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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.

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  • Fri, January 22, 2021 11:00 AM | Randy Schoch (Administrator)

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus and Pres. Donaro Gardner

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Sunny and Cold (high 30's - low to mid 40's) and breezy

    AMS - mostly 12 - 14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Only three of us probably do to the weather report on Thursday indicating a not so good day for outdoor activities. But, the day wasn't that bad. Jackie was baby sitting our daughter's house and dogs while they went on a vacation. Not many trail users today and there was some major drainage repairs being made on the trail. I rode past a young deer that was only 6 feet or so beside the trail who wasn't too concerned about me being near him/her. We were met with a head wind on the return leg of the ride but was not too bad. It is nice to get to ride in the middle of winter. Maybe next Friday?


  • Tue, January 19, 2021 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Member:  Joan Oppel

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35037629  39.1 miles; 1,560' elevation change.  Outbound on Livingston, Chicamuxen, Pisgah Marbury, BIcknell, Sweetman, Smallwood Church, and Mason Springs to a rest stop at Pisgah Park.  Return via Poorhouse, MD-6, Rose Hill, and Bumpy Oak, with an impromptu ride down Gwynn Rd, and then back to the start.

    Weather:   more sun and less clouds than forecast, allowing temps to climb from 40 to 52 degrees with constant 10-12 mph air movement out of the SW.

    AMS:  upper 11s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  slipped chain on Gwynn

    Report:   Most of our route combined familiar roads in a different way or traversed in the opposite direction and largely vehicle free.   The lack of foliage on trees and bushes revealed houses never seen before, some falling down.  Rose Hill Manor, usually only visible from MD-6, was seen during the climb up the eponymous road, a sight neither of us had ever noticed.  As to that climb as recounted by Diane Harris in her 1/17 ride report - all I can say is that her weekly hill repeats are paying off for her!

    Given that it was just Joan and your faithful correspondent, as we passed the Pomonky NRL facility on Bumpy Oak, Joan requested that we take a side trip down Gywnn Rd.  On Bumpy Oak, 500' on either side before Gywnn, there is signage alerting motorists to be alert to emergency vehicles.  Joan wanted to see "the firehouse."  There is no firehouse, just lots of woods, a few houses, and the road ends after about .5 miles at a large Charles County Schools maintenance facility.  Through the fence, we could observe a large covered building holding road salt and not much else, though in the past, the parking lot had contained a large number of school buses.  Given how much we ride on Bumpy Oak, it's strange that we never see cars turning into or out of Gwynn.

  • Sun, January 17, 2021 12:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader: Diane Harris 

    Members: Sam Perry, Theresa Rowell 

    Guests: none

    Route: Manokeek Espresso with Rose Hill and Chapman's Landing 

    Weather: Temperature in the mid 40's, mostly sunny with periods of overcast, clear, breezy at times windy

    AMS: 13.6

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: The first Manokeek Espresso ride of the new year and the three of us took advantage of fairly mild (for January) weather to try out this ride that has a few variations from the previous Manokeek Espresso. We eliminated going straight up Berry Rd and instead made a right turn onto Bunker Hill which is a more gradual climb to the top of Berry. Instead of Hawthorne, we continued onto Rt 6, stopping at the Starbucks for our rest stop. To get onto Hawthorne we climbed Rose Hill which somehow didn't seem as daunting as it used to. The rollers of Chapman's Landing has us off of Indian Head Hwy, and provides a nice quiet shaded 2 lane road with very little traffic. From there the route follows the usual return back to the shopping center. This route including Rose Hill adds roughly 2 miles to the distance and around 270 feet to the elevation. Enough to gradually move us towards the longer distance and higher elevation of rides in warmer weather. 

  • Sun, January 17, 2021 10:30 AM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)

    Leader: Janell Saunders

    Members: Sarah Clement, Alan Kurzweil, Cathy Miller, Mary Scala, Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Patricia Walthers

    Route: Aviation Yacht Club, Chaptico, Baptist Church

    Weather: Temperature at 40 to start, mostly sunny and breezy. 48 at rides end.

