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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, July 16, 2019 9:00 AM | Michael Saizan

    Leader: Mike Saizan

    Members:  Holly Carr, Tom Short, Tom Roberts, Alan Kurzweil, Regina Saizan, Jim Hudnall, Sonja Newman, Lou Dall'Orso, Don Garner, Barb Haney (Karen McMillan signed up CC, rode 1st leg with the Bs)

    Route: Livingston to Hawthorne to Annapolis Woods to the Scott's store rest stop.  Then up Durham Church to Smallwood Church to Bicknell to the Pisgah Store rest stop.  Lastly Mason Springs to Hawthorne to Chapmans Landing back to the parking lot.

    Weather: The starting temp this morning was about 80 rising to 91 by the end.  Sun was the order for the day but the relatively shady route provided some welcome relief.

    Report: The B and CC groups all crossed MD-210 together but by the end of Livingston Rd had separated into a number of smaller groups. We regrouped at Scott's Store along with the CC group.  Then things got a little crazy.  A couple of riders experienced heat fatigue and decided to short cut back home.  Thanks to Barb for accompanying them back.  A few riders left the rest stop early and I lost track of them.  Now 6 of us started out with 2 CC riders and we continued with them to the Pisgah Store.  For the last leg, we all looked forward to the shade of Chapmans Landing.  At the finish, several of us visited the Subway shop for lunch (and some cool air conditioning).

    Mishaps: Due to the use of an older variation of the route, a couple riders got off course for a while but ended up back on track by the first rest stop.

  • Sun, July 14, 2019 8:30 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Harry Kidd, Walt Roscello

    Guests: none

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30540172 - 40 miles, 1300 feet of climbing. From John Baggett Park in Laurel Grove we rode out Laurel Grove and Kavanagh to Loveville Rd. After a diversion on Bishop - Friendship School - Parsons Mill, we took Loveville and Point Lookout to Pin Cushion and Sunnyside. Then we had a long stretch on Colton Point Rd to the first rest stop at Seventh District Park. After the break we took Sugar Hole, Oakley, Abell and Colton Point to Bushwood Wharf and Bushwood. The planned route remained on Bushwood to Hurry Rd and the second stop at Chaptico Market. The final stint went up Chaptico and Baptist Church Rds and finished on the Three Notch Trail.

    Average speed: about 13 mph

    Weather: Hot and humid but okay for a morning ride.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: a missed turn.

    Crop report: The corn is as high as an elephant's eye.

    Report: The goal for the day was to have ice cream at Chaptico Market, without melting in the July heat during the ride.  So we kept the distance short and started early, and tried to use roads with shade. Overall it went well, and I recommend the orange sherbet.

    We didn't entirely stick to the planned route. Early on, Walt decided to continue on Laurel Grove Rd to scout out alternates to the traditional Laurel Grove to Kavanagh to Loveville route. We expected to meet up again on Bishop, but ended up not seeing him again until we were leaving Seventh District Park. Harry and I rode ahead but stopped at the turn from Abell to Colton Point Rd for Walt to catch up. For a while after that we were within sight of each other on the road, or so we thought. But after crossing Maddox Rd on Bushwood and climbing the hill, Walt and I stopped in the shade, expected Harry to catch up shortly. When he didn't show up and a call to his cell went to voice mail, we retraced to Maddox and turned right, thinking he had probably gone that way. A few minutes later I heard the voicemail alert on my phone; Harry had called back to say he had indeed taken Maddox and was at the market waiting for us. Not sure why the call went to voice mail -- a weak signal, perhaps? At any rate, Walt and I continued up Maddox to Chaptico, ending up with almost three additional miles tacked onto our ride and very glad when we stepped into the air conditioned store and loaded up on cold drinks.

    Other than that, it was an uneventful, pleasant ride. Starting at 8:30 worked well. The longer drive to the start at Laurel Grove Park was easy with no traffic at all on Rt 5, and there was plenty of shade along the route thanks to the angle of the morning sun. Seventh District Park was fine as a water stop, and we passed the store at Oakley and Abell Rd a few miles later so we could have gotten ice there if it had been needed. This route is a keeper, and would also work well as a ride to the strawberry festival.

    Thanks to Harry and Walt for joining me today!

  • Sun, July 14, 2019 8:30 AM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: July 14, 2019   

    Ride Name: White Marsh-Sotterley

    Ride Distance: 54 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  18.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/3, Sport

    Mechanical Issues: None

    Mishaps: None

    Weather: lower 80’s to mid 90’s, sunny, slight breeze

    Guest Riders:  None

    Member Riders:  Brad Francisco

    Ride Report:

    Brad set a fast pace at the start and he inspired me to try to keep up.  We had a quick ride down to the rest stop where Brad bought me a drink.

    After the stop we started to slow down as the heat of the day started to build.  Fortunately, Brad was still feeling strong and pulled me along for most of the second half.

    By the end we were both tired and hot but we enjoyed the ride.  Brad gave me an ice-cold water at the end and we chatted for a while under the shade of a tree.

    Thanks for the drinks Brad and for pulling me along!

  • Sat, July 13, 2019 5:00 PM | Susan Henn

    Leader: Eric Nielsen

    Members: None

    Guests: None

    Route: Mechanicsville to St. George's Island, 35 miles. Return: 43 miles.

    Weather: Average summer day, 80F at start, 91F at finish. Dew point in upper 60sF. Winds generally west, and less than 10 miles/hour.

