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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, October 23, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Belinda Acre, Fran Jezisek, Rick Martinez, Susan Altemus

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

    Weather:  warm and humid for late October w/mostly sunny skies and negligible winds.

    AMS:  varied for each individual rider

    Report:   a small turnout but a good day for riding the trail  This was Rick's first time on the IHRT so he and your faithful correspondent continued on to Indian Head as part of the return from White Plains.  There appeared to be more walkers than other cyclists today but the trail wasn't overly crowded or busy.  Wildlife sighting of the day was a rafter of about 10 wild turkeys quickly crossing the trail a short distance past Middletown whilst we were cycling towards White Plains.  Otherwise, there were a bunch of kamikaze squirrels encountered by all of us at various points along the trail.

  • Tue, October 20, 2020 9:30 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Eight club members were greeted by fog at Bryan's Road, but as we got ready we could see an outline of the sun. Destination today was Goose Bay and within a couple of miles the group broke into a slow group and a faster group. We  met up for a nice stop on the porch at Goose Bay, after which the slow/faster dynamic reasserted itself.

    It was a lovely warm day, 39 miles and good company.

    Riders: Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers, Alan Kurzweil, Monica Irmler, Rick Martinez and me- Joan Oppel. 

  • Thu, October 15, 2020 4:03 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Sanders, Mary Scala, Alan Kurzweil

    Weather: Sunny, clear skies, breezy (~10 mph winds)  63 at the start rising to high 70s, almost 80 by mid-afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34389536 for the 37 mi route (which Alan did); https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34394042 for the 32 mi route, which the rest of us did.  1278' elevation gain on the 32mi route, 1662 on the 37 mi route.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: just under 11 at the back.

    Today's ride was a journey of exploration.  It's been over 2 years since I was last on Surratts heading for Cosca Park, and that ride ended for me with a malfunctioning front derailleur that led me to turn back well short of the Rt 5 crossing, and for the past couple of years the road work at the Brandywine/Accokeek/MD-5 intersection has made riding there impossible.  Today, after leaving Cosca Park and descending Thrift Hill, we planned to take Floral Park to Piscataway, swing around the steep ridge just south of Floral Park to the east, ride through The Preserve to Danville and then avoid the bridge work on Accokeek by taking McKendree to the WaWa for a second rest stop.

    There were four of us, and we quickly broke into two groups: the Two Fast (Pat and Alan) and the Too Slow (Mary and me).  The Two Fast flew through the single-lane tree work zone on Surratts, but we Too Slow not only got caught at the back of a long line of traffic, but also we were met by oncoming cars before we had cleared the work zone.  It's always great when you get to use a classic movie quote; today's, from Cool Hand Luke: "What we have here is a failure to communicate."  I kind of enjoyed yelling at that flag man, too.

    We saw the Two Fast in Cosca at the tail end of their break, and stayed after they left.  After the descent of Thrift Hill, we enjoyed the perfect pavement on Floral Park (how strange to be able to say that, after decades of complains about poor patching that was worse than the plethora of potholes).  On our way through The Preserve we encountered Mike Saizan out riding.  He stayed with us almost all the way up Danville, turning around just before it joins up with Accokeek Rd.

    Some concern had been expressed about McKendree possibly being heavily trafficked because of the detour at the bridge on Accokeek, but the few vehicles we saw all were well behaved. 

    After the break at the WaWa we crossed onto Cedarville.  Concern had been expressed about dump truck traffic on Cedarville -- in the past famous for narrow roadways and badly potholed pavement -- but we were pleasantly surprised to discover smooth new pavement from 301 all the way past Dent Rd, and even more pleased to see they'd extended the paved portion onto the shoulder well past the right side line, leaving enough room to make it possible to not have to ride in the actual roadway at all.  As expected, there were many dump trucks (there is after all a sand and gravel mine between Dent and Ashbox) but most were going in the opposite direction and all were being driven courteously, passing us with plenty of clearance.

