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

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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”.

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  • Sat, January 28, 2017 10:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 28, 2017

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones to Cobb Island

    Ride Distance: 52 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.5 (at the back)

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: Stick stuck in derailleur

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  At start 35 degrees, cloudy, breezy At end 45 degrees, mostly sunny, windy

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Steve Koegle, Jill Patterson, David Kemp

    Ride Report:

    This is one of those uneventful rides that make a boring ride report but make for a great ride.

    It was pretty chilly at the ride start but I don’t think anyone was particularly cold once we warmed up.  Speaking for myself, I felt pretty hot and sweaty at various points but also felt I needed the clothing I had when we were exposed to the wind.

    David joined us in-route on Chapel Point Road.  We were all rode together down to the rest stop on Cobb Island and then for the return until Route 301.  Once we were part way up 301 David let me know he was riding his interval and Jill went with him.  That was last we saw of those two until the end.  Steve and I had an uneventful ride together from then on.

    Steve got a stick stuck in his derailleur which could have caused problems if it had jammed in the chain or the spokes but it didn’t and it fell out on its own once he stopped and then backed up the bike slightly.

    This was another good ride and I send my thanks to everyone who joined me.

  • Thu, January 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Mike Bivens, Joan Oppel, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18604062  38 miles, 1700' of elevation gain, cut short by 4.5 miles by all but Mike & Joan after the second rest stop.  This was the first time I can recall we've ever stopped at the McDonalds at Fairhaven and US-301 as a rest stop.  The trip down Fairhaven and Midland Turn afterwards provided an interesting view of a part of Marlton we've seldom seen.

    Weather: 50s and windy to very windy, with a startling bright sun and lots of clouds.  When the sun was showing through it was like a heat lamp was turned on us, switching off whenever clouds obscured the sun, making for what felt like 5-10 degree fluctuations of the temperature, playing out on a background of penetrating wind.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.5 and we worked hard for it, too.

    Another early March day, and a route that made much of what felt like severely winter weather-beaten roads.  Cross Road Trail goes without saying - we stopped riding it last Fall because potholes on the downhills had made it unsafe but this time it was in the uphill direction - but William Beanes had deteriorated to the point it had become a match for Cross Road Trail.  "Crumbling infrastructure" describes it perfectly.  Still, it was great to be out riding and the day certainly brought a healthy glow to our cheeks that lasted for hours afterwards.

    Joan and Jim took photographs.  Jim's are here.

  • Wed, January 25, 2017 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Alan Kurzweil, Mike Bivens, Sam Perry, Larry Peed, Holly Carr, Travis Proctor, Tom Roberts, Tom Short

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17686251, heading to the La Plata Dash-In by way of Livingston, Hawthorne, Rose Hill, Rt. 6, returning via Chapel Point, Valley, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, Pomfret

    Weather: Hard to believe it was late January: sunny, cloudless, light winds, temps warming to near 60 at end

    AMS: 15.8 for leader who rode somewhere in the middle of the A's and B's, probably quite a bit higher for the front group

    Report: What a spectacular day for a ride: we all felt fortunate to be out today in this fabulous weather, especially as we've been having some less-than ideal conditions lately. We had a few people head off at an A or higher pace, some in between, and a B pace group, but we all met at the rest stop to enjoy the sun. On the way back we broke into similar pace groups, with one faction opting to bypass Marshall Corner/Pomfret and instead take Bumpy Oak. We all arrived at Bryans Road within minutes of each other and without incident. Thank you to Mike Bivens for volunteering to sweep, and thank you to all who came out to take advantage of this beautiful day. This ride leader must now bid everyone farewell until mid-March and wishes you all many days and rides like this one in the weeks to come.

  • Tue, January 24, 2017 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Linda Bankerd, Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar

    Route:  Modified from original posting:  down Livingston and up Mason Springs to MD-6 w/o heading east on Poorhouse to Annapolis Woods.  Once on MD-6, Bowie/Baptist Church took us to a rest stop at the Nanjemoy Community Center.  Return via Liverpool Point, Riverside, Chicamuxen and MD-210.  39+ miles total - we only lost a couple with our routing change.

    Weather:  Temps ranged from 42-47 degrees; sun earlier but then cloudy; Small Craft Advisory NW winds of 10-15 mph w/gusting to 25 mph didn't seem to materialize (or weren't that bad in the opinion of this correspondent)

    AMS:  12 mph for the sweep; should have been much higher for the two lead riders (Linda and Joan).

    Report:  Jim Hudnall and Holly Carr met us at the start.  They were riding to La Plata to voice their concern about fracking in Southern Maryland.  Linda was the only non-regular CC rider today, so she was able to enjoy a leisurely ride replete with stimulating conversation.  As mentioned above, the wind didn't seem bad to the ride leader, temperature was nice, and it was a good ride in deep southwestern Charles County.  And we got to ride Riverside Rd!

