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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, October 02, 2018 8:28 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader:  Joan Oppel

    Members:  Ron Altemus, Harry Kidd, Jay Lewis, Steve Palincsar, Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Route: To Smallwood Park via a long detour through Indian Head town, then Pisgah, Smallwood Church, two visits to Sweetman and back on Livingston

    Weather: Nice and sunny and not too hot

    AMS: Whatever is needed to keep an eye on all riders

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: No one in the CC group had a mechanical but Larry Peed had a flat tire at Smallwood Park, and to get the tire back on his rim required 6 hands working together.  

    Report: Just a few miles into the ride, one rider remarked that the route was "strange". This route looped around a lot, first heading to Indian Head, then taking the trail, then making various loops off and on and crossing Chicamuxen. I thought it was fun and a visit to Smallwood Park is always scenic. The CC group stayed together convivially.


  • Sun, September 30, 2018 11:14 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader: Pete Czapiewski

    Members: Cynthia Anderson

    Guests: Elizabeth Niles

    Route: Fort Hunt Park to Fairfax County Parkway and return. 28 miles, 1100 feet elevation gain.

    Weather: Nice early fall weather. Mid 60s, light winds.

    AMS:  16 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: The three of us started in the local neighborhoods then took the bike trail for a couple of miles to Mount Vernon. We traveled past Fort Belvoir and up the hill by the Wegman's on Telegraph Road. Continuing south on the rollers of Telegraph for a few miles, we encountered a rough section of milled pavement. At that point, we decided to loop back on the Fairfax County Parkway and Richmond Highway and head for the Hollin Hall Pastry Shop. All in all, a pleasurable ride on a beautiful day.

  • Sun, September 30, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Janell Saunders, Dave VanAmayden, Kevin Foley, Ron Altemus, Melissa Newberry

    Guests: Jay & Brenda Simon

    Weather: A lovely early autum / late summer day, cloudy to partly cloudy skies, mid 60s at the start rising to the mid-70s by early afternoon.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27375319?beta=false  47 miles, 1600' of elevation gain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Jay had a flat tire on Riverside just before the second rest stop, easily fixed without drama.

    AMS: 12.7

    A fabulous early fall day, almost perfect for riding.  Our route took us down to Mallows Bay, which everybody seemed to enjoy quite a bit in spite of the half-mile of gravel road leading to it.  Everyone liked the route, which explored some of the back roads of Nanjemoy.  The scenery was quite lovely today.

    This was the first time I've been on Adams Willett since mid-August.  At that time, they'd milled part of the road, repaved part of it with smooth blacktop, and had left some in its original condition.  The repaired part was quite nice, but the original pavement was so bad it felt no different from the milled part. 

    Since then, it's been chipsealed from end to end.  What had been smooth fresh blacktop now resides under a gravelly crust.  No residue on the shoulders and no loose gravel, but also no more ultra smooth blacktop.  Riding on it was fine -- at least for me, but then I was running 42mm tires @ 50 psi -- and that sort of surface is really much better than smooth blacktop in the rain because it can hold so much water between the grains with no ponding, but you have to wonder: why make the repair with smooth blacktop if you're just going to coat it with a shake & bake crust afterwards?

    Annapolis Woods has also recently been chipsealed, and its surface is much like Adams Willett.  If this is the new standard, it's a good thing manufacturers are moving to wider tires and less pressure.

  • Sat, September 29, 2018 10:00 AM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)
    Leaders:  Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Olga Roberts, Kirk Fedder, Barbara Hoover

    Guests: None

    Route: From the Indian Head Village Green Pavilion, we went down the trail to Hawthorne, right on Chicamuxen to Smallwood State Park, the marina and the Mattawoman Creek Arts Center. The return followed the route back to Indian Head.

    Weather: Beautiful! Upper 60's to mid 70's, sunshine and a light breeze.

