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  • Wed, August 29, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: August 29, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Lower 90’s, humid, sunny

    Guest Riders:  Dan Hoefer Antony Carter, Kevin O’Clair

    Member Riders:   Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Douglas Carter, Tyler Hill, Michael Blaine, Charles Sidwell

    Ride Report:

     As per usual the pack stayed together until the hill on Route 6 where some riders dropped back.  Somewhat unusually most of the pack stayed together after the hill.  The lead group was still together following the Budd’s Creek Hill and up Route 301.  The ride leader was dropped on Fairground Road (too much surging of the pace line for me).  So far as I know the remainder of the lead group was together until the end.

    Everyone made it back to the ride start with most riders other than in the lead group straggling in one or two at a time.

    The average speed is for the ride leader; I’m pretty sure the lead pack would have had 22+ MPH.

    It was another enjoyable ride.

  • Wed, August 29, 2018 5:30 PM | Bruce Wright

    Leader:  Bruce Wright

    Members:   Mike Kenyon, Joel Carney, Chuck Coe and Alan Canfield 

    Guests:   Mike Mullinoff 

    Ride Distance: 25 

    Weather: 91 degrees Very Hot  

    AMS:  Leader lead from the rear 17.1MPH

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Joel Carney broke a spoke on rear rim.  

    Report:  Group left with AA rider,   Group stay together till Route 6, Bruce and Joel stopped on Route 6 to check out Joel bike and rest of the group kept going.  Joel turned around and Bruce continued.  The rest of the group rode with AMS of mid 18ths.  Bruce's AMS was 17.1, never caught the rest of the group.  

  • Wed, August 29, 2018 5:30 PM | Michael Dong

    Got your attention?  Just Kidding :)

    Tour de Accokeek, 17mi, CC and up

    Leader and only fool to show up:  Michael Dong

    Ambient temp was not bad at 90f, although I checked the above tarmac temp at 2ft and recorded a toasty 108f on asphalt in the sun, with a humidity index that made the real feel about "toaster oven" or "crab steam" range.


    With nobody to usher, it was a quick workout ride with a 6mph headwind out, and spotty shade coming back. The heat motivated faster riding to get out of it, and an AVG of 19.7mph was not too shabby.


    Take away is: Why didn't people show? Perhaps not prepping for the conditions? Not acclimated to stress the body in heat?

    Tips: Hot day rides, start hydrating in the morning for an afternoon ride. I usually drink 3-4ltrs of H2O over 7-8hrs as a minimum, and move around. For longer expected rides, start hydrating about 24-48hrs in advance, pee clear and pee often...I drink a sports mix, or add salt and sugar to water to prevent hyponatremia (think diluting electrolytes if you just drink water, no bueno for anyone, especially older individuals.) Don't eat anything solid 4-6hrs before the ride, it'll just sit like a brick and upset your tummy (in heat, your body will not prioritize digestion over temperature control and muscle activity.)  **  YOUR RESULTS MAY VARY  **

    Do not take if allergic to water. Complications can include, but are not confined to, irritability, redness/swelling to eyes and groin, headaches, fever, chills, back spasms, epicondylitis, ingrown toenails, heightened desire for heirloom tomatoes, drooling, dry mouth, as well as, ringing in the ears, excessive hair growth in joint areas, and BBQ cravings. Advise your ride leader if you have ANY or ALL of these symptoms. Ride Safe. Cheers! 

  • Tue, August 28, 2018 9:00 AM | Thomas Short

    Leader:  Tom Short

    Members: Sonja Newman, Don Gardner, Chuck Coe, Lou Dall'Orso, Tom Roberts

    Route: La Plata Loops 34 mile route from Bryans Corner Shopping Center to La Plata

    Weather: Hot! Near 80 degrees at ride start and 90+ at ride end but actually did not feel bad as long as we were moving

    AMS: 15.2 mps with 1046 feet of altitude gain per my Garmin. 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Two flatting mishaps.  Don Gardner tire went flat at the base of "The Wall" also known as Mighty Mount Pisgah (on Hawthorne Road near Chicamuxen intersection).  The flat was the result of a broken presta valve insert on Don's tube.  Lou had experience removing disc brake wheels so he assumed the job of replacing the tube.  Steve Palinscar had a frame mounted tire pump which greatly facilitated bringing the tire up to pressure.  Chuck Coe had a mystery flat.  At the ride start his rear tire was flat.  He replaced the tube but could not find the cause of the flat.  At the ride's mid-point rest stop he found that his rear tire had a cut which allowed the tube to protrude.  The cut could not be seen while the tire was flat.  Chuck, with the help of Sonja, put a boot in the tire and we were on our way.