    AMS: various

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: 1 flat

    It was still chilly at ride start. How many layers and what accessories was the question. I was pleased to see 7 folks show up even with the chill, and so with everyone properly attired, we headed out. A quick stop at the portajohn near Lockes Crossing allowed us to bypass the Amish schoolhouse, which now has "No Trespassing" signs on the outhouses. With the sun making appearances, the chill was tolerable. As we tuned on Aviation Yacht Club Rd, Joan had a flat on the rear tire. We all stopped to assist and she showed us those cool Schwabe levers that assist when putting the tire back on. Down at the Wicomico Shores boat landing, we enjoyed the views and full sun. Continuing to Chaptico Market, Bob Howell drove by and gave us a shoutout, nice to see him. (Of note: Manor Road is closed between Hurry and Maddox.) Sarah had a bag on the bike just for the fried chicken from the market, along with a couple sides. We had our break and heading back to the start point, a little slower for us at the back, not having done many rides past 35 miles this winter. I did go back and get my own fried chicken...winner, winner, chicken dinner!


  • Fri, January 15, 2021 11:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Route:   Livingston Rd IHRT parking lot to White Plains and return.

    Weather:  temp range of mid 40s to low 50s under thin overcast so there was some sunshine with breezes out of the southern quadrant

    AMS:   upper 11s

    Report:   not a lot of trail users when we started off.  Donaro had an errand to accomplish so he was a bit late and caught up with us at White Plains.  We all rode back together, encountering more trail users on our return.  Minimal wildlife seen though birds were heard. 

  • Fri, January 15, 2021 6:10 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil, Randy Sim

    Route:  We started at Friendship Farm Park and headed for Route 6, turning south and then doing several out-and-backs to ride to the shores of Nanjemoy Creek and the Potomac River. Tayloes Neck Road (planned), Bluff Point Road (unplanned), Walters Landing Road (planned), Friendship Acres Road (planned), Benny Gray Road (planned), Dowes Road (unplanned), Route 6 to its end at the Potomac. Then Riverside to Holly Springs, Route 6 to Hancock Run/Adams Willet, Liverpool/Baptist Church and Ironsides back to the park.

    Weather:   Just a little chilly in the parking lot in the 30s, warming up nicely, ending in the mid 50s - and lots of sun.
    Report: This route was prompted by riding on Route 6/Port Tobacco Road between Riverside and Holly Springs, and seeing Tayloes Neck Rd and Benny Gray and wondering "what's down there". 

    Enlisting Ron Altemus in the planning, he and I decided to create a route that explored every road in the area that we'd never ridden. And then as we did the ride, we found a couple of roads that we hadn't noticed on the map - and went down those as well. 

    We found lots of woods, a number of houses - from large new homes, some on the water to small, much older homes that have obviously been there for years. We also saw lots of No Trespassing signs, including one special one that said "No Trespassing, No Hunting, NO ANYTHING". There were several Wildlife Management Areas, preserving the land, a section of Doncaster Forest, which is managed to preserve the land and do sustainable logging (main section is on Route 6 between Bowie and Chicamuxen), and the Charles County Environmental Center, an educational center for school children. This Eastern side of the peninsula (where Riverside Road defines the Western side) is more populated than the Western side with more water views from the roads noted above. 

    At mile 15, at the end of Walters Landing Road, we were about 3/4 of a mile from our starting point - if we had "walked" in a straight line across Nanjemoy Creek. We couldn't see Friendship Landing though because of athe winding shoreline. 

    At about mile 24, after finishing most of the exploration and adding a few miles as we explored the unplanned, Alan, Randy and Don headed straight back to the start, while Ron and I continued on, cutting a couple of miles off the end. Ending mileage was about 40. 

    It was a wonderful winter riding day and a fun adventure.

    Picture here: http://bit.ly/35GBYCI

    Joan

  • Tue, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Erica Kane, Jessica Hirshhorn, Joan Oppel, Pat Walthers

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34984732  First leg of Tour de Accokeek reversed, then Berry, Lexington, Middletown and the IHRT to a rest stop at the White Plains Dash-in.  Return traversed Marshall Corner, Ripley, Poorhouse, the Stuckeys, Mason Spring and MD-210.  38.9 miles, 1,102' elevation change.

