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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.









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  • Thu, May 19, 2022 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:   late notice = no registrants

    Route:    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39478169  listed at 27.2 mi, 735 elevation gain, a couple of short spurs added another mile.  Highlights included Mason Neck State Park, Hallowing Point Estates, Gunston Estates, and a quick swing through George Mason's Gunston Hall.

    Weather:   partly to mostly sunny with temps rising from the low to upper 70s and a modest breeze out of the SW.  A bit of humidity was creeping in as evidenced in the river views of Belmont Bay and up river from Gunston Estates

    Up river view from Gunston Estates

    Mount Vernon is barely visible in this picture it one knows where to look(!).

    AMS:   leisurely 12 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:  ride leader forgot his taillight.  Fortunately, very little traffic for the short periods spent on Gunston Road.

    Report:   always a pleasant ride utilizing the Mason Neck bike trail and some of the back roads on the neck.

  • Wed, May 18, 2022 5:30 PM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Janell Saunders

    Members:  Carl Hattery, Tim Murphy

    Weather: warm, cloudy, a few very light sprinkles

    AMS: around 12ish

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: I thought we'd have a couple more riders with the new start time, but just us 3. We had a great evening ride. No mishaps. Noted sightings: a blue fountain in a yard in Accokeek as we turned on to Holly Tree Rd.  And, on Barry's Hill, large snapping turtles in the swampy low area. 

  • Tue, May 17, 2022 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    The group at North Keys Park

    Leader:Steve Palincsar
    Members: Alan Kurzweil, Karen & Stewart Morgan, Pat Walthers, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Pat sanders, Sarah Clement and Harry Kidd.

    33 miles, 1730' elevation gain

    Weather: Sunny, breezy, 70-80 and humid


    Pat learned the hard way, when you adjust your seat height to make it a few mm higher, be sure to use enough torque (or, if you've got a carbon frame and carbon seat post, use carbon friction paste) to keep your seat in its new adjustment.  In Pat's case, it slipped down -- and as is the nature of such things, she didn't realize it until long after it had had its effect on her

    It was a beautiful day for a bike ride.  We rode down North Keys in the shade on a road covered with debris from the storm the night before, then took Molly Berry to the long climb on Van Brady.  Old Indian, Cheltenham -- glorious, right up to the corner of Duley Station at which point we rode into a cloud of weaponized pollen.  First it was the racking coughs.  By the time we got to Mount Calvert, Duvall and Croom Airport it was getting hard to see: burning eyes that felt as though they were stuffed with sand and gravel.

    We enjoyed a break at Patuxent River Park, then climbed Croom Airport and took Croom to St Thomas Church, Mattaponi back to Croom, then Nottingham to Fenno and a second break at the Merkle Sanctuary.

    Leaving Merkle we headed back on Fenno, taking Nottingham to Candy Hill, then right on Molly Berry back to North Keys and the park.

    Harry too photographs and put together an album on Flickr https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQv5i

  • Mon, May 16, 2022 9:32 AM | Harry Kidd (Administrator)

    Leader: Harry Kidd

    Members: Douglas Lesar, Rita Zeidner, Ellen Goodman, Peter Klosky, Harold Datz, Patricia Sanders , 
    Joel Drubin

    Weather: Overcast during first half – with Cloudy Sunshine through to the finish. 

    Temperature:    70 – rising to the high 70s at the finish.

    AMS: Averaging 12-13 mph

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: Ride Leader had flat tire at mile 41 on Baptist Church road at mile 41.  IT wasn't repairable and was picked up by Peter Klosky -  Thanks Peter.

    Route:  CC46 mile: http://bit.ly/30cJKlj

    Report:  The CC46 departed timely from the Mechanicsville Elementary School.  It was a good ride with – other than the flat tire- see above.  The riders a enjoyed the scenic views, and the comfort and rest stop.  We kept together with some gaps occurring on the climbs.  Everyone enjoyed the scenic views at the water front stops.

    Below is link to the photos taken by the ride leader: 

    Photos:  https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQ9Qt

  • Sun, May 15, 2022 9:30 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  (l-r)  Randy Schoch, Susan Altemus, Carl Hattery, Belinda Acre, Fran Jezisek

    Route:   Three Notch trail from Mechanicsville Elementary south to John Baggett Park; retrace and continue north to trail end at Deborah Rd; retrace back to start

    Weather:  overcast and slightly muggy, temps ranging from upper 60s to low 70s; air movement out of the SSW at approx 4-5 mph

    AMS:   probably just about 11 mph for most of us

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:  The Three Notch Trail ride was offered for the May Metric as an alternative for those riders who prefer not to have to share their cycling route with vehicular traffic and/or desired a shorter distance.  Everyone seemed to have gotten their monies worth, and for at least half of our group, this was their first time riding the 3NT in its entirety.  A good number of other trail users, mostly closer to Baggett Park.  Very little to report in the way of wildlife sightings, other than a few rabbits, one snake, and probably a domesticated black cat.

    The Club's trail ride offerings continue to be a good way for newer riders or those returning to bicycling to get some miles ridden in a stress-free environment.

  • Sun, May 15, 2022 9:30 AM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Janell Saunders

    Members: Steve Palinscar, Linda and Marc Blackman, Robin Garnett, Sheila Harron, William Loewe, Ken Meredith, Ron Leak, Karen Morgan, Esther Steward, Patricia Walthers.

