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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.









  • Sun, December 02, 2018 1:00 PM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members:  Ron and Susan Altemus, Blake Altman, Bruce and Gail Black, Deborah Bowman, Michael and Yvonne Dong, and Fran Jezirek. Sherwood Byers and Linda Bankerd, who  were on a ride from the Manokeek Shopping Center, met us at White plains and rode back with us as far as Bumpy Oak Road. Blake had ridden from home and turned toward home at Bumpy Oak Road after the return from White Plains.

    Route: 26 miles on the Indian Head Rail Trail from Indian Head to White Plains and back

    Weather:  Not the warm and dry sixties the forecast from earlier in the week had us expecting, but chilly and damp fifties, with a heavy mist the last few miles. We had a brief glimpse of blue sky, long enough for a group photo at the start of the trail.

    Report: When asked after the ride to describe it in one word, most said "wet" and than added "but we are glad we came." The ride was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ribbon cutting to open the first section of the trail.

    Ten years ago - December 2, 2008
    OHBTC members at the ribbon cutting
    (left to right) Judy Mutty, Sam Perry, Blake Altman, John Early, George Martin, and Polly Choate

    December 2, 2018
    (Left to right in photo below) Bruce Black, Ron Altemus, Deborah Bowman, Jane Hudnall, Gail Black, Blake Altman, Jim Hudnall, and Michael and Yvonne Dong
    (not pictured) Susan Altemus and Fran Jezirek

    More photos from today in Facebook album at https://goo.gl/bcWmwt

  • Fri, November 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Larry Stirling, Ron Altemus, Robin Garnett, Jim and Jane Hudnall, and Barb Haney.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cold (mid 30's) and overcast, threatening rain.

    AMS - 15 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Only four of us to start. Because of the foul weather, not many wanted to ride. Barb slept in and came late. Jim & Jane stayed at St. John's Food Bank to finish up so were late to the ride. We did a very fast pace for this ride because of the weather. Even though the ride weather (it never did get up much past 40 degrees with sprinkles) wasn't ideal, any day to ride your bike is better than staying home and watching TV.


  • Thu, November 29, 2018 4:22 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus, Alan Kurzweil, Steve Palincsar and Larry Peed

    Route: To Hughesville 

    Weather: First, to anyone reading this: the North Keys parking lot is probably the worst ride start parking lot from which to judge weather conditions for a ride. It's always windy and chilly (or cold) there.

    Nice and sunny. The sun made it seem warmer than it was once we started. Temperatures about 36 at the start and rising a couple of degrees. The wind was noticeable at times, 10-12 mph but only in short stretches. And as long as we headed south, southeast, the wind was hardly a problem.

    Distance: 38

    AMS: We all rode within sight of each other.

    Mishaps/Mechanicals: None

    Report: At about mile 10, both Larry and Steve said they would shorten the ride. Larry had a knee issue and turned back at mile 9; Steve left us at the Moreland Store at mile 10. Alan, Ron and I rode on, stopping briefly at the Sunoco in Hughesville, and then pacing back along Burnt Store and Olivers Shop to Woodville for the second time. A proposal was made to eliminate Covington so we cut a couple of miles out there. It was a good day for a ride. 

  • Tue, November 27, 2018 5:11 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus and Larry Peed

    Route: Chicamuxen to the Nanjemoy Community Center, return via Poseytown, Bowie, Baptist Church to Ironsides/Mason Springs and Hawthorne.

    Weather: Nice and sunny, temperatures about 40 at the start and rising a few degrees.

    Distance: Leader finished with 40.2 ( we added a bit on Greenleek Hill off of 6, and Ron and Joan visited the facilities on the IHRT at Livingston before heading "home").

    AMS: We all rode together until a short distance from the end.

    Mishaps/Mechanicals: Ron had a flat tire at mile 14. And it was an interesting endurance test: the first flat on that tire after 3,000 miles and the tube had completely adhered itself to the inside of the tire, which was pretty tight on the rim. Only Joan's small hands could get inside to start to peel the tube and even that took a few minutes, it was as if tire and tube were Gorilla-glued together.  The culprit was a tiny piece of glass. Once the darn tube was out, the tire and a new tube went back together smoothly.

    Report: The three of us agreed that the wind was not a big factor for us, only in a few short sections, because most of the roads were somewhat protected by trees and houses. The community center makes a nice rest stop, warm today, welcoming - in fact we were invited to partake of the $3 senior lunch being served.

    We're really glad we got out today!

  • Tue, November 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski
    • Ride Leader: Pete Czapiewski

      Date: November 27, 2018

      Ride Distance: 31-39 Miles

      Average Speed of the Ride: 17.1 MPH for ride leader.

      Route: Bryan's Road to Ironside. 31.3 miles, 1238 ft.  https://ridewithgps.com/trips/29841902

      Mechanical Issues: None

      Mishaps: Two riders touched wheels and fell while riding uphill on Mason Springs. Some soreness,  but both riders were able to ride back with the group.

