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  • Wed, June 27, 2018 5:30 PM | Blake Altman
    Ride Leader:  Blake Altman

    Date: June 27, 2018

    Ride Name:  Casey Jones Express

    Ride Distance:  25 Miles

    Average Speed of the Ride:  21.0 MPH (Chase 1)

    Ride Class:  AA/2 Express

    Mechanical Issues:  Front flat tire

    Mishaps:  None

    Weather: 90’s to 80’s, humid, partly cloudy to overcast, breeze out of the south, spotty rain showers

    Guest Riders:  Holden Hudson, Aaron Taylor, Alonzo Baxter

    Member Riders:   Eric Williams, Rob Smith, Douglas Carter, Brad Francisco, Tyler Hill, Anthony Carter, Mike Wilson, Sue Estes

    Ride Report:

    There were spotty pop-up showers in the area but I decided that we would luck out and stay dry; I was wrong.

    Brad suffered a front flat after running something over on the shoulder at the top of the downhill on Route 6.  He told us to keep going so we did.  I expected to see him catch-up before the end but I didn’t see him until we finished.

    Once again there is some sort of construction activity on the shoulder at the bridge on Route 6 which necessitated us taking the lane over the bridge.

    As per typical, the ride broke-up on the uphill after the bridges on Route 6.  The lead group quickly pulled away and was chased by a group of 3 that reconstituted on the hill.  The chase group would have caught the lead if the traffic light at Penn’s Hill Road had cooperated; instead the chase group was stopped at the light and the lead group was not caught.

    A spitting rain started after this and soon became a deluge; on the up side there was no lightning.  Various groups reported being drenched at various locations south of La Plata but no one reported staying dry.  In my case it rained hard from early on Bowling Road until midway down Allen’s Fresh Rd; the pavement was dry about a mile after turning north on Route 301 from Budd’s Creek Rd.

    Sue reported a personal best average for the ride; unfortunately, I didn’t write it down so I can’t report it.  Brad rode a very impressive 21.7 MPH trying to catch-up.

    Even with the rain it was still a good ride.  

  • Tue, June 26, 2018 9:00 AM | Samuel Perry

    Route: BR 38 Bills ,Bills  , Bills

    Weather: Sunny, with a breeze

    No Mishaps

    Riders: Tom Roberts, Chuck Coe, Darryl Lowrey, Tom Short,George Chiamuler, Barbara Haney, Ron Haney, Pete Czapiewski, David Schaud.

    Ten riders joined me on a route created by Mike Bivens. The route runs through La Plata and is flat with rolling hills. The Riders were split between the faster A group, and the swift but steady B group. 

    The A group finished at 18+ AVS and the B group finished near 16 AVS.

  • Sun, June 24, 2018 8:00 PM | Christopher Roell

    Leader: Christopher Roell

    Members: Norm Lisy

    Guests: Leon Bloom, Derrick Cook, Mark Garrison, Zachery Hall, John Hamilton, Lesley Jones, Kevin Ulrich

    Route: https://goo.gl/6u77pU 30 miles/1,100 elevation gain.

    Weather: Hot, sunny, mild wind low humidity with temps in the low 90's.

    AMS: 12-13 mph.

    Mechanicals: None.

    Report: Club ride to the highest, lowest and center points in Washington, DC with the BicycleSPACE shop's weekly City Explorers Sunday afternoon ride. On this ride we rode a loop to the center point in DC at 4th and New York Ave, NW;  the highest point in DC at Fort Reno and the lowest point in DC at the tip of Hains Point. At each point we placed a DC flag and tagged the point with a group picture of our feet surrounding it. Needless to say, we put our best foot forward! One of the best parts of the ride was how we entered Rock Creek Park. We entered it as far North in DC you can ride without leaving DC on Kalima Drive which took us to Beach Drive. Very little if any vehicle traffic encounted on this way into Rock Creek. The long hilly climb up Nebraska Ave to Fort Reno made the ride down to Hains Point along the Rock Creek Park Trail even more enjoyable! All in all, a great crew to ride with and some folks expressed to me how pleasantly surprised they were of what great riding there is in DC. 

    Ride Pictures: https://goo.gl/4i8GDj

  • Sun, June 24, 2018 9:00 AM | Pete Czapiewski

    Leader:  Pete Czapiewski

    Members:  George Valenzuela, Cynthia Anderson

    Guests (PPTC):  Scott Clutterbuck, Daniel Wilcox, Mike McCarley, Pat McNabb, Katherine & Caesar, George McNabb (sag)

    Route:  From Eastham Park in Front Royal, VA to Elk Wallow or Thorton Gap and back along Skyline Drive. 50 miles/ 5870 ft or 65 miles/ 6450 ft https://ridewithgps.com/trips/24709491

    Weather:  Ideal cycling weather. Slightly overcast, light winds, 70 degrees at elevation.

    AMS:  12.7-14.7 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   None 

    Wildlife Sightings:   One bear in the distance, a snake in the road, a hawk, and two deer fawns.