    Weather:   temp range mid 30s to upper 40s; abundant sunshine; minor air movement out of the NW

    AMS:  swept at 11.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   a bit of discombobulation in getting ready to roll so we were delayed by 15 minutes.  Probably allowed the sun to warm things up nicely.

    Report:   a nice January winter day for riding, great to be out with friends and their good cheer.

  • Fri, January 08, 2021 11:00 AM | Randy Schoch (Administrator)

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus, Robin Garnett, and Pres. Donaro Gardner

    Guests - None

    Weather - Very Cold - mid 30's with wind chill high 20's

    Route - IHRT

    AMS - Varied per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Very cold and breezy so the turnout was small consisting of the regular Friday riders. Shortly after starting, Jackie had trouble breathing with a lot of coughing  because of her asthma so she and I aborted and rode back to the parking lot. Robin and Ron rode on ahead. We met Donaro in the parking lot when we got back and he was pondering whether to ride of not? Jackie and I went home so I don't know how Robin and Ron did for the rest of the ride. Ron's "ladies" (Susan and Fran) don't ride below 45 degrees and that is probably what Jackie and I should use as "standard operating procedure" for future winter rides. Come on Spring.


  • Thu, January 07, 2021 5:15 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Mary Scala, Karen Morgan, Randy Sim

    Route:  Scenic and low traffic (except for some short miles on Croom Rd). This route went out North Keys, Molly Berry and up Van Brady, then all of Duley Station, Croom to Mt Calvert/Duvall, rest stop at Jug Bay. Then onto Merkle via Croom, St Thomas/Fenno and around Nottingham, Tanyard, returning Brooks Church, Baden Naylor, Candy Hill, North Keys. 

    Weather:   Sunny, very sunny - comfortable temperatures in low 40's (with layered clothing).

    Report: Lovely day for riding, quiet roads (exception: Croom but we were on it a total of only about 3 miles in two segments). Sun dappled fields, trees, ponds, marshes, shrubbery horses. Tower is open at Jug Bay as are restrooms. We did stop to consider that we were riding through history - Nottingham has a brief place in the 1814 British attack on government buildings in Washington, the last time the Capitol was attacked prior to the events of yesterday, January 6, 2021. (This route was chosen the day before, Jan 5.)

    In 1814 the British briefly landed in Nottingham, prior to the Battle of Bladensburg in which they defeated U.S. forces. The British went on from Bladensburg to attack and burn government buildings in Washington - including the Capitol. 

    NOTE: Tanyard Road remains closed to traffic, the road bed has a gash more than the width of the road, spanning 1 to 4 feet. We very carefully walked around it. The damage is about 1/4 mile from the curve where Nottingham becomes Tanyard, heading from Nottingham Road to Tanyard Road. 

  • Mon, January 04, 2021 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Alan Kurzweil, Joan Oppel, Patricia Sanders

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34951317  37.3 miles; 1345' elevation change  Outbound routing utilized Pomfret, Marshall Corner, Valley, Chapel Point, Fairgrounds, St Marys, and Oak to a planned rest stop at the La Plata Dash-in.  Return had us traversing MD-6, Quailwood, Hawthorne, Bumpy Oak, the IHRT, and Chapmans Landing. 

    Weather:  temps ranging from upper 30s to mid 40s; sunny start quickly giving way to gray overcast; 6-8 mph breezes out of the NNW

    AMS:  swept in the mid 11s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Joan had a flat at our La Plata rest stop, which was at the park on St Marys instead of the Dash-In to avoid humongous crowds.  Though we couldn't find the leaking spot in the tube, after replacing, she had no trouble returning to Bryan's Road.

    Report:  Road surfaces continued to be wet but fortunately, temperatures had risen high enough that we did not encounter any icing.  Winter views are always so much different than when the trees have all of their leaves.  The Port Tobacco river along Chapel Point Rd was quite visible and it is surprisingly close to the road at the eponymous park.

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