    In observance of National Compliment Day, January 24, 2017, let me just say that it was a great group of riders today, most congenial, highly competent, and all round wonderful!  Thanks for coming out to ride!

  • Sun, January 22, 2017 3:39 PM | Lisha Peacock

    Sat, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM 

    Ride Leaders:  Jean Wright and Lisha Peacock

    Ride Distance: 44 Miles

    Average Speed:  13.7

    Elevation: 2,014 ft

    Class:  A/B

    Mechanical Issues: Flat tire

    Mishaps: Two aggressive drivers who almost struck riders

    Weather:  average temp 45 degrees, misty, foggy, wet

    Member Riders:  Linda Bankerd (joinedA/B, although she signed in with Steve's CC group), George Valenzuela, Pano Gianniotis

    Ride Report:  Thank you Jean for asking me to join you in leading a ride!  It would have been difficult to find the motivation to ride solo on such a dreary day. 

    Thanks to Steve for planning a fun route!  We discovered several new and interesting roads to pedal, and traversed some familiar roads from different directions than typical, which made for a great riding day despite the less than stellar weather and the couple of close calls with impatient, inattentive drivers.

    I think I'd like to visit National Colonial Farm again on dry, cool, but sunny Fall day.  The winding, tree lined road through quiet farms is probably a beautiful route to travel when the leaves are changing colors.

  • Sat, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jane & Jim Hudnall, Pat Sanders, Larry Peed, Ellen Goodwin  (others signed on the CC sheet but rode with the A/B group)

    Weather: Overcast skies, humid/damp feeling, sometimes a very light mist in the air but never enough to actually wet us.  It was 52 at the start and 52 at the end, but when Jim asked Adrioid Siri how cold it was she said "I don't think it's cold," and when he asked her how hot it was she said it was 47 degrees.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18416970, 39.9 miles, more and less: more in that at one point in Tantallon I got a bit turned around and added a fraction of a bonus mile -- which was well worth it and next time that little detour is going to be part of the official route -- and more because this was Ellen's first visit to Fort Washington, so as a bonus we went down into the fort and looked at the spectacular Potomac River views; and less in that we all elected to skip the trip to the Colonial Farm.  We'll do that on a sunny day.  Everyone seemed to like the route and we'll do this one again come spring.  1981' of elevation gain (skipping the Colonial Farm probably subtracted 100') and a few fairly serious climbs made this feel much hillier than the usual route of this length.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: I got a flat on Old Fort Rd on the way back from Fort Washington.  Ellen stayed with me and helped me fix it, and the spot was almost perfect: a phone pole to support the bike, a portolet right there for after; without the mud, a place to sit down and not being at the bottom of the biggest dip on Old Fort and it would have been perfect.

    AMS: 11.9 at the back.

    Not exactly the most auspicious of days, but a dry several hours in the middle of a dismal rainy weekend still made for a very enjoyable ride.  The temperature and the terrain made for some good strong appetites at the Miller Farms rest stop, and the food there smelled fabulous.


  • Sat, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: January 21, 2017         

    Ride Name:  Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.1 (at the back)

    Ride Class:  AA/3 Sport

    Mechanical Issues: Dropped chain, 2 Flat tires, 2 shift cables broken

    Mishaps: One lost rider

    Weather:  50 degrees, cloudy, some fog

    Guest Riders:  John Clark, Roland (can’t read last name)

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Scott Walker, Michael Blaine, Steve Koegle, Carole Harris

    Ride Report:

    Let’s start with the mechanical issues in chronological order: Roland dropped his chain on the big hill on Trinity Church Rd., next Brad had a flat, then Steve’s rear shift cable broke, after that John had a flat, and finally Carol’s front shift cable broke.  The dropped chain was no big deal except Roland had to turn around get enough speed to get restarted on the hill.  The flats were repaired without issues.  Steve and Brad replaced Steve’s shift cable with Brad’s spare at the rest stop; they made short work of that.  We didn’t bother to try and fix Carol’s shift cable since we were near the end and it was only the front shifting.  She had been having problems with shifting and was planning to head to Bike Doctor after the ride anyways.

    And now we discuss the actual ride.  The weather was less than inspiring with very wet roads at the start (they did start to dry-out by the end).  Fortunately it was relatively warm or else the ride would have been a no go.  We all stayed pretty much together though-out the ride with the exception of the last 10 miles or so.  We started some splitting on the hills near the end and then Scott let me know Carol was falling back; I’m assuming this happened because she was trying to diagnose her front shifter problem.  I waited for her and then the two of us proceeded together until the end.  With one exception we never saw the rest of the riders again until the end.  The exception was I saw a rider who I thought was Roland off in the distance on Golden Beach Rd.