    Report: Very amenable group.  Tom Roberts, Lou Dall'Orso, and Chuck Coe have the conditioning to ride much faster than I can but we all stayed together.

  • Tue, August 28, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Jim Hudnall, Harry Kidd

    Weather: Sunny, hot and humid - perhaps not quite the 100 degrees the car said when we got back to Bryans Road, but certainly 95 and it felt like a lot more.  Still, there was a lot of shade except when there wasn't, we made a breeze and by now we're certainly as heat adapted as we're ever going to get.

    Route: It started out as the CC version of Tom Short's La Plata Loops ride, but the Indian Head 100 is but a few days away and they're doing renovations at St Ignatius and we're going to have to rearrange things at the rest stop, so a personal visit was in order.  We followed the planned route to Causeway, where we turned onto Chapel Point Road.  The renovations at St Ignatius have closed the rest room, so we stopped at Port Tobacco River Park before stopping at the church.   While Jim met with folks from the church, Harry and I roamed around and took some pictures.

    We followed the Century route through La Plata, adding another rest stop at the store at the intersection of MD-6 and Chapel Point Rd before returning to Valley and Hawthorne.  We decided to climb Bumpy Oak rather than Pomfret, and finished with almost 38 miles.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Jim had a flat before we left the parking lot.  We told the B group not to wait up and sent them on, but reaching into what had now become the Neutral Support van, Jim grabbed another wheel with a sound tire and we were off.  We spotted most of the B group on Hawthorne fixing a flat, and Lou Dallorso, who was fixing Don Gardner's flat rear wheel, was happy to replace the mini-pump he was using with my Zefal HPX.

    AMS: 13

  • Mon, August 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Norman Lisy

    Leader: Norm Lisy

    Members: Steve Forman, Christina Campbell, Mark Roland, Ken Williams, Ron Altemus, Jim McDermott, Dan Stoltz

    Guests: 0

    Route: Meanderings around Fort Hunt/Collingwood, Stratford Landing, and Tauxemont area.

    Weather: Humid and high 80's

    AMS: 12.0


    Report:  Easy ride with lots of conversations along the tree shaded streets between Old Town and Mt. Vernon.  30 miles with just under 1,000 feet of climb.  Perfect.


  • Sun, August 26, 2018 1:00 PM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leaders:   Ron Altemus, Regina & Mike Saizan

    Members:   (56) Sue Henn, Monica Irmler, Jan Tucker, Steve Palincsar, Sara Clement, Steve Forman, Dave Van Ameyden, Linda & Paul Bankerd, Sharon & Chuck Miller, Barbara Hoover, Blake & Sharon Altman, Norm Lisy, Yvonne & Michael Dong, Majesta Hartley & daughter Samaria (sp), Loretta Troen, Delane Rouse, Lynne & Wayne Blake Hedges, Eric Carter, Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Rodney Palmer, Pat Walthers, Azalea & Michael Butler, Ken Meredith, Tom Roland, Larry Stirling, Brad Francisco, Walt Roscello, Reginald Stokes, Charles Williams, Holly Carr, La Tasha Banks & son Ian, Dan Donahue, Carl Hattery, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Daryl Stinnett, Belinda Acre, Donaro Gardner, Monique Kineth, Brookey Givens, Sam Perry, Herman Young, Cassie & Michael Arnold, Melissa Newberry, George Martin, and Ron Leak, who was unable to ride but showed up in respect for Calvin.

    Guests:  (3)  Maria Imperati, Israel & Spencer Streeter

    Route:    Calvin's favorite, the one we love, the original, Indian Head Rail Trail from the Village Green to White Plains and return.

    Weather:   temps ranging from 82 - 86 degrees with a hint of humidity, lots of sunshine and southerly breezes.  The time of day and sun angle resulted in large segments of the trail being shady.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none known to your faithful correspondent.

    Report:   What a great turnout to honor the wonderful friend and club member that was Calvin E. Conyers.  62 of us, members and guests, rode the trail he loved.  Lots of memories and stories of riding with Calvin were shared this afternoon. 

