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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.









  • Fri, November 01, 2019 10:00 AM | Randy Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie and Randy Schoch

    Members - Donaro Gardner, Vicki Garlock, Esther Steward, Ron Altemus, Celeste Conyers, Jim & Jane Hudnall.

    Guests - None

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Very cold and windy (low 40's)

    AMS - Varied per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps - None on the ride - see Report

    Report - We had more riders than I expected because of the cold and windy conditions. We started the ride as a group but soon split up according to each persons riding comfort. We spotted eagles at the Bumpy Oak Pond. Because of the cold wind, Jackie and I turned around at the Jim & Jane/Calvin benches. As the rest of the group returned to the parking lot after the ride, Esther opened and closed her car door causing the rear window to shatter. They went to a garage in Indian Head and was given a large piece of clear plastic tape to put over the shattered glass in order to keep the rest in place. Geico told Esther to drive it home and they would send a glass repair and replace mechanic to fix her vehicle.

  • Wed, October 30, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus & Joan Oppel

    Members:  Linda Blackman, Chantal Briere, Barbara Butcher, Roger Cubbage, Steve Forman, Jessica Hirschhorn, Jane & Jim Hudnall, Jay Lewis, Cathy Miller, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Bob Thompson, Leslie Tierstein

    Guests:  inc. members of Wednesday Irregulars, Belle Haven Tuesday Group, Babes on Bikes.  Mark Baland, Ed Comer, B. Counts, Walter Fink, Susan Green, Jan Johnson, Althea Johnston, Erica Kane, John Manley, Mark Pankin, Dina Rotklein, George Saxton, Lynn Schoenfelder, Dan Stoltz (and several others that didn't sign in)

    Route:   a meander through Fort Hunt neighborhoods (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31324902)

    Weather:  overcast, temps in the low to mid 60s, very little noticeable breezes

    AMS:  under 10 mps

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  thankfully none!

    Report:  close to 40 brave, stouthearted riders took up the challenge to explore the frightfully scary neighborhoods of Fort Hunt viewing Halloween decorations.  We stayed together as a group - had to since the cue sheet was two pages.  Enough oohs and aahs and picture taking to lead your faithful correspondent to conclude that everyone enjoyed themselves.  Check out the club's Facebook page for plenty of images of the riders and Halloween sights.

  • Tue, October 29, 2019 4:35 PM | Joan Oppel (Administrator)

    Leader: Joan Oppel

    Members: Ron Altemus, Barb Haney, Don Gardner, Jim Hudnall, Jane Hudnall, Alan Kurzweil, Jay Lewis, Dave Mann, Karen McMillan, Steve Palincsar, Larry Peed, Sam Perry, Andy Schuller, Pat Walthers 

    Route: Pleasant, easy, familiar

    Weather: Heavy cloud cover but temperatures in the 60's and it felt quite warma

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None 

    Report:  A mix of faster, fast and slower riders at the ride start, and the fast and fasters took off first, leaving just 4 of us at the back. Steve and Ron deviated at about mile 7 so Pat W and I went on to the Pisgah Park rest stop. Alan Kurzweil came along just as we got there, as he also deviated from the route (for more miles). Steve and Ron arrived at the park while we were having a snack and we all left together. Another Steve/Ron deviation left Pat and me to ride the IHRT to Bumpy Oak and climb Bumpy Oak by ourselves. It turned out to be a nice route with opportunities for riders to do their own thing if so inclined.

  • Sat, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Walt Roscello (Administrator)

    Leader: Walt Roscello

    Members: We had 10 people between the two classes, and picked up Jay Lewis and George Chiamalura for most of the ride.  Karen McMillan, Liam Healy, Jane and Jim Hudnall, Patricia Sanders, Janell Saunders, and one other (didn't sign in) rode with the B's.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31363700 which Steve created at my request, to ride some nice roads, go by the museum, and return on Chapel Point

    Weather: 60 to 70 degrees with strong overcast.  A few sprinkles at the start ("heavy dew") but I was confident they wouldn't develop into anything.

    AMS: 14.1 but I'm not sure my phone paused at all the rest stops

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: none

    Report: It turned out to be a good day for a ride, and the favorable weather days are going to get rarer, so I'm glad we took this trip.  

