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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.

Leader: 

Members: 

Guests: 

Route: 

Weather: 

AMS: 

Mechanicals/Mishaps: 

Report: 
 


  • Sun, March 08, 2020 10:00 AM | Brad Francisco

    Leader: Brad Francisco

    Members: Blake Altman

    Guests: None

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13194797

    Weather: Sunny with winds advertised as 8 mph. 40 degrees at the start and 57 by the end.

    AMS: 18.2 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None - kind of

    Report: Wonderful day for a ride. A little chilly at the start which led to a discussion on what kind of gloves to wear. Blake went with thin full fingered gloves and the ride leader chose summer gloves. Both decisions proved to be the right ones.

    We saw a group of cyclists going the other way on Colton Point Rd. and waves were exchanged. Other than some people on the trail we did not see many others riding/walking/running on this fine day.

    After departing Chaptico Market the ride leader's front tire started spraying tire sealant. We stopped for almost a minute with the punctured area facing down to ensure the sealant would reach the hole. It did and the leak stopped. We rode on. Three times it started leaking again before resealing (no need to stop). The last 10 miles were leak free. So do you call this a mechanical if it fixed itself? At the end of the ride the tubeless tire was inspected and it is clear that something sliced the tire. Good thing that there are plenty of spares in the basement. But if it isn't leaking, why replace it.

    Blake, thank you for joining me today.

  • Thu, March 05, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Patuxent River at Mount Calvert

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Fred Robbins, Renee Brewster, Ron Altemus, Debby Bowman, Sam Perry and Lisha Peacock, who joined us en route.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12982543  33 mi, 1326' elevation gain

    Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy, 49 degrees at the start rising to 55 by mid-afternoon.  The wind, which initially had been predicted to be 17-19 mph had moderated to 3-4 mph.  Not as warm-feeling as it would have been had the sun been out, but still a very pleasant early spring day.

    Alpaca Farm on Mount Calvert Road

    Mishaps and mechanicals: Sam had a flat tire at the Patuxent River Park Pavilion - which turned out to be a very nice place to repair a glass puncture.  Then as we were climbing on the steepest part of Duvall, Renee had shifting issues and dropped the chain, and when that was fixed and she got back under way she had one of those stall-and-fall-over, can't get out of your pedals things, with no harm done.

    AMS: 11.5

    It was a fine day to be out enjoying the coming of spring, and to welcome our newest member, Renee Brewster, who joined this morning just before coming to North Keys Park for the ride.  It was fun seeing the alpacas out on Mount Calvert Road.  They weren't there when we went down to the Park, but the were out in force when we came riding back.

  • Wed, March 04, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Janell Saunders, Patricia Sanders, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Kirk Fedder, Pat Walthers, Theresa Rowell, Donaro Gardner

    Image may contain: 5 people, people standing, sky, ocean, outdoor, nature and water

    Pictured:  Donaro, Tom, Ron, Theresa, Kirk, Steve.  Mt Vernon is barely visible over the left side of Theresa's helmet.  Photo credit:  Janell Saunders

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32029397  34.4 miles, 900 feet elevation change.  A scenic tour of Fenwick and River Roads prior to a rest stop at Marshall Hall boat ramp.  Then up Barry Hill, through Accokeek, and over Bensville to a 2nd rest stop at the Bensville Park.  Most riders returned via the IHRT and Bumpy Oak; several of us continued on the trail to Hawthorne/Lower Wharf and then MD-210.

    Weather:   very, very nice.  Plenty of blue sky and sunshine which allowed temperatures to rise by several degrees over what was forecast (range of mid 50s to mid 60s) with 8-10 mph winds oscillating across the lower half of the compass (i.e., WSW to ESE)

    AMS:  swept in the very low 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:   what a difference a day makes.  Rescheduled from Tuesday due to rain, many riders congratulated your humble ride leader on providing such wonderful weather.   Touring Fenwick and River Roads is always a delight - these two roads have many homes right on the edge of the Potomac with large lots.  So different from the Virginia side where everything is built up and costs are astronomical.  Barry Hill is still Barry Hill - the climb isn't that bad, its the rough road surface that makes it so tough.  Several riders weren't sure they wanted to tackle Bumpy Oak this early in the season, so as previously mentioned, a small cohort added close to 4 miles by returning via MD-210.  Nice to have Kirk Fedder join us for a weekday ride.  Though initially hesitant about attempting Bumpy Oak, he accepted the challenge and must have done quite nicely as his car was gone when the MD-210 group returned to the start point.

