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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.









  • Wed, August 29, 2012 5:30 PM | Deleted user
    Thirteen riders came out on a beautiful summer evening to join the weekly Tour de Accokeek.  I wondered about the wisdom of riding in a group of thirteen, but the only bad luck was a trio of slipped chains, two which occured to riders climbing Barry's Hill! 

    Joining the ride leader Shane LaBrake were Kirsten Watts, Calvin Conyers, Jackie Schoch, Valerie Love, Brookey Givens, Michael Butler, Azalia Butler, Ron Leak, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, German Deortube, and guest James Danmark. 

    We chatted with club president Mike Bivens at the start of the ride, although he was there on club business only and was not staying for the ride.  Janell Saunders joined us midway riding the route in reverse.  Azalia Butler has a chain slip at the Food Lion, and both Jim Hudnall and Kirsten Watts had chain slips while climbing Barry's Hill Road. 

    Next week we acknowledge the diminishing daylight and will start the ride at 5:00 pm.  

    Photo album
  • Tue, August 28, 2012 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar
    It was raining when I sent the email that the ride was on, and it was raining on the drive down to Accokeek. I put on and took off my rain jacket twice on the ride down to Bryans Road, but after 3 miles the rain quit for good.

    It was a small group at Bryans Road: Sam Perry, Jan Tucker, Diane Harris, Linda Bankerd, Larry Peed, Tom Short, Lou Dall'Orso and leader Steve Palincsar. Skies were gray when we set out, and on the way up Bumpy Oak we experienced an occasional desultory drizzle - never more than a few drops, and not enough to wet the top of a bicycle computer.

    The sky started clearing as we went down Annapolis Woods and Fire Tower, and by the time we finished with the break at Scott's store on Welcome Rd. the sky was clear and blue: very heartening, because according to the hourly forecast 10:00 was the period of the greatest chance of rain, as much as 50% for one 15 minute interval. But a 50% chance of rain is a coin flip, and it came up heads for us today.

    Our mission today was to check out the facilities at the Nanjemoy Community Center. I've ridden by there dozens of times, of course, but almost always on a weekend, and they're almost never open on a weekend. It's clear the Nanjemoy store really does not want our business, and it's impossible to do a long ride on Riverside to Maryland Point in the summer without a water stop in Nanjemoy. The possibility of an alternate water source in Nanjemoy was enticing.

    And indeed although the Community Center is closed on weekends, there are water outlets on the outside of the building: two garden hose outlets around back, and one over next to the A/C unit to the right of the front door, down close to the ground. The water is potable. Remember that the next time you're out in Nanjemoy and your bottles are running low!

    After our stop at the Community Center, we went right on Poseytown to Bowie, then took Rt 6 to Mason Spring to yet another stop at the Pisgah store. (I'd planned two store stops bracketing the Community Center just in case it wasn't open.) Although it had gone from the mid 70s at 9 to the high 80s, no one was feeling the heat but the group did feel social so we stopped at Pisgah as well.

    The rest of the route was straight back on Mason Spring, Chicamuxen to Hawthorne to Livingston, for a total of 39.3 miles, under bright sunny skies, temperatures just under 90 degrees, and a beautiful day for cycling.

    "Fortune favors the brave," and "if you don't play you can't win": words of wisdom.
  • Sun, August 26, 2012 8:30 AM | Sonja Newman
    Ride Leader: Sonja Newman

    When it rains it pours…My Sentiments Exactly!

    Riding with me were Steve Palincsar and Stan Hayes. Bill Blankenship led a small group of members from the Baltimore Bicycle club.

    Cloudy and warm to start that morning and only minutes prior to reaching the starting destination the sky opened and poured down torrential. There were only a handful of us at the start of the ride but by the time we decided we’ll give it a go (30 minutes past starting time) there were 7-10 not so anxious people ready to ride.

    I don’t typically ride in the rain, but I figured it either wouldn’t rain, or I might hit a patch of rain that wouldn’t last long. So, we headed out of the school parking lot into an overcast morning with threatening clouds but soon the sun would filter through and provide a miniscule window of hope.

    Fifteen miles into our journey along rural roads a light mist fell- an intermittent drop here and there and shortly thereafter downpour.

    My initial response to all the rain was – it’s going to be miserable and I should have gone with my gut feeling from the start and headed home. Yes, it was miserable at first, but then all of a sudden riding in the rain felt relaxing (a stillness).

