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  • Tue, September 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney

    Members: Ron Haney, Chuck Coe, Tom Short, Lou Dall'Orso

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16355330. created 2 years ago by Ron A 

    Weather: Even hotter and more humid than yesterday! 

    AMS: 17.2

    Report: Too bad we had to return to the later starting time right in the middle of this heat wave...we wouldn't have been surprised if no one had showed up today. Surprisingly, though, Tom and Chuck were back for more heat and humidity, even after riding 70 and 100 miles respectively. Impressive! The other three of us had worked SAG for the IH100, and even though we hadn't ridden, it had been a pretty taxing day. So this route, short and with no significant hills, was just right. We rolled along at an easy pace, enjoying the shady stretches, skipped the 10-mile rest stop, stopped briefly at Ollie's at mile 20, and then went a bit more quickly for the last 10 miles, since it was only getting hotter. The shade on Chapman's was quite welcome! 

  • Tue, September 04, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Pat Walthers

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16355330.  30 miles w/712' elevation change (and that includes a descent of mighty Mount Pisgah);  For the link-clicking impaired - we went down Bumpy Oak to the IHRT which took us to a quick rest stop at White Plains.  Marshall Corner & Hawthorne led to a 2nd rest stop at Ollie's.  Final return via Chapman's Landing.

    Weather:  continued hot and humid, indeed worse than the riding conditions for the IH100.  An occasional breeze and scattered stretches of shady, esp. Chapmans Landing, were appreciated.

    AMS:  low 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  a balky new Garmin 1000 led to several unscheduled stops trying to get it to behave.

    Report:  guess since PG & Charles County schools started today that all the other possible riders were taking their kids (grandkids) to the first day of classes.  Pat, having spent yesterday at Smallwood, wanted to get some miles before her next bicycling excursion in Spain.  We leisurely rode along, made our own breeze at times, and didn't really suffer until after the announced heat advisory kicked in!  Item to note:  Ollie's Bar & Grill looks to be doing a good lunchtime business given the number of cars in the parking lot.  And of course, it was Taco Tuesday with the delicacies going at a dollar each.  Might be something to remember when next making up an SE route...

  • Sun, September 02, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jim & Jane Hudnall, Harry Kidd, Joan Oppel, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus, Jay Lewis

    Route: IH100 Green 40 mi route

    Weather: sunny, humid, 80s

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none.  We had much better luck than Diane's 56 mi B group, which had at least 2 flats that we know of.

    AMS: 12.5

    A fairly small turn-out (smaller than the meet-up group that was also starting from the Indian Head Pavilion at 9:30) but an excellent ride nonetheless.  Part of the task was to preview the route marking, and it's a good thing we did because one error was found and fixed that would have led to 70 mile riders losing 24 miles and missing the eastern part of the course. 

  • Sun, September 02, 2018 9:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Tomorrow is the club's annual Indian Head 100 Century ride that offers different distances, something for everyone.  I planned today's ride for those that are volunteering tomorrow or anyone else that wanted to preview one of routes.  I was joined by Lynne Blake-Hedges, Sonya Newman, Sue Estes, Theresa Rowell, Lou DallOrso, and Gary Abernathy (who rode to the ride from the White Plains start of the Indian Head Rail Trail).  The ride started uneventfully until ~ 7 miles in Theresa had a rear flat.  Replacing the tube usually is not an issue but her tire was incredibly tight to remove.  I couldn't get it off, couldn't even get tire levers under the bead!!  Lynne, thankfully, got the tire off, found the cause of the flat, replaced the tube, then attempted to get the tire back on.  It was very very tight and we had to have Lou man handle it back on.  What did we learn?  Make sure the replacement tube's stem is long enough for the wheel's rim!  Back on track, uneventfully, until Sue has a flat!!  We're only about 13 miles into the ride!!  This time the tire was easy to remove and the replacement tube was in place when it was realized this stem was way too short!!  But we were able to get the tube inflated and once again we were off.  Almost 2 hours riding and we hadn't gotten to the first rest stop at 17.3 miles!!  Lynne left us to go home after we got to Smallwood State Park.  Sonya had ridden ahead while flat repair took place and we saw her with the CC group, after she decided to ride with them.  Fortunately, no more mechanicals, so we were able to ride and evaluate the route markings.  There were a couple of cues which were confusing but we stayed on track following the directions on the cue sheet.  Hopefully riders tomorrow will do the same.  We refueled at the Pisgah Store then continued on the route.  Up Rose Hill to Bumpy Oak Rd where we were very happy we didn't have to climb Bumpy Oak.  The rest of the route was on the IHRT.  Gary rode to the end of the trail before turning around to head back to White Plains for a distance of ~ 82 miles!!  Tomorrow, the actual Century ride where many of us will be volunteering. 

