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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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Route: 

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Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Sun, November 04, 2018 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Harry Kidd, Jay Lewis, Walt Roscello, Pat Walthers, Kevin Foley, Dave VanAmeyden

    Guests: None

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28868195 - 46 miles. A variation on an oft-enjoyed ride called Deale, North Beach and Couple of Pindells, but without the Pindells and with a slight adjustment to minimize time spent on Bay Front Rd near Deale where it has been milled down. The route is sort of a figure-8 which makes it easy to short cut by 8 miles if desired. We began by heading north, up Sands Rd to Harwood, then south on Owensville-Sudley, Sudley and Swamp Circle to the first rest stop at the High's in Deale. While en route, Steve suggested that we stay on Swamp Circle to the end and then double back to the High's to avoid a half mile of milled roadway. Three of us took that detour, but the rest were too far ahead for us to offer the option to them. After the stop in Deale, we went south on Deale Churchton Rd and then turned left onto Franklin Gibson. We climbed everyone's favorite hill, then turned onto Leitch, Town Point and Fairhaven Rds. The intersection of Fairhaven and Friendship Rd was the decision point for the short cut -- the longer route turned left and the shorter route turned right. Those turning left headed for North Beach by way of Boyd's Turn and 5th St, then rode up Bay Ave to the second stop at the Chesapeake Market. The final stint went up the Friendship Rd hill and continued across Route 2 to Wilson-Jewell-McKendree. We finished by taking Bay Front, Wrighton, Plummer and the Route 4 service road back to Wayson's Corner.

    Weather: Fantastic! Blue cloudless skies and temps in the high 50s, with light winds.

    Average speed: 12ish mph at the back.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None. Though there was a lot of glass on the shoulder of Bay Front Rd near the end, so we should all check our tires.

    This was a great bike ride, with beautiful views of a very blue Chesapeake Bay and numerous roads lined with tall, still-leafy trees. The group was well-matched, sometimes stretching out and then regrouping and riding together. Harry opted to take the short cut; Jay also has a shortened route planned and we did not see him after he dropped us near the start. Both of their cars were gone from the park and ride when we finished so we assume they made it back okay. The rest of the group enjoyed on-and-off conversation on a variety of topics as we toured at a comfortable pace.

    Thanks very much to everyone who joined me for a wonderful afternoon on the bike! 

  • Sun, November 04, 2018 9:00 AM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: November 4, 2018       

    Ride Name: About Nanjemoy

    Ride Distance: 47 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  19.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  About 40 degrees and no wind at the start, 57 degrees and breezy by the end

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Steve Koegle

    Ride Report:

    Well given that it was just the two of us, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we stayed together throughout the ride and we did.  The wind seemed to build as the day went on or perhaps it was behind us for the first part of the ride.  After the rest break we started noticing the wind; it was mostly against us but occasionally behind us.  Either way, it wasn’t too much of a problem and certainly much less that wind on Saturday.

    The fall colors are starting to make an appearance and River Side Road was quite pretty with a mix of fall color and green leaves.  I think it might be a nice fall this year.

    Thanks for joining me Steve; it wouldn’t have been nearly as good (or as fast) a ride if I had been by myself.

  • Sat, November 03, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jay Lewis, Sarah Clement, Harold Datz, Rita Z, Ken Meredith, Barb Haney, Wayne Hunt

    Weather: Sunny, 50s, 12-15 mph winds

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4406398?beta=false  Actually, designed some years ago as a Southern Exposure route, but forgotten in the shuffle.  The route takes Livingston to Bumpy Oak to Hawthorne, then Ripley to Poorhouse, Burch to MD-6 and down Blossom Point to Goose Bay; and returns on Mill Swamp, Fire Tower, Annapolis Woods to Poorhouse and a second rest stop at the Pisgah store.  After that stop, it takes Mason Spring to Pisgah Marbury, Bicknell and Chicamuxen over to Chapmans Landing.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: I got a puncture on Bumpy Oak.  I barely made it to Sartik's, where I stopped to replace the tube.  Sarah, Harold and Rita stopped with me.  Barb continued on Hawthorne, and Jay must have gone with her.  Ken was waiting on Hawthorne and Wayne on Poorhouse.

