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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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Guests: 

Route: 

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Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Sat, August 10, 2019 8:30 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)

    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Sue Estes, Barb Haney, and others who signed in with the CCs

    Route: Same as Debbie's - down to Rt. 242 with a loop on Bishop and Parson's Mill, then to the 7th district park, then down to Abell.  We looped along Abell and then around Colton's point, then returned the usual way up Bushwood and Hurry, and Baptist Church to the trail.

    Weather: Very nice.  Just below 70 at the start and less than 85 at the end.  Light wind from the NW.

    AMS: 14.8 for the leader, likely high 15's for others with the "pootling" taken out.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: The day was uneventful, just good weather and good roads for riding.  Despite only having three others sign in with me, we actually had 8 together for the first two rest stops.  And Debbie was pushing her pace as well, rolling in only a few minutes behind us at each stop.  We enjoyed the water views down at Chaptico as shown in Steve's report.  

    I noticed the sand/litter in the parking lot at Chaptico store and went around it; see Brad's report for the apparent story.  Can we hope that the policeman talking to someone in the parking lot was issuing a ticket for dropping oil on the ground?

    Our group started evaporating after the Abell rest stop.  One of the eight opted to rejoin the CCs at that stop, then Sue Estes kept going past Chaptico to get home more quickly.  Of the remaining six, one went off the front on Baptist Church, and Bob Howell stopped at home (where he had started the day).  I said goodbye to the remaining three when we reached the trail, as I was the only one who opted for the extra miles.

    I can see why they may not have - my extra loop down Flora Corner and Rt. 6 was much hillier - it added 500' to the 1300' in the other 50 miles.  Although I felt a little fatigue it was good to have the higher mileage.  I think I'll just need a larger ice cream for next time!

    I still saw most of the riders at the parking lot, including the CCs who returned shortly after I did (with fewer miles, but also took a stop at Bushwood Wharf).  Everyone enjoyed this ride.



  • Sat, August 10, 2019 8:30 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Sue Gunter, Bob Howell, Monica Irmler, Gerry Iacouzze, Jay Lewis

    Guests: none

    Weather: Sunshine, low humidity, temps in the 80s, a bit of wind from the NW at times.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30791253 - An extension of a pleasant shady ride that only three of us had the chance to enjoy last month, created specially for the occasion along with a shorter companion route for  C riders with the intention of us all meeting up for the most scenic part. From Laurel Grove Park we went out on Laurel Grove and Kavanagh to Loveville Rd, then dipped down on Bishop, Friendship School and Parsons Mill, then rode to Pin Cushion and Sunnyside and took Colton Point Rd to the first stop at Seventh District Park. The second stint took Sugar Hole, Oakley, Abell and Hatchett Thicket, then followed Colton Point Rd down to the Potomac River. After a scenery stop at the St Clement's Island Museum we headed back out on Colton Point Rd to Murphy's Store. From there we rode up Bushwood Wharf Rd, which we followed to the end for another scenery stop at the wharf, then took Bushwood and Hurry Rd to the final stop at Chaptico Market, then completed the ride on Baptist Church and the Three Notch Trail.  Total distance was about 51 miles with the added trip to Bushwood Wharf.

    Personnel changes: Pat, Sue and Bob signed with the CCs but rode with the Bs. Monica also rode with the Bs for a while but finished with the CCs. Janell needed to shorten the route so she skipped the part down to Colton Point. Jay also wanted a shorter ride, so he started at the church in Chaptico, met up with the Bs and Cs on the way to Seventh District Park, then rode with the CCs as far as Chaptico Market.

    Average speed: about 13.5 mph by the end of the ride. We started fast, averaging 14.5 at the first rest stop. We slowed down from Colton Point to the intersection of Bushwood and Maddox, where we waved farewell to to the C group, then rode a more typical CC pace to the end.

    Intersectional: The plan worked great -- the Bs, CCs and Cs met up at Seventh District Park, then reassembled at Colton Point thanks to a smart edit that Steve made to trim the original C route a bit to facilitate the meetup.  As reported by Walt, things broke up a bit after Murphy's Store, but the remaining CC contingent were pleasantly surprised when the Cs met us at Chaptico Market for an unexpected stop just before they returned to the park where they started. As an added bonus, we saw Blake and Brad repping the AAs on Oakley Rd.

    In all it was a great day for a great bike ride, with folks having a chance to ride at the pace they preferred but also having the opportunity to socialize with other groups with scenic Potomac River views for a backdrop.

    Thanks to everyone who came out! And welcome to new member Gerry!!