  • Tue, October 13, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Fred Robbins, Jessica Hirshhorn, Joan Oppel, Linda Blackmon, Pat Walthers, Patricia Sanders, Sam Perry, Steve Palincsar

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31737622  Outbound via Pomfret, Marshall Corner, Valley, Locust Grove, and St Mary's.  Return using Quailwood, Hawthorne, Ripley, Poorhouse, the Stuckeys, Mason Spring, and Livingston. 34.8 miles, 1,282' elevation gain. 

    Weather:   damp, overcast, dreary start in the upper 50s.  Riding back from La Plata, the skies cleared, the sun came up, and temps climbed into the upper 60s.  We encountered a constant NW wind.

    AMS:   12 mph at the rear

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   Steve flatted on Pomfret and pulled into the IHRT to affect repairs.  He advised that others continue - he was going to fix the flat, do some noodling, and head back.  Carrying three tubes, Steve assumed he would be fine but two of them wouldn't hold air!  The third, already double patched, enabled him to get back to Bryans Road successfully.

    Report:   As noted above, the weather was less than ideal at ride start.  Light rain/mist had been encountered enroute to Bryans Road.  Fortunately, that was gone by the time we took off and we only had wet pavement to contend with outbound.  This was the first time on Pomfret since a severe midsummer storm had toppled trees along the creek area.  Quite a number down visible from the road.  Not much else to report scenic wise. 

    Given our 10 rider limit, Jane and Jim Hudnall rode the same route with an earlier ride start and were only seen by a few at Bryans Road.  Jackie and Randy Schoch did an alternate version starting/ending at the Livingston Road IHRT parking lot.  We met up with them at the Dash-In.  Social/physical distancing etiquette was observed throughout the ride.

  • Sat, October 10, 2020 5:51 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Photos: Janell Saunders

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Pat Sanders, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Walthers, Marc and Linda Blackman, Janell Saunders

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10633624   45 miles (not counting the gravel road from the Mallows Bay Park Entrance down to the rest area) and 1545' elevation gain.

    Weather: Overcast, windy, 63 at the start, allegedly rising to 70 (according to my car) but thanks to the wind, the cloud cover and the sporadic occasional lethargic drizzle but it felt as though it never got above 65, you just got sweatier in your wind jacket.   However, the wooded back roads are well suited to gloomy overcast and it was easy to get a happy vibe going in spite of the weather.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none today, thank goodness.

    AMS: 11.9 in the trailing group; faster for the lead group and the middle group.

    According to a 1998 article in the LA Times ("911 Just a Number in Some Areas" bJeannine Aversa, Oct. 25, 1998),  "If you’re visiting Montezuma, Ga., and need help, don’t bother calling 911. It doesn’t work there and it won’t work in dozens of other places throughout the country, either.

    “'Many people think 911 is everywhere,' said Woody Glover, executive director of the 911 network for East Texas. “But there are a lot of pockets of the country that aren’t covered.'

    "By one estimate, about 700 mostly small and rural counties have no form of the service. By another estimate, 9% of the U.S. population lacks it."

    We learned today at Mallows Bay Park that Nanjemoy is one of those places. 

    There's a sign on the fence right by the portolets making it clear and giving a number (which Janell photographed, but unfortunately the photo wasn't saved) at the Charles County Sheriff's Office instead.   A local resident who was visiting the park told us if you do have cell coverage (only Verizon has coverage along Riverside, she said; for sure, none of our phones had a connection) and try calling 911 it is answered in Stafford VA, and they have no idea where Charles County MD is.

  • Fri, October 09, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Belinda Acre, Donaro Gardner, Fran Jezisek, Jackie Schoch, Jay Lewis, Randy Schoch, Susan Altemus

    Route:   the one, the only, the Indian Head Rail Trail.  Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return, 20 miles.

    Weather:  plenty of sunshine and blue skies, temps in the 60s, breezes out of the NW above the forecast 4-5 mph

    AMS:   irrelevant

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   thankfully, none for our group.  However, the sweeping ride leader came upon a group of three at the Bumpy Oak pond attempting to fix a flat.  Two of the riders were trying to help another - unfortunately, they knew next to nothing about Presta valves and had managed to remove the valve from the stem of the flatted tube and promptly dropped it/lost it in the grass.  I was unable to provide any assistance since the only tube I had with me was a 35-42 while a replacement tube of 25-32 was needed.  And I couldn't get the valve out of my spare.