    AMS: 12.5

    A brisk, cool but sunny day.  Lots of leaf color, but mostly muted.  We enjoyed the rest stops - it was hard to get going after Goose Bay, everyone was enjoying the break so much.  I made a slight alteration to the route to stop at the portolet at Livingston and the IHRT, but the group got separated by the traffic light at Hawthorne and Chicamuxen so only Ken, Wayne and I ended up at the IHRT; the rest missed the light, must not have heard (or didn't understand) the diversion, and kept on going.  Wayne turned off at Hungerford and Livingston and Ken turned off on 210, so I finished alone - to find Sarah, Harold and Rita at the parking lot.

  • Fri, November 02, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Larry Stirling, Ron Altemus, Yvonne & Michael Dong, Belinda Acre, Don Gardner, and Robyn Garnett.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - 60's, cloudy, rain threatening 

    AMS - near 14 mph 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A good turnout of riders considering the weather forecast was predicting rain showers at any time. It never did rain on us. Not many trail users today. We did a fairly fast ride with a short rest break at White Plains to beat the rain that didn't come. We saw Bob Moye riding the trail and I saw a full grown buck with about 8 point antlers. After the ride, Ron, Larry, and I dined at the Livingston Square McD's. Larry followed me home to pick up the classic Dawes bicycle that I found at a church yard sale.


  • Thu, November 01, 2018 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: a bit confused, because after several obviously faster folks had signed my waiver, Mike and Regina arrived with revised cue sheets and a B waiver of their own.  Those who actually rode with the CC group included  Harry Kidd and the Electric Schochs (all electrified and mostly at their own pace); Pat Walthers, Joan Oppel, Ron Altemus and for part of the ride, Alan Kurzweil. 

    Weather: sunny, breezy, low 60s at the start rising to the low 70s.

    Image may contain: tree, sky, plant, outdoor, nature and water

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5580959?beta=false, except that everyone (Bees and CCs included) decided to skip Cross Road Trail - not only has the pavement deteriorated to the unacceptable level, but according to Harry Kidd, who drove it on the way to the park, it was also wet.  Mike Saizan added an extra loop on Gibbons Church, Brandywine and North Keys to make up mileage, but none of the CCs took it.  We did, however, go all the way down the gravel driveway to Mount Calvert, which looked lovely today.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.8

    Some beautiful leaf color today.  Nothing like the bold, highly saturated colors of the Berkshires, of course; but unlike some of the drab autumns of recent memory where the leaves just went taupe to brown and dropped, today the trees were dressed in a lovely palette of greens, yellows, subtle oranges and even some reds - and not just in Patuxent River Park but throughout the area.  

  • Wed, October 31, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Ron Altemus & Joan Oppel

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Patricia Sanders, Steve Palincsar, Jay Lewis, Ken Williamson, Steve Forman, Belinda Acre, Polly Choate, Jessica Hirschhorn, Christine Campbell, Norm Lisy, Larry Peed

    Guests (inc. Potomac Pedalers, Wednesday Irregulars, Babes on Bikes):   Mark Pankin, Jim Fortmuller, Bunny Maurer (sp), Barbara H., Bill Brown, Dan Stoltz

    Route:   Serpentined through Ft Hunt neighborhoods of Stratford Landing, Riverside Gardens, Hollin Hall,  Collingwood Estates, and Waynewood.  Almost flat with minimal elevation change.

    Weather:   perfect!  Temps starting in the low 50s rising to the mid 60s by ride's end with nothing but sunshine.

    AMS:  a very leisurely sightseeing pace under 10 mph

    Report:  a great turnout for what might become an annual Halloween event.  The aforementioned neighborhoods didn't disappoint with the decorations, some scary, one or two gruesome, a few whimsical, and all fun to view.  By necessity, we rode together, frequently stopping to take in the sights.  A couple of residences will be particularly spooky once darkness descends this evening.  In particular, the Brothers ElectriGrimm on Crowley in Waynewood will be giving many a neighorhood child a fun (and scary) time.  

    Visit Steve Palincsar's Flickr to relive all of the frights and chills:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/97916047@N00/albums/72157672975452707

    Add'l pictures on the club's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ohbike/

  • Tue, October 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Randy Schoch, Jackie Schoch, Larry Peed, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Sam Perry, Steve Palincsar, Don Gardner, Jay Lewis, Ron Altemus, Patricia Sanders, Dick Patton, George Chiamulara

    Route: Searching for ghosts at Marshall Hall, Colonial Farm and roundabout Charles County

    Weather: Cool but pleasant - mid 50s

    AMS: As needed 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: A rider (Dick) fell climbing too slowly up Bryans Point Road from the Colonial Farm. George and Ron took care of getting him out of the road and leaning on the road barrier. I called 911 to get EMS care. Dick was conscious, lucid but in pain and was taken to the hospital. Randy and Jackie stayed as well to offer help if needed.