    Carol and I had an uneventful return to the end.  Once we got there the question was, where is Roland?  No one knew.  Carol and I didn’t see him except for my brief sighting on Golden Beach.  Steve and Roland had driven to the ride start together and Steve discovered that Roland had left his phone in the car.  Oh no!  We had no way to contact him and he had no way to contact us.  Steve drove off in search of him but couldn’t find him after 6 miles of back-tracking which meant that Roland was off-route.  With no other options, Steve returned to the start to wait and the rest of us headed for home.  Roland called me later to let me know that he had made it back after mistakenly turning off-route, getting some bad directions, and then getting the right directions and finally returning to the start with 10 extra miles.

    Given the weather, all the mechanical issues, and Roland getting lost I still enjoyed the ride.  Hopefully everyone else enjoyed it too.

    Once I got home I had to hose-off my bike – what a mess!

  • Sat, January 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Jean Wright

    Ride Leaders:  Jean Wright and Lisha Peacock

    Ride Distance: 44 Miles

    Average Speed:  13.7

    Elevation: 2,014 ft

    Class:  A/B

    Mechanical Issues: Flat tire

    Mishaps: Two aggressive drivers who almost struck riders

    Weather:  average temp 45 degrees, misty, foggy, wet

    Member Riders:  George Valenzuela, Pano Gianniotis

    Ride Report:

    The weather forecast featured drying conditions and moderate temps.  Thank goodness the temperature ranged from 45 to 52 degrees and wind speeds were minimal.  The morning fog remained throughout the ride and patches of mist kept the road damp and speeds down.  We noticed a few patches of dry road as we neared the finish.

    We joined Steve's CC group at the start for some pictures before heading off into the mist.  Steve's route featured detours off the main road and pothole-ridden roads.  We kept our speed down to avoid missing turns and sliding on the wet asphalt.  Steve's route showcased many interesting sights.  We weaved our way through several subdivisions in Ft. Washington.  The older Tantallen neighborhoods have such diverse architecture and beautiful views of the water, especially the out-and-back loop to Riverview Rd and other surprises that you can count on from Steve.

    The first rest stop was at Ft. Washington.  No crowds there, because of the weather.  The CC group arrived before we left and Jim snapped a couple pictures with the fort in the background.  From there, we headed to Millers Farm for an Apple Cider donut and some healthier snacks.  Just before the ride ended, we conquered the hilly out-and-back to National Colonial Farm.  The farm road was muddy so we turned around near the entrance.

    We had two encounters with aggressive drivers, one was a very near miss.  In this case, a driver aggressively passed us on our right as we tried to maneuver around some rough road.  We agreed that next time we would just ride through the rough road and potholes.  At our next pause, we counted our blessings.  Don't let down your guard.  Be aware and be prepared.

  • Thu, January 19, 2017 4:48 PM | Lisha Peacock

    Leader: Lisha Peacock

    Members: Barb Haney, Brad Francisco, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Linda Bankerd, Pete Czapiewski, Lou Dallorso


    Route: 39.5 miles

    Weather: mid-50's, overcast, calm winds

    AMS: mixed paces today!  15 for ride leader, some faster (AA) and some slower

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Brad left the last rest stop ahead of everyone, it was getting cold!  He got a flat on the way back to N. Keys park but was able to fix that and get back without further problem.

    Report: Today was an even more mixed-pace group than usual, the lead four started out strong with a better than 17 AMS, middle group was about 16 and a few A/B riders spilt the middle between the end of our group and the lead CC's.  Temperature was comfortable as long as we were pedaling, but made it hard to keep warm during prolonged stops at waypoints waiting for everyone to regroup.  We had one rider opt to turn back for home just prior to MacGruders, two opted to turn back before Moreland leaving four of our original 8 to pedal the last few hills and rollers back to the park.  

  • Thu, January 19, 2017 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Holly Carr, Pat Walthers, Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Pat Sanders, Karen McMillan, Bob Howell, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Karen Morgan, Mike Bivens (and joining the CC group at the 2nd rest stop, Linda Bankerd).  What a great group!

    Weather: overcast, 52 at the start and 52 at the finish.  A bit breezy, although nothing like yesterday, and although it was bright (what the film boxes used to call "cloudy bright") the sun seldom had any warmth.  Still, an excellent day for riding.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18487610  Just under 40 miles and 1961' of elevation gain.  Sure, we went to the Five Points and rode Horsehead, Iowa and Gallant Green, but we had plenty of rollers and an ample sufficiency of elevation gain on the way there and back. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6 at the back.

    It was Bob Howell's birthday today -- Happy Birthday, Bob! -- and he joined the CC group today as he was still recovering from a mishap on last Sunday's ride.  We sang - horribly, as usual - as "Cecil B" Hudnall filmed us, and then after the A/B group left and the CCs were at the park entrance Karen Morgan arrived.  We waited for her, putting us well behind the A/B group.  They were still there when we got to Magruders Ferry, although Larry turned back before the rest stop; and they were there at Moreland Market when we had our second rest stop.   Today we had one of the largest CC groups in many months, and without a doubt the largest this year. 

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