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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.









  • Sat, February 01, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Sue Gunter, Tom Fedewa, Ron Altemus, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Deb Reynolds, Wayne Hunt, Alan Kurzweil

    Guest (and now our newest member): Alexa Schriempf

    Weather: A pleasant surprise, much nicer than forecast.  38 at the start rising to the low 50s, but instead of overcast it was clear and sunny with very little wind. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31815139  East on North Keys and Martin, a big loop to the south on Molly Berry, Baden Naylor, Baden Westwood, Westwood and Nelson Perrie back to Baden Naylor and Molly Berry, then down the 100' plunge to Rock Creek, back up and over to the Patuxent on Tanyard and back on Nottingham to a rest stop at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary.  After the break we took Nottingham to Croom and Candy Hill to Molly Berry back to North Keys.  Most of the group followed the full route down Cross Road Trail to Cherry Tree Crossing and back on Old Indian Head, while a few (feeling time pressure and wanting to make Sherwood's planning meeting for the Great Allegheny Passage tour) cut off five miles by staying on North Keys.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Deb Reynolds had a flat on Baden Naylor.  Fortunately it was the front tire, so the only new-and-different things about it were finding the "orange plastic thing" you stick between the disc brake pads and figuring out how a thru-axle works.  It would have been a very different story had it been in back, because this bike has an Ebikemotion X35 e-assist motor in the rear hub, and what with the wires and the rear axle fasteners, Some Disassembly Is Required (or so I've read). 

    AMS: 11.3 in back

    Jim posted some photos on the Club Facebook page.

  • Fri, January 31, 2020 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Donaro Gardner, Esther Steward, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Kirk Fedder, Steve Palincsar

    Route:   the Friday special - IHRT from Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:  overcast, temp range 39-41, no real wind movement

    AMS:  swept at a tad over 12 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  nice turnout for a pleasant ride on the IHRT.  Kirk's first ride of 2020.  Only a few other bicyclists using the trail along withsome walkers.  The ride back from White Plains seemed warmer than the temperature - maybe cause it's all downhill.  Almost all of us went to the Lunch Box to dine where we were joined by Jackie and Randy Schoch.

  • Tue, January 28, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Alan Kurzweil, Bob Thompson, Chantal Briere, Donaro Gardner, Jim Hudnall, Larry Peed, Lou Dall'Orso, Sam Perry

    Route:   BR 34 Smallwood Church>Pisgah  34.1 miles, 1122' elevation change.  Chapman's Landing down to Indian Head to pick-up the IHRT at Blair. Then Hawthorne and Chicamuxen to Smallwood Church. Continuing on Mason Spring, Bicknell, Chicamuxen and the IHRT again to climp Bumpy Oak and traverse Livingston back to the ride start. 

    Weather:   Considerably more overcast than predicted so with temps only in the low 40s and NNW winds of 10-12 mph, it was a chilly ride.

    AMS:  Swept in the mid 12s.  Everyone else was much faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  a decent turnout and a decent ride.  At least one rider said this was their first time riding in 2020; others said they hadn't ridden very often.  Lou rode from home, timed it such to arrive just as we were leaving the parking lot.  Later in the ride, he headed home on the IHRT so he got in a few extra miles.  Bob missed the Smallwood Church turn so he pedaled a fair number of miles going out and back on Chicamuxen.  Traffic was light on the back roads which is always desirable.   Appreciate everyone coming out to ride today.

  • Sun, January 26, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Janell Saunders, Ron Altemus, Debby Bowman, Pat Walthers, Sarah Clement, Lou Dallorso

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5580959  30 mi, 1400' elevation.  The route took Martin to Molly Berry and Molly Berry north to Croom (losing Lou and Janell, who turned left onto North Keys in the process, Lou permanently), Mattaponi to St Thomas Church back to Croom, then down Mt Calvert to a stop at the historic house.  Retracing on Mt Calvert (with a slight exploration by Alan and Janell  up McClure -- which I think has been closed for probably the last 25 or 30 years) we took Duvall to Croom Airport down to the Pavilion for a rest stop.  Retracing on Croom Airport after the break, we took Croom to Duley Station and down Van Brady to Molly Berry, North Keys and back to the park.

