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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.









  • Sun, December 15, 2019 5:49 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    The Group - on Ellis Ave

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders, Pat Walthers, Ron Altemus

    Guests: Ray Hastings

    Weather: sunny, breezy (10-12 mph winds), high 40s at the start rising to the mid-fifties by mid-afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31507545 more or less - a route that named itself ("U-turn, Retrace" appears as a cue 10 times)

    AMS: 10.9

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    Today, the one good day in a dismal and dreary week, was a day to explore unknown roads that go down to the water.  The route took us down to the end of pavement on Cobrum's Wharf, where we saw Cobrum's Farm but no wharf; to Maycroft and Ellis Ave, where we saw an anti-aircraft cannon and posed for a group photo; to Hodges and Burch, where we viewed St Clements Bay, and to a rest stop at Murphy's store.  After the break we headed for Colton Point, first taking Paul Ellis down to the water at Paul Ellis Landing - one of several lifetime firsts for the day - and braching off

    Paul Ellis Landing

    Waterloo Circle to the end of Waterloo Rd and Bowles Rd (where we saw a couple of tree-climbing dogs with their own observation platform in a tree) and then turned down Charles Hall and Beach Rd, where we chatted with a new owner who'd just moved in before stopping at the Potomac

    Beach Rd, end of land

    River Museum. 

    Ron and Janell were feeling time pressure so at that point they took the direct route back to 7th District Park, while Ray, Pat and I continued with the route.  Also feeling a bit of time pressure, we skipped River Springs but did turn on Hatchett Thicket and took Olen Mattingly down to the end before heading back to the park ourselves.

    It was a very pretty day, albeit windy, and it was great fun, especially visiting with the owners of the tree-climbing dogs and seeing what's down at the end of roads we've passed hundreds of times but never have visited.

  • Sat, December 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Leslie Tierstein (Administrator)

    Great ride, organized by BPAC - Alexandria's Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Several OHBike members were among the more than 60 people who showed up.  We were divided into three groups, then led -- very slowly, and with police help in crossing busy intersections -- through 5+ miles of Delray to view the Christmas decorations. The route was excellent -- streets very well chosen for maximal holiday display.  (I rode home through the neighborhood and the streets I rode on were not nearly as bright.) As holiday decorations, I wore my spangly reflective vests, but many people really got into the spirit by lighting their bikes and bodies. Image may contain: one or more people, night and outdoor

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  • Sun, December 08, 2019 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Steve Palincsar, Ken Meredith, Roscoe Williamson, Jay Lewis, Fred Robbins, Patricia Sanders, Sarah Clement

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/6488899 - 33 miles, ~1500 feet of climbing as cued. The plan was to ride up to Harwood via Sands, Bayard and Polling House, then down to Deale via Owensville-Sudley/Sudley, Swamp Circle and Bay Front, with a stop at High's in Deale. From there the cued route took Rockhold Creek to Deale Rd, went south on Franklin Gibson, then returned to the park and ride on Fairhaven/Jewell, McKendree, Bay Front, Fishers Station, crossing Rt 4 to Lower Pindell, Pindell, Plummer and the Rt 4 service road.

    Weather: Not bad for December. Temps in the 40s with sunshine despite a forecast of a cloudy afternoon. There was a bit of a breeze at times from the southeast.

    Mishaps and mechanicals:  The ride listing on the schedule mysteriously disappeared and had to be re-entered. Also the ride leader initially forgot to include Steve in this report. Sorry about that!

    We had a  nice ride today. The first half of the ride was uneventful. We were somewhat spread out on the road but not too far apart from each other. But things changed after the rest stop. Fred left High's before the rest of the group in order to stay warm, and was the only member of the group to ride the route that was originally planned. The rest of us decided to avoid the big hill on Franklin Gibson, so we took Bay Front all the way to Route 2, then turned left to parallel F-G. To get away from the traffic noise, we took the Old Solomons Rd horseshoe to our right, and planned to turn left onto the continuation of Old Solomons Rd on the other side of Rt 2. However after Steve and Ken successfully made the left turn, the rest of us looked at the the long line of traffic coming from both directions and decided to continue on Rt 2. We waited at the intersection with Jewell Rd for Ken and Steve to join us, then rode up Jewell to McKendree and Bay Front.  From the back of the group, Steve and I saw Patricia and Jay turn left onto Fishers Station, but Sarah, Ken and Roscoe did not make the turn. We tried calling out after them and waving our arms but they did not hear us or see us in their mirrors. So Steve and I decided to stay on Bay Front too. Unfortunately the trio ahead were too far in front for us to see if they followed a short cut on the cut sheet and turned right on Southern Maryland Blvd or if they stayed on Bay Front to Wrighton Rd. We decided to do the latter, finishing the ride on Wrighton, Plummer and the service road. Arriving at the park and ride, we saw that all except Patricia and Fred had returned. We learned that Jay had found his way back to the start without crossing Route 4 while Patricia had crossed to the Pindells to finish on the planned route. A few minutes later Patricia and Fred arrived. At the end of the day, our total ride distances varied from 30-33.5 miles, but we all agreed we had enjoyed the ride on a good winter route. 

