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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.









  • Tue, December 11, 2018 11:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel, Barbara Haney (friend)

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29012834  36 miles, 875' elevation change.  Outbound traveling Livingston, MD-228, Mill Hill/Davis, Lexington, Middletown, and IHRT to a rest stop at the White Plains Dash-in.  Return via Marshall Corner, Bumpy Oak, IHRT, Indian Head Highway.

    Weather:   temp range of mid 30s to low 40s with strong sunshine (as strong as it gets considering the sun angle) and marginal airs from the NW quadrant all added up to a quite nice day for cycling.

    AMS:   swept at 11.8 mph; others were faster

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   one rider (not named above) discovered enroute that they were minus their helmet and had to abort.  Otherwise, nothing to report.

    Report:  concern about possible lingering effects of Sunday's snow in Charles County led to a delayed 11 am start.  It was interesting to note the differences in snowfall.  Nothing in Bryans Road/Accokeek, but starting to see more as we headed east and south.  By the time we turned off of Middletown onto the IHRT, there was snow still covering the ground and in shady spots, a snow/ice mixture necessitating walking our bikes for 25 yards or so to prevent mishap.  Both Marshall Corner and Bumpy Oak displayed evidence of having enough accumulation to warrant plowing and our second section of the IHRT was mostly clear except for the short wooden bridges and sections over culverts, where ground warmth wasn't enough to melt the snow.  Barbara and Joan rode ahead - rumor has it Barbara spent a good part of the ride trying to entice Joan to the "dark side," aka riding at A/B speeds.

  • Sat, December 08, 2018 12:30 PM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Sarah Clement, Joan Oppel, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Sanders

    Guests: None

    Weather: High 30s, blue skies with high clouds partially obscuring the sun. Breezy at the start and during the first few miles; after that it either became a tailwind or it calmed down. Overall not bad with sufficient layers.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None

    Average speed: 12ish mph at the back

    Farm animals: We passed a yard on Queen Anne Bridge Rd where a couple of goats were hanging out with a pig. Not sure when we last saw any pigs on our rides...

    Route: Nutwells Roasting on an Open Fire -- https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26934085?beta=false -- 32 miles in a clockwise loop. We began by heading north up Sands and Patuxent River Rd, then turned onto Queen Anne Bridge, Wayson and Harwood Rds to our rest stop at the Harwood gas station and store. Then we went south on Owensville-Sudley/Sudley/Nutwell-Sudley, turned right on Nutwell and Old Ridge Path Ln, and took Rt 2 down to Bay Front Rd. From Bay Front the route turned onto Fisher's Station for a ride through the Pindells on the way back to the park and ride. Steve and I opted to stay on Bay Front all the way to its end, then took Wrighton Rd to Plummer Ln and the service road back to the start, for a total of about 29 miles. Joan detoured near the end to check out the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and noted the presence of a rest room there.

    Report: With January weather arriving a month early, I wasn't sure how many people would join me for this ride, so I was pleasantly surprised to see five friends at the start. We ended up riding in a Noah's Arc formation: two by two by two. Alan and Pat made an early breakaway and were not seen again on the road; most likely they rode faster to keep warm. Steve and I were the sweep group, and Joan and Sarah were in between. The latter four were together at the rest stop and for a few miles at the start of the second stint. By taking a short cut a the end, Steve and I finished a few minutes before Sarah, with Joan arriving a bit later.

    Thanks to all for joining me on a nice winter ride!

  • Sat, December 08, 2018 10:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 8, 2018       

    Ride Name: Laurel Springs and Mill Hill

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.9 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather:  About 35 at the start, about 39 at the end, sunny, some breeze from the NW

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Claire Chiamulera

    Ride Report: 

    I was glad to see another rider; I figured I had a 50% chance of riding alone.  Both Claire and I rode from home; we waited until 10:30 but no one else showed up so we left.

    It was cold but not too uncomfortable with what I was wearing; Claire seemed to feel the same.  Given that it was just the two of us it isn’t too surprising that we stayed together throughout the ride.

    By the time we got back to Rock Point Road from Mt. Victoria Road, my hands were cold and I called a break at Dan’s Store.  We hung-out inside and ate a few snacks while my hands warmed up.  I don’t think Claire needed the stop; she was tougher and/or better dressed than I was.

    Since we both rode from home we split once we returned to Route 6; she went right and I went left.  The average is from the ride start until we split.

    Claire and I used to ride together a lot years ago but not so much lately.  It was good to see her again and she is riding as strongly as ever; hopefully she will be out for more AA rides soon.  Thanks for joining me Claire!

  • Fri, December 07, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Larry Stirling, John Early, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail, Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   blue skies, sunshine w/o much warmth given the sun angle, NW winds in the 10 mph range, and temps hovering at just about 40 degrees

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   After airing up, Larry's tire wouldn't hold air.  Too cold to try and change it with almost frozen fingers so unfortunately he didn't ride with us.

    Report:   A ride of pairs:  John and your faithful correspondent; Susan and Fran; and the Hudnalls, a bit late due to earlier volunteer responsibilities.  I don't recall any other cyclists using the path today though there was an occasional jogger and a few dog walkers.   Major item of note:  as John and I approached Middletown, an animal ran across the trail just a bit ahead of us, right to left.  It was either a very big fox or a coyote.  Researching the differences between these two animals was inconclusive as to exactly what it was but my recollection of its tail leads me to think it was an unusually large fox.

