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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.









  • Fri, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie & Randy Schoch

    Members - Ron Altemus, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Robin Garnett, Donaro Gardner, and Esther Steward.

    Guests - Alec & Gene Villiva, and Darryl Gantt

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Cold and breezy

    AMS - Varied as per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None

    Report - A very good turnout of riders considering the temp. in the low 40's and the day after Thanksgiving. Not many trail users other than us. A few walkers and one other bike rider. We all kept spinning to the White Plains rest stop in order to keep warm. After a short break, we were anxious to get back riding so we didn't get cold muscles. For lunch, eight of us went to the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road. Lunch was great as usual. See you all in two weeks. Next week is Ron Haney's Commitment Service in Arlington Cemetery.  

  • Tue, November 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Tom Short, Alan Kurzweil, Bob Howell, Larry Peed, Ron Altemus, Pat Walthers, Karen McMillan, Jane and Jim Hudnall.  Lou Dallorso was also present but didn't sign in.

    Guests: Eugene and Alberto (at least, I think that's what they wrote)

    Weather: Sunny, clear skies.  Dark Sky forecast 49 at the start rising to around 62 in the early afternoon, and that was spot on.  Dark Sky also said 3-5 mph wind and that I think was off.  I think we were closer to 10 mph than 5 today. but thanks to the warm-feeling sun the breeze was pleasant.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31513054  39 mi, 1367' elevation gain.  Much of today's ride was centered on the Mattawoman Creek.  We took the Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston to Indian Head and down Mattingly to the shore on the north side of the Creek, then waltzed up Strauss back to the IHRT and followed the Creek up to Bumpy Oak.  We stopped for an unscheduled break at Ollie's before heading over to the south side of Mattawoman Creek at Sweden Point in Smallwood Park.  We saw Jim and Jane exiting the park as we were entering it, but after the first mile that was our only sighting of the faster group.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none I'm aware of

    AMS: 11.6 at the back

    Ron thought riffing on today's ride naming might be fun; some the possibilities that emerged were "Intoxicated in Brandywine" (to visit the wineries) "TB or Not TB" (unfortunately not currently doable thanks to the road construction at TB) "Over the Hills to the Poorhouse" (a Pisgah ride) and "Waltzing Up Strauss" (near Indian Head). 

    Everything looked exceptionally beautiful today.  It was a scenic route, but the light was magical, making even the mundane look special, and it was a lovely day, for which we were duly thankful.

    Jim took photos, which are posted on Facebook.

  • Sat, November 23, 2019 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    A John Deere Moment on Dr Johnson Road

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Wayne Hunt, Larry Peed, Ken Meredith, Jay Lewis, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Debby Bowman, Ron Altemus

    Weather: 42 and partly cloudy at the start, rising to the low 50s as it briefly cleared before the cloud cover became more dense and the temperature fell to the mid-40s.  We beat the start of the rain by about an hour.

    Route: the plan https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31504866 was to take MD-6 to Flora Corner, then cross over MD-5 and take Old Village down to the WaWa at the intersection of 5 and 235. 

    Late last night I got an email from Bob Howell letting me know MD-6 had been milled for around 6 miles of our route.   It was too late to change the route and cue sheet, but the workaround was obvious: stay on the Three Notch Trail to Lockes Crossing, switch over to Old Village, getting back on course and silencing the complaints from the GPSs once past Old Flora Corner. 

    There seems to be some doubt as to whether they'll be able to finish the work before winter sets in and shuts down road paving.  It would be a shame to have to live with a milled road until spring!

    Mishaps and mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.6 at the back

    Jim took several photos, which are posted on Facebook.

  • Thu, November 21, 2019 4:48 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus and Pat Walthers

    Route:   Sam's route to Hughesville, using Rt 381 to the loop over to Dr Bowen, back to 381 and then Prince Frederick Rd to Hughesville. Return on the standard Burnt Store, Oliver Shop etc. 

    Weather:  Mid 50's, mix of clouds and some sun

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none 

    Report:  The CC's decided to be their own impromptu group and waved off the faster riders. We stayed together and enjoyed the new to us section of 381 past Eagle Harbor and onto 231. Wide shoulders on those sections of 381 and 231 with busier traffic on 231. We made a brief stop at Moreland store to use the new bathroom. It was a very pleasant day to be riding and an enjoyable route: thanks, Sam!

  • Thu, November 21, 2019 10:00 AM | Samuel Perry

    NK 38 DR Bowen, Hughesville and Baden

    Ride Leader: Sam Perry

    Riders: Linda Bankerd, Jay Lewis, Ken Meridith, Lisha Peacock, Ron Altemus, Bob Howell, Alan Kurzweil, and Lou (didnot sign in)

    CC riders showed up and said they would keep together ( Ron Altemus, Joan Opel and Pat).

