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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.









  • Mon, November 11, 2019 11:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leaders: Sue Gunter and Debby Bowman

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

    Guests: Ray Hasting

    Bonus member sighting: Dan and Diana Donahue were at Laurel Grove Park getting ready to begin a trail ride as we finished.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31435939 - 39 miles from Laurel Grove Park. We began by meandering our way to a stop at Chaptico Market, looping down Laurel Grove Rd and up Morganza Turner, then taking the trail and riding down Baptist Church the opposite of the usual way. After the first break we continued south on Hurry, Bushwood and Bushwood Wharf to a second official stop at Murphy's Store. For our final stint we took Oakley and Sugar Hole and a long stretch on Colton Point Rd, then worked our way along Sunnyside and Pin Cushion to Loveville, Kavanagh and back to Laurel Grove.

    Weather: A beautiful fall day, with sunshine and temps in the 60s.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None

    Average speed: a hair under 12 mph at the back, faster for most riders.

    We enjoyed a great ride, taking advantage of the warmer weather and (for some) a day off from work to get out and pedal. We started late, as several of us were were delayed by traffic on Route 5 on the way to the ride due to car crash just south of Cedarville Rd. Once we began we split up into faster and slower, with Sue leading most of the riders at the front and Steve and I carrying the lanterne rouge. Somewhere after leaving the park, Ray joined the faster group and stayed with us for most of the ride. We all met up at Chaptico Park for some socializing, then split up again on Hurry Rd. Most of the lead group took a detour to the wharf for a scenery stop, enabling us all to reach Murphy's Store at about the same time. We split again as we rode back to Laurel Grove Park. Many riders had left by the time Steve and I arrived there, but several were still in the parking lot, and it was nice to see Diana and Dan getting ready to go out and enjoy the weather.

    Thanks to Sue for helping to lead, and thanks to everyone who came out to join us!!


  • Sun, November 10, 2019 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    At the Chesapeake Railway Museum

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, Jay Lewis, Mary Scala, Cathy Miller, Sarah Clement, Debby Bowman, Pat Walthers

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31427783  A relatively novel way to North Beach and Chesapeake Beach, starting from Waysons Corner with a planned lengthy stop for lunch at the Chesapeake Market (to give time for the museum to open) and capped with a visit (at last, after all these hundreds of times going through town but never stopping) to the Chesapeake Railway Museum and its fascinating displays of the history of the community at its heyday as a seaside resort.

    Weather: basically, a lovely winter day.  The forecast said it would be clear and sunny, which it was until perhaps the last hour and a half (at which point it got very overcast and dark), with 5-7 mph winds and temperatures ranging from the high 40s at the start to the mid 50s by mid-afternoon.  Thanks to the sun, while we had it, the morning felt warmer than that, but the afternoon felt cooler.  Basically, it felt like the low 50s for most of the day.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.5

    If you haven't been to the museum, you might find this video about the history of Chesapeake Beach of interest.  This was a great ride.  The route was a lot of fun and so too was the visit to the museum.

  • Sun, November 10, 2019 9:00 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: November 10, 2019     

    Ride Name: White Marsh - Sotterley

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.3 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: Upper 40’s to mid 50’s, sunny

    Guest Riders:  George Valenzuala

    Member Riders:  Barb Haney, Pete Czapiewski

    Ride Report:

    For some reason, I was thinking that no one was going to come to the ride (although if I had checked my email I would have known Pete was coming).  I anyway, Barb showed up shortly after I arrived, followed in short order by Pete and George.

    There was the usual dithering for this time of year about what to wear.  I decided at the last minute to go with less rather than more and I was glad I did.

    The ride leader called a quick bio-break at the Chaptico Market.  The port-a-john was disgusting but served the purpose.  After that we had an uneventful ride to real rest stop at McKay’s.

    After the stop we had a quick and uneventful ride to the end.  One rider decided to stay on the 3-Notch Trail to the end instead of turning on Lockes Crossing Road; this saved about a mile and one hill.

    It was a great ride with everyone staying together and a really nice fall day.  Thanks for joining me Lady and Gentlemen.

  • Sat, November 09, 2019 9:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Larry Peed, Sue Gunter, Jay Lewis, Ron Altemus, Donaro Gardner

    Route: PP 27 Mallows Bay
    From Pisgah Park we headed south on Mason Springs, MD-6, Bowie, Baptist Church, Liverpool Point, Riverside to Wilson Landing and Mallows Bay. Return was via Riverside, Sandy Point, MD-6, Chicamuxen, Bicknell, Mason Springs and back to the park.