  • Sat, September 01, 2018 2:08 PM | Michael Dong

    Awesome, today I got to be the ride chump, as nobody was at the Starbucks. Met up with some recreational riders on IHRT, and added miles going towards Ironsides/Smallwood Church where I met a triathlete to ride with a bit. Once on Mason Springs, it was cruise mode while spinning the inclines, and picking up a GII rider who was just clocking miles today. Caught in the rain towards the end, practiced some 'panic' wet braking. Stats say it all: 1hr-19.5mi, 2hr-37.2mi, 3hr-50.7mi loafing home. Now to watch the F1 race at Monza!

  • Sat, September 01, 2018 10:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar

    Guests: nada

    Apologies: to anyone who would have joined us at the rescheduled time if I had only been organized enough to give more notice. I owe you one!

    Route: I had three options ready: the hoped-for 51 miles with the ride up to Harwood at the end, a 45-mile version that skipped Harwood, and a 40-miler that took the shortest route back after the second rest stop. We ended up (mostly) doing the 45-miler: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28480967. It was a counter-clockwise loop. After a brief ride on the other side of Route 4 we headed east on Bay Front Rd and south on McKendree-Jewell-Wilson, then south again on Old Solomons Island Rd and the shoulder on Route 2. From there we went east on Dalrymple and Old Bayside and up Bayside through Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. The final stint was up Friendship, Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch and Franklin Gibson, then west on Bay Front with a brief diversion on Brooks Woods and Little Rds.  With gray skies looming and thunder and lightening in the distance, we then went off-cue and took the shortest route back to the start on Southern Maryland Blvd. Total miles = 44.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: A flat tire discovered as we were about to leave the Chesapeake Market, and my bike's mystery noise is back.

    Average speed: somewhere between 12 and 13 mph. A true CC ride with no segments or KOMs.

    Weather: Crazy! There was a big blob of heavy rain in Virginia on the radar at 5 am and it seemed destined to arrive in southern Maryland around the original start time of 8:30. So I canceled the ride. As time passed the Big Blob of Rain (BBoR) was in PG County but was smaller and more blue and green (lighter rain) than the reds and yellows seen earlier. I decided to take a chance, un-cancel the ride and start it at 10:00. Steve saw my email and called to say he'd be there. We drove to Waysons Corner under mostly gray skies and felt a brief spritz of rain as we rolled out, which was all that remained of the BBoR. It moved so slowly that we rode through it again a few miles into the ride, but as we turned south we left it behind. After that the sky cleared to blue and we had sunshine for almost the entire ride. It was warm and humid, but actually not uncomfortable and overall a beautiful summer day! Until we were riding up Brooks Woods Rd and noticed a storm to the west. A few sprinkles fell as we reached the park and ride and loaded up the cars, but the heavier rain stayed just to our north until after 4 pm (as I was finishing a sandwich at Subway). We were very lucky!!

