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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.









  • Tue, April 30, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Patricia Sanders, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Karen McMillan, Pat Walthers, Karen Morgan, Joan Oppel

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26784172  39 miles, 1,433' elevation change.   Outbound on Livingston, Chicamuxen, and MD-6 to a rest stop at the Nanjemoy Community Center. Return via Poseytown, Bowie, Baptist Church, Ironsides, Mason Springs, and MD-210. 

    Weather:   getting warmer - mid 60s start to upper 70s at the end w/sunshine through a high haze indicative of the humidity working its way in...

    AMS:   swept at 12.8

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:   Correcting Tom, your faithful correspondent did not devise this route.  Joan last led it the end of 2018 so she either originated the route or perhaps Steve Palincsar did or even further back it was first laid out.   All the same, it is always fun to ride down to Nanjemoy.  The CC group was spread out down to the community center; for the most part, we were in visual contact on the return, while Jackie and Randy deviated a bit, including a rest stop at Pisgah store.  Nice to have Karen Morgan riding with us again; also nice that Karen McMillan is becoming a Tuesday regular, though as Tom noted, she rode quite a bit with the B group.  As always, a most delightful group of conversational cyclists.

    Item of note:  Coming down Bowie to make a left onto Baptist Church, we were confronted by a large sign announcing "Nanjemoy County Store & Bar opening soon" with a right arrow indicating 3 miles.  We'll have to cycle past in the near future to see if it is indeed open/operational as it would be nice to have another rest stop possibility down there in SW Charles County.

  • Sun, April 28, 2019 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: April 28, 2019   

    Ride Name: Mill Hill Loop

    Ride Distance: 38 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.0 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Upper 50’s to 60’s, overcast, some rain

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Sue Estes

    Ride Report:

    This was a late posted ride so I was glad when Sue emailed me that she was planning to come.  It turned-out that she was the only other rider but I always say a ride with more than the ride leader is a successful ride.

    We obviously rode together throughout the ride. Sue keep apologizing for slowing me down but this wasn’t the case; today was one of those days I needed someone to keep me from being lazy.  We both had ridden long rides in the wind the day before so perhaps we needed to egg each other on.

    It started to sprinkle at the bottom of our loop to the south – I guess that was the 20% chance of rain the forecast was talking about.  The roads started to get wet but then it gradually stopped so the rain wasn’t any big deal.

    Sue pushed us to pick-up the pace on 301 north since her computer showed us below an AA pace.  She was somewhat sad that we didn’t make the cut until I told her that I had an 18.0 average.  Her computer must really read low because I know from experience that my computer is almost always the lowest of any in a group.  So her efforts were not in vain – we made the bottom of the AA/3 range which was exactly what I was looking for.

    Thanks for joining me Sue; I really needed the extra push!

  • Sat, April 27, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   none

    Route:   Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) from Rte 605 west to US-301 in Dalhgren and return.  The trail is about 16 miles long one way.

    Weather:   Sunshine, temps rising from the low 60s to low 70s, gusty breeze out of the west though not really felt on the trailbed.

    AMS:  approx 9 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  one fall in deep sand

    Report:   the DRHT is a bit farther than our regular riding area so I wasn't surprised that no one showed up.  Perhaps a good thing, since I hadn't ridden the trail in a couple of years and had advertised that hybrids with 32mm tires should be fine.  Not!  The trail is really lovely - a veritable tunnel of green through the rural countryside of King George County.   However, it is still privately owned by the Friends of the DRHT so the trail surface conditions vary greatly.  There are long stretches of hard packed dirt and gravel, but also long stretches of a single track through grass, some sections of gravel that isn't packed down firmly, and one "detour" that is susceptible to flooding with any rain (as it did the night before my ride).  Still, it is fun to ride but I would strongly recommend hybrids with at least 38mm tires and preferably, a mountain bike with 2" or greater tires.

    Even on a weekend, there were very few other users.  Two riders had come up from Richmond and we passed on the trail.  Otherwise, 7 other walkers were all I saw for the 32 mile ride.

    The Friends of the DRHT do require a permit to use the trail, which are free except for the price of a stamp to request one and a second stamp for the envelope to have them mail you the permit.  More information about the trail can be found on the Friends page:  http://www.friendsdrht.org/DRHT_TrailInfo.htm

    Since the trail is so nicely shaded, perhaps I'll post a ride again during the hotter months of summer.