    Weather: 40s and breezy: 46-47, 8-10 mph wind.  The sky was clear when we reached Mt Calvert (the view of the Patuxent was beautiful) but clouded up as the afternoon wore on.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11 mph

  • Sat, January 25, 2020 10:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader:  Diane Harris 

    Members:  Tom Fedewa, Darrell Meyer, Donaro Gardner

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Patuxent Surprise 

    Weather:  Cool temperatures at the start, high 40s, overcast,  roads very wet from overnight and early morning rain.  Rain during the last 4-5 miles of the ride. 

    AMS:  lower than advertised at 13.2 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  None

    Report:  I made the decision to do the ride expecting the rain to stop (which it had) but with roads that were still very wet, and mild temps for January.  Wasn't sure if there would be any other riders so was pleasantly surprised to have Tom, Darrell, and Donaro join me.  For the first part of the ride we stayed together until I stopped for photos of an old barn that had a group of wild turkeys walking in front of it.  Tom got ahead of us, then Darrell, leaving me and Donaro to catch up to them at the first rest stop.  I delayed getting to the rest stop to get photos of an old one room schoolhouse, located where Tanyard and Nottingham Roads meet.  All the years I've ridden these roads and never noticed the schoolhouse.  By the time we reached the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Tom was on his way out, leaving me, Darrell, and Donaro to eat snacks and use the restroom.  At the Patuxent River Park, all of us took the stairs to the top of the observation tower to view the surrounding area from high up.  After a second restroom break we continued on with Darrell and Tom leading the charge while Donaro and I brought up the rear.  During the rid, there were very brief peeks of sun but Donaro and I spent the last few miles riding in a steady rain.  Fortunately, no mechanicals or mishaps occurred during the ride. 

  • Fri, January 24, 2020 10:30 AM | Jim Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders: JIm and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Donaro Gardner, Sherwood Byers, Jr., Vickie Garlock, Esther Steward and Larry Peed

    Guests: none

    Route: 20 miles on the trail from the Livingston Road parking lot to White Plains and back,

    Weather: Overcast with temperature in the mid-40s.

    AMS: Close to 14 mph AMPS for everyone

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none


    As we were getting ready to ride, two large motorcycles approached us on the trail from White Plains. They were ridden by officers from the Charles County Sheriff's Office who stopped and asked us if we had seen a large dog.  They  were searching for Kuno, a black and tan colored Belgian Malinois. Kuno had run off from his K9 trainer and was last seen chasing a deer into the woods in the Bumpy Oak area. Kuno was found later in the morning. (https://www.facebook.com/ccsomd/)

    It was a great morning for riding with no rain, wind or freezing temperatures. If the weather is reasonable and you have time, come join the Friday Morning Crew on the trail at 10:30 starting from the Livingston Road Parking Area on the IHRT.

  • Fri, January 17, 2020 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  cero, nada, zilch

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail - Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return

    Weather:  temps ranged from 33-34; plenty of sunshine and blue skies; advertised winds out of the NW 12-14 mph but only occasionally present

    AMS:   low 13s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  no polar bears today but still a nice, enjoyable ride on the IHRT.  Only saw one other cyclist and four walkers; there was a fair amount of small branches/blow down on the trail but nothing hazardous.  As I was departing after the ride, Holly Carr arrived at the Livingston Rd parking lot to ride local roads as part of her training routine.

  • Wed, January 15, 2020 10:00 AM | Alan Kurzweil (Administrator)

    Wed January 15, 2020 10:00 AM

    Leader:  Alan Kurzweil

    Members:  Don Gardner and Darryl Lowery

    Route:  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31737622  34.8miles, 1282' elevation gain.  Ride was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but I resubmitted it for today to take advantage of the great weather.  Thanks to Ron A for the great route.