    Weather: Cold start - 32 degrees but with light winds and sunshine. Partly cloudy and 45 degrees at the finish.

    AMS: 13.9 at the back

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report: The route was designed to allow riders to join the celebration of the designation of Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary. It was an easy 11.5 miles to Mallows Bay where tents and displays were set up and coffee, tea, snacks and food trucks were available. Jim had a chance to ask Governor Hogan if the new Nice/Middleton Bridge would have a bike lane.  He was non-committal and said it would cost a lot.

    The program consisted of speeches by National, State and County officials as well as representatives of the Piscataway Indian Tribe, NOAA and office of National Marine Sanctuaries. A historian told the history of the location - sunken ships from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and many from WWI.  OHBTC was designated one of the  Community Champions - a list of organizations who supported the National Marine Sanctuary designation. President Donaro Gardner posed for a picture with other Community Champions and received a cap and miniature paddle. Then we headed back - 16 miles to Pisgah Park. Too cold for a kayak ride.

    While visiting with people at Mallows Bay, we met Mary, one of the owners the Nanjemoy Country Store. She said cyclists are welcome, and they have a floor pump available if needed. They also stock patch kits and healthy snacks. 

  • Fri, November 08, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Route:   standard Friday ride, starting at Livingston Rd Indian Head Rail Trail parking lot and riding east to White Plains, then returning. 

    Weather:   coldest morning yet this fall (41 degrees) w/blustery 15-20 mph winds out of the NW under sunny, blue skies

    AMS:   upper 13s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none (maybe one averted, though)

    Report:  the colder weather must have kept quite a few riders from venturing out this morning.  When no one else had arrived by 9:50, Donaro and your faithful correspondent decided to ride west to Indian Head, hoping that if the Hudnalls were going to ride, we'd be back to the parking lot before they got going.  That wasn't the case and we didn't see them until our rest stop at White Plains.  Only one other cyclist out on the trail along with a  1/2 dozen or less walkers.  Just east of the Bumpy Oak pond on the outbound leg, we encountered a big stag deer standing right next to the trail.  He was facing away from us and we got about 50 feet away, slowing as we approached, before he finally heard us and bolted into the woods.  The deer had quite a rack - 10-12 point at least and we were glad it didn't run towards us.  Lunch afterwards at the Lunch Box in Bryan's Road gave us a chance to warm up a bit.

  • Thu, November 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leader: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Ron Altemus, Tom Short, Larry Peed, Jay Lewis, Theresa Rowell, Alan Kurzweil, Lou Dall'Orso, Bob Howell, Dornaro Gardner, Joan Oppel, Linda Bankerd, Barb Haney

    Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, riding a bicycle, bicycle, outdoor and nature

    Guests: none

    Route: NK 36 Moreland Store From North Keys Community Park to Moreland Store via North Keys, Molly Berry, Croom, Candy Hill, Baden Naylor, Nelson Perrie, Westwood, Horsehead and Woodville. Return via Dr. Mudd, Popular Hill, St. Peters Church, (zig zag through Pinefield) Dent, Cedarville, Ashbox, Brandywine and North Keys.

    Weather: Cool and cloudy at the start about 53 warming up to 62 at the end. A few rain drops along the way and sunshine at the end.

    AMS: 13.8 to 16.1

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  One rider dropped a chain but quickly got it back on.

    Report:  The time was moved up from 10:30 to 10:00 am and all agreed to the new start time. The riders separated into  smaller groups depending on their desired speed. All met at the Moreland Store for a break and for President Donaro Gardner to present the manager with a check to thank her for allowing the club to use the store as a rest stop. On the return we were delighted to see that Dent and part Cedarville Roads had been repaved. 

    Image may contain: 10 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoor

  • Tue, November 05, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Lou Dall'Orso, Donaro Gardner, Bob Howell, Jim Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Jay Lewis, Dave Mann, Karen McMillan, Joan Oppel, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Theresa Rowell, Tom Short, Pat Walthers

    Route:  Bumpy Oak, Poorhouse, Burch, etc, to the Goose Bay marina. Return through downtown Welcome and Pisgah, Chicamuxen, and Chapman's Landing. 39.7 miles, 1,244 elevation change. RideWithGPS route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/4406398

    Weather:   Partly sunny, temp range from mid 50s to mid 60s, air moving out of the SW

    AMS:  swept at 11.5, increasing for those preceding the final contingent

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   one rider thought their cycling shoes were in the vehicle, and when discovered otherwise, decided they would ride in their street shoes.  The ride leader, whose pedals are platform on one side, SPD cleat on the other, offered to swap - an offer that wasn't refused.  Several minutes were lost at the start unscrewing balky pedals, but once underway, everything was good.