    AMS: 12 mph - casual ride

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report:  It was great to have Olga, Kirk and Barbara join us on a pleasant ride, enjoy the views of Mattawoman Creek at Sweden Point Marina and see the paintings, photographs and sculpture at the Mattawoman Creek Arts Center. A donation from the club in honor of Wally and Jane Huie was presented to support of the center. 
  • Sat, September 29, 2018 9:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Bob Howell, Joan Oppel, Jay Lewis, Harry Kidd, Doug Lesar, Pat Walthers, Dave VanAmayden, Wayne Hunt

    Weather: Sunny, breezy-to-windy, a shocking mid-60s at the start rising to almost 80 by early afternoon. 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28687068  55 mi.  Not the route I'd intended; Wayne's timely warning Friday morning that All Faith Church Rd was closed meant the planned route impossible and triggered a hasty search for an alternative of the same length.  After several false starts I eventually ended up modifying Bob Howell's Water Views route to add a few miles by going left on North Ryceville & Dixie Lyon after the stop at the Amish Schoolhouse. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 13.1

    It was great to see Bob Howell on a club ride again, and nice to meet Wayne Hunt in person.  Both deserve thanks: Bob for taking us to Wicomico Shored and Old Chaptico Landing in the first place (we'd been riding past those places for decades, never once thinking about going down there) and Wayne for the warning about All Faith Church Rd.  Pat had to turn back after a few miles, but the rest of us stayed together until Jay turned off to shorten the ride just before we got to Chaptico.  As Bob put it, "A ride, not a race," and exactly why we ride together.

  • Fri, September 28, 2018 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Fran Jezisek, Debby Bowman, Larry Stirling, Belinda Acre, Jim & Jane Hudnall, Donaro Gardner.  Club members also riding the trail:  Michael Dong, Sheryl Romeo, Matt Schwaller, Bob Moye, Bev White

    Route:   Indian Head Rail Trail - Livingston Road Parking lot to White Plains and return.  Debby and your faithful correspondent rode to the Indian Head trail head; the Hudnalls & Don rode to George's and back.

    Weather:  delightful.  NO rain!  Early on partly sunny giving way to full sunshine by ride's end.  Temps at 61 to start, rising to 68.  A decent breeze out of the WNW blew us outbound to White Plains and thus was noticeable on the return.

    Report:  It was so nice having good weather for a change.  The trail was in fine shape though early on, still wet from all of the humidity that has beset us the past few days.  Not a lot of other users, surprisingly.  Some wildlife including deer, a baby turtle, and a snake.  All of us (sans Larry) went on to George's for lunch.

  • Wed, September 26, 2018 5:00 PM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: September 26, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.9 MPH (lead)

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  None

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: At start: Partly cloudy, lower 90’s, humid, At end: Cloudy, 80’s humid

    Guest Riders:  Reggie Forbes, Kevin O’Clair

    Member Riders:   Tyler Hill, Brad Francisco, Mike Wilson, Michael Blaine

    Ride Report:

    The ride leader and another rider were dropped on the Route 6 hill.  I figured we wouldn’t see the lead group again but we managed to catch them at the light.  (This was one of those rare circumstances were the timing worked perfectly.)

    The whole group was together until the hill on Budd’s Creek Road.  At that point the ride leader and two other riders formed Chase 1.  I say Chase but we weren’t really chasing; we had no hope of catching the lead group.

    Chase 1 rode to the end without issues with a respectable 20.9 MPH average.

    As I was leaving to go home Ken, the only rider on the A ride, came in; he said he had a good ride.

    I got home about 6:45 at 7:15 the skies opened up from a very loud thunderstorm; another case of perfect timing.

    That is a wrap for the CJE for this year.  We had a good year and I’m looking forward to starting up again spring of 2019.

