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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, January 11, 2020 10:00 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    Leader:  Diane Harris 

    Members: Lou DallOrso, Kirk Saunders, Tom Roberts, Theresa Rowell, Sam Perry, Janelle Saunders, Sue Estes, Donaro Gardner, Liam Healy, Phil Mitchell, Karen McMillan, and Darrell Meyer

    Guests: none

    Route: Manokeek Espresso 45 miles

    Weather: overcast with temps in the high 50s at the start, breezy to windy.  High 60s towards the end of the ride with more sun.

    AMS: Ride leader sweeping with an ams of 14.3.  

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: One flat within the first 5 miles of the ride.  A second flat by another rider after the rest stop.

    Report: The weather was predicted to be balmy with temps in the high 60s to low 70s.  However while the temps were fine, the overcast skies, wet roads, and breezy to windy conditions made it feel cooler.  This was a mixed group with some riders that could easily exceed the advertised pace, some that were comfortable with the pace, and others who were more comfortable at the lower end.  Predictably the group split up on the first climb  which was shortly after the ride start.  At times the wind really made it difficult and Janelle opted to take a short cut, arriving at the rest stop before the rest of the group.  There was some regrouping when one of the faster riders flatted allowing those of us behind to catch up.  More climbing separated us but we again regrouped at the rest stop.  Not only had Janelle come and gone but so had Lou.  There was one more flat tire on the ride after the rest stop which was repaired and the ride resumed.  There were no more issues and those of us at the back of the ride returned to the start location, put away our bikes and enjoyed drinks, snacks, and conversation at the local Starbucks. 

  • Sat, January 11, 2020 9:30 AM | Susan Henn

    Leader: Eric Nielsen

    Members: None

    Guests: Jenniffer B., Jim K., David S.

    Weather: Mixture of clouds and sun, brisk southerly winds, high 71oF

    Route: RWGPS 31703619

    Mechanicals: Dropped timing belt at mile 40 due to stick caught in captain's ring, pulling belt inward. Belt was easily remounted.

    Average speed: 16.8 miles per hour

    D.S. and J.B rode tandem; J.K. and E.N. spun fixed gears. Roads were wet early due to condensation, but gradually dried after 10:30 except in deep shade. We rode a modest pace together until some up-tempo silliness in the final two miles. Sandwiches were purchased at Bowen's in Huntingtown and carried to Scorpion Brewing in Owings for lunch. While eating, the sun punched through the clouds, making the remainder of the ride delightful, as both it and the wind were mostly on our backs.

  • Fri, January 10, 2020 10:30 AM | Jackie Schoch

    Leaders - Jackie  Schoch

    Members -  Ron Altemus, Monica Imler, Robin Garnett, Bruce and Gail Black, Esther Steward, Vicki Garlock, Don Gardner,  Jane and Jim Hudnall.

    Route - IHRT

    Weather - Low 50's, cloudy.

    AMS - Varied per rider

    Mechanical/Mishaps - None

    Report - A good turnout of mostly regulars riders.  Not much wild life either just a few squirrels. We had a short break at White Plains because we didn't want to cool down too much. A quick pace back to the Livingston Road parking lot. We all went our separate ways for lunch.  It was a good way to start the new year on the IHRT.

  • Tue, January 07, 2020 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:   Larry Peed, Donaro Gardner, Barbara Haney

    Route:   advertised to go down Chapman's Landing, connect with the IHRT at Blair, use Chicamuxen to Smallwood Church, onwards via Mason Springs to a rest stop at Pisgah Store.  Return would have been Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen, IHRT, and Bumpy Oak.  Due to weather concerns, we turned off the IHRT at Hawthorne, rode  up to Bumpy Oak, and traversed its length back to the start.

    Weather:  weak sun at ride start changing over to high overcast, temp range from 39 - 45, winds so light couldn't tell their directionality.   No rain or snow!

    AMS:  mid 13s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  three locals wanted some miles so they joined your out-of-state faithful correspondent for a nice brisk ride (by CC standards).  We basically rode the entire way together and only stopped briefly twice to decide on our route options.  We finished before noon and rain didn't appear until after 1 pm.  However, if we had opted for a longer ride, it would have undoubtedly rained on us. 

  • Fri, January 03, 2020 10:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Jane & Jim Hudnall

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

    Weather:  temp range of 50-53 degrees; air movement approx. 7-9 mph out of the SW; almost completely overcast except for some interludes of sun approaching White Plains; light rain commencing at ride's conclusion.

    AMS:  14 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  given that it is January 3, the weather was fairly nice.  And at least three club members have ridden every day of 2020.  We maintained a good pace in both directions, not seeing any other cyclists on the trail and maybe a half dozen walkers or joggers.  Reaching the parking lot on our return, we continued west to get a few more miles.  The aforementioned rain started as we crossed Hawthorn so we only rode to mile marker 2, surveyed Mattawoman Creek in its winter solemnity, and returned to the parking lot.  Our midday repast was at the Lunch Box.

