February Ride Schedule
Oxon Hill Bicycle & Trail Club
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THUR
Feb 1
BEST OF BRANDYWINE: GALLANT GREEN, BASSFORD & COVINGTON Class CC/TOURING 33 mi. 10:30 AM from North Keys Community Park. Today we'll again try to do this route, heading south to the flatlands of Malcolm to a rest stop at Moreland Market with some rollers on the way. We'll take Gallant Green all the way to Bassford, do Celestial the hard way, then at the Five Points take Covington to Croom and Aquasco. 33 miles, 1080' of elevation gain. Route map & GPS files are in the club's RWGPS Library: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26718788 and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/47jKFb This is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue Sheet) and printed copies of the cue sheet will be available at the ride start only by prior arrangement.
Dir: From the Beltway (Rt495/95) take the Branch Ave South exit onto Branch Ave (Rt5). Continue south into Brandywine MD. From Route 5 make a left turn onto Brandywine RD. Go past the firehouse, and make a left turn onto North Keys Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles and make a left turn into the North Keys Community Park. [11806 North Keys Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613]
STEVE PALINCSAR 703-655-8959 (cell) 703-548-1585 (home) palincss@his.com
THUR
Feb 1
BEST OF BRANDYWINE Class CC 36 mi. 10:30 AM from North Keys Community Park. At this time, it looks like it will be a good day to ride, so I'm posting this many circles ride. There are shortcuts if rain becomes an issue. GPS file - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26865144 Cue sheet - https://goo.gl/gTWbUz
Dir: From the Beltway (Rt495/95) take the Branch Ave South exit onto Branch Ave (Rt5). Continue south into Brandywine MD. From Route 5 make a left turn onto Brandywine RD. Go past the firehouse, and make a left turn onto North Keys Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles and make a left turn into the North Keys Community Park. [11806 North Keys Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613]
JOAN OPPEL 703-328-9863 oppeljs@gmail.com
FRI
Feb 2
FRIDAY INDIAN HEAD RAIL TRAIL Class ALL 20 mi. 10:00 AM from Livingston Road Parking Lot for IHRT. As a wise sage observed following the winter solstice, "the days lengthen, the cold strengthens." January and February are usually our area's coldest months, but that's no reason not to start the weekend off right, albeit in an abbreviated fashion. Ride one of the premier trails in the entire DC metro area from the Livingston Road parking lot (NOTE start location change) to White Plains and return. Ride at your own pace, go as far as you desire, enjoy stimulating conversation with other club members, and just have a good time! Convenient portolets along the route as the indoor facilities and running water at White Plains are closed for the season. Lunch afterwards is always a possibility given the number of calories expended.
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn left onto Livingston RoadD/MD-227, after 1.8 miles bear right to stay on Livingston Road/MD-224 for 2.0 miles to the trail parking area on the right. [map to start]
JACKIE SCHOCH 301-437-5045 grammysglassgarden@gmail.com
SAT
Feb 3
GOOSE BAY & SMALLWOOD PARK Class CC/TOURING 38 mi. 10:30 AM from Livingston Road Parking Lot for IHRT. Friday's going to be cold and windy, but they're predicting sunny skies and temperatures around 40 for Saturday, followed by rain for Sunday, so once again it's time to get it while the getting's good. Starting from the IHRT lot at Livingston Rd we'll make our way to Goose Bay and the Port Tobacco River via Poorhouse and Burch, then take Mill Swamp to Fire Tower and back down Annapolis Woods to Smallwood Church and a second rest stop at Smallwood Park on Mattawoman Creek. 38 miles, 1395' of elevation gain. Route map & GPS files are in the Club's RWGPS Library: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26799449 and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/c5Bkwd This is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue Sheet); printed copies of the cue sheet will be available at the ride start only by prior arrangement.
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn left onto Livingston RoadD/MD-227, after 1.8 miles bear right to stay on Livingston Road/MD-224 for 2.0 miles to the trail parking area on the right. [map to start]
STEVE PALINCSAR 703-655-8959 (cell) 703-548-1585 (home) palincss@his.com
TUE
Feb 6
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: FIRE TOWER & PISGAH MARBURY Class CC/TOURING 30 mi. 10:30 AM from Bryans Road Shopping Center. A blast from the past, last ridden in 2015. We'll take Bumpy Oak and Marshall Corner to Ripley, Annapolis Woods and Fire Tower to a rest stop at Scott's store, then return on Annapolis Woods to Poorhouse and Pisgah Marbury, making our way back to Bryans Road up Livingston. Route map & GPS files are in the Club's RWGPS Library: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7344967 and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/RnV5pK I'll bring a couple of extra cue sheets, but to be sure you may want to print one for yourself and bring the extras to share. Note the 10:30 start time.
