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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.









  • Fri, October 02, 2020 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch (Administrator)

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron and Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Belinda Acre, and Robin Garnett.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - 50ish and breezy 

    AMS - Varied as per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - This was a great new start to the beginning of OHBC group riding after a long pause for Covid. Not to many riders probably because of the rain shortly before the ride start. Very few other users of the trail (mostly runners and walkers). We saw a young snake, a deer, and the ever present squirrels and birds. After the rest stop at White Plains and heading back to the parking lot on RT 224, we experienced a chilling head wind. After the ride, we all went to lunch at separate locations. Jackie and I did the drive through an the newly renovated Burger King in Bryans Road. I got the vege-burger (forgot the name) which was good but way too large a sandwich for me.   

  • Tue, March 17, 2020 10:30 AM | Harry Kidd

    Ride was cancelled - Weather..   

  • Sat, March 14, 2020 4:50 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Owings Beach - The "Real Deale"

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jessica Hirschhorn, Harry Kidd, Alan Kurzweil, Janell Saunders, Marc Blackman, Linda Blackman, Mia Haynes, Rod Barnes, Pat Walthers

    Guests: Rodney Cobb

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32094371  36 miles, under 900' elevation

    Weather: Wonderful.  Bright sun, interesting partly cloudy skies, breezy, 49 at the start rising to 59 by mid-afternoon.  A lovely spring day.  Flowering trees on the verge of their glory, even the despicable and loathesome Bradford Pears were looking good today, almost enough to forgive them for some of their legion sins.

    Mishaps & Mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.0

    Today's route could have been called "By the Bay, By the Bay, By the Beautiful Bay."  After riding through the rolling farmland along South Pollinghouse and Nutwell, we stopped at the South County Cafe for a rest stop.  No virus panic here, just business as usual.  After the break, we went on to Franklin Manor on the Chesapeake Bay (where we stopped for some photos)

    Social Distancing

    then went onto the Shadyside Peninsula where we visited Cedarhurst before returning for a second rest stop at Christophers Fine Foods.  We then went on to Chalk Point

    Photos by Jessica Hirschhorn

    for some scenic views of the West River before returning to Harwood School.   A grand day for a bike ride, and we all had a terrific time.

    But, as Laurence Olivier kept asking in Marathon Man, "Is it safe?"  A question very much on everyone's mind, given the current national state of emergency due to the Covid-19 virus.  So how about it?  Is it safe?

    In an article published by Bicycling Magazine yesterday, "How to Ride Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns: Answers to your most frequently asked questions as the virus continues to spread," by Jordan Smith:

    Is it safe to ride outside?

    Yes—in fact, it’s safer to be outside than inside when it comes to disease transmission. When people congregate together and someone sneezes or coughs, droplets get onto objects that people touch, and then people touch their face, Nieman explains. The best plan for riding right now is to go out and ride with a healthy buddy or small group and enjoy the outdoors.

    Should you avoid riding in groups?

    Your exposure to sick people in that situation should be minimal, as someone who has a fever and a cough won’t feel like going for a ride, Labus says. When in a group, you could protect yourself a bit by spreading out and avoiding unnecessary hand-touching. Don’t share water bottles or snacks. And of course, don’t forget to wash your hands when you get back.

    -- https://www.bicycling.com/news/a31469228/cycling-during-coronavirus/

    We kept our distance (you can see the proof above) both during the ride and during breaks.  That wasn't difficult with a small group and no pacelining.  I did caution everyone at the start, "No Snot Rockets," and of course we don't have to worry about people showing up for a ride feeling sick - that simply isn't something people do on recreational rides like this.

    I did institute on change in our normal procedure to avoid shared contact during the sign-up process: instead of having riders sign the waiver (potentially sharing contact with the paper, the clipboard and the pen) I took down names and emergency contact information as told to me from a safe distance.  

    Hardly a day goes by without news of some cycling event or other being canceled or postponed due to the emergency.  It's almost certain now we won't be hosting the Rural Legacy this June, and I imagine we'll be hearing about the cancellation of the End Hunger ride any day now.   We may even have to reconsider the April All-Class ride.  But I think we can safely continue with regular rides provided we follow common sense safety practices before and during the ride, and especially at rest stops.

  • Fri, March 13, 2020 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch (Administrator)

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus, Vicki Garlock, Jim and Jane Hudnall, and Dan Donahue. 

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cloudy at the start but clear and sunny 70* quickly.

    AMS - Varied as per rider.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Light turnout of riders considering how beautiful a day it turned out to be. We only saw two other bike riders other than our group. There were many walkers with dogs and we saw a turtle sunning it's self, a skunk, squirrels, an eagle, hawks, and many birds. The Army was having fitness tests near the White Plains end of the trail with much huffing and puffing among those being tested. We took a short rest break at the White Plains rest stop and that is where Dan started. We met Jim and Jane shortly after starting our return leg. They were late starting due to their volunteering at St. John's food distribution. After the ride, Jim and Jane, Jackie and I had lunch at the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road. 