    AMS: 17.82 miles/hour

    Mechanicals: None

    Report: Today was a glorious summer day for bicycling. I rode solo on super-nice roads to the Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse on St. George's Island for a light lunch.  While seated and sipping a pint, the final 10km of the Tour were on the television, and I watched Thomas De Gendt win today's stage with a successful breakaway. The ride to lunch was a joy, aided by a light tailwind. The return half was again on great roads. The sections heading west were pedaled into about 7 miles/hour of headwind, which became a nuisance only in the closing few miles.

    Above: At the Ruddy Duck, Eric enjoys a pint of imperial IPA and pretzels, the latter served with a coarse-ground mustard infused with, among other things, beer. The combination was sufficient to power him back to the ride start, bypassing rest stops.

  • Sat, July 13, 2019 2:45 PM | Holly Carr (Administrator)

    We Beat the Heat (almost) and shared treasured memories of our beloved Ron.  Learning how many hearts he touched, how many riders he supported, and of course, his humor and humanity.  Barb, I think we still have many more memories to share.

  • Sat, July 13, 2019 9:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Norm Lisy, Roscoe Williamson, Wayne Hunt, Janell Saunders and Jay LewisImage may contain: one or more people, people standing, tree, sky, plant, ocean, outdoor, nature and water

    Route:  PP 31 Mallows Bay   From Pisgah Park, Masons Springs to Bicknell, down Chicamuxen to MD-6 Jacksontown, Liverpool Point to MD-224 to Mallows Bay. After rest stop headed back Posseytown, Baptist Church MD-425 to a short stop at Durham Church and then crossing MD-6 and back to park on Mason Springs.

    Weather: Pleasant start with bright sunshine and temperatures in the high 70's. Warming up at we finished - around 88 degrees. 

    AMS: 13.1 mph at the back

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  It was great to have eight riders enjoy the low-traffic, shady roads that make up part of the Indian Head 100 route. The group rode together and  split and then regrouped at intersections and rest stops. Mallows Bay was spectacular as we watched kayakers and canoes explore the Potomac and talked with a Charles County ranger about the future of the area. Alan and Norm added 11 extra miles by turning on MD-6 and returning on Poorhouse.

  • Fri, July 12, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Randy Schoch, Vicki Garlock, Belinda Acre, Troy Eddy, Michael Dong, Robin Garnett, Jim & Jane Hudnall.  Also sighted - Bob Moye and Barbara Haney

    Guests:  John Wells

    Route:   the Friday original, Indian Head Rail Trail from the Village Green to White Plains and return

    Weather:   a tad warm (mid 70s to mid 80s) with more than a touch of humidity under blue skies and an advertised 6 mph NW wind that wasn't really noticed.

    AMS:  a fast crew today, so swept at 13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known

    Report:   a small group to start augmented by Troy joining us just as we headed out.  We picked up Robin and Michael along the way with the Hudnalls catching up at White Plains.  The trail was in good shape after Monday's rains though there was evidence of downed trees, thankfully cleaned up by Juliana and David of Charles County Parks.  A fair number of other trail users and four deer sighted at various points during the ride.

  • Thu, July 11, 2019 9:30 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Alan Kurzweil signed in with the B's but rode with us.

    Route: From North Keys Park, over to Molly Berry, Baden Westwood, Horsehead to a rest stop at the Moorland Store.  Short cut back, taking Woodville  to Iowa, Horsehead to Brandywine Road, Gibbons Church to North Keys.

    Weather: 84 degrees at the start. It was a hot and humid day, but only 86 degrees at the finish.

    A brief shower at start time cooled things off a bit. The weather radar showed rain over North Keys Park and hardly anywhere else.

    AMS: 14.4 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: The bottom bracket of Jim's bike started making a clicking sound that got louder as we rode.

    Report: No CC riders came today. We swept for the B's to the rest stop. Because of Jim's mechanical problems and the heat, we skipped the Celestial Lane loop and headed back to the park. Only 23 miles today!

  • Thu, July 11, 2019 9:30 AM | Samuel Perry

    Riders: Bob Howell, Donaro Gardner, Alan Kurzweil

    Ride Leader Sam Perry

    As this ride was posted late in the afternoon yesterday, probably due to questionable weather, we had a lower turnout today.

    I posted a short distance route that could be completed before any rain.

    The humidity was thick this morning as we left the North Keys Parking Lot. The route covers Nelson Perrie, Baden Westwood and the Gallant Green/Bassford areas. The Rest Stop at mile 13 was the Moreland Store. The outter porch area was air condition which was great and also where we sat.

    Due to the heat and humidity we decided to forgo the portion of the route by Covington Rd and to shortcut it by staying on Horsehead Rd. This cut the route by 2 miles. 

    AVS for the B group was 15. Alan, although he signed with the B's he rode with the CC.

  • Wed, July 10, 2019 5:30 PM | Blake Altman

    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: July 10, 2019

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.4 MPH

    Ride Class:  AA/2

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  Close Call

    Weather: About 90, mostly sunny, not too humid, breeze out the south

    Guest Riders:  Julie Woodburn, Josh Hettel

    Member Riders:  Michael Blaine, Douglas Cater, Mike Wilson, Brad Francisco, Jean Wright, Bruce Wright, Ken Lemmert

    Ride Report:

    Jean, Bruce, and Ken weren’t really on the AA ride; they were doing the A/B ride but signed in with me since Ken was late due to a flat tire. 

    We lost one rider on Springhill Newtown Road.  The remaining pack stayed together until the hill on Budd’s Creek Road where we lost another rider.  We had the wind at our backs on Route 301, which felt good.

    The close call occurred on St. Mary’s Avenue when an oncoming car inexplicably made a left turn in front of the pack.  What are people thinking?  Fortunately, we were able to avoid the car and continue without incident. 

    It was another good ride. 

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