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn right onto Md 227 (Marshall Hall Rd.) and left into shopping center. Park on the left toward Safeway. [3129 Marshall Hall Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616]
STEVE PALINCSAR 703-655-8959 (cell) 703-548-1585 (home) palincss@his.com
TUE
Feb 6
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: FIRE TOWER & PISGAH MARBURY Class B/A 30 mi. 10:30 AM from Bryans Road Shopping Center. An A/B addition to Steve's ride, see above for description. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/7344967 / Cue sheet at https://goo.gl/RnV5pK
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn right onto Md 227 (Marshall Hall Rd.) and left into shopping center. Park on the left toward Safeway. [3129 Marshall Hall Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616]
BARBARA HANEY 202-531-3299 haneyb@me.com
THUR
Feb 8
BEST OF BRANDYWINE: FLORAL PARK & MILLER FARMS Class CC/TOURING 31 mi. 10:30 AM from North Keys Community Park. We'll take Old Indian Head and Dyson across MD-5 and down Floral Park to Windbrook and a rest stop at Miller Farms. Coming down Thrift Rd, we'll take Floral Park to a climb on Danville, then Accokeek and McKendree to a second rest stop at the WaWa. After the break we'll cross MD-5 onto Cedarville, returning on Ash Box, Brandywine and Gibbons Church. 31 miles, 917' of elevation gain. Route map & GPS files are in the Club's RWGPS Library: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26819568 and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/5WRJiE This is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue sheet) as printed copies will be available only by prior arrangement.
Dir: From the Beltway (Rt495/95) take the Branch Ave South exit onto Branch Ave (Rt5). Continue south into Brandywine MD. From Route 5 make a left turn onto Brandywine RD. Go past the firehouse, and make a left turn onto North Keys Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles and make a left turn into the North Keys Community Park. [11806 North Keys Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613]
STEVE PALINCSAR 703-655-8959 (cell) 703-548-1585 (home) palincss@his.com
FRI
Feb 9
FRIDAY INDIAN HEAD RAIL TRAIL Class ALL 26 mi. 10:00 AM from Indian Head Village Green. There's no better way to get a head start on the weekend then riding one of the premier trails in the entire DC metro area from the Village Green to White Plains and return. Ride at your own pace, go as far as you desire, enjoy stimulating conversation with other club members, and just have a good time! Convenient portolets along the route but NO indoor facilities and running water at White Plains as they are closed for the season. Lunch afterwards is always a possibility given the number of calories expended.
Dir: Take Md 210 south approximately 20 mi. from the beltway. Community Center is on right before entrance to the Naval Weapon Center, Indian Head Division. [100 Cornwalllis Square, Indian Head, MD 20640]
RON ALTEMUS 703-618-2159
TUE
Feb 13
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE Class CC PLUS FRIENDS 39 mi. 10:30 AM from Bryans Road Shopping Center. TIME CHANGE: 10:30 AM. Let's start a little later and go to Nanjemoy Community Center for a warm rest stop.GPS - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26743109 Cue sheet - https://goo.gl/EMb5co
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn right onto Md 227 (Marshall Hall Rd.) and left into shopping center. Park on the left toward Safeway. [3129 Marshall Hall Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616]
JOAN OPPEL 703-328-9863 oppeljs@gmail.com
THUR
Feb 15
BEST OF BRANDYWINE Class CC 36 mi. 10:30 AM from North Keys Community Park. Weather looks good, route has shortcuts! GPS - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26865144 Cue sheet - https://goo.gl/gTWbUz
Dir: From the Beltway (Rt495/95) take the Branch Ave South exit onto Branch Ave (Rt5). Continue south into Brandywine MD. From Route 5 make a left turn onto Brandywine RD. Go past the firehouse, and make a left turn onto North Keys Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles and make a left turn into the North Keys Community Park. [11806 North Keys Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613]
JOAN OPPEL 703-328-9863 oppeljs@gmail.com
FRI
Feb 16
FRIDAY INDIAN HEAD RAIL TRAIL Class ALL 20 mi. 10:00 AM from Livingston Road Parking Lot for IHRT. As a wise sage observed following the winter solstice, "the days lengthen, the cold strengthens." January and February are usually our area's coldest months, but that's no reason not to start the weekend off right, albeit in an abbreviated fashion. Ride one of the premier trails in the entire DC metro area from the Livingston Road parking lot (NOTE start location change) to White Plains and return. Ride at your own pace, go as far as you desire, enjoy stimulating conversation with other club members, and just have a good time! Convenient portolets along the route as the indoor facilities and running water at White Plains are closed for the season. Lunch afterwards is always a possibility given the number of calories expended.
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn left onto Livingston RoadD/MD-227, after 1.8 miles bear right to stay on Livingston Road/MD-224 for 2.0 miles to the trail parking area on the right. [map to start]