    We stayed fairly close together and enjoyed some nice roads to the first rest stop at Gilbert Run: Glen Albin (newly paved), Cooksey, Penn's Hill, and Bowling northbound.  After a rest and enjoying the lake, kayakers, and forest scenery, it was time to climb Rt. 6 and DuBois roads.  We descended Old Sycamore (though it's better as a calm climb, given the road surface) then made our way to Allen's Fresh, where we got our unplanned surprise of the day: about 10 acres of fields and brush south of the road were on fire!  The fire department had arrived and didn't seem too concerned - I think they expected the road to serve as a barrier.  But, we did have a fair amount of smoke to traverse for about 150 feet.  After the climb up Budds Creek Rd we arrived at the Veterans Museum, which as Steve says has an impressive collection of both artifacts and models, given that it is an all-volunteer effort.  Many of the riders stated they were glad that we made a route to visit this museum.  The rest of the route was a stint on the shoulder of US 301 for 1.5 miles, then the quiet of S Faulkner Rd, and Chapel Point Rd was scenic as always.  We climbed back to La Plata, and some sought goods at the farmers market which was still going, albeit in the closing phase.

    Most of the roads seemed quiet today, and we had multiple scenic spots: the lake at Gilbert Run, the end of Zekiah swamp from Allens Fresh Rd and Rt. 234 bridge, and the view from the top of Chapel Point hill, along with all the quiet fields along the way.  This was a good example of why we ride, and the waning season made it all the more appreciated.

  • Sat, October 26, 2019 10:00 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    History & Farmland, riders from all classes

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Pat Walthers

    Weather: overcast, high 50s to high 60s, breezy

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31363700 with one change: instead of taking Chapel Point all the way to MD-6 and following MD-6 back to La Plata, we went up Locust Grove to Old Stagecoach, crossing US-301 onto St Marys Ave at the BBQ (no longer Johnny Boys) and taking St Marys back to the ride start.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none, other than Jay Lewis leaving his water bottle at Gilbert Run Park.  Pat had an empty water bottle cage so she brought it with her, hoping to give it to the owner when we were all together at the museum.  Unfortunately, Jay either didn't stop at the museum or left well before we got there.

    AMS: 11.2

    There was a good-sized group today, and two leaders.  Most everyone signed with Walt, and only Pat rode with me at the back. We left La Plata with a few scattered raindrops, but there was no rain in the forecast and eventually it stopped and cleared up and brightened up enough to need sunglasses.  For an overcast, cloudy-bright day, the scenery was remarkably pretty.  I think it's the first time we've gone up Cooksey and down Newport Church this year, and I think for all of us the first time ever visiting the MD Veterans Museum on US-301 just north of Glassva School Rd. 

    Exhibits are organized by historical period and featured uniforms and weapons of both sides.  I was quite taken with the way everything exhibited in all the time periods other than the one when I served all felt like historical exhibits, but when I got to the Vietnam exhibit the uniforms and equipment all seemed totally contemporary to me.   Perhaps if we'd arrived with the main group in time to get the guided tour rather than wandering through the various rooms on our own, it might have felt different. 

    Jim posted  photos on Facebook.

  • Sat, October 26, 2019 9:30 AM | Kirk Saunders

     Leader: Kirk Saunders 

    Members: Barb Haney , Tom Roberts , Alan Kurzweil

    Guests: Ben Barnes 

    Route: Fabulous, Rolling, Challenging , Scenic 

    Weather: Almost chilly , overcast with a few sprinkles 

    AMS: 14.9

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None 

    Report: A few seasoned regulars welcomed Ben Barnes on his first OHBTC ride . We rode a pleasant pace at times , enjoyed the surroundings and looked out after each other . We all enjoyed our peloton conversations and catching up . Alan had been off the bike due to a bad cold and rode really well  on his first outing . Ben is Deaf , a strong rider , a great guy and did well learning how we rotated the pace line. I think a mirror would be helpful for him to see upcoming cars and become smoother . The highlight of the ride was seeing “Bessy” the Cow in the middle of the rail trail staring us down . We had a photo shoot with Her & came across the Farmer in a four wheeler who was looking for her . It was Hilarious . Great Ride ! 

  • Fri, October 25, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jackie and Randy Schoch, Esther Steward, Larry Peed, Troy Eddy, Vicki Garlock, Donaro Gardner, Jane & Jim Hudnall

    Route:  the Friday special:  IHRT from Livingston Rd parking lot to White Plains and return.  Approx. 20 miles

    Weather:  a cool, overcast start with temps in the mid 50s and air moving out of the SW, warming to low 60s with occasional sun at White Plains and return.