    Report:  This was a joint ride with PPTC, and a fantastic day for cycling in the mountains. I had debated whether to start at 9:00 or 9:30, and the earlier start proved to be the right decision -- a hard storm hit just as most of us were finishing. 

    We basically broke into two groups on the first climb, 5 miles up to Dickey's Ridge. After regrouping at the summit, we quickly split up again and I didn't see any of the faster group (who went the longer distance) until the end. We saw several other cycling groups and hikers, more than I remember seeing at one time along this route. Many motorists (including Mustang and Challenger rallies) and motorcyclists also took advantage of the day, and were courteous for the most part. After the ride, the three OHBTC members enjoyed lunch of barbecue at the Apple House after. I highly recommend riding on Skyline Drive; it is well worth the drive.

  • Sun, June 24, 2018 9:00 AM | Deborah Bowman (Administrator)

    Leader: Debby Bowman

    Members: Janell Saunders, Walt Roscello

    Guests: None

    Weather: Humid, with wet pavement lingering in spots after so much rain. High clouds shielded us from the sun for much of the ride, but they burned off and things got hot in the last 15 miles or so.

    Mishaps and mechanicals: None.

    Average speed: between 13 and 14 mph. We started fast and were at or above 14 for much of the ride, but we slowed down as the heat ratcheted up after the second rest stop.

    Route: 49 miles in southern Anne Arundel County. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/5054117 We went north on Sands Rd, east on Harwood Rd and south on Owensville/Sudley and Swamp Circle to a rest stop at High's in Deale. Then we rode to North Beach on Rockhold Creek, Deale Rd, Franklin Gibson, Leitch, Town Point, Fairhaven, Friendship, Boyd's Turn and 5th St. After a second stop at Chesapeake Market in Herrington Harbor, we headed back by way of Friendship, Sansbury, Wilson, Jewell, McKendree, Fisher's Station and the Pindells.

    Fisher's Station Goat Watch: The half-brown half-white goat was nowhere to be seen, though a couple of all-white friends were out with a bunch of sheep.

    New pavement: End Hunger riders will remember that Friendship Rd was milled down in late April. That roadwork is finished and there is now new, smooth pavement, which continues up Wilson and Jewell.

    Blooms: Magnolia trees, hydrangeas, crape myrtles

    We enjoyed a great bike ride today. We stayed together the whole time and enjoyed much conversation on a wide range of topics. Janell and I are both celebrating birthdays this month, and at the Chesapeake Market rest stop Walt treated us to a big dish of ice cream which we all shared. Thank you Walt, and thanks to both of you for joining me on my birthday ride!
  • Sun, June 24, 2018 8:30 AM | Brad Francisco
    Leader:  Brad Francisco

    Members:  Blake Altman

    Guests:  None

    Route:  Traipsing around central Calvert County, looking for hills and shade.  https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24566695

    Weather:  Warm and muggy at the start.  No way to cool off until the temperature went up and then it got hot.  90 degrees at the finish.

    AMS:  18.2 for Blake and 18.0 for the leader

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   None after the ride started.  A shift cable adjustment was needed before the ride to get the chain into the large rear cog (it was needed).

    Report:  Where are all the AA riders?  Thank you Blake for keeping me company today and making sure that I could finish the ride.

    2400 feet of climbing on a ride that never got over 163 feet above sea level.  We used all of our gears!  Blake went through 2 large water bottles and a soda.  The ride leader went through two large water bottles, a Power Ade, and two cans of Arizona iced tea.

    Lots of friendly folks at the rest stops.  Beer seems to be their thirst quenching beverage of the day.  Two gentleman were drenched in sweat and buying Gatorade and water.  They had their work cut out for them today, they were harvesting garlic at their farm from a 1 acre plot.  They plant it in October and it grows through the winter.

    We found a lot of shade and lightly traveled roads.  A few squirrels avoided us and a vulture challenged us at the edge of the road with widely spread wings.  Fortunately, we were not on the menu.  A pleasant ride, but we were glad to find air conditioning.

    Thanks again for coming out for the ride today Blake.

  • Sun, June 24, 2018 8:30 AM | Diane Harris (Administrator)

    It's going to be hot and humid today so starting the ride at 8:30 was a good idea.  Members Randy Hadden, Douglas Carter and Tom Roberts (all rode to the start), Ron Leak,  Darrel Watson, Theresa Rowell, and Donaro Gardner joined me on this ride. Unlike other Christ Church Loop routes, this one has a bit more climbing.  It was an easy start after the climb out of the parking lot up Berry Rd and onto Accokeek Rd.  Unfortunately Randy had a flat before leaving the parking lot but told us to go on.  He would catch up.  We stayed together until Aquasco Rd, where the faster riders went ahead.  We met them at the rest stop which was closed and this was after 29 miles of riding!!  We altered the route, skipping the Christ Church Loop and going to the Moreland store instead.  Randy caught up to us after riding 28 miles solo!!  When leaving Moreland's store we stopped to talk to a motorcyclist who was walking along the side of the road, looking for an expensive pair of glasses that were blown off his face while he was riding.  We wished him luck, then stopped further up the road from where he was searching.  Someone spotted his glasses!  He gave us many thanks and waved to us as he drove by.  Hopefully cycling has at least one more driver who has positive thoughts towards cyclists (one can hope!).  The remainder of the ride was uneventful with the final rest stop at the WAWA at MD 301 and McKendree.  We got there just as a busload of senior citizens from NY were disembarking, heading into the WAWA!!  So much for using the restrooms!  Got back to the parking lot with no further adventures, with those who rode to the start adding more mileage to the 53 miles done by the rest of us.  All in all a good ride.  Ride leader's ams was 15.7 with ~1300 feet of climbing.