JACKIE SCHOCH 301-437-5045 grammysglassgarden@gmail.com
SUN
Feb 18
LAUREL GROVE TO CHAPTICO Class CC/TOURING 40 mi. 10:30 AM from Northern Senior Center (St. Mary's County). We'll take the Three Notch Trail to its terminus in Laurel Grove Park, then after a rest stop we'll head south on Laurel Grove, Kavanaugh and Loveville Rd, swinging through the Loveville Mennonite community then taking Pin Cushion, Sunnyside and Dr Johnson to a second rest stop in Chaptico. After that break we'll take Budd's Creek and Thompson Corner to the Amish area, swinging through Ryceville and Dixie Lyon before rejoining the Three Notch Trail and returning to Northern Senior Center. 40 miles, 1000' of elevation gain. Route map & GPS files are in the Club's RWGPS Route Library: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26851618 and the cue sheet is in the Cloud: https://goo.gl/pq68Lf This is a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Cue sheet), printed copies will be available at the ride start only by prior arrangement.
Dir: From Waldorf, go 13 miles on Leonardtown Road and MD 5 to Golden Beach Rd. Turn right at Golden Beach Rd and go 0.1 mi. Turn left at Charlotte Hall Rd/Old Route 5 and 0.9 mi to Community Center on the right. [map to start]
STEVE PALINCSAR 703-655-8959 (cell) 703-548-1585 (home) palincss@his.com
SUN
Feb 18
BIKE DMV SOUTHERN LOOP Class CC 38 mi. 11:30 AM from BicycleSPACE 440 K ST NW, Washington, DC 20001. Join me on the BicycleSPACE shop City Explorers 35-40 mile ride as I lead it on a expedition around the Bike DMV Southern Route. The ride will take us on such paved Trails as the Anacostia Riverwalk, Oxon Hill Bike Trail, Potomac Yards, Four Mile Run, Custis, Mt. Vernon, and Rock Creek Park. We also ride by old the RFK Stadium, over the Whitney Young Memorial, Woodrow Wilson and Arlington Memorial Bridges. On top of that, we will roll through neighborhoods like Old Alexandria VA, Chinatown, DC and through L'Enfant Plaza and the National Mall. Meet 11:15 AM BicycleSPACE Downtown DC. Wheels roll at 11:30 AM. Water, restrooms, bike pumps at ride start and bikes can be brought into the shop for those thinking they need to bring a lock. Note: For those looking to do the whole ride from beginning to end I would say the ride will be in the 3-4 hour range with time allowed for stop and go riding in the city and stopping along the way for group pictures and restroom breaks. No official plans to stop for food. Advise bringing your own riding eats. I will have some cue sheets for the ride and they can be printed off from the provided Ride with GPS link here: https://goo.gl/GLUVKB
Dir: For those traveling to ride by vehicle, please take note parking is meter free on DC's streets on Sunday and there are various parking garages and lots within the immediate radius of BicycleSPACE. Traffic in DC on a Sunday is also generally light. For those traveling by Metrorail, take the Green line and get off at the Gallery Place Chinatown station. Exit the station on 7th St NW and head north 3 blocks to K St NW. Make a right on K St NW and BicycleSPACE is 3 blocks on the right. For directions to the BicycleSPACE, please feel free to call the shop at (202) 962-0123. Dir: Best to use Google Maps for your directions depending on how you are getting to the ride: https://goo.gl/DCLb5S
CHRISTOPHER ROELL 202-607-5565 roellchristopher@yahoo.com
TUE
Feb 20
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: CHAPEL POINT & FAIRGROUNDS Class CC TOURING 37 mi. 10:00 AM from Bryans Road Shopping Center. Long range forecast calls for nice weather so we'll head over to Chapel Point/St. Ignatius via Hawthorne (yes, an ascent of Mighty Mount Pisgah!) and Rose Hill. Return via Fairgrounds, MD-6, Valley and Pomfret, among others. RideWithGPS routing: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21840740 Cue sheet: https://goo.gl/wgyrSu CC leader will sweep at a pace to insure no rider left behind. Limited cue sheets at ride start so download to your device or print your own. Faster A/B ride leaders solicited to spread the joy.
Dir: From Beltway Exit 3-A take Md 210 (Indian Head Highway) south for 14 miles to town of Bryans Road. Turn right onto Md 227 (Marshall Hall Rd.) and left into shopping center. Park on the left toward Safeway. [3129 Marshall Hall Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616]
RON ALTEMUS 703-618-2159 surlykm29er@yahoo.com
FRI
Feb 23
FRIDAY INDIAN HEAD RAIL TRAIL Class ALL 26 mi. 10:00 AM from Indian Head Village Green. There's no better way to get a head start on the weekend then riding one of the premier trails in the entire DC metro area from the Village Green to White Plains and return. Ride at your own pace, go as far as you desire, enjoy stimulating conversation with other club members, and just have a good time! Convenient portolets along the route but NO indoor facilities and running water at White Plains as they are closed for the season. Lunch afterwards is always a possibility given the number of calories expended.
Dir: Take Md 210 south approximately 20 mi. from the beltway. Community Center is on right before entrance to the Naval Weapon Center, Indian Head Division. [100 Cornwalllis Square, Indian Head, MD 20640]
RON ALTEMUS 703-618-2159 surlykm29er@yahoo.com
 

