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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.

For a good article on Ride Reports and adding photos to Ride Reports, see pages 7 and 8 of the March 2018 "Spoke-n-Word" .

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, September 19, 2018 5:00 PM | Michael Dong

        A bright and blissful afternoon boded fine blessings to our intrepid group of the Queen's Riders, lead by the experienced, albeit young Michael Dong of Her Majesty's colony at Waldorf. Other's who responded to the siren's call of adventure and fame included such notables of the Empire as: Denise D., Walter C., Gil D., Jane H., Jim H., Troy E. who pre-scouted the planned route for treacherous natives and forbidding terrain, and Sheryl R. with Matt S. freshly back from an expedition to open trade routes to the far north in Maine. Rolling towards the unknown, the group maintained cohesion as Commoners waved and bid us "God Speed, for Queen and Country." Minor occasions on the road featured gravel beds and mysteriously a near total lack of wheeled mechanization on the secondary byways, which peaked interest as it was enthusiastically noted. At the big waters of the Po-To-Mak, a most queer sighting was made, and such waterbourne creature observed for a substantial amount of time. Part round above waterline, with 2 distinct lumps adjacent, it floated oblivious to our hushed and slightly frightened comments of whether this beast of the Po-To-Mak would demonstrate such aggression as several route-bourne canine had offered. In the end, the group departed with no man power losses, and successfully returned to home port at full sail and no casualties. A joyous celebration erupted at the local pub "B&J BBQ" enjoyed by most, but not all, as our lead was notified that the Bramblewood Manor had no chef to be seen, and desperate measures were in order to ensure dinner was well prepared and presentable by that evening. I sign off this entry as her Majesty's lead, Michael Dong.  God Save The Queen.

  • Wed, September 19, 2018 10:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Ride Leader:  Tom Short

    Riders:  Linda Bankerd, Chuck Coe, George Chiamulera, Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, Cathy Wilson, Don Gardner

    Ride Report:  At about 5 miles youth and conditioning separated us into two groups.  Group A consisted of Chuck Coe, Cathy Wilson, Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, and Don Gardner.  Group B consisted of Linda Bankerd, George Chiamulera and me.  Group A quickly disappeared from view.  When we, Group B, got within about 3.5 miles from our rest stop George spotted Don Gardner ahead who had apparently been shaken loose from his group.  George sped up and caught Don just at the rest stop.  Linda arrived at the rest stop before me.  At the rest stop, Nanjemoy Community Center, a local was strongly recommending that we visit Mallow Bay because of its beauty and the sunken navy ships still visible in the Bay.  It did sound like a good idea.  We all left the Community Center together and again split into two groups.  This time, Group B added Cathy Wilson and Don Gardner.  The ride back had two events.  One event was that the cell phone that Don carries on a handlebar holder fell off onto the pavement but was unhurt due to the armored case Don uses.  The second event was Cathy's flat tire.  It was remarkable in that there were five people there and all five were engaged in some aspect of the tire repair.  We all did a good job and we were shortly on our way back.  All in all, a very good day and a very good group.

    AMSGroup A:  Who knows?  They had already left by the time we finished. Probably 19+mph.  Group B:  15.8 mph

  • Sat, September 15, 2018 9:00 AM | Michael Dong

    Lead:  Michael Dong

    Members: Diane H., Holly C., Linda B., Sue E.

    Dist. 50.5mi  over 3:10 (with regrouping several times)

    What can I say? 4 fabulous gals to ride with today! Doesn't get much better than this group and a perfect 75ish temp with slight winds, which seemed always to be in our face for some odd reason. This is one of those routes you have to ride 2-3 times to figure the push points and gist of the ride, everyone did awesome.

    The extended version of the 3-Bump was done, going up Mason Springs and looping back through Smallwood, and reconnecting to IHRT, so as not to miss out on Bumpy Oak. Great teamwork kept everyone together almost to the end, when Holly took a flyer on the Manokeek route, and we figured she'd be waiting for us at Starbucks...as she did.