    Report: We had quite a large group today, which split up after we left Marshall Hall. After the accident, George and Ron arranged the logistics of getting all bikes and cars to the right places. After seeing Dick off, I called other riders and found some were waiting for us. Arriving at the store, only  Steve and Alan were waiting and we rode a further piece of the original ride and then cut the rest short. All other cars were gone when we returned to the parking lot so that was a good sign. 

  • Tue, October 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Barb Haney, Tom Roberts

    Route: AKA The Ghost (Shaped) Ride. Bryans Road Shopping Center to Indian Head and return. 37.8 miles, 1210 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28851535?beta=false

    Weather: Low to mid 50s. Clear and moderately windy.

    AMS: 18.1 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None.

    Report:  Three A riders started with the CC and Friends group, but opted for a different route, which avoided the out-and-back segments (as well as the spooky sites).  The first 16.8 miles were relatively hilly, and were completed in just under an hour.  New speed bumps on Chatsworth Drive made that climb a little more difficult. After a quick rest stop at the gas station near Berry and Middleton, we headed out for the relatively flat 21 remaining miles to complete the ride. We were able to up the pace, but had to work to cut through the headwinds that seemed pervasive. Thanks to Barb and Tom for coming out riding cooperatively throughout, and to Barb for the route.

  • Sun, October 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Land's End at MD-520

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Joan Oppel, Janell Saunders, Walt Roscello, Pat Walthers and joining us at Chaptico (and departing while we were taking pictures at the end of Monfort Road, Jay Lewis)

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28846021?beta=false  58 miles, 1135' of elevation gain.  While this route works just fine as a straightforward loop 3NT to Chaptico, Hurry and Bushwood to Quade's, Bushwood Wharf and Colton Point Rd to Avenue, etc. -- in fact, we do routes like this down to the 7th District all the time -- today we did more, exploring MD-520 (a Highway to Nowhere you may have passed dozens of times on Bushwood Wharf Rd over the years, wondering as I've done where could that possibly go, there's nothing down that way but farms and the water) and the legendary Oscar Hayden Road that Google Maps thinks goes all the way to Colton Point (but doesn't).  Then after the break at Avenue, we turned off Oakley Rd onto Cobrum's Wharf and took Maycroft down to St Clements Bay.  Great fun, and pretty scenic views.  We even managed to find ourselves in the middle of a convoy of Mennonites in their buggies on the way home after church on Pincushion Road, arriving at MD-5 just in time to see a car come to a screeching halt at the corner when he realized he couldn't pass a slow-moving van on the right because Mennonite buggies were in the way at the corner!

    Weather: a lovely fall day, with temperatures in the low 50s at the start rising to the high 50s by mid-afternoon.  Heavy cloud cover and wet roads at the start (we talked about fenders all the way down the Three Notch Trail to Baptist Church Road) gave way to sunny skies as the morning went on.  A stiff breeze accompanied us all day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.6

    I posted a photo album on Flickr of pictures I took on our various excursions down to the water.  Joan's photos  are posted on the club's Facebook page.


  • Sun, October 28, 2018 9:30 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Guest:  Bill Pinney

    Member:  Barb Haney

    Route: Fort Hunt to Mason Neck and return. 46 miles, 2080 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/trips/29110533

    Weather: Low 50s and cloudy at start. 59 and mostly sunny at finish. Winds W 7-10 mph.

    AMS: 16.7 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No injuries or damage, but a 6" diameter limb from an old oak tree fell and landed where the ride leader had been standing a few minutes earlier. This was less than a foot from where his bike was still parked.

    Report:  It turned out to be a beautiful day for riding, although a little cold and damp at the start. We took it easy heading out on the Mount Vernon Trail  due to wet pavement and leaves on the path. After that, it was nice roads the rest of the way. The last stretch of Telegraph Road was recently repaved, and has a bike lane marked all the way. Along the way, the three of us made an impromptu  decision to change the route to go to Mason Neck State Park instead of Lorton as originally planned. By the time we approached the park, the clouds had cleared to a blue sky and lots of sun. On the return trip, we continued riding as a well balanced  team, taking turns cutting through the decent headwind. Thanks to Barb and Bill for coming out!

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