  • Mon, March 02, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Sherwood Byers, Ron Altemus and Majesta Hartley

    Guests: none

    Weather: sunny and breezy for most of the day, mid-50s rising to around 60, but in mid-afternoon the sky clouded over and the wind increased quite a bit, so that our final few miles were riding directly in a stiff wind.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31932967  44 miles, 1600' elevation.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 10.5

    Majesta happened to be out for a ride and came upon Sherwood on his way to the Sailing Marina.  She was riding a narrow-tired road bike not really suitable for the Towpath, but decided to ride with us as far as Fletchers' Cove, then continue on the CCT to Bethesda while we switched to the Towpath and headed up to Great Falls.  After the break at Great Falls, Ron decided to ride back on the Towpath while Sherwood, Sarah and I took MacArthur Blvd back to the CCT.  Neither Sarah nor Sherwood knew about the neighborhood route through Glen Echo Heights to the paved entrance to the CCT on Brokeway -- in fact, neither knew the entrance existed -- and I can only imagine what they must have been thinking as I approached the cul de sac.

    Secret Entrance to the CCT in the cul de sac at the end of Brookeway Dr

    Sherwood stopped in West Potomac Park and Sarah and I ended up riding across the 14th St Bridge alone, fighting the wind. 


  • Sun, March 01, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Rest stop at the Amish Schoolhouse

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders, David Scull

    Weather: Clear, sunny skies, 40 at the start (but felt more like the high 30s) rising to 50 (that felt more like the high 40s) and windy.  DarkSky says the wind was no more than 6-7 mph but it felt more.  It might have been the first day of meteorological spring, but it felt like a winter ride with warm sun and chilly wind.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32015614    33 mi, 1053' elevation gain

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.0

    Woodburn Hill sure does have eagles.  Lots and lots of eagles.  More than 25.  A whole tree line with eagles, and eagles flying around overhead too.

    Country Road With Eagle

    Tree Line With Eagles

    Horses Everywhere

    And horses everywhere. And cows, goats and sheep.  A few Amish buggies were seen as well.  But no chickens, of course: they even have a big sign attesting to that fact.

    Gilbert Run Park was supposed to have been open today.  It was, but only barely:  past the entrance a gate was  down across the road  to the Lakeside Pavilion, so our second rest stop was at the Brookside Pavilion instead.  The rest rooms weren't open, although there was a portolet.  To make up for the lost mileage up to the Lake, Ron and I rode up to the north end of the Three Notch Trail before returning to Northern Senior Center.

  • Fri, February 28, 2020 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Janell Saunders, Steve Palincsar, Kirk Fedder, Esther Steward, Donaro Gardner

    Route:  the Friday wintertime favorite featuring the Indian Head Rail Trail from the Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return.

    Weather: temps in the low to mid 40s,  mostly overcast with occasional bursts of sun, 12 mph WSW winds that provided a delightful tailwind outbound, not so delightful headwind on the return.

    AMS:  in the 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  another enjoyable late winter ride with good companionship and conversation.  Janell rode from home to join us, getting more mileage than just the IHRT standard.  We rode in small groups at varying speeds to White Plains; we were more of a group on the return.  Didn't encounter too many other users except for the three guys that have the FAT tire eBikes going towards White Plains as we were headed back.  Sightings of pairs of hawks were made between Bensville and Pomfret and again near the Bumpy Oak pond.  Items of note:  the permanent facilities at White Plains are now open again; St James Episcopal Church will be having their Fish Fry on March 13 & 27 and April 3.  Good eating for $12 so expect rides on those dates to go there for lunch.