    When you’re cycling in the rain everything takes a little longer… speed substantially reduced, brakes not stopping quickly as when dry, visibility more of a concern, painted lines very slick, and added road debris, with it’s awful crunchy texture.

    Steve didn’t seem fazed by the weather. In fact, he was prepared…rain gear, reflective rim decals, bright wheels, bright bike as well as reflective mud flaps. (Ok…, a bit of an exaggeration) Lol, But, he did appear to be the only one w/proper rain gear.

    It was Steve who suggested we stop at a local Restaurant just one mile ahead. (Felt like 3 miles). The restaurant was closed but provided the perfect shelter from the rain. While there we were joined by a small group of riders not part of our group but apparently we all started in the same place. (Southern High School) We waited for over 20 minutes with a hope that the rain would just stop. We paused momentarily contemplating whether or not we should wait it out, continue on or turn around.

    All w/the exception of Steve decided to opt for the most direct route back…RT 2.

    On the way back the rain seemed to come in consistent spurts, but it would soon subside to a consistent drizzle. Great wide shoulders, steady traffic but no threat!

    When we pulled into the parking lot the most beautiful rainbow appeared. We’d completed 31 miles!!!

    Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
  • Sat, August 25, 2012 9:00 AM | Deleted user
    Co-Leaders: Jimmy Bartlett, Larry Perkins & Calvin Conyers On a day with rain forecasted above 50% and drizzle already falling at the start, the ride leaders were pleased to be joined by 11 brave souls. Thanks to Pat C., Michelle G., Celeste C., Janell S., Ruth Ann C. Julie Ann K., Fred T., Gary S.,, Reggie S., Bill B., , and Larry P. for coming out. Although we did have sprinkles in our faces for the first 6 miles, soon there after we had dry weather all the way to the finish. The group split into two from the start, with both ending up with fast times. We were probably motivated by the gathering dark clouds and the prospect of more rain before finishing. On days like this you really feel good to have gotten out of the house and enjoyed your bike. Some of the group met at B&Js to sit outside and enjoy food and ice cream, unpertrubed by the rain starting up again. Thanks all for coming.
  • Fri, August 24, 2012 9:00 AM | Jackie Schoch
    What a great day for a morning ride.  It just couldn't be any better than what it was today.
    Jackie Schoch was the leader with Randy Schoch, John Rigonda, Richard Harrington, Valie Love, Brookey Givens, Calvin and Celeste Conyers, Larry Peed and Sam Perry (who caught up with us in White Plains).  It was great seeing everybody especially Calvin arriving about 6 minutes before the start of the ride and he even beat Larry who was running late.  All jokes aside we had a great time.  Randy and I were doing the sweep from behind and we saw the "Breakfast Club" crossing the trail.  In case you have not seen the "Breakfast Club" they are 7 large male turkeys.  We have seen them before, but there have never been any hens around, so it just looks like the "Men" are going for breakfast on a nice morning. There were squirrels, turtles and a deer spotted on the trail.  It was kind of nice that Richard did some errands while he was in White Plains.
  • Thu, August 23, 2012 9:30 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)
    Today's Best of Brandywine route was made up by Mike Saizan, who led the B group while I led a smaller CC group. Mike's route took us to William Beanes Rd and there Dee McChesney told me that William Beanes was part of Francis Scott Key's story.  Beanes was a well-respected doctor (he treated soldiers in the Revolutionary War) living in Upper Marlboro when the British came through in 1814.  They took him into custody, friends of his appealed to a Georgetown lawyer named Francis Scott Key to negotiate his release.  Beanes was being held on a British ship in the Chesapeake Bay, which Key (along with John Skinner) reached and did persuade the British to release Beanes and other prisoners.  However, the British were about to attack Baltimore and held the men while they shelled Fort McHenry during the night of September 13-14.  And we all know the result of Key's witness of that shelling!  Key, Beanes and others who were held were allowed to go when the British retreated and landed in Baltimore on September 16.   

    There were 19 riders in total, 7 of whom signed up for the CC group.  Randy and Jackie Schoch rode off at the beginning to do their own thing.  Loretta Troen and Steve Palincsar eventually rode ahead and Dee McChesney, Jimmy Bartlett and I rode together for most of the ride.  

