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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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  • Sun, May 26, 2019 6:21 PM | Kirk Saunders

    Leader : Kirk Saunders                                          Members: Barb & Ron Haney , Tom Roberts , Blake Altman & Phillip Mitchell .                                                        Guests : None                                                                            Route : Smooth & Safe with wide shoulders  , low traffic & nice Pavement.                                           Weather: A hot day to start but much of the route had some shade  . The last few miles felt like a pressure cooker @ 93 degrees . Some talk of earlier rides in the near future .                                                          AMS : 17.9                                                                                    Mechanical/Mishaps : 0                                                            Report : It was quite a pleasure riding with such talented riders who worked together to be safe and rotate on the front . I was grateful the  stronger riders eased off a bit after the hills to keep the group together and portrayed real OHBTC Spirit  . I like the piggy backing of rides . It’s fun to see all the good people even if they aren’t riding in the same class . I could see some “it’s Too hot” looks on some faces towards the end of the ride . But if you asked them right now they would say it was a awesome  / ride ! 

  • Sun, May 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Patricia Sanders

    Route:   outbound via Chapman's Landing, Glymont, Woodland, IHRT, Hawthorne, Chicamuxen, Riverside, and Liverpool Point to a rest stop at the newly reopened Nanjemoy store.  The CC contingent varied the return, using Beaverdam to MD-6, then Poseytown and Bowie over to Mason Springs for a second stop at Pisgah store.  Bicknell, Marbury Run, Chicamuxen, and Livingston delivered us to our ride start location.  Approx. 1.5 miles less than the full BR 44 route.

    Weather:   lots of sunshine giving way to some clouds as the day progressed, temps rising from the mid 70s to close to 90, humidity/dew point in the "unpleasant" range, with little in the way of wind.

    AMS:   a comfortable 13.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none (if one doesn't include the sweat in the eyes of the ride leader for the final 4 miles)

    Report:   the other classes were well represented and we met up with them at the two rest stops, riding at times interspersed before they pulled away.  Lots of Causal Conversational Cycling as Patricia and your faithful correspondent rode together for the entire route.

  • Sat, May 25, 2019 9:30 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)

    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Riders: Harry Kidd, Sherwood Byers, Ken Mundy, Linda Bankerd, and Sue Gunter

    Route: Down Rt. 6 to Bel Alton-Newtown (including the Beast of Bel Alton - real climb #1) then due south using 301, S Falkner, and Edge Hill.  After the first stop at Dan's store, we took Mt. Victoria Rd and some local roads to the river view at Wicomico, then retraced to Rt. 257 and Morgantown Rd to a view of the Potomac.  Return route was over to Mt. Victoria again (climb #2), past Pope's Creek (climb #3), and Fairgrounds and St. Mary's Ave to La Plata.

    Weather: Just about perfect.  70 at the start, 80 during the majority of the ride.  Wind from the SE at about 8 mph didn't slow us down much and kept us cool.

    AMS: about 14.7 - 15.3 depending on rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Harry reported misreading the turn at US 301 and Edge Hill resulting in about 4 extra miles.

    Report: The day was as free from drama as it was pleasant and scenic.  We split up a bit on the first leg due to some technology issues at the start, but managed to mostly stay together for the rest of the day.  Everyone did well climbing the three hills (including myself), faster than I expected for a CC group.  There are routes with less highway miles, but this one is designed to reduce the number of hills.  The Wicomico was quite scenic and the quiet roads leading up to it were appreciated by the group.  We saw some waverunners and a group out kayaking.  The Potomac was choppier due to the steady wind, but we saw at least one sailboat out taking advantage.  We were a social group today, in that we talked to two people at the start (across from the farmers' market - also, the market master took our picture for Charles County), and homeowners at both the Wicomico and Potomac view points.  The woman at Morgantown was pleased to hear there may eventually be a walking path from Morgantown to Cobb Island; there is a citizen group working on that proposal.  Dan's Store ended up being the stop both ways, and as Debbie said those that wanted a bathroom detoured to the Newburg Fire Station.

    We never actually caught Debbie's group, but did see them on the out-and-back approaches to the water views.  This is likely due to taking a long time at the viewpoints, but after all that is the reason for this ride.  I mistakenly thought the other group was going to start 1/2 hour later, until I re-read the posting in the morning.

    All in all, it was a day which shouldn't have been missed for riding and everyone had a good time.