    Today's "Chump" is me. Got home, drank some Gatorade, and my wife asked "we going for a ride?" seeing the bike on the rack. "Sure, Honey" a quick roll on the IHRT will be fun...add on 22 more miles :) Well, at least it's a Metric.  Cheers!

  • Fri, September 14, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Larry Peed, Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Diane Harris, Don Gardner, Belinda Acre, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Barbara Haney

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Road parking lot to White Plains and return.  Larry rode from home, met us at Livingston on his way back, and joined us to White Plains.  Diane rode from Accokeek Firehouse via Livingston and returned via Indian Head Highway.

    Weather:   Guess the four forecasts consulted don't consider mist as precipitation.  Just enough moisture in the air to keep one plenty hydrated simply by breathing while making it difficult to see through one's glasses because of the water coating.  We rode into a brisk 10 mph wind from the NE to White Plains and then enjoyed the resultant tailwind back to our start.  The sun made a very brief appearance when we got back to Livingston Road.

    Report:  a surprisingly good turnout given the gray conditions.  The Hudnalls and Barbara were a bit late in starting but all of us came together at White Plains.  Not too many other trail users, the majority of which were cyclists.  Wildlife sightings included a number of deer, two snakes (one a rough green snake - look it up!) and Monarch butterflies.  Whatever one felt about the misty conditions, it was better than the alternative of not riding and sitting like a lump on the sofa.

  • Thu, September 13, 2018 4:38 PM | Michael Wilson

    ·         Ride Leader:  Mike Wilson

    Date: September 12, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  20.9 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  One errant water bottle (recovered)

    Weather: Lower 80’s, humid, mostly sunny

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard, Kevin O’Clair

    Member Riders:   Douglas Carter, Blake Altman, Lynne Blake-Hedges, Gordon Schrader, Anthony Carter

    Ride Report:

    What better group to lead on my maiden voyage as ride leader than a group of hard-charging CJE AA riders!  I quickly assessed that I would be the weakest link but thanks to a great group effort (with a special thanks to Anthony for staying with me on the climbs) we started and finished together as a group. 

    There was minimal breakup on the Route 6 and Budd’s Creek climbs. However, Anthony helped pull me back and the lead pack that would slow enough to allow us to regroup.  This group definitely pushed me to rider faster.

    The start time was moved up by 15 minutes beginning this week.  This affected one rider, Kevin, as he arrived for a 5:30 departure and found no one there.  Not to be deterred, he rode solo and finished up about 10 minutes after our group did.  He finished with a very nice 21.3 mph moving average!    

    It was another fun CJE ride.   Thanks again guys!

    Note, the ride will again move up by 15 minutes to 5:00 PM to accommodate the earlier sunset time.


  • Thu, September 13, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Chuck Coe, Don Gardner

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28585306  a 32 mile version of a longer route to Malcolm and Pinefield.   After the rest stop at the WaWa on McKendree, the original went up to Accokeek Rd and down to Floral Park; this time we went back across 301 to Cedarville, skipping the mess they've made of Accokeek Rd and the construction at Brandywine and MD-5.  The weather forecast was uncertain and the weather we were experiencing was equally uncertain, so a route replete with shortcut options seemed in order.

    Weather: 70s, overcast and extremely humid, staying at or near 100% for much of the morning.  The forecast said it wouldn't rain.  We drove through mist on the way to North Keys Park, and between 10 and 10:30 that mist intensified and became drizzle.  By 10:30 it was back to mist - enough that those riders wearing glasses needed to stop every few miles to clear off the water.  Eventually it stopped, even cleared up to blue sunny skies for a few moments after the stop at Moreland Market, but by the time we reached the Mudd house the mist returned, lingering until we reached Pinefield.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.something

    Linda Bankerd came to the park but seeing the drizzle changed her mind about riding and drove back home, leaving just as the drizzle stopped.   Chuck rode with us to the Moreland Market and then took off on his own. The rest of us rode at a CC pace, staying together, especially while cruising through the many turns inside Pinefield.