  • Wed, January 01, 2020 3:31 PM | Jessica Hirschhorn (Administrator)

    Alas, minus Joan. 

    An attempt was made to reproduce Joan's Annual Monuments ride. Co-leaders were Jessica Hirschhorn and Michael Arnold, who was our valiant sweep.  

    Weather was cool and clear but folks were well bundled and remained comfortable, especially as the temp soared into the 40's!  

    A BIG TURNOUT of about 25 enjoyed this social ride, that included stops at Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR, MLK, and Lincoln.  We passed WWII, Botanical Gardens, Supreme Court, Capitol, Old Executive Building. 

    Total milage 20.5.  

    About half the group split up at the end to do 1 New Year's loop around Hains Point before heading back to Dangerfield Island. 

    Barbara Hoover had a flat, and one rider got lost at Hains Point but was rescued. 

  • Tue, December 31, 2019 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:  Ron Altemus

    Members:  Patricia Sanders, Diane Harris, Alan Kurzweil, Pat Walthers, Janell Saunders, Karen McMillan, Tom Short, Lou Dall'Orso, Donaro Gardner

    Route:  Outbound via Bumpy Oak, Rose Hill, and MD-6 to a rest stop at Scott's in Welcome.  Return via Hilltop/Annapolis Woods, Poorhouse, Pisgah Marbury, Chicamuxen, and Livingston.

    Weather:   periods of sun and overcast, temp range 46-53, winds out of the SW

    AMS:  swept in mid 12s

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  Tom's left ankle gave out just prior to the start so he decided not to ride.

    Report:  When the sun was out, a most delightful day; when overcast, a bit nippy.  A congenial group that rode mostly together to Scott's; after that, a few with time constraints went ahead while the rest of us enjoyed the last ride of 2019.  For the most part, traffic was light and the short route left some us desiring a few more miles to enjoy the day.

  • Sat, December 28, 2019 4:50 PM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Photo op on the Three Notch Trail

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Janell Saunders, Fred Robbins, Patricia Sanders, Ron Altemus, Karen McMillan, Sarah Clement, Pat Walthers

    Guests: Ray Hastings

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31641649  39 mi, 1270' elevation gain.  The ride featured a trip through the Thompson Corner Amish community including a rest stop at the Amish schoolhouse,  a visit to Wicomico Shores Landing, a stop at Chaptico, then Baptist Church to the 3NT back to Northern Senior Center.

    Rest stop at Wicomico Shores Landing

    Weather: a gorgeous, sunny early spring day that just happened to fall in late December.  Sunny skies, 50s at the start rising to 65 by early afternoon, with a gentle breeze.  A perfect day at any time of year, but especially so as the last weekend ride of the year (since tomorrow's forecast is calling for rain).

    Mishaps & mechanicals: another lost cleat screw (there was one on the Friday IHRT ride on the 20th, too) solved with little drama.  You don't need cleat screws often, but when you do need one you really need one - and they're small and light, so I carry a few (having had that emregency myself this year).

    AMS: 11.9 at the back

  • Sat, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM | Samuel Perry (Administrator)

    Riders: Diane Harris, Tom Roberts, Ken Meredith, Lou D'Alloso,Vanessa Ridgeway, Donaro Gardner.

    Temps: 50 degrees at start and 65 degrees at the end.

    Mechanical: Donaro had a rear flat tire on the Charles County Parkway. 

    Best weather that you could ask for during December in the DMV. 

    We rode from Accokeek MD to LaPlata MD. Our group stayed together for most of the ride's route. The route was mostly flat with rolling hills in LaPlata, and the final hill on Bumpy Oak Rd. The Rest Stop was at the Dash- In on Marshall Corners Road.

    Ride Leader finished with a 14.8 AVS. Most of the group was the same .

    This route was from  the Library of Blackmasterson, titled Stars and Stripes.

  • Sat, December 28, 2019 10:00 AM | Susan Henn

    Leader: Eric Nielsen

    Members: None

    Guests: Jenniffer B., John B., David S.

    Route: RWGPS 31662521 (revised from original)

    Weather: Sunny with intermittent cirrus clouds, high temperatures low 60soF, winds less than 10 mph from NE backing to NW

    Average speed: 17.0 mph

    Mechanical: Rear flat at mile 23

    An exceptional early winter day for bicycling on the Eastern Shore because winds were light and temperatures were well above average. Three of us were on fixed gears. All four of us bicycled together, and we maintained a comfortable late-season pace to the end. Lunch was enjoyed at Mispillion River Brewing in Milton, DE, with sandwiches purchased two miles earlier. We also treated ourselves to post-ride snacks at the Market Street Public House in Denton, MD before motoring home.

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