems to be a new business taking over the failed bike shop across for the benches. We saw the Moye's on the trail. After the ride, we went to George's for lunch and to visit.



                                                                                                         


  • Fri, September 22, 2017 9:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leaders:  Ron Altemus & Steve Palincsar

    Member:  Belinda Acre

    Route:  None - we used the Mt Vernon Trail and neighborhood streets to meandered and noodle through the numerous communities in the east part of Fairfax County.  Rest stops at Fort Hunt Park and the McDonalds at Rte 1/Cooper.

    Weather:  temps in the 70s, a touch of humidity, mostly overcast w/o any noticeable wind.

    AMS:  a tad under 12

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Minor separation on the return between the mansion and Riverside Park.

    Report:  since today was Car Free Metro DC day, your faithful correspondent took the pledge to go "car free" and thus needed a route that would allow bicycling to the start.  Steve was willing to co-lead as we figured we'd pull out all the stops and just go wherever.  Actually, we had a bit of a plan, but still made it up as we rode along.  Belinda was looking for a ride on the shorter side, so she turned back once we reached the Mt Vernon mansion, went thru Stratford Landing and ended up with 28 miles.  Steve and I recorded 41 miles from start/finish at Jones Point Park.  Both of us were over 50 for the day with cycling to the start.

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