    With a group this large, we did spread out and not everyone rode all the way to White Plains.  But all of us did get down the trail 5.77 miles to the OHBTC bench overlooking the pond at Bumpy Oak.  The third slat on that bench will be inscribed in remembrance of our departed Past President, Calvin.  He loved to ride the trail and played no small part in its coming into being.  For those that did make it White Plains, we were greeted by black and gold balloons and signs honoring Calvin courtesy of Daryl's wife Adrienne (thank you, Adrienne). 

  • Sun, August 26, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Steve Forman, Sarah Clement, Dave VanAmayden

    Weather: Sunny, breezy, 70s rising to 90

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28426908   26 miles, roads we ride on Tuesdays all the time: Bumpy Oak to Hawthorne, Ripley and Poorhouse to Pisgah with a rest stop in Pisgah Park; Mason Springs, Pisgah Marbury and Chicamuxen down to Strauss, Blair, Jennifer and Mattingly.   We arrived in plenty of time to meet the crowd gathering at Indian head, and joined the Memorial ride - some riding farther than others.

    I prepared a return route on Chapmans Landing, but nobody took it.  I think we all went back to Bryans Road on Livingston.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: None on the ride, but when I returned to Bryans Road Dave was there in the parking lot with a dead battery.  I had a loaner car (mine's in the shop) and we had some fun figuring out how to get the hood open, but a jump start got him going before the tow truck came.

    AMS: 13.3

  • Sat, August 25, 2018 5:49 PM | Michael Dong

    Leader: Michael Dong

    Member: Jay Lewis

    14.5mph avg for 25.9mi

    Fantastic morning to roll, light traffic on the roads, heavy traffic on the IHRT. Easy tour of the route, chatting and spinning. No pushes or jumps today, just get the legs moving and heart pumping a little with a great ride partner.


  • Sat, August 25, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sherwood Byers, Holly Carr, Linda Baknerd, Patricia Sanders, Pat Walthers, Alan Kurzweil, Debby Bowman, Harry Kidd, Blythe Herrold, Joan Oppel

    Guests: Mark Felsenthal from Potomac Pedalers,  Bridget Zolman and Jim Carlson from Babes & Babe Magnets on Bikes

    Weather: Sunny, breezy, a chilly-feeling 65 at 9 am rising to a very pleasant mid-80s: your basic perfect summer day.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27493106  59 miles, 2530' of elevation gain

    Mishaps & mechanicals: No mechanicals, but Pat Sanders hit a curb while looking back for Pat Walthers and went down, receiving some facial bruises.

    AMS: not quite 12 for the slow group, somewhat faster for the B group

    This ride visited not only the three well-known Frederick County covered bridges, but also many of the historic metal truss bridges listed in the County's Historic Metal Truss Bridges of Frederick County. 

    Utica Covered Bridge

    Stevens Road Bridge

    Blacks Mill Bridge

    Loys Station Covered Bridge

    We had a rest stop at Loys Station Park, and unlike every other ride that visits Loys Station, this route didn't go through the covered bridge (that's the lead group returning from having gone through the bridge only to be told by their GPSs to turn around and come back).

    The route took a side trip to visit the improbable Rocky Ridge Big Slide in Mount Tabor Park. a forty-foot tall wooden slide built in 1950.

    Leaving Mount Tabor Park, we went across the stone LeGore Bridge

    and the Mumma Ford truss bridge

    en route to a rest stop in Emmitsburg.  Along the way, Joan (still feeling an injured knee) and Alan (still recovering from a crash earlier this year) took a short cut, skipping Emmitsburg on a 40 mile route.  

    Leaving Emmitsburg we rode to Mount Saint Mary's College and went through the tunnel under US-15,  stopping outside Thurmont at the Roddy Covered Bridge and visiting the new park and rest room, then

    went into Thurmont, stopping at the High's.  Somewhere along that route Harry discovered the battery on his e-assist LWB recumbent was running low, so he took a direct route back to Utica Park, while the rest of us took an unusual and circuitous route on seldom-used roads back to the park.   In all, a fabulous day on a scenic route enjoyed by all. 

    In retrospect, the bucolic countryside we saw all day shouldn't have been surprising.  The agenda for the day was to visit scenic historic -- old -- bridges:  bridges with limited capacity built back in the nineteenth century that wouldn't serve or long survive on heavily trafficked, high speed roads.  They were built on quiet farm roads that remain quiet farm roads to this day, so even if your interest in historic metal truss bridges per se is quite limited, chances are you'll still enjoy the riding where they are.

    I wasn't the only one taking pictures on the ride.  Harry Kidd shared a flickr photo album with his pictures from the ride

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