    Report: We saw several other cyclists out on the roads today. There was car traffic on the main roads where we had shoulders to ride on but most of the route was pretty quiet.  The beach and boardwalk in North Beach were surprisingly empty -- where was everyone? Fairhaven Rd smelled of honeysuckles. The crape myrtles are still in bloom, with vibrant reds and pinks. We weren't sure if there was a public restroom at the 7-11 on Dalrymple, and were pleased to find one there. We checked the weather whenever we stopped and at the Chesapeake Market noted a new BBoR over Waldorf, which we hoped did not ruin Linda's ride.

    Thanks to Steve for joining me today for our lucky ride! I will schedule it (or something similar) again soon and hope for no more BBoRs.

  • Fri, August 31, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jackie & Randy Schoch, Larry Stirling, Steve Forman.  Also riding the trail:  Bev White and friend Laura, and Bob Moye

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Road parking lot to White Plains and return.  Larry and your dutiful reporter continued on to the Mattawoman Creek boat launch on Mattingly.

    Weather:   Continued hot and humid though not as bad as earlier in the week.  Temps started in the low 80s and only rose to the mid 80s with a bit of a breeze but hard to say what direction it was coming from...

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  nothing club related.  However, when Larry and I crossed Livingston in an eastbound direction, we encountered a cyclist walking his bike and carrying his shoes.  The rear tire on the back had a 5" split so it was ruined.  His cleats were of the type that made walking in such shoes difficult.  He told us he was parked at White Plains and he was going to walk back, saying it was only 8 miles!  I offered him a ride, telling him we could be ready to go in about 15 minutes.  He said he would be almost to White Plains by then.  We were unable to convince him to accept a ride.  Hope that he made it back w/o suffering either heatstroke or incredibly sore feet.

    Report:  A must smaller contingent than past weeks.  Maybe the heat and humidity is taking a toll.  Or maybe everyone is saving their energy for Monday.  There weren't that many other trail users but we did see a number of deer.  There were periods of riding together and then riding either solo or in small groups.  It was remarked at the finish that the weather conditions weren't that bad and the ride had been most enjoyable.

  • Thu, August 30, 2018 6:00 PM | Chris Zabriskie

    Another great ride... enjoyed by two.  This week we had two riders, Chris Zabriskie (ride leader) and Kevin O'Clair (guest) partake in this one-hour, 12-mile, eight hill route.  As usually, we rode the Brass Knuckles segment twice, and then a few more rounds up Terry.

  • Thu, August 30, 2018 9:30 AM | Linda Bankerd

    This turned out to be a great ride.  There were 9 of us: the Saizans, Sonja, Larry, Jay, Tom, Donavo, Lou and myself.  We pretty much stayed together.  Lou suffered a flat, badly ripped tire.  The rest stop at the one-third mark was adequate.  No one needed to stop at the other opportunities, which were less than ideal.  Carico Mill Road, not used much, turned out to be a nice addition, lead us up past Oak Hill Park, a regular ride start location, and a possible rest stop right at the mid way point.

  • Thu, August 30, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Harry Kidd, Joan Oppel

    Weather: sunny, hot and humid.  It's still August.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27039188?beta=false  37 miles, 1843' of elevation gain on a route that went up Van Brady and through Marlton to a very quick rest room and water & ice stop at the McDonalds; chased away by blazing hot temperatures in the parking lot, we headed for the shade along Trumps Hill, where we found a small side road and a space in front of a driveway.  As we were enjoying the shade and snacks, the homeowner came down and had a very pleasant chat with us, inviting us to use the location anytime.  We went down Trumps Hill slowly, savoring the shade, then climbed Croom to the Mt Calvert Spur and went down Mt Calvert and across Duvall to a climb back up Croom Airport, eventually taking St Thomas Church and Fenno to a second rest stop at the Merkle Sanctary, returning by way of Nottingham, Tanyard, Baden Naylor and Molly Berry to North Keys.  A very shady, enjoyable route for a hot and steamy day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none on the ride, but by the time I unloaded my bike, the back tire was quite soft.  Happy that happened here rather than out on the road!

    AMS: Just over 12


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