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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: 
 


  • 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.
  • Mon, February 17, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    At the Washington Sailing Marina

    Ride leader:  Steve Palincsar

    Members:  Barbara Wilson, Ron Altemus, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Gil Dutchover, Kirk Fedder, Linda Blackman, Marc Blackman, Sue Gunter, and joining us at Gravelly Point, Sarah Clement

    Weather: Incredible. Astonishing.  Sunny, Breezy, chilly at the start (40s, as predicted) but getting warmer and warmer as the day wore on, until by mid-afternoon it felt as though it was in the mid-60s. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/9992300  25 miles, more or less: a bit less due to the Eagles detour in the Arboretum, a bit more for those who rode to the ride start.  We added a stop at Lincoln Park to the many already planned, and skipped a stop at Eastern Market (closed on Mondays).

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 9. something

    It felt windy on the way to the Sailing Marina.  Out of the wind I thought I was over-dressed, but the wind made bundling a necessity.  It might have been only 5 mph, but riding directly into it made it seem stronger.  Dodging root heaves and runners we made our way to the District, through the Mall, around an empty and nearly-deserted Capitol Reflecting Pool, heading east on D and north on 6th - on new protected bike lanes until we came upon the workmen building the protecting barriers blocking the bike lane with their truck - to Union Market, teeming with people and alive with a festive air at noon.  Several in the group had never been there before, and all enjoyed it.

    Riding through Gallaudet and northeast on West Virginia Ave we entered the Arboretum to discover Azalea Drive is closed to all but pedestrians.  It's eagle nesting time and they don't want them disturbed.  (No worries; if you really want to see eagles, come riding on Woodburn Hill Road in the Amish area in St Marys.)  Before leaving Arbor House to tour the grounds I warned the group about the road signage in the Arboretum (often hard to see, harder to read and better placed for confirmation than direction) especially about Conifer Road that people always miss, and sure enough once we successfully climbed Hickey Hill (almost half the elevation gain on this ride is in the Arboretum, most of it on Hickey Hill and up to the Columns) people missed Conifer.  A bit farther on almost everyone missed the road up to the Capitol Columns, but a timely hallooo  brought them back before they found themselves exiting the Arboretum onto New York Ave.

    At the Capitol Columns

    We stopped for a few minutes at the Bonsai Museum even though it was closed (no doubt for the holiday). 

    Closed for the holiday at the Bonsai Museum

    To make up for the lost touring opportunity, we decided to visit Lincoln Park instead of skirting around it on our way back,

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    Lincoln Park

    and since we'd spent so much time already decided to skip the stop at Eastern Market, which is closed on Mondays. 

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday!

    Jim posted a photo album of the ride on the club's Facebook page.

  • Sun, February 16, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    End of the road at Pig Point

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Fred Robbins, Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Ken Williams, Jim McGhee, Tracie C, Debby Bowman

    Guests: D. Reese, Danzie S.

    Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy, 41-50 degrees, winds 3-5 mph

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31909973   38 miles, 1400' elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none unless you count Tracie's can't-click-out-in-time tumble-over at the end of Wrighton, but we've always agreed we don't count those unless something bad happens  and nothing did, so...

    AMS: 11.4

    It felt chillier than 40 when we began, but the rollers on Southern Maryland Boulevard warmed us up by the time we got to the turn onto Greenock.  Brooks Woods took us to Bay Front, and after a half mile we turned onto Rt 2.  Before long we turned off onto Old Ridge Path Lane (one of the lovely old roads that parallel Rt 2 and might at one time have actually been the old highway) and then Nutwell.  Nutwell is a lovely back road, one that always makes me think "If only it was a hundred miles long!"   A long downhill in this direction, a sharp uphill at the intersection and we head north on Nutwell Sudley then turn right on Sudley.

    We've been on relatively unfamiliar roads until now, but with the turn on Sudley we're on the main route to Deale.  A turn onto Muddy Creek and the next onto Swamp Circle, and we're at Bay Front.  Around the circle and we stop at Highs.

    It's been pleasant until now, but as we get close to the Bay it gets colder and the skies cloud over.  Debby's feeling cold and decides to skip the exploration of Deale Beach and Masons Beach.  Passing those up will put her onto the climb on Deale Road in less than a mile, and I'm sure she'll warm up quickly enough.  The rest of us pootle around through 1920s era beach front vacation communities with narrow streets, water views and charming old houses.

    As we're climbing Deale Rd and heading down the curves on Franklin Gibson back to Bay Front the skies clear and the sun comes out.  The next six miles on Bay Front seem to me to be the most tiring part of the ride.  The total elevation is only 360' and the maximum grade is only 3.5%, but it's one long gradual climb after another, up and down all the way to Lothian, and by the time we get there I'm definitely ready for the break. 