    Alan had a flat, maybe on Poorhouse(?), and after careful examination of the tire, decided against continuing and returned to the start.

    Report:   It's always a treat to visit everyone's favorite, the Goose Bay Marina.  Today's excursion had an added bonus as President Donaro and remaining club members presented a check to the Marina management.  The club made a small "facilities" donation as we use their porch and restrooms quite often and the board felt we should contribute to the costs of upkeep.  As to the riding - quite a bit of fragmentation.  After the aforementioned slow start, the CC/C contingent was the last to arrive at Goose Bay.  We saw many of the faster riders exiting on Brentland.  Following the presentation, Jim, Lou, and Donaro rode at a slower pace while Joan and Pat abbreviated their ride by skipping Chicamuxen.  Another good day of cycling in the southwestern portion of Charles County.

  • Sun, November 03, 2019 12:00 PM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31402349  28 mi, 760' elevation

    Weather: Sunny, 53-55 degrees, 10 mph wind.  It felt warm in the sun, chilly in the shade and the wind made itself felt for much of the ride.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.5

  • Sat, November 02, 2019 10:25 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    View From Morris Point

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Sarah Clement, Pat Walthers, Barbara Wilson

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31389297  42 miles, nobody taking the 4 mile shortcut.  We started from Chaptico Park and met the 48 mile group Jim was leading, which had left from Mechanicsville Elementary School, at 7th District Park.   We rode together to a scenic vista overlooking St Clements Bay -- a first for most in the group -- and then

    St Clements Bay, View from Ellis Ave

    rode together to the Morris Point Restaurant, where we had lunch and celebrated Jim's birthday.   After lunch both groups headed towards Bushwood Wharf and Quade's, taking a 4 mi scenic detour en route.  Leaving Bushwood we followed Bushwood to Maddox, then took Maddox to Manor and Manor to Hurry down to a quick stop at Chaptico, followed by the long climb back to the park on Budd's Creek.

    Weather: a beautiful wintery day.  Mid 40s at the start rising to the mid-50s by mid-day, with clear skies and brilliant, warm sunshine.  I couldn't have ordered up a better day if I'd tried.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.9

    What a glorious day!   Happy birthday, Jim.

  • Sat, November 02, 2019 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leader: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Tom Short, Monica Irmler, Joan Oppel, Bob Howell, Alan Kurzweil, Linda Bankerd, Sherwood Byers and Karen McMillian. Jay Lewis signed in, started in Chaptico and met us at the restaurant. Ken Meredith stopped by, but couldn't stay because of work. 
    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31385724
    From Mechanicsville Elementary School we took the trail over to Laurel  Grove Park then back to Laurel Grove Road and south on Kavanagh, MD-247, MD-5, Pin Cushion and Sunnyside, MD-242 to a rest stop at Seventh District Park where we met Steve's group. Next, we took Sugar Hole, Cobrums Wharf, Maycroft and Ellis to a scenic view of St. Clements Bay. We retraced the route and then took MD-470, Abell and Morris Point Road for lunch. Heading out we rode to Bushwood Wharf, then took Hurry, MD-234 and Mechanicsville back to the trail and to the finish. 

    Weather: Spectacular!  Bright blue skies, lots of sunshine and cool fall weather. A chilly 42 at the start and a warm 55 at the finish.

    AMS: 14.2 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none


     A wonderful way to celebrate your birthday is to ride your age with friends. This can be done in miles or kilometers depending of your age and the distance you wish to ride. Jim choose kilometers and thus a 78 kilometers/48.46 miles ride. Steve Palinscar decided to do a bit shorter distance and devised a route that would start at a different location, let the two groups meet at a rest stop and then again for lunch at the Morris Point Restaurant on Brenton Bay. St. Mary's County is beautiful anytime of year but especially nice in the fall when most of the fields have been harvested, the trees are showing the last of the bright autumn colors and the water views are glorious. Our group rode together until the first rest stop. Bob headed home and the others on to Morris Point,  where Tom (who had just returned from Kenya) and Karen continued on. The rest of us enjoyed delicious sandwiches at the Morris Point Restaurant and then returned to the start by way of Bushwood Wharf and Mechanicsville Road. 

    Thanks everyone who came and made this a memorable birthday! Special thanks to Steve, who suggested the ride, helped with planning and led the C/CC group.

    Video:  https://www.facebook.com/ohbike/posts/3040566302626012

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