  • Thu, March 12, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Tom Short, Lou Dallorso, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Rod Barnes

    Guests: none

    Weather: 51 at the start rising to the high 50s, but (except for around 20 minutes around 11:30 or so, when the sky cleared, the sun came out and it briefly warmed up) mostly overcast and breezy. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32101539   34 miles, 2021' elevation gain  

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.0

  • Wed, March 11, 2020 5:15 PM | Ken Lemmert

    Leader: Ken Lemmert

    Members: Mike Kenyon

    Guests: None

    Route: Casey Jones Express  25.5 miles

    Weather:  Cloudy mid-high 50's

    AMS: 17.1mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Mike had a leaking tire that started on the way back on 301..stopped to add air...should have replaced tube..stopped again twice on Fairgrounds road to add air...good news, Mike promised to replace tube and tire before next ride.

    Report:  Nice ride, weather was not an issue, light winds, cloudy.  AA's went off about ten minutes before our ride.....they must of had a mechanical because we could see them on Bowling about 10-12 miles into the ride.  Mike and I rode side by side and shot the breeze until 301. 

  • Wed, March 11, 2020 5:00 PM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman, Michael Blaine

    Guests: Josh Hettel

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26799480

    Weather: Mid 50's, overcast with light winds

    AMS: 21.4 entire route, 21.7 Strava segment

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Deflating tire

    Report: Small group today for the AA's. A/B group had two members as we left the parking lot. Never saw them again. Our group was determined to stay together, so after some of the climbs there was a little regrouping. All riders worked well together with Josh taking more time in front of our little pace line than his fair share (thank you). More debris on the Rt 6 shoulder than usual. That may have contributed to Josh's rear tire looking very soft on Bowling. No object found in the tire, but the new tube worked fine (inflated with Blake's superior bike pump). There was the usual spirited ending on Saint Mary's Ave.

    Strava segments don't account for stopping, such as replacing a tube. So the official Strava segment for the ride was 17.6 mph. But Strava average speed when accounting for stops was 21.4 for the entire ride and 21.7 for the Strava segment beginning and ending on Saint Mary's Ave.

    Great ride!

  • Wed, March 11, 2020 4:30 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Jim and Jane Hudnall,Carolyn Graves and Randy Schoch.

    Guests: None

    Weather: Cloudy, 65 degrees

    AMS: 11.5 at the rear and 14 at the front.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: Today was a great day to go riding. I enjoyed leading our first ride of the season.There where many people out today,however I do not recall seeing any wild life except birds. This was Carolynn Graves first time on this ride and she even handled Barry's Hill Road!I look forward to rides in the near future.

  • Mon, March 09, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Owings Cliffs, Heading South on Fairhaven Rd

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26761408  37 mi, 1418' elevation gain. 

    Weather: Sunny, 53 at the start rising to over 70 by early afternoon, 5-7 mph winds.  Too chilly for the outdoor tables at the Chesapeake Market to be deployed, but a thoroughly delightful day for riding

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.8

     Today's route  was created in the winter of 2018 but probably was never actually ridden before.  We took the Rt 4 service road to Wrighton and MD-258, took McKendree to Jewell, then turned left on Jewel (perhaps for the first time ever?) across MD-2 onto Fairhaven, then went left on Fairhaven, down Leitch back to Fairhaven (with a brief photo stop at Owings Cliffs), climbing up to Friendship Rd and down to the rest stop at the Chesapeake Market.

    After lunch (in a quiet, nearly empty deli) we continued on to North Beach, taking 5th Street back to Boyd's Turn, the direction we never go.  It's a 2.3 mi rolling climb, gaining 185' and losing 52' in the process, with what looks like a steep grade leaving North Beach that turns out to be 6.6% at its steepest point.  From Boyd's Turn we went across MD-2 (once again grateful for the roundabout) up Wilson and back on McKendree (much more fun this way!) turning right on Bay Front and left on Brooks Woods to a left on Greenock, a quick rest stop at Lothian and a quick run on Southern Maryland Blvd back to the Park & Ride.

    The Dash-In at the Shell station on MD-408 & So. MD Blvd is closed for renovation.  Given the (all too often, and very much so today) deplorable state of the portolet at the BP station, that leaves us with the Dunkin Donuts for a rest room at this ride start.  No idea how long the Dash In will be closed, but the workmen at the Bryans Road Burger King (also closed for renovation) told us  that it would be closed until May.  So until later this spring, at Waysons Park & Ride it's buy a donut, spend a penny.

  • Sun, March 08, 2020 11:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Karen Morgan, Stuart Morgan, Ron Altemus, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Mary Scala, Pat Walthers, Sarah Clement, Alexa Shrempf

    Weather: Sunny, breezy (8 mph winds) 49-50 at the start rising to around 60 or 61.  Sunny but brisk, thanks to the wind - not quite "winter ride with early daffodils," but not far off.   "Winter Into Spring" (George Winston) was definitely the album for the day.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32051679   31 miles, 1230' elevation gain.  From Pisgah Park we headed south on Mason Springs and Ironside to the turn onto Durham Church.  Having descended, we went right on MD-6, north on Annapolis Woods and back south again on Fire Tower to 6 and MIll Swamp to Blossom Point and a rest stop at Goose Bay.  Leaving Goose Bay, we climbed Blossom Point, went east on MD-6 to Burch, then northwest on Poorhouse to Pisgah Marbury and back on Bicknell.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Ron had a flat on Pisgah Marbury - on a new tire with less than 100 miles on it - and had a bit of a struggle getting the back wheel to seat.

    AMS: 11.6 at the back.

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