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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.

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.









  • Sat, August 17, 2019 10:30 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)

    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Members: Holly Carr and Dianne Harris

    Route: Steve's 3 bridges route with on-the-fly changes

    Weather: 80 and humid, then 90 and humid, then rain and cooler, then 85 and humid

    AMS: 13.6 with 2,150 feet elevation gain

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: I fell over, and Holly had a light or pump rubbing her tire.

    Report: We had a bunch of pleasant misadventures during the ride.  First the bridge into Eden was out, so we dead reckoned along the river and then rejoined the route as it left Eden.  That also skipped the first rest stop so we took a break at the Hunsecker bridge.  While there we noticed some scattered dark clouds approaching so we left hoping we could get out of their path.  That worked until the second bridge, 9 miles later.  While sitting there with only one foot unclipped, I did a slow fall to the side - no casualties.  We had rain of varying intensity for the next 6 miles - never hard, and it actually helped with the temperature.   After the planned rest stop at mile 31, we opted to bypass the big hill before Lapp's and go around, then decided not to detour for ice cream.  Along one of these roads Dianne missed a turn and got an extra hill in  along with me getting an extra mile looking for her.  Our final change was skipping the last stop as we had just stopped at the last bridge.

    We generally stayed within 1/4 mile of each other and regrouped when needed. We noticed plenty of butterflies,  cut grass, and Amish out.  Our first detour made up for the later shortcuts and we still ended with 49 pleasant miles.

  • Fri, August 16, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Nancy Hankan, Kirk Fedder, Esther Steward, Ron & Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Barbara Wilson, Jan & Ron Tucker, Vicki Garlock, Donaro Gardner, and Belinda Acre.

    Guests - None

    Weather - Hot & Humid with rain threatened.

    AMS - varied per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A great many of our members riding today. Also, a lot of others using the trail which is probably why we didn't see much wild life except for many turtles. It was a slow comfortable ride to the rest stop and a nice visit at the White Plains rest stop. With rain clouds forming, we rode back with a faster pace. Some of us did get rained on but the rain was short and sweet. After the ride, we went to the Lunch Box in Bryon's Road to eat.

  • Thu, August 15, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Barry Winkleman, Ron Altemus, Loretta Troen, Joan Oppel, Norm Lisy, Linda Bankerd, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Lou Dallorso, Alan Kurzweil and present but not accounted for, Sam Perry.

    Weather: high 70s to low 80s, 6 mph breeze, lots of cloud cover but bright.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30822240 for the 30 mi route, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30824046 for the 35 mi route.   Both routes went down to Mount Calvert and the Pavilion at Patuxent River

    Patuxent River at Mount Calvert

    Park, where we had our rest stop.  After climbing back up Croom Airport both routes took Duley Station to Cheltenham and down Van Brady, with the short route returning straight up North Keys while the long route  went an extra 5 miles on Cross Road Trail and Cherry Tree Crossing.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none that I'm aware of.

    AMS: 10.3 at the back.

    We had a number of B riders in the group as well as a few CCs and three who rode behind at a C pace.  The ride had its challenges -- the steep bit at the Alpaca farm on Mt Calvert Rd, for example -- but it was a pretty day and it felt pleasant.   No alpacas were seen, however.  And no feral hogs neither.

  • Wed, August 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Randy and Jackie Schoch,Troy Eddy ,Carl Hattery and Walter Carr.

    Guests: N/A

    Weather: Cloudy/Sunny

    AMS: At front 16.9 ,Rear 10.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: Today turned out to be a nice day for a ride.It was supposed to be a thunderstorm.However we missed it.Today is Carl's last ride for a while,however he did bring more fruit todau,which we all got to enjoy at B & J's carryout.

  • Wed, August 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: August 14, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  22.3 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Mid 80’s, humid, partly sunny

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard, Josh Heatel, ?, Mike ?, Lonnie Taylor, David Rhine

    Member Riders:  Douglas Carter, Michael Blaine, Mike Wilson

    Ride Report:

    There were many guests today, some I have seen many times before (you should join the club!) and some who I have not seen before. I could not decipher many of the names as you can see above.

    The ride was together and running about normal until the midpoint on Spring Hill-Newtown Road when someone hit the turbo button. From that point, the ride started to break-up. The good news is it seemed like most or even all the riders rode in groups of various sizes until the instead of solo.

    Other than a bit of head wind on 301 I don’t have much else to report.  Here are the statistics I have:

            Lead: 22.3

            Chase 1: 21.4

            Chase 2: 20.7

    It was another good ride.

  • Tue, August 13, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Ron Altemus & Larry Peed

    Members:   Jay Lewis, Joan Oppel, Donaro Gardner, Karen McMillan, Sam Perry, Janell Saunders, Lou Dall'Orso, Tom Short

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12709894  38 mi, 1,195' elevation gain.  Outbound utilized Pomfret (recently paved), Marshall Corner, Valley, and Chapel Point to a rest stop at the church. Return via Fairgrounds, St Marys, MD-6, Rose Hill, Bumpy Oak, the IHRT, and Chapman's Landing.

    Weather:   overcast, keeping the temps mostly in the upper 70s, humid, breezes out of the SE.  Rain started about 12:30 pm, which shouldn't have been a problem, except for the Mechanical detailed below.

    AMS:   swept in the low 13s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   your faithful correspondent/ride leader picked up a piece of wire turning from St Marys onto Charles.  No quick repair as the new replacement tube wouldn't hold air.  So the original offending tube was patched but it took a bit more time than usual and delayed our return.