WEATHER RULES

Unless otherwise stated, rides may be canceled if the temperature is less than 40 degrees or the chance of precipitation is greater than 50% on www.weather.com during the ride. Call the ride leader if in doubt.

Ride Leaders Guidelines

  1. Prepare a cue sheet and/or map (either new or existing club route) and scout the route before the ride. You may use cue sheets in the club's cue sheet library. Other good places to find cue sheets or to create a cue sheet are www.BikeRouteToaster.com, www.RideWithGPS.com, www.Bikely.com, and www.MapMyRide.com.
  2. Submit the ride to the Ride Schedule with the online Ride Submission Form.   Rides submitted will automatically appear on the online schedule. To submit multiples rides, use your browser's "back" button to return to the ride submission form.
  3. If you have a cell phone, include its number on the cue sheet and have your cell phone on during the ride.
  4. Arrive 10-15 minutes before the ride start time.
  5. Have all riders sign a release sign-up form.
  6. Give all riders a cue sheet and/or map.
  7. Welcome the riders and brief them on details of ride stops, problems, pace, etc.
  8. Make sure the riders wear helmets.
  9. "Lead from the rear" or appoint someone to "ride sweep!"
  10. Ride at the advertised pace!
  11. Carry the sign-up sheet with you on the ride so that you have riders' emergency contact information if needed.
  12. After the ride, post your ride report at http://ohbike.memberlodge.org/reports.

Rider Responsibilities

  1. Arrive early to sign-in and be ready to leave on time.
  2. Some starting points do not have restrooms, plan accordingly.
  3. Make sure your bicycle is in proper working order before you arrive.
  4. Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, water bottle and snack.
  5. Carry identification and emergency money.
  6. Sign a ride waiver and get a cue sheet and/or map from the ride leader.
  7. Wear a helmet!
  8. Practice safety and obey all traffic laws.
  9. Do not "bike off" more than you can do. Go on rides within your ability, interest and experience level. If in doubt, phone the ride leader.
  10. Riders should maintain the pace as advertised. The rider may ride faster or slower than this pace if s/he knows the route and advises the leader accordingly. In this case the leader will not be responsible for the cyclists safe return or completion of the ride.
  11. Riders should advise the ride leader if the rider will not complete the ride or deviate from the designated route.
  12. Riders should warn nearby cyclists of road debris or, when in the rear, warning leading cyclists of approaching motorists from behind.
  13. Riders should as simple courtesy help out others with mechanical problems. Riders will try to help but there is no obligation to wait for cyclists with major breakdowns.
  14. Riders should use common sense and courtesy.

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