  • Thu, April 25, 2019 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Linda Bankerd, Tom Roberts, Roscoe Williamson

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26576762  31.2 miles 1,316' elevation change.  Outbound on Old Indian Head, Cherry Tree Crossing, Van Brady, Nottingham, and Fenno to a rest stop at Merkle. Return via Tanyard, Bald Eagle, Baden Westwood/Baden Naylor, Molly Berry, and North Keys.

    Weather:   a few drops of rain driving to North Keys and then it stopped as we assembled.  It remained overcast except for a peek of sunshine on Tanyard.  Temps ranged from the mid 60s to low 70s with air moving out of the east.

    AMS:  swept at 13 mph.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:  The CC contingent consisted of Roscoe and your faithful correspondent and we rode together the entire route.  We met up with the "friends" at Merkle where they were in deep discussions.  After a short break, Roscoe and I continued on, fully expecting our friends to pass us/beat us back to North Keys.  Evidently they fell into true CC mode (conversational cycling) as they arrived back at the start a few minutes after we finished.  Not a bad route today - very little vehicular traffic, even on Croom Road.  Turned out to be a good day for bicycling, but then, they all are when you are out riding.

  • Wed, April 24, 2019 9:32 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro Gardner

    Members: Lou Dallorso and Troy Eddy

    Guests: None

    Weather: 73 degrees

    AMS: I was doing 16.5, Lou and Troy where doing around 19.5.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: It was a pleasant brisk ride.I had two strong riders with me.No signs of any wildlife to be found.Good news was that there was no flood on Berry Hill road.When we where at the rest stop we stayed there only 5 minutes and then headed back.We stayed together on the last half of the return.Lou had ridden to the start from home.

  • Wed, April 24, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: April 24, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.1 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  Flat Tire

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: Upper 70’s, cloudy, some wind

    Guest Riders:  Orlando Howard

    Member Riders:   Michael Kenyon, Tyler Hill, Mike Wilson, Scott Walker

    Ride Report:

    It was a light turn-out for this ride; I guess people were scared-off by the cloudy skies?  Anyway, it was a nice afternoon and we never got any rain.

    Given the small group, I was expecting everyone to stay together and we did until somewhere on Route 6 where Michael K. and Scott disappeared off the back of the ride.  We didn’t notice them gone until we were most of the way up the hill on Route 6.  Their disappearance bothered me for the rest of the ride.  I decided to assume they had a flat or another minor mechanical issue which turned-out to be the case.

    The rest of the group worked together throughout the ride with leaders backing-off the pace to allow trailing riders rejoin the group in a few spots.  This made for a nice smooth ride without the surges that frequently characterize this ride.  It made the ride seem almost effortless.

    Scott and Michael K. came in reasonably soon after the lead group arrived.  Scott got a flat and Michael waited for him to fix it and they rode back together so that worked-out.  Poor Scott he broke his chain on the way home from work (on another bike).  Then he got a flat for the second week in a row on CJE.  Still, he was in good humor and he said he enjoyed the ride.  We are hoping for some trouble-free riding for him from now on.

    Kudos to Mike Wilson who scored a PR for the TT section on CJE!

    It was an another fun ride.

  • Tue, April 23, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Harry Kidd, Jackie & Randy Schoch, James Rauch, La' Tasha Banks, Alan Kurzweil, Steve Forman, Pat Walthers, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Karen McMillan, Tom Roberts, Sam Perry

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28874627  Livingston, Hawthorne (w/ascent of might Mount Pisgah), Ripley/Annapolis Woods, and Fire Tower to a rest stop at Scott's.  Onward via MD-6, Durham Church, Ironsides/Mason Spring, Smallwood Church, Sweetwater and Bicknell to a second rest stop at Pisgah Store.  Final leg on Mason Springs, Hawthorne, IHRT, Lower Wharf, Chapman's Landing, etc., back to the start.

    Weather:  another glorious day!  Brilliant sunshine with deep blue skies and a small amount of air moving out of the southern quadrant.  Temps started in the low 70s and rose to the low 80s by rides end sans humidity.