      Weather: 43-45 degrees, sunny and windy (15+ mph from the WNW) 

      Member Riders: Barb Haney, Ron Haney, Darrell Meyer, Tom Roberts.

      Ride Report:

      The sun was out, but so were the winds, making for an uncomfortably cold start. Riding at effort with the group let us warm up a bit.  Along the way, we encountered mostly cross winds. But the wind was high and unpredictable -- at times swirling and quickly changing directions.

      The five of us stayed together for the first 12 miles, until Darrell dropped back. At mile 15, the four leaders agreed it was a good idea to cut the ride short and minimize our time in the wind. We turned left off Chicamuxen onto Rte. 6 then back onto the route at Mason Springs --cutting  8 miles and skipping the rest stop.  Darrell was heartier, and proceeded solo to the rest stop then completing the full 39 mile course.

      Thanks to all who came out today and braved today's winter-like conditions, and to Joan for the route.

  • Sun, November 25, 2018 1:00 PM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Ron Leak, Jay Lewis, Janell Sanders, Steve Palincsar, Walt Roscello

    Guests:  None

    Route:  The  Indian Head Rail Trail from the parking lot on Livingston Road to White Plains and back

    Weather: Sunny afternoon with temperatures in the low 60's

    AMS: 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report:  It was a beautiful afternoon to be riding the trail. Janell and Walt both rode from home. Walt shared maple syrup power packs for energy boosts. A number of other cyclists and walkers were also using the trail. South of Bumpy Oak Road, Mattawoman Creek is overflowing its banks and rushing toward the Potomac River, but the trail was dry with only a few muddy places. OHBTC members Linda Bankerd, Sherwood Byers and Holly Carr were spotted biking up Livingston Road as we drove to the start.

    Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

    More photos in Facebook Album at https://goo.gl/Uvsa6P

  • Thu, November 22, 2018 9:30 AM | Michael Dong

    Posting a remark, as Bike Doc will probably post on their website. Great turn-out for a 35f morning, about 25 riders. It was my first time on this fantastic loop single-track, and parts reminded of "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" in SoCal, a quality route with plenty of elevation change, creek crossings and more roots than you can imagine.

    This will certainly be part of my winter cross-training routine if anyone else wants to spin some fat tires and get down and dirty. 1 lap is about 1 hour budgeting time, once you know the course.  Cheers!

  • Wed, November 21, 2018 12:00 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong, joined by Linda B.

    No mechanicals:  Performed a quick rebuild on the broken spoke wheel from Monday's ride, spins true, yippee.

    Fantastic cruise in swirling wind today, with comfortable temps once warmed up. We called out a "on your left" to a couple and their dog's along the IHRT. The lady promptly moved to the left in front of Linda, who braked quickly and stopped. It's a 50/50 shot on the IHRT ;) Finished before 2pm, and had the rest of the day to get ready for Thanksgiving. Cheers

  • Tue, November 20, 2018 10:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (6) Jane & Jim Hudnall, La'Tasha Banks, Regina Saizan, Larry Peed, Barb Haney

    Weather:  Temps were about 48-50 degrees throughout the day. The promised sun was only a part-time occurrence.  A significant headwind at times.

    Route: Scheduled route was down Bumpy Oak to Marshall Corner to Bensville Rds with the Rest Stop at the Shell Station on Berry Rd.  The return was supposed to be Middletown, Marshall Corner and Pomfret Rds.  Well, no one wanted the Pomfret climb. So, the group decided they preferred the Bumpy Oak climb with a more direct route via the IH Rail Trail.  After Bumpy Oak, the cold air,  the strong headwind and the overcast skies, no one was interested in the planned side trip through the housing area at the end.

    Report: I was pleased with the number of riders today considering the cold temperature and the wind.  At times, there was some separations into the various ride classes.  But for much of the route, the group rode together with an occasional regrouping at various points.  I think the Bumpy Oak climb as opposed to the Pomfret climb was a better idea. The cold did not deter us from having a good ride day. 

  • Mon, November 19, 2018 12:00 PM | Michael Dong

    Lead:  Michael Dong

    Members: Barb H., John H.

    There was an agreement at the beginning of the ride to shorten our road time to the 2-Bump Slump route, which only cuts off the Barry's Hill section. The weather temp was great in the 50's, light wind that swirled a bit, so you didn't get a true tailwind boost. Excellent team work for a short "blow the lactate" out of the legs ride, as all three of us had done a harder ride the day before.


    Mechanical: Michael broke a front spoke within the first 5 miles going up Mill Hill, and after removing the spoke, deemed it "rideable but certainly not raceable", and chose to toodle on with a bit of brake rub.


    Working together and keeping a steady cruise, ended up with 18.3AMS. Not bad for chit-chatting a lot, and not really pushing the IHRT section.


    Looking forward to others jumping in on this route. There's riding terrain for everyone's taste. Cheers!






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