    It's the 30 mile point, and if anyone wants a short cut this is the place.  It's two miles straight back on 794, or you can head straight to Wrighton on 258, but nobody's interested in a short cut, so we turn head up to Wrighton and turn left on Southern Maryland Blvd. 

    We've been the opposite way this winter, but this is the first time we're heading south on Southern Maryland Boulevard in forever, and when we turn on Upper Pindell it's the first time ever that I can recall.  Upper Pindell is nice, easier than although not as beautiful as Lower Pindell.  We turn on Pindell and then -- for the first time ever -- turn left on Wrighton and take it down to the end of the road.  We really can't see Pig Point but you can see the Patuxent in the distance, although you can't see the shore or get close to it without going on private property, and so after stopping to admire the view we turn around.

    At the end of Wrighton Rd, looking left

    On the way down Wrighton we passed Blue Shirt Rd, the entrance road to the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.  As we're retracing on Wrighton I see Ron turn on Blue Shirt Rd heading into the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, and then there's Debby coming towards us.  The climb on Deale Rd and the sun coming out (plus getting away from the damp air by the Bay) have perked her up, and she's been adding miles exploring Lower Pindell and Mallard Lane.  We've passed Mallard a million times, but this is the first time anyone's explored it.

    We finish on Plummer Lane and the MD-4 Service Road and learn from Ron that Blue Shirt is hard packed gravel and the park is closed on Sundays, won't open until Wednesday morning.

    It's been an interesting ride and fun exploring new areas, and a mild day on a winter ride's a great time to be doing it.

  • Fri, February 14, 2020 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Kirk Fedder, Esther Steward, Donaro Gardner

    Route:   the Friday winter standard - Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:   temps in the upper 30s (maybe hitting 40!), intermittent gusty winds from the NW, lots of sunshine

    AMS:  a tad over 12

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none though Donaro was concerned that his rear tire had a slow leak but he added air at White Plains and had no problems on our return.

    Report:  the temps actually ended up several degrees warmer than expected so it really didn't qualify as polar bear cycling.  We didn't see any other cyclists riding, though.  There were a number of walkers, the majority ot the White Plains end.  And no wildlife sightings, either.  Outbound, Esther took off, though always in sight ahead, and the remaining three of us traveled together with lots of conversation.  We returned as a group, shifting pairs again with plenty of discourse.   

  • Sun, February 09, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ken Meredith, Ron Altemus, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Karen McMillan, Debby Bowman

    Weather: Sunny, clear skies, a surprisingly chilly-feeling low 40s at the start rising to the low 50s, and what felt like a good bit more than the "slight" winds predicted.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31891307  34 mi, 1142' elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.8

    We leave Northern Senior Center onto a virtually empty Three Notch Trail, turning right on MD-6 as we almost never do, riding on a shoulder we can see, thanks to steel tire tracks, a horse-hoof channel beaten into the pavement and occasional mounds of horse exhaust is used by Amish buggy traffic, past farms and barns well set back from the roadway  we never really noticed before, turning off the highway onto Roundhill for almost a mile, to emerge back onto 6 just before the turn onto Dubois.

    Janell and I have been here on Monday, going in the opposite direction, but everything looks different this way - especially the 35 mph descent that is now a 120' climb up from Trinity Church Run.  We turn left on Meredith and left again on Trinity Church, going a mile and a half before turning left again onto Ryceville. 

    We're into Amish country here, and the names along side the road reflect that.  It's close to noon, and church services must be over, because for the next 30 or 40 minutes we see a succession of Amish buggies one after the other heading towards us.

    A short stop at the Amish schoolhouse at Brookline Rd while I visit the rest room and Janell photographs a sleeping cow, and we turn left on North Ryceville.   More buggies, more farms and a well-defined horse-hoof channel.  It's much better than it was two years ago - before the road was repaved it was a long, narrow pothole that went on for miles - but it didn't take long for iron-shod hooves to make their mark and we carefully steer clear the depression. 

    A quick stretch on Thompson Corner Rd takes us to Lockes Crossing.  Past a large Amish farm, around the curve, down the hill, a right across Chaptico Creek and up a short, steep 60' rise at a 9.7% grade, a 40' plunge and a climb right back up as we cross another branch of the creek, and we're at Old Village Rd and Mechanicsville Elementary School. 

    We're considering this as a starting point for the May Metric, so we check out the parking lot and confirm that there's ample parking for the event with a portolet on the Three Notch Trail just at the entrance to the school.  Moving the May Metric here would get us away from the Brandywine Rd / Branch Ave intersection, would give us an all-class ride in St Marys County for the first time in many years, and would provide a scenic trail ride that would be part of the longer routes.

