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”.

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.









  • Sat, October 28, 2017 8:45 AM | John Gorman

    Ride Name: Gilbert Run Park to south St. Mary’s Cty  46 Class B

    Leader: John Gorman
    Members:  Mike Bivens , Ken Meredith, Bob Howell, Walt Roscello, and Liam Healy

    Weather:  8:45am start.  Sunny 50s clear skies ending 60s. Some wind at times. Fantastic day for end of October.

    Stats:   46.0 Miles/15.1 AMS/Elv- 1289ft gain/Riding time-3:01/elapsed time-3:26  

    Route:   Trinity Church /Budds Creek/Chaptico Market-quick “pitstop”-mile 13 /Maddox/Abell Rd mile 22-Murphy’s Store break/Oakley/Colton Pt/Dr Johnson/Rt 3NTRL/Rt.6 back to the Park.   

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Ride leader drop a chain for 30secs, good to go otherwise -NONE!    

    Report:  Great ride, use of long straightaways consisting of wide-shoulders, lots of quiet corn fields in southern St. Mary’s. Very limited traffic. We stayed together as a group matching our paces. Thanks for everyone joining me today.   

  • Fri, October 27, 2017 11:00 AM | Michael Dong

    Leader:  Michael Dong

    Members: Sheryl R., Matt S., Nate H.

    Guest: Dean

    Mech/Miss:  none 

    Cold in AM, so a later 1100 start worked out fine, and will be the start time for the winter season. Workout was nothing short of fabulous, everyone worked hard, and we gathered at set points to start the next section. Finished with a nice fatigue and met some of the IHRT peeps. Time for a stack of pancakes, dozen donuts and big mug of java. Cheers!

  • Fri, October 27, 2017 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch
    Ride Leader: Randy & Jackie Schoch 

    Members: Ron Altemus, Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, and Larry Peed.

    Guests: None.

    Weather: Beautiful cool morning.

    Route: IHRT 

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: None

    AMS: 12+ mph (leader)

    Light turnout of riders this morning. A reporter from the Maryland Independent (Sara Neumann) met us at the ride start to interview all our riders about the Friday IHRT rides. She took a few photos and was interested in what we liked about riding on the trail. Jackie rode the trike today. She had her port removed on Wednesday and the doctor advised her not to ride an upright bike until the stiches healed thus the trike. Our 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. Sara met us at White Plaines for a few more photos. Bev White and Michael Dong and his trainees were on the trail.  After the ride, we all went separate ways for lunch. Jackie and I had to clean up and go to synagogue.

  • Thu, October 26, 2017 10:30 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Jan Tucker, Bob Howell, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Roberts

    Route: White's Landing/River Airport https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286171

    Weather: 50s, occasionally sunny, breezy->windy (15 mph or so from NW)

    AMS: in the B range 

    Report: We had a small group today, undeterred by the decidedly autumnal conditions; there was a lot of indecision at the start about how to dress. Most opted for at least some degree of winter-level gear. We seemed to spend an inordinate and frustrating amount of time riding into cross- and headwinds past open fields where there was no shelter, and saw a lot of flags flapping violently. We must have had a tailwind at some point, but I don't recall getting any benefit, as we were probably going up a hill. Anyway, it was windy. Besides that, it was a very nice route, thanks to Steve P, who added some entertaining out-and-back diversions to the usual Merkle-Croom-Cheltenham area roads. We rode more or less together, regrouping at intersections. When we got to Merkle the Visitors' Center was locked, but fortunately the ranger, who had been out driving around, saw us riding in and came back to open it for us. The Nottingham store still looks closed (permanently?), and we decided to skip the second rest stop at Moore's. Despite much grousing about the wind, it was a pretty decent fall day, and the ride was pleasant. Thanks to all for riding!

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

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus, Rita Z, Harold Datz, Fred Robbins

    Weather: cloudy low 50s at the start, sunny low 60s by mid afternoon, and windy.  Tail winds?  Never.  It's always a head wind. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15286171   36 mi, 1800' of elevation gain including out-and-back diversions down to the Patuxent on seldom-ridden Whites Landing and slightly more often used River Airport Roads, with a rest stop at Merkle that everyone made and a planned rest stop at Moore's that almost nobody made.  It definitely looks to be all over for the Nottingham Store.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Fred, Harold and Rita mistook Candy Hill for Nottingham, thanks to the road sign being turned, leading to some bonus miles.

  • Tue, October 24, 2017 10:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Threat of rain was forecast but never materialized. However the route was chosen to do a bunch of loop de loops so riders could sprint back to the start if necessary. A group of CC and faster riders arrived at the start and by special telepathic arrangement, Mike Saizan was there to sign in and lead the faster group. 

    Steve Palincsar and Ron Altemus rode with me, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable ride. 


  • Sun, October 22, 2017 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jan & Ron Tucker, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Sheila Harron & Bill Loewe

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26259051  31 mi; 1040' elevation change.  From Pisgah Park, it was down Mason Springs to Smallwood Church and over to Smallwood Park for a rest stop. Then Chicamuxen and Hawthorne with their wide shoulders (including an ascent of Mighty Mount Pisgah) to Ripley/Annapolis Woods/Fire Tower and a second rest stop at Scott's. Final return via Hilltop/Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse and back down Mason Springs to the park.

