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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.









  • Sun, April 01, 2012 9:30 AM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)
    No rain today, just a bunch of clouds. I was joined by Steve Palinscar and Linda Bankerd on the long route to Bethesda, but, had more riders show up for a CC shorter loop. Walt Roscello, Dan and Diane Donahue, Theresa Jackson, and Calvin and Celeste Conyers. Walt took the lead for the CC group and we headed out. We found Polly Choate on the Mt. Vernon Trail on the way to the Jeff. Memorial and when we all met up at the Tidal Basin, we had our photo op. And, what do you know? There were still a few trees in full bloom; must have been a different breed of cherry tree. After leaving the Tidal Basin, the B group took the long loop with a bagel break at Bethesda Bagels. Highly recommended for future rides. We did the Kenwood loop but no blossoms there. On the way back, we skipped the stop at the Zoo and kept going. The sun finally came out as we headed down Rock Creek Parkway. Steve broke off for home at Four Mile Run on the Mt. Vernon trail and Linda and I continued on into Old Town, and found the rest of the group had just arrived at La Madelienes. We had a stop for a snack and Linda headed home while the rest of us continued back to OH. On the bridge, we came across Holly Carr coming back from a visit to friends in Huntington.  A great recovery from the failure last weekend.  Hope next year we can get this right!|
    [Group photo]
  • Sun, April 01, 2012 9:30 AM | Claire Chiamulera

    A crisp Sunday morning with bursting colors of spring all around -– a great morning to ride. John Giglio, Al Manley, Ken Meredith, Blake Altman and Chris Zabriskie joined me on a route from Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville to Port Tobacco and Chapel Point. The wild dogwoods and redbuds lining many roads provided a lift (and a distraction while climbing Rose Hill). We took a break at the midpoint at Murphy’s Store before continuing on to Chapel Point and the climb up to St. Ignatius Church. After a short restroom break at the church, the group rode together back to Oak Ridge, with everyone sharing in the pulling. Al said farewell at the 34 m. mark while the remaining five continued through Newport before returning to the park. The route received a favorable response from the group and Blake deemed it "repeatable", so perhaps I'll give it another whirl sometime.  

  • Sat, March 31, 2012 10:00 AM | Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club (Administrator)

    Despite rain in the forecast we had a great group ready to ride in all conditions. The weather held up and it was an overcast and cool day – perfect for a long bike ride. In addition to our Oxon Hill members Ron, Diane, Carole, Danzie, Bill and Michael, we were able to introduce 4 riders new to the club. They had lots of positive things to say about our club and may join us as members. Despite a mess up copying the cue sheets (I made 2 sets of the 52 mile ride and none of the 47 mile ride), we had a great ride.

    Submitted by Nancy Avitabile and Richard Edelman

  • Fri, March 30, 2012 1:00 PM | Jackie Schoch
    Leader was Jackie Schoch and Riders were Randy Schoch, John Riconda, Larry Peed, Jimmy Bartlett, Jeff Ashly (Guest), Matt Huch (Guest) Calvin and Celeste Conyers.  Well Mother Nature was playing with us again.  I didn't see any rain in the forecast but it was just a drop here and there when we started.  Before we got to the trail my regulars who has gotten very wet in the past were bailing out.  Randy and I caught up with our 2 new guest from Andrews and told them what happen with everybody else.  I told them since we have done this before with the rain we were turning back.  They decided to go on since this was the first time for one of them.  I hope they read this and will get back in touch with me to tell me how far they went.  Hopefully they will come on another Friday.
  • Thu, March 29, 2012 4:40 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    "Seasonal" weather returned, bringing sunny skies, temperatures in the 60s, March winds somewhere between "breezy" and "$#@!*&" depending on which direction we were riding, with tree pollen at record levels. In other words, a beautiful late March day!

    In the group were Larry Peed, Patricia Sanders, Richard Harrington, Grant Bagley, Jay Lewis, Mike Bivens, Jeff Brady, Jim McDermott, Sharon Miller, Alan Kurzweil, Dave VanAmayden, Ken Meredith, Ken Williams, Sam Perry, Erica Kane and guest Matthew Huch, while John Early made a cameo appearance as his route doing errands overlapped with ours on Surratts and Thrift roads.

    The route today was another variation on Surratts backwards to Cosca Park: down North Keys and Martin, up Van Brady, across 301 and Surratts across Rt 5 (where Jay headed back, on the Rt 5 shoulder) to Brandywine and Thrift (where Dave VanAmayden experienced his flat tire and his flat replacement tube) to a rest stop at Cosca Park.

    After the rest stop the route went down Thrift Hill (into a head wind that reduced the speed of the descent by at least 10 mph!) to Floral Park and Danville, where a car fire brought a fire truck and an ambulance blocked traffic for a while; up Danville hill (a genuine hill, that one) to Accokeek and McKendree to a second rest stop at the WaWa.