    Group photo

  • Sat, May 25, 2019 9:30 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Jay Lewis, Jule Thorne, Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30076186 - 44 miles, 1200 feet of climbing with only two real hills. From the St Ignatius Church parking lot (at the top of the big hill), we took Chapel Point and Irving Rds to Rt 301, where we rode south along the shoulder with welcome breaks from the traffic noise on Faulkner and Edge Hill Rd. Then we crossed 301 onto Rock Point Rd and began our between-the-rivers exploration. We took Mt Victoria Rd southeast to Wicomico Beach and River Rd. While enjoying the view of the river we chatted with the owner of the farm at the end of River Rd. Then we headed back out to Mt Victoria Rd and took Rock Point Rd and Morgantown Rd to the Potomac River. After retracing on Morgantown Rd we took Shiloh Church (first steep climb) and Mt Victoria back to 301 and Edge Hill Rd. We finished the ride by taking Pope's Creek (second big hill), crossing 301 to Faulkner, then crossing it again back to Chapel Point Rd and the church.

    Weather: Fantastic! Sunshine, blue skies, reasonable humidity, temps rising from the low 70s to 82 at the end, light winds.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: One missed turn.

    Average speed: somewhere between 12 and 13 mph.

    Rest stops: As Walt suspected, the store at Rock Point and Morgantown was not open, so both of our rest stops were at Dan's Store. They did not have a restroom, but we followed the cashier's suggestion to stop at the volunteer fire station next door to use theirs.

    Critters: A horse rolling on the ground with ponies (or colts or donkeys) nearby, deer, goats, free-range chickens.

    Crop report: Many fields lying fallow, some with early corn stalks.

    What's up with the parking situation - The website for Chapel Point State Park includes a map that shows a parking lot for the park across the street from St Ignatius Church. Thus there were several emails about where to start the ride, ultimately clarifying that the lot is really intended for church parking. Ron spoke to the priest after the ride, and he confirmed that the parks department mistakenly believes that it's their lot.

    Report: I was glad to see the CC/B ride that Walt posted, but didn't want to ride quite that many miles. Luckily it was easy to shorten the route by 10 miles without missing the most scenic part of the ride. As it turned out, there were several other like-minded club members who wanted a shorter ride. Since Walt's group were likely to ride faster than us, we didn't wait for them when we reached Rt 301, expecting them to pass us along the way or join us at the first rest stop. They never did catch up with us, though; we saw them riding toward the Wicomico as we were leaving our stop there, and saw them again as we rode away from the Potomac.

    We had a good group of lower CC riders, though, and we rode together for most of the ride. Ron opted for to avoid the steep hill on Shiloh Church Rd but met us again at the second stop at Dan's Store, and Jay headed back to the start ahead of us. Throughout the ride we enjoyed scenic views, tree-lined roads and Casual Conversation.

    Thanks to everyone for joining me today, and many thanks to Walt for posting the route!

    And thanks to Harry for these photos.

  • Fri, May 24, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Diane Harris, Pres. Donaro Gardner, Belinda Acre, Vicki Garlock, John Riconda, Ken Meredith, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Ron & Susan Altemus, and Fran Jezisek.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - 70's with rain storm predicted in the afternoon.

    AMS - various according to the riders

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A very good turnout of riders considering this is the Memorial Day Weekend. Most of the wildlife must have taken the weekend off and gone to Ocean City because we saw very few except for a garden snake and the always present birds and squirrels. According to Jackie, the Cincinnati Zoo said this was "turtle week" but we saw no turtles at the Bumpy Oak Pond? A nice pleasant ride to the White Plains rest stop with a gentle tail wind. After a lengthy rest stop with photo opt. , we made our way back to Indian Head with darkened sky's. A view riders from the week before gave an OK review for Dale's Deli so that is where we dined after the ride. Again, Dale's is OK. George's is still closed.

  • Thu, May 23, 2019 10:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Harry Kidd, Ron Altemus, Barb and Ron Haney, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil, Randy Schoch, Darrell Meyer, Jay Lewis, Larry Peed, Linda Bankerd, and Ron Leak

    Route: NK 40 Merkle and Patuxent Park
    From the North Keys Community Park, left on North Keys, right on Molly Berry, right on Baden Naylor, right on Westwood to Baden Westwood. Back on Baden Naylor to Croom. Right on Candy Hill, Left on Nottingham to Merkle. Then Fenno, and down Croom Airport Road to the Picnic Area. Right on Duvall, left on Mt. Calvert, left on Croom. The faster riders did a right on Duley Station while the rest of us stayed on Croom to Molly Berry and back to the park. 

    Weather:  About 68 at the start but getting hot later - 87. A bit breezy at times and sunny.

    AMS: 13 mph for the sweep; faster for the front group

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: It was a beautiful spring day for a ride as we followed the fish painted the day before for the Patuxent River Rural Legacy Ride. The painters did an outstanding job! The group quickly divided into the fast and not-so-fast riders with everyone meeting at the rest stops at Merkle and the Patuxent River Park Picnic Area. The not-so-fast group decided to cut 3 miles from the route and made it back to the park about the same time as the faster riders. I appreciate all who came out today to help me celebrate my birthday and to all who sent good wishes through Facebook and emails.