  • Sun, February 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader:  Diane Harris

    Members:  Liam Healy, Phil Mitchell, Lou Dall Orso

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Allen Pond to Harwood 

    Weather:  Clear, sunny, temperature mid 50s

    AMS:  16.2

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:  This ride was posted on Friday so I didn't know if anyone would join me today.  The weather was perfect, clear and sunny with temps in the mid 50s.  Liam rode his new bike with electronic shifting and led us out at a pace I knew I couldn't keep up for the whole ride.  We did settle down to a more manageable pace with each of us sharing the lead.  Most of the roads on this route were 2 lane,  lightly traveled, and the busier roads had shoulders.  There were no mechanicals or mishaps and we got back to the start, having spent a couple hours riding our bikes on a beautiful Winter Sunday afternoon.

  • Sun, February 23, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    At Wicomico Shores Landing

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jim McGhee, Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus, Tracie C, Karen Morgan, Stu Morgan, Pat Walthers, Mary Scala, Barbara Wilson

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31962399  35 mi, 900' elevation gain

    Weather: Another one of those "Are you sure it isn't spring yet?" days.  Sunny, 50 at 11 rising to 60 by early afternoon, but the forecast of 5-6 mph winds can't possibly have been correct - based on the flags we saw, it had to have been at least twice that, and for a large part of the ride it was a direct headwind.  None of which took away any of the fun.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.8 at the back




  • Sat, February 22, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alexa Schriempf, Karen McMillan, Tom Short

    Weather: Sunny, breezy (5-6 mph winds) around 40 at the start rising to the mid-50s by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31049176  36 mi, 1366' elevation gain.  A loop down Bicknell and back on Pisgah Marbury, then Poorhouse to Annapolis Woods and Firetower to a rest stop at Scott's Store -- where Alexa and I saw Karen and Tom, Karen for the last time; then 6 to a climb up Durham Church and Ironsides to 6 (where we saw Tom for the last time,  after his solo side trip down to Friendship Farm Park in search of extra miles) to Hancock Run and Adams Willett and a second rest stop at the Nanjemoy Store.  Jacksontown and 6 brought us to Mason Springs back to Pisgah Park.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.7

    An altogether splendid day.  A great ride in excellent company, a side trip to T&J's for the potluck, plenty of time to change, get to the church at Broad Creek, discover that the location had been changed and still get over to the new location before the annual meeting actually began.  It's hard to beat that.

  • Tue, February 18, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)
    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Patricia Sanders, Chantal Briere, Bob Thompson,  Steve Palincsar, Tom Short, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Theresa Rowell, Lou Dall'Orso

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31737622  34.8 miles, 1,282' elevation gain.  Over to La Plata via Pomfret, Marshall Corner, Valley, Locust Grove, and St Mary's to a rest stop at the Exxon corner of US-301 & Charles Street. Return route using Quailwood, Hawthorne, Ripley, Poorhouse, the Stuckeys, Mason Spring, and Livingston.

    Weather:  Temps starting in the mid 40s and climbing to the upper 50s, maybe 60.  Skies initially were overcast, then the sun came out on Chapel Point, Quailwood had clear blue skies, and from Ripley on, it was overcast again.  Steady 7-9 mph wind from the SSW.

    AMS:  swept in the low 11s.  Friends had to have been much faster as the parking lot was empty upon the CC/C contingent's arrival.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Lou flatted on Pomfret where the IHRT crosses.  The sweepers helped him out.  Steve located the hole in the tube, Lou correlated it to the tire and in so doing, found the piece of glass causing his distress.  Quickly repaired, Lou was back up to speed and soone gone.

    Report:   Third time was a charm for this route.  Posted two times previously when it rained, and not posted for another Tuesday that also had precipitation forecasted.  Your faithful correspondent/ride leader was still eager to do the ride, plus cue sheets were already printed, and today it happened.  The CC/C duo brought up the rear, only seeing the friends at the rest stop where they kindly waited for our arrival before heading off.  Other than Hawthorne, most of the roads were low traffic and the warming temps made for a nice ride.

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