    Thanks to everyone for joining me today!

  • Sun, December 08, 2019 9:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: December 8, 2019       

    Ride Name: 46 Mile Hidden Amish

    Ride Distance: 46 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.2 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Mid 30’s to mid 40’s, some breeze, sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    It was a chilly start but we were soon warm enough.  By the end of the ride we were hot and sweaty; that is riding in the winter.

    If you look at the average, you can see that the AA ride classification was more aspirational than actual.  The ride leader is to blame.  Brad did most of the pulling but I was slow due to my 50 mile ride on Saturday.  It was only a few weeks ago that two back-to-back rides of these lengths would have been no problem but not now.  The lack of riding due to the short day length and cold weather has taken its toll.

    Keech Road and Route 6 (the portion on this ride) were recently repaved and we enjoyed the smooth surfaces.  The stick-on striping on Route 6 was not sticking very well however.

    Other than my slowness, it was a good ride and we enjoyed it.

    Thank you for joining me Brad!

  • Sat, December 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Pat Walthers, Jay Lewis, Janell Saunders, Larry Peed, David Magnet, Ron Altemus, Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar, Cathy Miller

    Guests:  none

    Route: From Bryans Road Shopping Center, down Bumpy Oak and Rose Hill to the Thomas Stone Historic Site, then on to the Port Tobacco School House and the Port Tobacco Courthouse.  Back on Rt. 6 to Poorhouse, Bicknell and Chicamuxen to General Smallwood's Retreat. Then on Chicamuxen, Hawthorn, MD-210 to Chapman's Landing and Mt. Aventine.  Then back on MD-210 and Hungerford to Bryans Road.

    Weather: Cool - 41 degrees at the start and 44 at the finish. Bright sunshine and light wind make it feel warmer unless you were headed down hill where the windchill felt icy.

    AMS: 11.9 - for the sweep. Faster at the front.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: Eleven of us headed out on a holiday history tour and found lots of historic places, interesting stories and delicious snacks. Our first stop was at the Thomas Stone House where Ranger David Lassman, dressed in colonial garb, explained the important role Thomas Stone played in the founding of our country and gave us a tour of Haberdeventur - the reconstructed house.

    Our next stop was the Port Tobacco One Room School House where we toured the building and made smores over a fire pit in the yard. We then headed to the Port Tobacco Courthouse where docents told the story of the first county seat and served a table full of delicious cookies and treats.

    A few miles later we arrived at the home of General Smallwood. At  this restored property, docents told of the importance of General Smallwood to the founding of the US, demonstrated colonial cooking, candle and wreath making and offered treats of  cookies, sugared nuts, sugared orange peel and hot apple cider.

    On to Mt. Aventine, where musicians entertained us while we toured the house. We enjoyed a table full of savory and sweet treats and more cider or hot drinks.  Every location was decorated for the holidays and costumed docents welcomed us to a view of18th Century Maryland with warmth and generosity.                                                           

  • Thu, December 05, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Larry Peed, Lisha Peacock, Donaro Gardner, Joan Oppel, Lou Dall'Orso

    Route:   NK 34 Truman Manor, Gallant Green  Cedarville, Dent/St Peters, Poplar Hill, Dr. Samuel Mudd to a rest stop at Moreland Store. Then a loop of Celestial, Truman Manor, Gallant Green before returning via Mt Pleasant, Covington, and Brandywine Road. 33.7 miles, 871' elevation change.

    Weather:  temps ranging from 43 to 47; starting off w/mostly cloudy skies giving way to mostly sunny by rides end with annoying WNW winds of 13-15 mph.

    AMS:   13.7 mph at the rear

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  as usual, North Keys Park was the coldest and windiest place in the entire Greater DC metropolitan area at ride start.  Lisha and Lou rode from home and both commented that conditions worsened as they reached the park.  Once we made the turn onto Brandywine Road heading east,though, a wonderful tailwind had us moving quite smartly.  For most of the ride, the wind wasn't too bad of a factor until the final stretch back on Brandywine Road from Baden where it seemed to become fiercer, making for a slow slog to Gibbons Church.  Basically two groups for the ride, one fast, one slower.  We did the Young/Truman Manor as a group before resettling back into the respective groupings.