  • Sat, August 10, 2019 7:00 AM | Ken Lemmert

    Ride Leader:  Ken Lemmert

    Date: August 10, 2019           

    Ride Distance: 33 Miles

    Ride Class:  A/B

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: lower 80’s, sunny, a little windy but not bad for the beach area

    Guest Riders:  Neal Berch

    Member Riders:  Ken Lemmert

    Ride Report:

    Neal has not been riding much so we kept most of the ride at a "B" pace.  We adjusted the ride so we would have a tailwind on the last part of the ride.  At the beach the wind does not always cooperate but for this ride it did.  Beautiful day for a ride....beautiful ride....

     

  • Sat, August 10, 2019 5:30 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman, Robert Smith

    Guests: None

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28732455

    Weather: 70 at the start, 80 by the end, low humidity, sunny, light wind. To summarize, it was perfect riding weather!

    AMS: 18.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Crash

    Report: 

    Lots of bikes out today. The first group was spotted by Blake on his way to the ride and we passed them as they were stopping for a break at a store in Budds Creek.

    It has been a long time since Rob has been able to join us on a ride. With a scheduling change at work, he should be out more Saturdays. Rob collected two PR's on Strava before work contacted him. He had to turn back 20 miles into the ride to fill in for the two Bike Doctor employees that called in sick on this nice day.

    A good number of people out doing yard work. Not too much traffic and the roads were in great shape. We made Avenue our first stop  and had a chat with two of the locals as they were waiting to see if their lottery tickets would be worth any money.

    Leaving the store, we passed Walt with the B's, Steve with the C's, and Debby with the CC's. All in close proximity to each other. Great turnout for those rides.

    Blake and I decided to stop at the Chaptico Market for ice cream. In the parking lot there was a large wet area on our path as we approached at about 12 mph. No problem - right? Wrong. I had the lead and my bike instantly slid out underneath me and I went down hard. The wet spot was a massive spill of very viscous and slippery oil. For the sake of an injury report this happened at 10:45. I was slow to get up, it is good not to be in a rush. My right upper thigh and right rear of my helmet took the brunt of the impact. The right side of my back has a good bit of superficial road rashNothing broken, but I will be sore tomorrow! The right shift/brake lever was moved out of place damage to both levers. The right pedal and rear derailleur were scraped up just a little.

    Blake saw me go down and slowed and unclipped just before his bike went down, but he was left standing. He isn't sure how that happened.

    The manager had the spill reported to him by several people that saw our bikes go down (plus myself) and cat litter was quickly spread on most of the spill. Vehicles had been driving on it a while and oil tracks from the tires covered a large area.

    It was quite difficult to walk away with our bikes as it was so slippery and the oil on our tires made it hard to keep them upright.

    We got our ice cream.

    The portajohn had toilet paper and we used that to remove the oil from the tires before taking our bikes for test rides. Mine wouldn't shift into the large rear cog - but it was so close. A half turn of the barrel adjuster and it was good.

    The rest of the ride was uneventful. A good many people were out enjoying the beautiful weather on the trail. We stopped for a bicycle laying in the middle of the Three Notch Trail. The crank arm nut had come loose, we couldn't help. The Boy Scout leader was planning to do a lot of coasting and foot power to get the 4 miles back to the end of the ride.

    My wife was finishing up the last of her run when we got back to the Senior Center. She was heading back out to the trail after snitching a cold bottle of water from my car. Blake and I had two of the remaining cold bottles and headed to our respective residences.  Me without a shirt on as the back and side of my leader jersey is covered in oil. My shorts were also coated in oil, not visible as they are black, but it wouldn't be a good idea to take those off to drive home. The oily part should not have touched the car seat, but if it did, I'll have another project.

    I took a look at the thigh after I got home. The bike riding has paid off as there is a lot of muscle in that area that was able to absorb the impact. It is abraded and swollen, but not too bad. So the bicycle clothing and helmet protected me a great deal.

    Always wear your helmet!

  • Fri, August 09, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jan Tucker, Pat Walthers, Belinda Acre, Vicki Garlock, Donaro Garner, Robin Garnett, Jackie & Randy Schoch, and passed on the trail, Bob Moye

    Route:   the one, the only, the IHRT, Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:  mostly sunny, temps ranging from the mid 70s to mid 80s, not terribly humid, w/scant breezes

    AMS:  swept at 13

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known

    Report:  a bit of a faster ride today, though we broke up into several conversational groups.  Not too many other trail users and random wildlife sightings, including a common water snake, five line skink, red shoulder hawk, a "chunky" opossum (assumed to be a pregnant female), and a groundhog.  ALERT:  from a conversation with Park employee David, we should also be on the lookout for a group of feral pigs or wild boars.  Bob Moye spotted them previously near Livingston and took pictures which were shared with County Dept of Natural Resources staff.  A DNR staff then went looking and saw them up east of the Bumpy Oak pond.  Not sure when these sightings took place.   After the ride, a number of us visited the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road for lunch.