    The Three Notch Trail takes us to Mechanicsville Road, where we wave on a dozen cars (confusing them no end) before we turn right.  We don't often ride on Mechanicsville (even though there's a wide shoulder) and virtually never in this direction.

    We can see a few farms by the side of the road, and I noticed on the map if we turn right on Cox Drive there's a network of roads off to the right though the hills that appear to connect: Asher, Tin Top School, Yowaiski Mill.  Although they're only a couple of miles from the Amish farms on Woodburn Hill the roads don't connect and the satellite images show what looks like a housing development rather than farms, but there's no time to explore today.  Perhaps later this year we'll check it out.

    In five miles, we're at Chaptico.  After a short break, the faster folk take off leaving Ron, Debby and me to finish on our own.  On Baptist Church I can hear Ron and Debby talking about performers giving concerts in the local area in the next few months, and in a few minutes we've turned left onto the Three Notch Trail heading back to Northern Senior Center.

  • Sat, February 08, 2020 5:12 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Tom Short, Ron Altemus, Sue Gunter and Lou Dallorso

    Weather: sunny, 41-46 degrees, 5-7 mph winds.  A brisk but pleasant day for a winter ride.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31872399  38 miles (with a 33 mile shortcut that nobody took, and a 44 mile "NoHy Potenuse" long-cut that Alan and Patricia dreamed up on their own)

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.6 at the back, probably 14+ at the front

    Jim posted photos on Facebook.


  • Mon, February 03, 2020 1:30 PM | Dan Donahue (Administrator)

    Leader:      Dan Donahue
    Members:  Diana Donahue
    Guests:      Lynn Burton
    Route:        Three Notch Trail north from Northern Senior Center
    Weather:    Low 60’s, sunny and mild
    AMS:          10 mph
    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Ride Class:                   D

    Report:      This was a last minute idea for a ride to take advantage of Southern Maryland’s non-winter.  Lynn Burton and I rode the tandem recumbent trike, with the intent of working out any bugs before the tandem will be used to assist riders who generally are not riding bikes due to age, illness, injury, or other conditions.  Diana rode her road bike and did an extra loop at the northern end of the trail.   The next step will be to check with the Veterans’ Home to seek stokers when the weather is consistently warmer.


  • Mon, February 03, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders, Alan Kurzweil

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31850399  34 miles, 1170' elevation gain  An exceptionally scenic ride through Amish farm country in St Marys and Charles Counties.

    Weather: Partly cloudy, 50s at the start rising to the mid-60s - a lovely very very early spring day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, everything went swimmingly.

    AMS: 11.9

    You can't beat sunny and the low 60s in early February, and it was lovely

    out there in the sunshine.  It was washing day in the Amish lands, and we passed the Amish school on Woodburn Hill during recess.  There appeared to be a number of lively games in progress, the kids having a great time. 

    We saw farm animals galore: horses, cows including one napping on Ryceville, llamas, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, one orange tabby cat, bald eagles, vultures and a variety of Miscellaneous birds.

    And, chickens!!  Chickens are important because at the end of the road is a large sign for Woodburn Hill Farm making it clear that there are Sin Pollos -- i.e., "No Chickens."

  • Sun, February 02, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    It was meant to be a ride to the South County Cafe in Deale.  Janell Saunders, Tom Short, Pat Walthers and Karen McMillan came, but the partly cloudy skies initially forecast steadily became grayer and more overcast, and as we were getting ready to ride it began to rain, so we canceled the ride.

  • Sun, February 02, 2020 10:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: February 2, 2020         

    Ride Name: White Marsh-Sotterly

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  17.5 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/A

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Mid 40’s overcast then lower 40’s rain then lower 50’s sunny

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    It was really foggy before the ride start but that mostly cleared. We left under overcast skies with wet roads from the rain during the night. We were anticipating the promised sunny weather.

    About 10 miles from the rest stop it started to rain. It started as sprinkles but soon it was raining pretty steadily; by the time we reached the rest stop we were fairly wet and we were definitely cold. After we took a break the rain had mostly stopped.

    As we completed the ride it gradually cleared and it was sunny and warm(ish) by the end.

    Our average didn’t make it into AA territory but that was hardly unexpected given the time of year and how much I have been riding. In addition, the weather wasn’t really great for fast riding.

    All-in-all it was a mixed ride due to the weather. I was glad to have gotten in the miles but I’m not so sure that Brad enjoyed it.

    Thank you for joining me Brad!

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