  • Sun, June 24, 2018 8:00 AM | Ken Lemmert


    Leader: Ken Lemmert

    Guests: Michele Williams, Jay Kirby, Jay U

    Route:  36 Miles.....Started in Lewes DE at the SSA building.  We joined up with Sussex Cyclist.  Took the back roads from Lewes/Rehoboth past Georgetown, DE and looped back.

    Weather:  Temp was in the 80's...usual winds for the beach.

    AMS:  18.0 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  none

    Report:  It was a nice morning for a ride.  Finished before it got too hot and humid.

    Check the OH schedule before your next vacation/visit  to Bethany, Fenwick, Dewey, Rehoboth, Lewes, OC, or the general beach area.  We can be flexible where we start the ride.  We will adjust the speed according to those that are riding.  You won't be disappointed. 

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 9:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar

    Ride leader: Steve Palincsar

    Members: Patricia Sanders, Harry Kidd, Jan Tucker, Walt Roscello, Sonja Newmann, Linda Bankerd, Ron & Barbara Haney, Jane & Jim Hudnall

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    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27039188  37 miles, 1843' of elevation.  Down Martin (unknowingly bypassing the road paving work on North Keys and Molly Berry) to Candy Hill, Croom, up Van Brady, Cheltenham to Duley Station, Wallace Lane and a tour of Marlton to a rest stop at the McDonalds, where we observed dark clouds and feared rain was in the offing;. down Trumps Hill and up Croom and the rain arrived, mostly a light shower.  Enough to get me to put on my rain jacket (mostly as a good luck charm, but I still haven't gotten over the two sudden Drowned Rats on Flooded Streets rides at the Classic Rendezvous Weekend!) for perhaps a mile on Croom, but it stopped well before we reached Mt Calvert Spur, so off it came as the sun came out and the skies cleared.  Across Duvall, up Croom Airport and down St Thomas Church, and we arrived at Merkle to find Jan and Sonja had taken a short cut back. 

    There were more dark clouds on the horizon as we left Merkle and we briefly considered a short cut, but in the end decided to stay the course, even giving in to curiosity about the road construction sign we'd seen at Molly Berry & Candy Hill -- which turned out to signify complete repaving of Molly Berry between Candy Hill and North Keys, and around the corner onto North Keys all the way up to Cross Road Trail!  In other words, the worst, most broken up, patched and potholed roads in the Rural Tier are now the smoothest: good news, even if it has taken since at least 2002 to get it done.

    Weather: Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy, high 70s to low 80s with humidity above 70%, and a chance of rain of 15-25% until noon, changing to a 35% chance of isolated to scattered thunderstorms by 2 pm, according to the forecast.  The ground truth was, impressive and threatening clouds giving way to a brief light rain shower followed by bright sun and an even more spectacular display of clouds, sun and blue sky.  In the end, no thunderstorms and no further rain.

    Mishaps & mechanicals: Ron Haney had a flat tire on Duvall.

    AMS: 12.4 at the back, higher for the Killer Bees.

    Photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/ohbike/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2201114959904488

  • Tue, June 19, 2018 9:00 AM | Barbara Haney

    Leader: Barbara Haney 

    Members: Ron Haney, Pete Czapiewski, Regina and Mike Saizan, George Chiamulera, Sam Perry, Don Gardner, Michael Arnold 

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27781218, a little bit different way to get to Goose Bay, courtesy of Ron A, going the less-usual way on some roads

    Weather: HOT and humid, 90s by the end with a dew point of 74, noticeable breeze at times

    AMS: 17.8 for A group

    Report: Ron A’s route was just right for today, given the sudden early appearance of the Dog Days just before the official start of summer. Short distance, shady, good covered porch with ceiling fan at Goose Bay, and no one complained about the 1hour earlier start time given the rapidly rising temperatures. Since there’s not been much chance to acclimate to the summer conditions, we rode sensibly, everyone stayed hydrated, and there were no problems. The A group rode collaboratively and stayed together throughout the ride. The B riders were a little more spread out, but everyone met up at at Goose Bay. The As decided to bypass the second rest stop at Pisgah Store, since it was getting hotter every second. Many thanks to Mike S for generously offering to sweep the B group, assuring that no one had any heat-related issues, and for bringing out the post-ride cold water sprayer for the first time this season! 

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