    From there it was a flat, fast trip along Cedarville with the wind at our backs, and a brutal slog into the wind heading back on Brandywine, relieved only by diversions along Gibbons Church, North Keys, Old Indian Head and Tower that cut sideways across the wind.

    Averages don't mean much on a ride where you spend a quarter hour waiting for rider with a flat tire and another stuck in a line of traffic waiting for the Fire Department to open up the road, but a B or better was maintained by all.

  • Tue, March 27, 2012 8:45 PM | Ronald Leak
    I was joined by guests Dan Hoefert and Ray Salvagini along with Ken Meredith on a route that went from Theodore Green to 301 to Demarr to St. Charles Pkwy to Washington Ave to Hawthorne to get on the trail.  Now with all the nice 70 degree days we have been having, it would have to be a slightly below average 55 at the start of the ride.  This was a shorts and long sleeve jersey or arm warmer day.  Very good ride.  This was Ray's first group ride.  Hes showed up in the parking lot, and we asked if he wanted to ride, and low and behold he came on with us.  He said it was better than talking to himself on a ride.
  • Tue, March 27, 2012 6:10 PM | Stephen Palincsar
    After 86 degrees and sunny on Friday, today's wintery 36 degrees when I left Accokeek to ride down to Bryans Road, and the 40 degrees when the ride left, were a bit of a shock.  Shorts and short sleeve jerseys, developing tan lines, and next thing you know, it's back to booties, balaclavas, long sleeve wool and fleece-lined tights! 

    We might not have had much of a Polar Bear winter, but today was definitely a Polar Bear day.  And none were there but the hard-core polar bears: Mike Bivens, Linda Bankerd, Sharon Miller, Darryl Lowery, Richard Harrington, Grant Bagley, Randy Schoch and leader Steve Palincsar.

    We'd done this route once before, on Feb 7 -- to warmer temperatures, sunny skies and strong winds.  Today we had the sunny skies and strong winds too, but not the warmer temperatures and, for some reason, not the spectacular lighting.   Bottom line: a winter ride with pollen.   Last one in by a long distance (there's something about being amply endowed with frontal area on a windy day to really slow you down at times), 14.1 mph average.

  • Sun, March 25, 2012 10:00 AM | Linda Bankerd
    The title "No Deale" turned out to be especially appropriate. It was cloudy, misting, cool and somewhat unpleasant. No one showed up, except for Paul, Obie (our grandson) and myself. Paul opted to go back to the house and visit with the other grand kids. Obie wanted to go so we did. We did need the rain jackets, our glasses were hard to see through, and I made a wrong turn, adding  a few extra miles. Ice cream and Crackerjax at the convenience store fueled us for the last 10 miles. Obie wants to go again.
  • Fri, March 23, 2012 1:00 PM | John Gorman
    Today's ride included members: Diane Gorman, John Riconda, Walter Carr, Larry Peed, Walter Measday, and ride leader John Gorman. Summer came early on the 2nd day of spring with near 80 degree at the 1pm start, but w/ nice bay breezes. (Today was the 1st time we saw each other's arms/legs since fall...lol) The ride started from over the Bay Bridge taking exit 41, departing  from the Chesapeake Exploration Center. From here you enter onto the Cross Island (hiker/biker) Trail heading west to Romancoke (RT 8). Well the ride leader mistook the cuesheet directions @ mile 5, sending us north for a side spur of about 5 more miles in the direction of Love Point, well after a few miles we turned around and headed back to pickup the published route, eventually we were back on track. From here you travel about 8 miles before turning right into Matapeake Park and getting onto the South (hiker/biker) Island Trail (offering much tree covering). After traveling to mile marker 14 we took an 8-mile spur to the end of the island @ Bloody Point. After retracing our route, we continued south east into the bay at the Romancoke Fishing Pier.  From here we retraced our route and finished the day's ride without any mechanical or other concerns. This ride probably should be modified to ride on the actual road/shoulders down RT 8 vs using the South Island Trail for a more efficient / direct riding experience. (next time!) Afterwards we gathered for dinner at a  local favorite casual waterfront restaurant (Kentmorr). 
  • Fri, March 23, 2012 1:00 PM | Randy Schoch
    Ride leader Randy Schoch was joined by Jimmy Bartlett, Rudy Elly, Steve Palincsar, Pres. Mike Bivens, Catherine Kitchell, Jim & Jane Hudnall, and Bob Moye for the warmest (80*) and one of the most pleasant days yet this year.  Sadly, Jackie was feeling poorly and wasn't able to join us today.  We had a great ride at a good pace with the leader bringing up the rear.  Lots of frogs, geese, ducks, hawks, cows, herons, and other wild life to keep us amused.  We saw Walt Chalmers on the trail along with a goodly number of other bikers, hikers, strollers, joggers, etc. getting some exercise before the foul weather moved into our area for the weekend.  Jackie drove down to join Jim, Jane and me for an early dinner at CaloJero's Deli after the ride.

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