  • Thu, August 23, 2012 9:30 AM | Sonja Newman

    Bicycle : Man on a bicycle illustration Stock PhotoA group of bicycle enthusiasts: Regina Saizan, Jim McDerron, Losise McDerron, Alan Kurzweil, Larry Peed, Tom Short, Dana Trevas, Linda Bakerd, Paul Bakerd, Sharon Miller, Lau Dallors, R. Harrington, Mike Saizan, Sonja Newman. (I apologize for any misspellings as it was difficult to read some handwritten names)

    What a ride! We’d set out in sunshine, traveled for the first 7 miles at a steady pace as everyone seemed comfortable at the same speed. The route led us through charming quiet sections of Marlton Community, onto William Beanes Rd, and S. Osborne before the first main rest stop.

    After the first rest stop we crossed over 301. We immediately turned right to attack the one SUPER DUPER HILL – TRUMPS HILL!!! (Oxygen deprived) At this point everyone appeared to be alternating between trying to maintain a descent cadence in an appropriate gear while keeping their lungs from exploding followed by spinning out. About halfway up the hill we witnessed a police officer who had apparently pulled over someone. Despite witnessing this in slow motion our efforts were completely focused on conquering the hill and soon the hill no longer posed such a problem!

    Jim, Louise, and Allen opted not to stop at the second rest stop at mile 26.8. Richard took one of the three optional routes from the cue sheet immediately after the second rest stop and two miles after optional rest stop two, Dana and I continued on  and followed N Keys back to the Firehouse.

    The ride was very nice!!!

    Sonja Newman

    Mike Saizan

  • Wed, August 22, 2012 5:30 PM | Deleted user
    Weird weather didn't keep seventeen riders from having a nice summer's evening ride.  We started out under partly cloudy skies and the temperature near 80.  As we made the turn onto Marshall Hall Road at the Food Lion, dark clouds were amassing over the river.  Four miles later sprinkles were hitting us in the face, I saw a lightning bolt come down on the Virginia side, and riders were turning around to head back without taking a rest stop. 

    I stayed at the rest stop for a few minutes with Mike and Azalea Butler, and I watched heavy showers moving eastward across the river (note the Potomac moves from east to west at this point in the river).  We made it to the top of Barry Hill Road with just a few sprinkles here and there, but the roads were wet when we reached the firehouse, and even wetter on the short ride home from the firehouse. 

    Joining ride leader Shane LaBrake were Kirsten Watts, Randy and Jackie Schoch, Jim and Jane Hudnall, Calvin and Celeste Conyers, Michael and Azalia Butler (it's starting to look like couples night!), Jimmy Bartlett, La'Tasha Banks, Sam Carts, Janell Saunders (riding from home), James Denmark, German Deortube, and first time TdA rider Freddy Telleria.  Freddy was initiated to the ride with a flat rear tire around mile four, but he was quickly back on the road with assistance from Jane, Calvin and Shane.

    In spite of the threat of adverse weather, we all seemed in good spirits in the light showers coming down upon the return to the firehouse.
  • Tue, August 21, 2012 9:00 AM | Regina Saizan
    We had a great ride on a great day; the temps were in the mid to upper 70s and there was a slight breeze. Co-leaders Mike and Regina Saizan enjoyed riding with Larry Peed, Steve Palincsar, Walt Roscello, Joan Oppel, Richard Harrington, Lou Dallorso, Jim Hudnall, Tom Short, Stan Hayes, Sonja Newman and Sharon Miller.  Richard road one of his touring bikes and Walt sported his new red recumbent bike.  

    The 37-mile route to White Plains via Berry Rd included the Indian Head Rail Trail and hills on Turkey Hill, Mitchell, Rose Hill and Bumpy Oak Roads.  The majority of the group stayed together throughout the ride. 
  • Mon, August 20, 2012 9:47 AM | Deleted user
    It was a great day for my inaugural ride leader ride.  Participation was great.  I had seventeen riders to sign-up for the ride: Jan Tucker, Darin King, Chuck Coe, Mike Miller, Ron Leak, Robert Golding, Chantal, Bob, Sharon Miller, Cathy Wilson, John k, Claire and George Chiamulera, Michelle Williams, Dana Middleton, John Clark and Michael Blaine.  My goal was to lead a true “A” pace ride.  For the most part, I accomplished my goal.  The group averages were 18.5 to 19.1 AMS at the split and 17.4 to 18.9 AMS at the finish.  There were no major issues – one flat at the start and one flat on Pomfret Road.  All in all – it was a great inaugural ride.  Thanks to all that decided to join me on the ride.

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