    Report:   various forecasts had rain all morning or none at all, so I figured we could get a ride in if done by 12:30.  Larry kindly offered to be the B keeper today, so there was quickly two groups off to St Ignatius, the trailing one being the usual CC regulars.  We all met up at the church and made good use of the ice machine.  Leaving St Ignatius was rather unstructured, and Larry and Donaro ended up behind the CCers.  Thus the four of us  were riding together when the aforementioned flat occurred.  After repair, we continued along, encountering "spitting" rain on Bumpy Oak.  Larry & Donaro chose to shorten their return by climbing Bumpy Oak; Joan and I continued on the advertised route.  By Lower Wharf, it was raining, not enough to be annoying, just enough to get one wet (though you can only get so wet).  By the time the two of us reached the shopping center, everyone else was gone.  The rain stopped long enough to load bikes, etc, followed by a brief downpour.  Thanks to all who came out today - seemed like a good, enjoyable ride.

  • Sun, August 11, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Karen & Stuart Morgan, Steve Forman, Jay Lewis, Marc & Linda Blackman, Jim McDermott, Pat Walthers, Norm Lisy, Sarah Clement, Loretta Troen, Althea Johnston and, riding to the ride start and leaving for home after the second rest stop, Walt Roscello.  (Present but not accounted for: Jessica Hirschhorn and guest Adriana.)

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30789866 32 mi, 1100' of elevation gain, a route created fresh for the occasion* that went south on Annapolis Woods, Fire Tower and Mill Swamp to a rest stop at Goose Bay, then went up Blossom Point to Burch, Poorhouse and Ripley and a second stop at Ollies.  We returned down the western slope of Mighty Mount Pisgah to Chicamuxen, Marbury Run Rd and Bicknell back to the park.

    Weather: Another incredibly fabulous day.  Sunny, breezy, not too humid, low 70s at the start rising to the high 80s by early afternoon.  Can these really be the dog days of August?  If only Labor Day is this good!

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.2 at the rear. 

    This was a combined C/CC ride, with faster and slower riders who arranged themselves in congenial groups, looked out for one another, got together at the rest stops and had a lot of fun being with each other.  

    *No "canned rides" here, regardless of what some folks think

  • Sun, August 11, 2019 9:30 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short 

    Members: Karen McMillan, Luis D'Allarso, Barbara Haney, Ritz Zeidner, Harold Datz

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30790926  Start at Pisgah Park to Liverpool rest stop via Riverside Rd, then MD-6 via Chicamuxen to Start

    Weather:   Great weather, blue skies and comfortable temperature with little to no wind.

    AMS: 15.4 overall but intensity varied throughout the route.

    Report: We were in search of scenic views which we found.  We first discovered the elusive Texas Longhorns at Baptist Church Road and Bowie Road.  They were as interested in us as we were of them and we all stared at each other for a long time then we were off. Another scenic view was the 10 mile section of Riverside Road  with its brilliant trees providing nice shade.  Our rest stop was at the Nanjemoy Country Store.  The clerk was very friendly.  Although there is a sign on the front door saying there is no public restroom she said the sign does not apply to paying customers.  She suggested we sit out of the sun in the bar section (which was not open) which we did.  The Nanjemoy store is a nice stop and has an amenable clerk.  Until this point (mile 25) we had been riding a very relaxed B pace but after a long rest stop we all decided to skip the planned visit to Mallows Park and just ride directly back to Pisgah Park at an intense B pace. 

  • Sun, August 11, 2019 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: August 11, 2019           

    Ride Name: Nanjemoy Loop

    Ride Distance: 45 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: lower 80’s, sunny, low humidity, slight breeze – a beautiful day!

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Diane Harris, Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    This route was a bit of a variation on my normal rides in this area to avoid the closed section of Riverside Road.  In my opinion, the route was fine but not any better than other ones in the area.

    I was very glad to see Diane at the ride start when I pulled up because: 1) I always enjoy her company and riding with her and 2) I wasn’t sure that Brad would come due to his crash the day before.  No worries though, Brad pulled-up shortly thereafter.

    We had a bit of a chat at the start and then headed out.  We started the ride working and staying together with each of us taking turns at the front; the ride remained that way throughout.

    We took a longish break at the Nanjemoy store after which I didn’t feel too good – just a bit stiff and slow; I soon loosened-up.  Once we reached Riverside Road we had a very nice ride mostly courtesy of Brad who did a long pull at the front.

    We soon returned to the start without any issues like what happened on Brad’s ride the day before.  After we got back we sat in the shade and talked some more.  Jay Lewis stopped by to say hi on his way back to the start of his ride.  Today’s ride was a real gem – thanks for joining me Diane and Brad.

    P.S. Brad informed me that Diane scored a QOM and many PRs on Strava for the day – way to go Diane!

  • Sat, August 10, 2019 3:53 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Walthers, Sharon Miller

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30794662, starting from Chaptico Park: a route created specially for the occasion* providing a shorter, C-paced companion to Debby's 50 mi CC and Walt's 58 mi B rides, both originating at Baggett Park.  The plan was to meet up at 7th District Park

    and to ride together, more or less, to Colton Point, Avenue and Bushwood Wharf.  At this, we were completely successful. We turned from Hurry onto Colton Point Rd just as Walt's group was passing and rode with them to the park.  By the time we arrived at the rest area, Debby's group rolled up.  We skipped Abbel and Hatchet Thicket and went down to Dukehart's Creek at the end of Beach Rd. and took some pictures.

    All groups got together at the Potomac River Museum at Colton Point, then had a rest stop at Murphy's Store.  Many of us regrouped again at Bushwood Wharf, and (thanks to us taking a shorter route on Maddox while Debby's group went up Bushwood to Hurry) gathered again for ice cream at Chaptico.

    Weather: could hardly have been better.  A chilly 69 at the start (I was freezing until we got to Chaptico) rising to the mid 80s, sunny, breezy and not too humid.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.3

    *No "canned rides" here, regardless of what some folks might think

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