  • Thu, December 06, 2018 4:42 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    • Leader:  Joan Oppel
      Members:  Ron Altemus, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Tom Roberson - and meeting us at Jug Bay - John Early
      Route:   Over Van Brady, Duley Station, Mt Calvert, Jug Bay, return via St Thomas Church and Merkle, then Nottingham, Candy Hill, Molly Berry to North Keys
      Weather:  Sunny, temperatures in high 30s, then into low 40s, light winds
      AMS:   A pace adequate to ride leader sweeping.
      Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known
      Report:  The six of us left the parking lot feeling chilly and quickly warmed up in the sun. The route was scenic, and several of us mostly stayed together. It was great to see John Early. Of note, the portapotties at North Keys Park were locked - perhaps waiting to be removed for the winter. 

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

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Holly Carr, Jay Lewis, Mike Saizan, Barb Haney, Jim Hudnall, Steve Palincsar, La' Tasha Banks, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, Donaro Gardner (riding from home)

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26630223  36 miles, 1332' elevation change.  Outbound  via Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and Chapel Point to St Ignatius.  Onward using Fairgrounds and St Mary's to the MD-6  Dash-In.  Final return traversing Quailwood, Hawthorne, and Livingston.

    Weather:   cloudy/overcast, temps dropping from the low 40s to high 30s, cold 10 mph winds out of the NW.

    AMS:   ride leader swept at 11.6; Friends were unquestionably faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known

    Report:  a decent turnout - guess there are a few club members looking to pick up miles to reach a yearly goal.  The "friends" were quickly out of sight on Livingston prior to Bumpy Oak so your faithful correspondent can only describe the traditional CC contingent's adventures, of which there was nothing worth mentioning.  We rode, we talked, and we did see the friends as they were leaving St. Ignatius.  The facilities have been redone quite nicely at St. Ignatius and the ice machine is still putting out ice.  Jim waited for us at the Dash-In and rode with us back to the start.  for some reason, it seemed to be more traffic than normal on Livingston .

  • Mon, December 03, 2018 10:00 AM | Michael Dong

    With no takers on such a superb Spring day, I was the "Chump" for the ride. Chatted with a guy in the parking lot about my motorcycle until past 10:30 (he used to own a 'brick' too, and the bike rack on the back caught his attention.) A light wind made for weird speed change-ups, either you're fast or your flogging, no in between on the semi damp roadways. Below average at 18.2mph for 36.7mi, although had a good time looking at the Christmas decorations popping up now.

    If you didn't ride today, you missed out, as it hit 58f Woooo-Hooooo!


  • Sun, December 02, 2018 1:00 PM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members:  Ron and Susan Altemus, Blake Altman, Bruce and Gail Black, Deborah Bowman, Michael and Yvonne Dong, and Fran Jezirek. Sherwood Byers and Linda Bankerd, who  were on a ride from the Manokeek Shopping Center, met us at White plains and rode back with us as far as Bumpy Oak Road. Blake had ridden from home and turned toward home at Bumpy Oak Road after the return from White Plains.

    Route: 26 miles on the Indian Head Rail Trail from Indian Head to White Plains and back

    Weather:  Not the warm and dry sixties the forecast from earlier in the week had us expecting, but chilly and damp fifties, with a heavy mist the last few miles. We had a brief glimpse of blue sky, long enough for a group photo at the start of the trail.

    Report: When asked after the ride to describe it in one word, most said "wet" and than added "but we are glad we came." The ride was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ribbon cutting to open the first section of the trail.

    Ten years ago - December 2, 2008
    OHBTC members at the ribbon cutting
    (left to right) Judy Mutty, Sam Perry, Blake Altman, John Early, George Martin, and Polly Choate

    December 2, 2018
    (Left to right in photo below) Bruce Black, Ron Altemus, Deborah Bowman, Jane Hudnall, Gail Black, Blake Altman, Jim Hudnall, and Michael and Yvonne Dong
    (not pictured) Susan Altemus and Fran Jezirek

    More photos from today in Facebook album at https://goo.gl/bcWmwt

  • Fri, November 30, 2018 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leader - Randy Schoch

    Members - Larry Stirling, Ron Altemus, Robin Garnett, Jim and Jane Hudnall, and Barb Haney.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cold (mid 30's) and overcast, threatening rain.

    AMS - 15 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - Only four of us to start. Because of the foul weather, not many wanted to ride. Barb slept in and came late. Jim & Jane stayed at St. John's Food Bank to finish up so were late to the ride. We did a very fast pace for this ride because of the weather. Even though the ride weather (it never did get up much past 40 degrees with sprinkles) wasn't ideal, any day to ride your bike is better than staying home and watching TV.


  • Thu, November 29, 2018 4:22 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus, Alan Kurzweil, Steve Palincsar and Larry Peed

    Route: To Hughesville 

    Weather: First, to anyone reading this: the North Keys parking lot is probably the worst ride start parking lot from which to judge weather conditions for a ride. It's always windy and chilly (or cold) there.

    Nice and sunny. The sun made it seem warmer than it was once we started. Temperatures about 36 at the start and rising a couple of degrees. The wind was noticeable at times, 10-12 mph but only in short stretches. And as long as we headed south, southeast, the wind was hardly a problem.

    Distance: 38

    AMS: We all rode within sight of each other.

    Mishaps/Mechanicals: None

    Report: At about mile 10, both Larry and Steve said they would shorten the ride. Larry had a knee issue and turned back at mile 9; Steve left us at the Moreland Store at mile 10. Alan, Ron and I rode on, stopping briefly at the Sunoco in Hughesville, and then pacing back along Burnt Store and Olivers Shop to Woodville for the second time. A proposal was made to eliminate Covington so we cut a couple of miles out there. It was a good day for a ride. 

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