    Weather:   Started with on again and off again low clouds and light fog and wet roads, clearing to sunny and dry roads at the finish.
    AMS:   Leader finished at 14.2 mph, The three of us pretty much stayed within shouting distance the whole ride. Nice!

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Not to us, but came across a man tending to an upset falcon with a probable broken leg.  Hope the bird recovers.

    Report:   At 9:59 AM and 59 seconds I thought I would be riding alone, but Darryl and Don swoop in and to provide enjoyable company, as well as a great workout!  The ride was part sociable, catching up with events and plans, and part good workout, as Darryl is trying to use his limited to time to improve fitness.  Thanks to stalwart Dash In reporter KM that the Dash In on Oak and St Charles in La Plata was closed for renovations.  We stopped at the Exxon down the road for a brief stop.  Many thanks to Darryl and Don for the great company on the ride!

  • Sun, January 12, 2020 11:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Ron Altemus, Janell Saunders, Deb Bowman, Pat Walthers, Jim McGhee, Alan Kurzweil, Karen McMillan, Jay Lewis

    Guests: Tracie C

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31722511  33 mi, 1029' elevation gain.

    Weather: An incredible Winterlude of fine spring weather.  Dark Sky promised temperatures ranging from the mid to the high 60s, winds ranging from 10 at the start to 6-7 by early afternoon, and partly cloudy skies clearing as the day advanced, but it actually was nicer than that.   It felt a bit chilly at the start - 65 and a brisk wind meant full length jerseys, tights and wind vests - but at the Nanjemoy Store at mi 10 -- in the sun and out of the wind -- it felt like the 70s.  By 2 pm all traces of clouds were gone, the wind had died down to a gentle breeze and it felt like May.  In all, an absolutely delightful day.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: While getting ready to ride, Alan discovered he'd left his helmet home and decided not to ride.  That's one way, but not the preferred way to make sure you get home in time to make the OHBike Board Meeting. 

    AMS: 12.4 at the back.

    What a fantastic day! As forecast, it rained in the small hours of the morning and by 11 the roads were almost completely dry with a few occasional puddles mainly on Mason Springs/Ironside and MD-6, with their smooth pavement.   We decided, since the Nanjemoy Store was open and the route passed it twice, to stop there instead and skip the possibly wet and muddy gravel road down to Mallows Bay Park.  

    The Fast Group decided to skip the first stop at the Nanjemoy Store and so didn't get the word, so on the way past the Park Ron decided to go down the gravel road to see if any of our group was down there waiting.  He returned with three riders.

    Jim and his guest Tracie were new to the area, so we got to introduce them to Nanjemoy and Durham Church Road, and that's always fun. 

  • Sat, January 11, 2020 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Sarah Clement, Sue Gunter, Monica Imler, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Ken Williams, Ron Altemus and arriving late and joining us at the Merkle Visitors Center, Wayne Hunt

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19259827 

    Weather: Overcast -- ranging from cloudy-bright to a few minutes of bright sun and mostly blue skies, finally devolving into heavy overcast.  Wind was promised, and wind was delivered.  12-16 mph with gusts up to 35 were promised; mostly it seemed around 12 but while we were at Merkle it definitely got up over 30 at the Visitors Center, almost blowing over one bike and definitely blowing over another.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.2 at the back

    It was surprisingly warm for early January, more like an early March "in like a lion" day than anything resembling "lambs."  The wind came as predicted from the south-southwest, which turned out to work pretty well with a route designed to ride across a northwest wind.  Staying off main roads except for a couple of short stretches on Croom Rd, we mainly rode across the wind or had the wind at our backs.  With no leaves on the trees the wind-blocking effect wasn't as pronounced as we see on this route in spring and summer but the riding was by and large pleasant and fun. 

    Jim posted photos on Facebook.

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