    Pat and Jay skipped the rest stop at the WaWa.  I was a bit concerned that doubling back across 301 after the break might seem odd, but conditions on Accokeek Rd and at the crossing of Branch Ave at Brandywine Rd are pretty unpleasant due to construction, so I was happy to see the routing worked and felt natural. 

    We all thought it was a pretty nice ride, and were happy we didn't need any of the short-cut options.  I'm still wondering, though: what's up with the Bees?

  • Wed, September 12, 2018 5:15 PM | Bruce Wright

    Leader:  Bruce Wright and Jean Wright

    Members:   Sue Estes


    Ride Distance: 25 

    Weather:  Lower 80’s, humid, mostly sunny  

    AMS:  Leader lead from the rear 17.4MPH 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None  

    Report:  No B or A riders show up at 5:15 pm, so leader left on time,  Sue  catch up with us on Kentucky Road. We rode the rest of the ride together with no problems. 

  • Wed, September 12, 2018 5:02 PM | Denise Davis

    Leader: Denise Nelson Davis

    Members: Gil D, Michael D, Jim H, Jane H

    Guests: None

    Weather: We got sprinkled on in the parking lot while getting our shoes on and everything ready, but it stopped before the ride started. Roads were wet but we didn't get rained on once we started. Still very humid!

    AMS: 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: Jackie & Randy planned to lead this ride but asked me to do it so they could see a show. I successfully brought the paperwork, rode sweep in the back, and had a very uneventful ride. Hooray!

    Before the ride Michael gave us instructions on wet braking techniques. Thanks Michael!

    We noticed an impressive amount of LARGE driftwood on the boat ramp during our rest stop (basically the boat ramp was unusable). Perhaps Florence is pushing extra water/stuff up the river?

    After the ride Jane, Jim, Gil and I had sandwiches and ice cream at BJs.

    There's a picture at this link, but I don't know how to make it show up in the report.  https://photos.app.goo.gl/R4SUtR7mxrt1h2fd9

  • Wed, September 12, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)
    The weather was iffy and my usual hill repeats partner (Sam) opted out of joining me today.  No one else expressed an interest.  So, off I went,  solo, riding the streets of Apple Grove in a predetermined 4 climb pattern.  Three sets of the 4 climbs.  With no rain!!  A good ride. 
  • Tue, September 11, 2018 4:10 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jay Lewis, Don Gardner

    Weather: Overcast, mid-70s and damp.  The hourly forecast showed a 0% chance of rain at 11, 15% from noon - 2 pm.  At 11:30 or thereabouts, it rained -- real rain, not just mist or drizzle -- for around 15 minutes, then cleared up.  About 5 minutes of bright sun and temperatures soaring into the mid-80s, immediately followed by a return to overcast and mid-70s, where it then stayed.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28546463?beta=false  Meant to be 40 miles, 1085' of elevation gain and two rest stops: the WaWa on Western Parkway and Berry Rd and the Dash-In on Berry just west of Middletown.  That turned out to be closed for remodeling, so we had a second rest stop at the Accokeek Firehouse.  I felt what I thought were some more sprinkles at the Firehouse so scrubbed the final section of the route -- Barry's Hill and Marshall Hall Rd -- in favor of a direct return on Livingston, for a total of 38.4 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: 1 1/4 miles into the ride, Don had a blowout.  It wasn't until we replaced the tube and reinflated the tire that we saw the cause: a sidewall cut through which a bubble of tube was protruding.  Don had a boot, and when last seen he was on his way back to Bryans Road under his own power and riding, not walking.  He said it was a virtually new tire, too.  It's a shame when that happens., you feel like you haven't gotten your money's worth.

    AMS: 12.1

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