  • Wed, May 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.5 MPH (lead)

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: 70’s, sunny, some wind, a nice day

    Guest Riders:  Josh Hettel, Orlando Howard

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco, Rob Golding, Scott Walker, Douglas Carter, Tyler Hill, Mike Wilson

    Ride Report:

    As per usual, the group split on the hill on Route 6.  A good sized chase group formed at the top of the hill and was able to catch-up but only due to fortuitous timing of the red light at Penn’s Hill Rd.  The remainder of the riders were unable to regain the lead.

    The folks started dribbling off the lead group as the pace surged on Bowling Rd.  These groups were never able to regain the lead group but there was some consolidation after the hill on Budd’s Creek Rd.

    Here are the averages I have:

        Lead: 22.5

      Chase 1: 21.7

      Chase 2: 21.2

    Congratulations to Scott Walker who managed to stay with the lead group.  Scott just started riding with us again this year after a long time away from fast riding due to injury.  He has made an impressive recovery this year.

    It was an another fun ride.

  • Wed, May 22, 2019 5:30 PM | Ken Lemmert

    Ride Leader:  Ken Lemmert

    Date: May 22, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express A/B

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.3 mph

    Ride Class:  A/B

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather:  Low 70’s, sunny, some wind, a nice day

    Guest Riders:  none

    Member Riders:  Me, Myself and I

    Ride Report:

    The three of us, Me, Myself, and I had a nice ride.  For company we hung with the AA riders for the first 4 or 5 miles.  When we hit the route 6 hill Myself decided to take the lead with Me and I hanging in there.  Once on the flat on Bowling I took the lead and cut the wind for Me and Myself.  We passed an Elliptigo rider on Bowling.  Me took the lead going into the route 234 hill and we all took turns out front with the breeze at our back on 301.

    A good time was had by all three.



  • Tue, May 21, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Alan Kurzweil, Barb Haley, Barbara Haney, Blythe Herrold, Donaro Gardner, Elizabeth Niles, Harry Kidd, James Rauch, Jim Hudnall, Janell Saunders, Joan Oppel, Larry Peed, Pat Walthers, Pete Czapiewski, Ron Haney, Sarah Clement, Tom Roberts, Tom Short

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29986393  38.2 miles; 1,073 elevation gain.  Livingston, Hawthorne, Marshall Corner, and Bensville to a rest stop at Bensville Park. Onward using Berry, Bealle Hill, Accokeek, Danville, Floral Park, Livingston, Farmington, and Chatsworth to a second rest stop in downtown Accokeek at the library. As a finale, the top half of the Tour de Accokeek back to the start. 

    Weather:   with a temp range of mid 60s to low 70s, it was a sunny and cool, crisp day.  Occasional winds gusts out of the NW in the mid teens kept things interesting.

    AMS:  swept at 12.7.  Since the parking lot was almost empty upon return, others must have been a wee bit faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known or reported.

    Report:   a large turnout, most of whom were CC "friends," and after the sweeping contingent got caught at the 210 light, never seen again.  Joan, Pat, Sarah, and your faithful correspondent rode the route together and had a most delightful time.  Hopefully everyone else enjoyed today's ride, too.

  • Sun, May 19, 2019 1:00 PM | Diana Donahue

    Leader: Diana Donahue

    Members: Belinda Acre

    Guests: None

    Route: from Baggett Park (Laurel Grove) in central St. Mary's Co. along mostly back country roads to Chaptico and the Christ Church Strawberry Festival.  Then back to the start along county roads to the Three Notch Trail.

    Weather: Deadly hot and humid but sunny

    AMS: unk.  (see report)

    Mechanical/mishaps: Plenty; see report

    This ride was planned to coincide with Christ Church's annual Strawberry Festival.  It has always been a popular ride in the past, with a rest stop/food stop at the Festival.  This year Belinda and I set out from Baggett Park toward Chaptico.  Unfortunately, the combination of heat, lack of riding time, and physical and psychic drains resulting from dealing with the death of my father last week, took their toll.  I had to stop after about 5 mi. and call for a sag.  Belinda soldiered on with a cue sheet and was well on her way to Chaptico when we located her.  She met up at the festival and took the opportunity to buy some fresh strawberries; but common sense prevailed and she accepted the suggestion to sag back to the place where the route meets up with the Three Notch Trail.  We got back on the bikes for a pleasant, SHADED ride back to the park.

    I think there was another rider who arrived at the park after we had left.  He passed me as I sat on the side of the road, waiting for my sag.  He didn't stop or mention that he was with the ride, although I did catch sight of him at the Strawberry Festival, and again out on the road.  Sir, if you see this, I hope you enjoyed your ride.  Maybe next year we'll be able to ride as a group (with cooler temps and more riders).   

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