    Report:  The trail is just starting to show some fall color.  No wildlife observed and not as many trail users as have been present on some other Fridays.  As is usual for a Friday IHRT ride, everyone made it to White Plains at their own preferred rate of speed, social distanced for a rest stop, and returned, again, at the pace that best fit their riding style.  

  • Thu, October 08, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Erica Kane, Alexa Schriempf, Pat Walthers, Mary Scala, Ron Altemus, Loretta Troen, Joan Oppel and Jessica Hirschhorn

    Weather: a spectacular early fall day.  Sunny bright blue skies with scarcely a cloud, high visibility, 15 mph breeze w/gusts up to 25 mph.  Around 63 at the start rising to 70 degrees by the time we finished.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34340460 31.8 mi, 1468' elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Around 2 mi into the ride on Martin Rd. Joan Oppel rode into a pothole and went down.  I'm not sure exactly what happened, but Mary, who was riding behind her, said it looked as though once she started going down she steered herself off the road and onto the grass on the shoulder before crashing. 

    That new MIPS helmet Joan was so proud of came in handy today, because she hit her head pretty hard when she went down but evidently was saved from a concussion.  She also was gored in the abdomen by her handlebar and needed a stitch, and was bruised and scraped. 

    They called 911 and Emergency Services took her to the hospital in Oxon HIll (we're all wondering about that, since there are other hospitals closer to Brandywine than that) and Ron and Mary accompanied her and brought her car to the hospital.  Latest update: Joan's back home; nothing broken; told to take it easy for a while.

    AMS: 11.0

    It was meant to be a relaxed, no drama short scenic ride (I won't say "easy,"  not with all the climbing on the route) to enjoy a lovely fall day.  The drama happened anyway.


  • Thu, October 08, 2020 10:20 AM | Alan Kurzweil (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Alan Kurzweil

    Members: Diane Harris, Sam Perry, Linda Bankerd, Tom Short, Patricia Sanders, Chantal Briere, and Bob Thompson

    Weather: a spectacular early fall day.  Sunny bright blue skies with scarcely a cloud, high visibility, 15 mph breeze w/gusts up to 25 mph.  Around 63 at the start rising to 70 degrees by the time we finished.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34342034 39 mi, 1670' elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None, other than the ride leader led a few riders off course by missing the first turn.  Sorry, you get what you pay for.

    AMS: 13ish

    I wanted to add miles and Steve suggested that I list the longer route as a B ride. Definitely a good idea, as eight riders joined me.

    At the rest stop at Merkle, a few riders peeled off for a shorter route to meet other commitments.  Sam, Diane, Patricia, and myself finished the ride as scheduled. We pretty much rode together.

    It was great to ride with good friends after all this time!  We started ten minutes before the other group and minimized out time at the rest stops.  All participants followed safe health practices.

  • Tue, October 06, 2020 10:00 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members:  Monica Irmler, Patricia Walthers, Diane Harris, Donaro Gardner, Jackie Schoch, Patricia Sanders, Randy Schoch

    Route:  IH 26 Smallwood State Park

    AMS:  12.3 for the ride leaders.

    Weather: A Perfect fall day!  Temperature in the 60's. Clear blue sky.

    Mechanicals: Jane had a flat tire on MD 225/224 just before the traffic light. 

    Report: A mile after the MD 224/225 traffic light, Jim realized Jane was no longer with the group. Backtracking, he found her with Jackie and Randy, changing her flat tire. We rejoined the others at the rest stop in Smallwood State Park, where we relaxed in the sunshine and enjoyed talking about the political and medical issues of the day. We ended the ride in Indian Head at the Clarity Coffee House , which has reopened with outdoor seating.  We recommend the salmon/spinach/cheese panini, and others liked the butternut squash soup.  

  • Sun, October 04, 2020 2:00 PM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders Sarah Clement,  Steve Palincsar, 

    Route:  AF 16 Tour de Accokeek

    Weather: Beautiful fall day with temperature of 66 degrees.

    Report: We took a break at Marshall Hall. There was a lot of activity at the boat ramps. After the break, Ron and Steve added a few miles to the route with a side trip down River Road.

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