    Weather: overcast and slightly muggy temp ranges in the upper 70s

    AMS: varied, around 12 but some faster

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: one flat tire on Baptist Church Road

    Route: Laurel Grove and Chaptico

    Report: Every ride started on the 3 Notch Trail for a stop at Baggett Park, after which we returned and headed on Laurel Grove for the rest of the ride on quiet and pleasant roads. Some of the group had not been on these roads before and commented on the beauty and pleasantness of the area. We continued on local roads with a turn onto Pin Cushion and then to a nice stretch on Sunnyside, passing the Alpaca farm that were out enjoying the weather as well. Turning left on 242 we headed to the rest stop at 7th District Park and the first real hill entering the park. It was measured at 10 - 11% grade and we all felt it, except Steve P with his new electric bike, zooming past us all on the way up. We continued on to Maddox, Bushwood (with another bit of climbing), then Hurry Rd to Chaptico and on to Baptist Church Rd. After the turn, a rider in the back got a flat but turned out she was near a home having a birthday party and was able to wait for a pickup there, enjoying the festivities as well. The rest of us headed back to the start using the 3 Notch Trail. All enjoyed the ride and the newcomers found another great place to visit again.

  • Fri, May 13, 2022 10:00 AM | Ron Altemus (Administrator)

    Leader:   Ron Altemus

    Members:  Susan Altemus, Donaro Gardner, Robin Garnett, Fran Jezisek, Jackie & Randy Schoch, Esther Stewart

    Route:   Friday's creme de la creme - Indian Head Rail Trail from Livingstone Rd parking lot to White Plains trail head and return

    Weather:  heavy overcast with occasional very fine mist congealing on sunglasses; temps in the mid 60s; 7-9 mph airs out of the NE so a nice tailwind on the return

    AMS:   significant variation per rider

    Mechanicals/Mishaps:   none

    Report:   Randoplan/Dark Sky said less than a 10% chance of rain but maybe mist doesn't count.  Whatever, we had a nice ride with no one turning back as their glasses misted up.  Very few other trail users, though - only a handful of cyclists or runners/walkers.  Donaro, Robin, and Esther tallied extra miles by cycling to the IH trail head either before or after the main group ride.  Wildlife sightings were mainly of the reptilian nature - turtles in the marshes and small ponds and a couple crossing the trail; varying numbers of common water snakes trying to sun in the rocky spillway of the Bumpy Oak pond.

     Female eastern painted turtle Common water snakes

  • Thu, May 12, 2022 4:27 PM | Jessica Hirschhorn (Administrator)

    We had another wonderful day on KENT ISLAND! 

    Ride Leader:  Jessica Hirschhorn

    Riders: Robin Garnett, Jessica Hirschhorn, Kristen Hull (who joined OH to register for this ride), Lester Jackson, Jr., Valerie Payton, and Amy Wilkinson.

    34 miles. 

    We took the usual route, down the beautiful bike path with out 'n backs to see the water, ships, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Community fishing pier (where we BROKE the LAW and rode our bikes to the end, as it was nearly empty) and the lighthouse and crabber's marina.  We saw an osprey. 

    Valerie had a fall when she was unable to clip out.  No sequelae for cyclist or bicycle. 

  • Thu, May 12, 2022 10:30 AM | Stephen Palincsar (Administrator)

    Randy, Jackie and Norm at Mallows Bay.  Pat waited at the entrance, not wishing to ride gravel.

    Leader:  Steve Palincsar

    Members: Randy & Jackie Schoch, Norm Lisy, Pat Walthers

    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33413908   33 miles on the back roads of Nanjemoy, with 1170' of elevation gain.

    Weather: Overcast, breezy, 62 degrees at the start rising to 69 and occasionally clearing by early afternoon, to say nothing of the occasional feeling of rain drops blowing in the wind and the ominous dark clouds visible to the northeast.

    AMS: One of these days I'll have instrumentation on the Alchemy eRonin, but for now I won't even hazard a guess.

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: Going by the long range forecast, today was the last chance for a ride before the rain sets in.  In stark contrast to the clear sunny skies of the past two days, today was overcast, breezy and chilly feeling.  It was a day for layers and a great day to have storage to put away those layers as it gradually cleared and warmed up. 

    It was the first time back to Nanjemoy since the pandemic for me, and this was one of several routes I'd devised during the pandemic for informal rides while the club's calendar was shut down. 

    It's a bit farther to Friendship Farm Park than to most of our ride starts, but it's an excellent location with ample parking and clean portolets.  But the real reason to start here is that you can get to the Nanjemoy back roads while still keeping ride distances in the 30s, something I'm very much appreciating right now.

    Today's route took Baptist Church to Bowie, Gilroy and the seldom-seen southern end of Chicamuxen to Riverside and a rest stop at Mallows Bay.  After the break we took Liverpool Point to MD-6, then went down Hancock Run and up to Adams Willet back to a second rest stop at the Nanjemoy Store, a very cyclist-friendly stopping point under its current management. 

    Leaving the Nanjemoy store, we went up Jacksontown, back down MD-6 to Poseytown, then took Bowie and Baptist Church back to Friendship Farm Park.

    In all, it was a great day to ride.  Thanks to Pat, Norm, Randy and Jackie for coming along today.

  • Wed, May 11, 2022 5:00 PM | Janell Saunders (Administrator)

    Ride leader: Janell Saunders

    Members: Randy and Jackie Schoch, Carl Hattery, Tim Murphy

    Weather: pleasant and warm

    AMS: around 12ish

    Mechanicals/Mishaps: None

    Report: We had a great evening ride. No mishaps. Down at the Marshall Hall rest stop, we found 3 more riders, 2 from the club. They were doing their own ride since they had a guest and we haven't allowed guest riders as of yet. After some conversations, we headed back and all finished successfully.

    Note: Next week the ride start will be 5:30PM

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