    Weather:  another great cycling day.  Temps ranged from mid-60s at ride start to mid 70s upon our return.  Plentiful sunshine and a breeze out of the southern quadrant, at times noticeable.

    AMS:  ride leader swept at 13.5

    Report:  I've gotten some requests for shorter/flatter CC/C rides so this was an effort to provide such a route.  The back roads (Mason Springs, Smallwood Church, Ripley, et al) were basically devoid of cars; Chicamuxen, Hawthorne, and MD-6 were, of course, busy, but with their wide shoulders, an easy ride.  A couple of our group attained the summit of Mighty Mount Pisgah for the first time without incident and we welcomed them to the rolls of MMP conquerors.   All in all, it was another one of those days when you feel you could just keep riding forever. 

  • Sat, October 21, 2017 10:30 AM | Deborah Bowman

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Janell Saunders, Pat Sanders, Pat Walthers

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5054117 - 47 miles, up to Harwood via Bayard and Polling House, down to Deale via Owensville/Sudley and Swamp Circle, continuing down to North Beach and Herrington Harbor on Rockhold Creek, Franklin Gibson, Leitch, Town Point, Fairhaven, Boyd's Turn, and 5th St, then up the hill on Friendship/Sansbury to Wilson-Jewell-McKendree, finishing on Fisher's Station and a trip through the Pindells.

    Weather: PERFECT.

    Chesapeake Bay: Calm and pale blue under a perfect blue sky.

    Farm animals: black cows lounging in the shade of a tree, more black cows snacking in a field, a sheep greeting us with a loud BAAAAA. No sign of the goats on Fisher's Station.

    Puppers: a small fluffy white dog at the stop in Deale, a tall dark and handsome dog as we turned from Franklin Gibson onto Leitch, a collie excitedly running back and forth behind a fence. The big white dogs who live with the goats on Fisher's Station got a haircut.

    Report: It's was Girls' Day Out today in Anne Arundel County. Sometimes we all rode within sight of each other, sometimes two and two, often stopping to regroup, enjoying a leisurely ride on a lovely day with far-ranging conversations at the two rest stops and after the ride. And we have ideas for some good rides next month -- stay tuned for more. 

    Thanks for riding with me to the beach!

    p.s. After the ride I did some scouting  by car... the road work at the western end of Bay Front Rd is finished, complete with new bike lanes/bike symbols on the shoulders. Then I drove over to Galesville. There is a liquor store that also sells snacks and bottled water and other cold drinks, located at the end of Galesville Rd across from the pier and small park. I didn't see if they have restrooms for customers, but if not there are numerous portolets at several county parks in Galesville.

  • Sat, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Ride Leader:  Mike Saizan

    Members:  (7) Jan Tucker, Regina Saizan, Barb & Ron Haney, Sam Perry, Chris Fairhall, Walt Roscello

    Weather: Mid 60’s at ride start to mid 70’s by ride end with plenty of sun. Just a beautiful day for riding.  A thin extra layer to start that got tucked away at the rest stop.

    Route: Today we looked for new pavement and roads less traveled.  There were two loops starting from the Accokeek Firehouse.  First we headed down the new pavement on Farmington Rd. It was fast and curvy. That got my attention. Next we headed up the new pavement on Floral Park Road. From there, we looped back on Accokeek Rd to the Dunkin Donuts rest stop.  The second loop was on Berry Rd to Middletown Rd to the IHRT, with a return via Bensville Rd.

    Ride Report: Just a great day of riding with a great group of riders.  A little bit of fragmentation here and there but I was able to easily keep tabs on everyone.  Walt road to ride start and headed home after Middletown Rd.

    Mishaps: Well sort of – the Dunkin Donuts was so crowded and so slow, I didn’t get my donut. Bummer! 

  • Sat, October 21, 2017 9:00 AM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Diane Harris, Wayne Hunt, Chuck Miller, Sharon Miller, Rodney Palmer, Theresa Rowell

    Guests: None

    Route: Mighty Bike DC Loop Ride! See: https://goo.gl/HJaTpa

    Weather: Sunny & mild. High 60's to Low 80's.

    AMS: 10-12

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Loose screws on back rack. Fixed with my trusty mighty multi tool.

    Report: We rode an adventurous loop like circle going counterclockwise around the entire District of Columbia that included riding on the paved trails of the Anacostia Riverwalk, Northwestern Branch, Sligo Creek, Capital Crescent and Rock Creek Park with a loop around Hains Point. A very beautiful and scenic ride to be had on the trails especially riding along the Sligo Creek with its many bridges crossed along with the gentle sound of the flowing water from the Creek accompanying us just made for a pleasant all around relaxing ride. Stopped in Bethesda for eats mid point of the ride. Nice location to stop for eats as it presents a nice variety of places to choose from. What was really nice about the ride is that the trails were not crowded at all, and for a 40 mile ride it didn't really like 40 miles! 

    Big thank you for everyone who come out to ride. I hope to offer this ride on a monthly basis and hopefully it can become a regular Club ride. #bikedcloop #ohbtc

    I posted pictures of the ride on the Club's Facebook and Twitter accounts. The pictures really give a better account of the ride than any mere words can.

    Club Facebook photos link: https://goo.gl/PxaH4E

    Club Twitter photos link: https://goo.gl/y8CvoB


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