    AMS:  swept at 12.6.  As the parking lot was empty except for the final group, the assumption is everyone else's mph was a tad higher.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known.

    Report:  Another very nice ride, hopefully for all concerned.  Quite a few friends riding with the normal CC contingent, but we did all meet up at Scott's.  Not much traffic - as always, Fire Tower was notable as nary a car was encountered traversing it in either direction.    

  • Sun, April 21, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  Pat Walthers, Harry Kidd, Janell Saunders, Steve Forman, Jay Lewis, Rita Ziedner, Harold Datz

    Route:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29754146   42.5 miles, 1,107' elevation change.  From Manokeek, a combination of Berry, Lexington, Middletown, Marshall Corner, and Hawthorne to a first rest stop at Ollies.  Onward to Ripley/Annapolis Woods, Firetower, MD-6, Hilltop/Annapolis Woods, and Poorhouse to a second rest stop at Pisgah Store.  Final return via Bicknell, Chicamuxen, Hawthorne, Lower Wharf, and Indian Head/neighborhood streets back to Manokeek.

    Weather:   pretty close to perfect!  Temps ranging from the upper 50s to low 70s with sunshine and brilliant blue skies interspersed with white puffy clouds.  A bit of wind that seemed to be out of the south when headed in that direction and then out of the north after we turned that way.

    AMS:  swept at 13.5

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Harry had a rear flat on Lexington.  As this has happened before, he is extremely competent in achieving a fix, so he told the ride leader to stay with the group.  After completing his repair, Harry rode a modified route taking Bensville back to the ride start.

    Report:  a surprising turnout for a ride which was piggybacking on Diane Harris' ride.  The CC/C version was advertised as a wee bit slower, shorter, and flatter, the latter achieved by substituting MD-210 for the climb up Bumpy Oak.  However, we rode amongst Diane's group at numerous points along the route and were all together at the two rest stops.  Janell (early afternoon commitment), Steve (sore muscle), and Jay didn't do the Hilltop loop, opting to turn right onto Poorhouse at Ripley.  Rita and Howard preferred Bumpy Oak to 210, so they continued on with Diane's group.  Traffic wasn't bad for most of the ride until church let out - there were a few more cars on the roads for the latter part of the ride.  The fantastic weather made for a great ride today for all participating.

  • Sun, April 21, 2019 10:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Weather: A surprisingly gorgeous morning considering this past Friday Ron and I were talking about the possibility of cancelling due to rain.  Starting temp mid 50's, blue skies with fluffy white clouds.  

    Riders: Members Charles W, Karen M, Phil M, Alan K, Tom R, and Walt R (who joined us on Middleton Rd)

    Route: MV 43 Hilltop  (Sunday Morning Jaunt).  From my favorite starting point, Manokeek Village shopping center, instead of heading towards LaPlata, we headed in the opposite direction.   In spite of it being Easter Sunday there was relatively little traffic.  The ride was uneventful with no mechanicals.  The group separated into those who wanted to go faster and those who didn't.  All in all a good ride and a nice variation of the usual Manokeek Espresso routes.  Ride leader's ams 14.1.  Photos can be found on the club's Facebook page. 

  • Sat, April 20, 2019 11:00 AM | Susan Henn

    Leader: Eric Nielsen

    Members: Sue Estes

    Guests: David S. and Jenniffer B., on tandem

    AMS: Unknown, probably 17 mph

    As advertised, it was a blustery, windswept day on the Eastern Shore, and winds were stronger in the afternoon. But it was sunny by the ten-mile mark, which brought us seasonable temperatures in the low 70s. Of the 63 miles, the first twenty to Federalsburg were ridden at a comfortable pace, as the wind was only a minor inconvenience. Turning NNW and aided by strong tailwinds, the second twenty were bicycled to Denton in well less than an hour. Hence, we were in high spirits for late lunch at the Market Street Public House. Most of the third twenty miles back to our autos were “payback.” Buffeted by head-on 25 mph gusts, Sue and Eric settled into a two-person paceline. We briefly dropped the tandem, but Dave and Jenniffer latched back on about a mile before we reached Easton. The leader had a well-timed puncture due to a shard of glass that was repaired while waiting for lunch to be served.

    L to R: Eric, David, Jenniffer, and Sue enjoy lunch at the Market Street Public House in Denton.

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