  • Wed, September 26, 2018 5:00 PM | Jane Hudnall (Administrator)

    Leaders: Jim and Jane Hudnall

    Members: Sheryl Romero, Matthew Schwaller, Troy Eddy, Larry Peed

    Guests: none

    Route:  A tour through Accokeek down Marshall Hall Road and to the Potomac them back up Barry's Hill to the fire station

    Weather:  Humid, with thunderstorm predicted for later in the evening

    AMS:  14 + mph 

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report:  Troy rode the route earlier and then led the group down to the Potomac.  Larry arrived late but he and Jim caught up with the group quickly (thanks to a short-cut). Threatening clouds shorted the rest stop at the river. Larry, Jim and Jane went to B&J's for sandwiches after the ride. Some riders may not had gotten to the start because of the closing of MD210 near Swann Creek Road due to a terrible accident. The trip home after the ride was difficult because of blocked roads and heavy traffic.

  • Wed, September 26, 2018 7:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Club member, Sam Perry, joined me this morning for hill repeats in the Apple Grove neighborhood.  We did the Four Hills of Apple Grove route, 3 sets of the 4 hills.  Is it my imagination or are they getting easier?  Almost 1800 feet of climbing over 20 miles made for a good workout.

  • Sat, September 22, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    This ride was posted on the schedules of the Oxon Hill and Baltimore Bike Clubs.

    Oxon Hill Members: Steve Palincsar, John Arrington, Harry Kidd, Morris Hymes, Rita Zeidner, Harold Datz, Jenny Haddon, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall

    Guest and BBC member count: 10.

    Routes: 60 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700) or 47 miles (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28604700). Both routes began on Harwood Rd, then went up Wayson and down Queen Anne Bridge, Patuxent River and Sands Rds to a stop at the Shell station in Waysons Corner. After briefly crossing over Rt 4 and back again on Wrighton and Bay Front Rds, we went south on McKendree/Jewell/Wilson to Friendship Rd. From there the routes split; the shorter route stayed on Friendship and took Boyds Turn and 5th St down to North Beach. The longer route went down Old Solomons Island Rd and Route 2 (with a diversion onto Wayside), then turned onto Dalyrymple where we stopped at the 7-11. We went further south on Hardesty to Ponds Woods and Bayside, then up Christiana Parran back to Dalrymple and Old Bayside, then north on Bayside through Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. Both routes had rest stops at the Chesapeake Market in Herrington Harbor, then went up Friendship, Fairhaven, Town Point, Leitch and Franklin Gibson. After a brief diversion through Deale (which Steve and I skipped), we continued up Nutwell-Sudley-Owensville back to Southern High School.

    Weather: Pretty darn great. The roads were mostly dry despite early morning rain, and though we felt a few random drops at one point and had gray clouds near the bay, conditions were generally cloudy bright/partially sunny with temps in the 70s and humidity dropping through the day. There was a brisk sea breeze near the bay but we only felt it for a few miles. We were not surprised to see many other cyclists out enjoying the day.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: a few people missed a turn or two, and the ride leader underestimated the number of cue sheets needed. And the mystery noise on my bike was worse than ever, but it's not a mystery anymore, as the LBS mechanic was finally able to recreate it and identify the worn parts causing it. And it should be gone for good now that I'm replacing the rear wheel -- say goodbye to the Mavic moo!

    Average speed: 13 mph at the back.

    Report: We enjoyed a wonderful ride on the (sob) last day of summer.  Many riders were ready to go before 9 am and eager to get started. They also rode closer to the top of the ride category (which was 13-15 mph for the BBC) , and it looked like they skipped the first rest stop. So we did not see them again once the ride started. The sweep group consisted of  Harry, Jim and Jane, who did the 47 mile route, and Steve and me riding the longer route. When we arrived at the 7-11 on Dalrymple, we found a small group of our riders finishing up their rest stop, and were soon joined by three more who had taken a wrong turn from Wrighton Rd.  We saw them again when we stopped at Chesapeake Market, along with a bunch of fast riders who had started in Davidsonville, passed us several times earlier in the day, and passed us again on the ride back to Harwood despite having consumed several bottles of wine at the rest stop.

    Thanks very much to everyone who joined me today!

Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club
P.O. Box 81  
Oxon Hill, MD 20750-0081

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