    Temps today were good for November, mid Forties at start and mid Fifties at the end. 

    Today's route was a variation on the number of rides that we have in the library for destination Hughesville.  This version has the up and down of Doctor Bowen Rd, and the hill on Route 381, for those who didn't believe it had one.  

    After the Rest Stop in Hughesvile @Sunoco, the route has more of the familiar streets working our way back to Brandywine. 

    Jay Lewis announced that he was taking a shortcut back to North Keys after the Rest Stop.

    We left Hughesville shortly after the CC group arrived.  Our group stayed together for the majority of the route.  AVS up front, 15.6 - 16.  

    Ride Leader swept the rear with an AVS of 15.6.  Thanks to all who came out.  

  • Tue, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader: Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  Cindy Anderson, Lou Dall'Orso, Elizabeth Niles, Andy Schuller

    Route: Figure-eight shaped course to Chapel Point park and back, the 'easy way'. 38.1 miles, 1540 feet elevation gain. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31471306

    Weather: Mix of sun and clouds. 48-52 degrees. Breezy and damp at times, warmish at others.

    AMS:  16.6 mph

    Report:  An enjoyable fall ride for the five A riders, and hopefully as well for the many B's and CC's who came out. The unexpected wind made us work together and slowed us down a bit.  We stayed together for the most part and finished strongly, but cut a half mile by returning on Livingston Road rather than on Rte 210. Thanks to Ron Altemus for the excellent route, and to everyone who came out.
  • Tue, November 19, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Larry Peed, Patricia Sanders, Bob Howell, Steve Palincsar, Tom Short, Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Sam Perry, Joan Oppel, Donaro Gardner

    Route:   BR 39 St Ignatius cw  38.8 miles, 1538' elevation change.  Pomfret, Marshall Corner, Hawthorne, Quailwood and MD-6 to a rest stop at the Dash-in. Second leg traversed Glen Albin, Springhill Newtown, Bel Alton Newtown, and the desired Chapel Point Rd. Final leg via Rose Hill, Hawthorne, and MD-210.

    Weather:  Mostly sunny, temps ranging from the mid 40s to mid 50s.  Pete' description is best "Breezy and damp at times, warmish at others."

    AMS:  mid 12s at the rear

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none reported or aware of

    Report: The "friends" took off at a friends pace and disappeared from sight before the CC'ers core contingent reached Pomfret.  We saw most of them at the La Plata rest stop before they took off again.  Jim and Jay slowed their pace a bit and rode in sight of Joan and your faithful correspondent for the remainder of the ride; Steve shortened his route by turning right on Springhill Newtown and using Locust Grove to Chapel Point Rd.  Traversing Chapel Point Rd going north/west is rare and we were afforded some nice views of the Port Tobacco River and the marina.

  • Fri, November 15, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Donaro Gardner, Vicki Garlock, Esther Steward, Robin Garnett, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Route:  the Friday special - Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingston Road parking lot to White Plains and return.

    Weather:  a bit warmer than the previous two days with temps ranging from the mid 40s to low 50s with slight breezes out of the north and mostly sunny skies

    AMS:  upper 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  good day for a ride on the IHRT, though we saw only one other rider and very few walkers/joggers.  Not much in the way of wildlife, either - the usual kamikaze squirrels and a large hawk or immature bald eagle (too far away to correctly identify) at the Bumpy Oak pond. 

  • Fri, November 15, 2019 7:58 AM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Ride Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Date: November 14, 2019     

    Ride Name: Best of Brandywine 

    Ride Distance: 32 Miles

    Ride Class:  CC and friends

    Mechanicals & Mishaps: None

    Weather: Temperature at ride start = 34, end of ride = 39

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Larry Peed

    Ride Report: Temperatures were "a little" lower than expected at ride start but our cheerful group took off and pretty quickly warmed up. The route was pretty, our rest stop was at the picnic tables at Merkle (no one in the building to let us in) and the last third of the ride had all the hills - 32 miles, 1500 feet of climbing. And it seems that everyone was dressed properly and got warmed up with the exertion of riding, because at the end, all were glad we got to do a ride.

  • Mon, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM | Sue D Gunter

    Leader:  Sue Gunter - I co-led the ride with Debby Bowman.

    Members:  Steve Palincsar, Karen McMillan, Linda Bankerd, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Fred Robbins, and Larry Peed

    Guests:   Ray Hasting

    Route:  The route was great.  Started and ended at Laurel Grove Park.  Roads were smooth and not a lot of traffic.  

    Weather:  Mild.  The last relatively warm day for a while.  

    We had no difficulties on the ride.  We had a couple of deer cross in front of us but at a safe distance.  I led from the front and Debby swept.  My group stayed together.  All finished the ride with no problems.  Jim took some photos that are posted on the club Facebook page.  

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