  • Thu, August 08, 2019 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sonja Newman, Ken Meredith, Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Alan Kurzweil, Sue Henn, Ron Altemus, Lisha Peacock, Sarah Clement, Karen Morgan, Loretta Troen and (present but unaccounted for) Lou Dallorso

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30725852  32 mi, 800' of elevation (and created fresh for the occasion, not "canned") with a 25 mi option that skipped the Young/Truman Manor/Gallant Green loop

    Weather: sunny, reasonable humidity, temperatures in the 70s at the start and the high 80s by the time we were done.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 12.0 at the end

    With riders ranging from A to C, it's unsurprising that we broke up into faster and slower groups as soon as we got going.  We were all together at the Moreland Market, and several riders who had been entertaining thoughts of taking the short option decided to go all the way.  Some were unfamiliar with the Young/Truman Manor development and were pleasantly surprised.  Special thanks to all those who held back to stay with me.

  • Wed, August 07, 2019 5:30 PM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman

    Guests: Josh Hettel, Tyler Hill (membership expired)

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

    Weather: Cool, scattered precipitation, thunderstorms audible but not in the area of the ride

    AMS: 21.4

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: I cancelled the ride last week as there were nasty thunderstorms in the areas around the ride, but none ended up actually being a threat. Better safe than sorry. Today the storms were not a threat to the riders, but we did get wet.

    I arrived 10 minutes early after driving through a number of really bad storm cells. Empty parking lot. A few minutes later, company rolled in. Two rode to the ride, talk about optimistic. I was happy since I wasn't going to have to ride this alone! We discussed our sanity in riding today and decided why the heck not give it a try.

    As we were traveling along Rt. 6 it became wet from prior rain and we were throwing large rooster tails from our wheels. Not much fun while drafting. Roads were dry again when we got to Bowling. The road had been chip sealed and it only had a tiny bit of loose stone on the very edge of the road. They had patched the holes in the road before the chip seal. Not a smooth road surface, but much better overall than it had been.

    Our luck ran out on Rt. 301. We got rained on. Not a hard rain, but we got thoroughly wet. We eventually got past the rain and finished the ride on dry roads.

    Forgot one important thing: My car key shorted out due to the rain and would not unlock the doors. Instead when a key was pressed the panic alarm would go off. I'm sure that I was popular in the neighborhood. I unlocked the car with the keypad on the door (recently replaced). The key worked fine in the ignition and now works to lock and unlock the doors. It will be getting its own baggie. My phone was double bagged and it was fine.

    I would call it a fun ride. It is enjoyable to get out and do a club ride, even if the weather isn't quite perfect. It might be a few days before my shoes dry out. That is a good reason to own more than one pair.

    Thank you for joining me.

  • Wed, August 07, 2019 5:30 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Carl Hattery

    Guests: None

    Weather: 82 degrees

    AMS: 10.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: This was a great ride today,although there was a thunderstorm warning until 8pm!The weather was like a roller coaster.First it was sunny,then cloudy with rain,then sunny,then raining,sunny,cloudy and finally sunny again.Me and Carl chatted along the way.Upon the return,there was one club member that showed up to introduce himself to me,it was wonderful to meet him.

  • Tue, August 06, 2019 3:22 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel
    Members: Ron Altemus, David Mann, Karen McMillan, Patricia Sanders, Tom Short, Jan Tucker 

    Guest:  Barbara Wilson

    Route:  Down Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne to Ripley (shade!), Poorhouse to Rt 6. Relax, eat, chat on the porch at Goose Bay. Return via Mill Swamp, Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen and Livingston

    Weather: In the 80's with low wind and some humidity but not extreme

    AMS: Varied 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Minor mishaps: Patricia's rearview mirror fell out of her handlebar, Ron picked it up and no harm done. Karen lost a water bottle on Bumpy Oak but retrieved it (it survived a school bus passing right over - but not on - it. Barbara had a new bike with only one bottle cage installed on the seat tube, with not enough room for an actual water bottle. Ride leader changed the cage to the down tube at the rest stop so she could reach a water bottle while riding.

    Report:  Lovely ride, more shade than not. Ride leader rode near the back so hopes that the 7 riders she missed seeing back at the parking lot had a good ride.

  • Tue, August 06, 2019 9:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members: Barb Haley, Barb Haney, Elizabeth Niles, Tom Roberts 

    Route:  Down Bumpy Oak, Hawthorne to Ripley (shade!), Poorhouse to Rt 6. Relax, eat, chat on the porch at Goose Bay. Return via Mill Swamp, Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen and Livingston. 39 miles long, 1200 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29610220

    Weather: Pleasant, in the 80's with low wind and some humidity.

    AMS: 17.4

    Report:  Thanks to Joan Oppel for initiating this ride and for inviting friends to join in. Goose Bay is one of the best rest stops for this series, with its comfy chairs and view of the water. We had an outstanding group today, and stayed together trading pace the whole way without incident.

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