    AMS:  varied immensely

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  Troy joined us with his new ORANGE Catrike performance tricycle.  Quite the machine and the same color as his truck:  ORANGE!  He tooled along quite smartly and loves it.  For the rest of us, on our diamond frames, it was another pleasant morning of riding on the trail.  Not much in the way of wildlife other than squirrels but numerous other trail users.  Trees along the trail are starting to show some color.  When the Wednesday Southern Exposure rode the from Bensville to Bumpy Oak, everything was green.  So changes in just two days as autumn continues.  Several riders either started early or finished late by including the section from the parking lot to Village Green and back as part of their excursion. 

  • Thu, October 24, 2019 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

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    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Jay Lewis, Walt Roscello, Linda Bankerd, Donaro Gardner, Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall, Janell Saunders, Sam Perry

    Weather: clear, sunny, breezy, high 50s at the start rising to the low 70s by early afternoon.  A classic perfect autumn day.  I don't know about the Capitol Weather Gang, but I gave it a 9 out of 10.

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31346295  39 mi, 1767' elevation gain. 

    Mishaps & mechanicals: none

    AMS: 11.2 at the back

    A small but hardy group braved the weather today to come out riding.  Indeed, Walt and Janell took time off from work to do so. 

    The route featured some roads we haven't done in a while and at least one I don't think we've ever done. 

    Not in a while:

    • from Duley Station onto Wallace Lane and through Marlton to a rest stop at the McDonalds [noting road construction on Fairhaven];
    • US-301 from Fairhaven to Trumps Hill [noting road construction and a closed shoulder on 301];
    • Trumps Hill [noting construction and seriously eroded pavement on the upper section];
    • downhill on Croom Airport [for some reason, since July we've always gone down Mt Calvert and Duvall and come up Croom Airport];
    • continuing on Croom Airport past the Pavilion gates to Selby's Landing and the Indian Village [first time this year, I think]. 

    First time ever:

    after visiting the Indian Village at Patuxent River Park, instead of backtracking on Croom Airport to the Pavilion, we continued in the opposite direction on the paved road from the Indian Village.  It loops around and comes in at the far end of the field where we park the cars for the Rural Legacy.  We rode across the field to the Pavilion for our rest stop.

    Taking advantage of Traditional Native American Bike Racks at the Indian Village

    The leaves have just started turning.  Mostly the leaves were green, but there were a few occasional splashes of color, and the intense blue sky and strong clear golden sunlight made everything look extraordinarily beautiful.  Today even the faster folks took their time and enjoyed the sights, which indeed were well worth seeing.   Thanks to all who came out.

    Jim posted photos  on Facebook.

  • Wed, October 23, 2019 4:30 PM | Donaro Gardner

    Leader: Donaro. Gardner

    Members: Jane Hudnall, Jim Hudnall

    Guests: None

    Weather: Sunny

    AMS: 14

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: It was a pleasant ride that will likely be our last ride this season. No wildlife was spotted on the road.Since we have moved the time up of the ride we are often caught be darkness when attempting to go to B&J's.It has been a pleasure leading the ride this season.See you down the road!


  • Wed, October 23, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   CC Core Contingent:  Pat Walters, Steve Palincsar, Joan Oppel; Friends:  Kirk Saunders, Jay Lewis, Larry Peed, Donaro Gardner, Lou Dall'Orso

    Route:   BR 37 Mathews, Fenwick, River, et al  36.8 miles, 976' elevation change.  A brief exploration of the subdivision behind Bryan's Road shopping center, then down Marshall Hall Road to explore Fenwick and River prior to a rest stop at Marshall Hall Landing.  Next up Barry's Hill, a quick Accokeek meander, Menk, Manning, Berry, and Bensville to the IHRT.  Bumpy Oak and Livingston for the final leg.

    Weather:  pretty darn nice.  Brilliant sunshine and blue sky, temps ranging from the upper 50s to mid 60s, 8-10 mph breezes out of the western quadrant.

    AMS:  swept in the low 11s.  Friends were much faster.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none known or reported

    Report:  There are quite a few houses in the Bryan's Road area, both single family and town homes, and plenty more being built off of Marshall Hall Road before it descends down to the river.  But Fenwick Rd and River Rd are still sparsely populated, each with unique water views of the Potomac River.  We rode together for the quick jog behind the shopping center and then the friends were off at a higher rate of speed, only being seen again coming back on Fenwick as the core contingent started down it. 

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