    Item of interest:  Dent has been repaved from Cedarville to St Peters though not yet striped.  Very pleasant riding on the new surface.

  • Tue, December 03, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Larry Peed, Steve Palincsar, Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Donaro Gardner, and Lou Dall'Orso, joining the group at Berry/Manning Rd

    Guests:  Obet

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31543231  36.3 miles, 956' elevation change.   Barry's Hill, Mill Hill, most of the IHRT, and Chapman's Landing.

    Weather:  not as cold nor as windy as forecast w/temps mostly in the mid 40s and a bit of wind out of the NW in the 10-12 mph range under sunny skies.

    AMS:  mid 11's at the rear

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none reported

    Report:  Turned out to be a nice day for bicycling.  The road surface on Barry's Hill continues to deteriorate, more homes are going up on Mill Hill, and Chapman's Landing was, as usual, serene w/o any vehicular traffic.  The sweep group only encountered one walker on the IHRT.  Thanks to all who came out for the first ride of December.

  • Fri, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie & Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Robin Garnett, Donaro Gardner, and Esther Steward.

    Guests - Alec & Gene Villiva, and Darryl Gantt

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cold and breezy

    AMS - Varied as per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A very good turnout of riders considering the temp. in the low 40's and the day after Thanksgiving. Not many trail users other than us. A few walkers and one other bike rider. We all kept spinning to the White Plains rest stop in order to keep warm. After a short break, we were anxious to get back riding so we didn't get cold muscles. For lunch, eight of us went to the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road. Lunch was great as usual. See you all in two weeks. Next week is Ron Haney's Commitment Service in Arlington Cemetery.  

  • Tue, November 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Tom Short, Alan Kurzweil, Bob Howell, Larry Peed, Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers, Karen McMillan, Jane and Jim Hudnall.  Lou Dallorso was also present but didn't sign in.

    Guests: Eugene and Alberto (at least, I think that's what they wrote)

    Weather: Sunny, clear skies.  Dark Sky forecast 49 at the start rising to around 62 in the early afternoon, and that was spot on.  Dark Sky also said 3-5 mph wind and that I think was off.  I think we were closer to 10 mph than 5 today. but thanks to the warm-feeling sun the breeze was pleasant.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31513054  39 mi, 1367' elevation gain.  Much of today's ride was centered on the Mattawoman Creek.  We took the Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston to Indian Head and down Mattingly to the shore on the north side of the Creek, then waltzed up Strauss back to the IHRT and followed the Creek up to Bumpy Oak.  We stopped for an unscheduled break at Ollie's before heading over to the south side of Mattawoman Creek at Sweden Point in Smallwood Park.  We saw Jim and Jane exiting the park as we were entering it, but after the first mile that was our only sighting of the faster group.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none I'm aware of

    AMS: 11.6 at the back

    Ron thought riffing on today's ride naming might be fun; some the possibilities that emerged were "Intoxicated in Brandywine" (to visit the wineries) "TB or Not TB" (unfortunately not currently doable thanks to the road construction at TB) "Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" (a Pisgah ride) and "Waltzing Up Strauss" (near Indian Head). 

    Everything looked exceptionally beautiful today.  It was a scenic route, but the light was magical, making even the mundane look special, and it was a lovely day, for which we were duly thankful.

    Jim took photos, which are posted on Facebook.

  • Sat, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    A John Deere Moment on Dr Johnson Road

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Wayne Hunt, Larry Peed, Ken Meredith, Jay Lewis, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Debby Bowman, Ron Altemus

    Weather: 42 and partly cloudy at the start, rising to the low 50s as it briefly cleared before the cloud cover became more dense and the temperature fell to the mid-40s.  We beat the start of the rain by about an hour.

    Route: the plan https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31504866 was to take MD-6 to Flora Corner, then cross over MD-5 and take Old Village down to the WaWa at the intersection of 5 and 235. 

    Late last night I got an email from Bob Howell letting me know MD-6 had been milled for around 6 miles of our route.   It was too late to change the route and cue sheet, but the workaround was obvious: stay on the Three Notch Trail to Lockes Crossing, switch over to Old Village, getting back on course and silencing the complaints from the GPSs once past Old Flora Corner. 

    There seems to be some doubt as to whether they'll be able to finish the work before winter sets in and shuts down road paving.  It would be a shame to have to live with a milled road until spring!

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.6 at the back

    Jim took several photos, which are posted on Facebook.

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