New Year’s Day Ride 2016

New Year’s Utica Ride

When: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Where: Utica Park

Length: 24 miles at a C pace

Leader: Terry Eskuchen, 301-676-4747,

Ride Description: Let’s start the New Year with a ride. We’ll leave Utica Park and make our way to Motters Station Road and head back to Utica Park.

Christmas Lights Ride

When:  Monday, December 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Where:  Baker Park cupola on 2nd street

Length:  8 – 10 miles

Leader:  George Ruszat

Ride Description: View Christmas Lights around Frederick City while riding your bike.  This ride is sponsored by the Senior Rec Council and Bicycle Escape.  Ride will be slow and easy.  Everyone needs a helmet, a head light and a rear light.  Wearing costumes and decorating your bike with lights is encouraged.

Adopt-A-Road REMINDER and TIME CHANGE to 10:00 AM

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Leader:  Pat Gunnin, Vice-President Frederick Pedalers,

Several years ago the Frederick Pedalers adopted Bethel Road between Mountaindale Road and O’Possumtown Pike.  Two or three times a year members of the Frederick Pedalers gather at the church parking lot at Bethel Road and O’Possumtown Pike and walk to Mountaindale Road while picking up trash.  Trash bags and bright vests are provided to those who come out.  The bags are left at a spot where the county comes and picks them up.  Pat Gunnin is looking for lots of help!

Loose Pooch Report

While riding home on October 31 on Layman’s Rd, Dottie Rust was chased by a small dog. The owner stood in her yard, watching, then tried running to get her dog. The dog was very aggressive towards her & attempted to bite her as she was trying to stop and dismount (so that she would not fall off). The owner ran back to her house to get her car & to get her dog.  Lucky Dottie was wearing thick socks and the dog did not bite thru.
Dottie called this in (actually emailed) to FC Animal Control and got an email on November 1 that said Officer Brian Wolford did visit the home, talked with the owner, and gave her info about loose dogs.

The address is 12929 Layman’s Rd.

Ghost Bike Ceremony Ride for John and Lynne

Ghost Bike Ceremony Ride
Sunday, November 22, 2015

11 AM

Beach Elementary School


A 12 mile (round trip) Memorial Ride to place the ghost bike for John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch will begin at Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach at 11 AM on Sunday Nov. 22. Riders should be at the school and ready to roll at 11 AM. Those who prefer a longer ride may opt to start earlier from other locations such as Southern High School or Chesapeake Market and allow time to arrive at Beach ES in time to join the Memorial Ride start at 11 AM. The Ghost Bike installation will take place on Tobacco Road at approximately 11:45 AM. After a brief ceremony, the Memorial Ride will return to Beach ES. Thank you to Larry Black of Mt. Airy Bicycles for donating and preparing the ghost bike.


Beach Elementary School address:7900 Old Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 Please RSVP by Friday, 11/20 if you are attending. We are hopeful this event will be a police supported ride and we will need to provide an attendance estimate in advance.

Monocacy Middle School Sunday Ride

When: Sundays at 11:30am
Where: Monocacy Middle School, Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD (map)
Length: C Level, 25 miles+/-
Ride Leader: Terry Eskuchen.
Ride Description: This is a “no cue sheet ride”. We wander around this side of route 15 (no crossing), picking a slightly different route each week. No go if rain or snow or icy roads. Check FrederickPedale​rs@yahoogroups.​com on Sunday morning for any changes or cancellations.

Axe Murder Ride

Starts at Myersville Park and Ride.  This ride visits the important sites associated with an axe murder from the early twentieth century. To get the full effect you need to ride it with with Doug Stull, our amateur historian. Doug frequently leads the ride around Halloween. The ride is 44 miles long with options of 37 and 22 miles.  Submitted by Doug Stull.   cue_sheet

October 31, 2015 (Sat) 9:00 AM CC pace (12-14 MPH)  44 miles Myersville Park and Ride

Back by popular demand, the Axe Murder Ride will pass through the communities of Myersville, Pleasant Walk, Smithsburg, Cavetown, Funkstown, Smoketown and others. This scenic ride will be hilly. No one will be dropped, and I would like to regroup at key places on the route that are mentioned in the newspaper article.

I will post the article on the Frederick Pedalers Yahoo Group as a reading assignment before the ride. The headlines are “THE SHOCKING DEED OF AN INSANE MAN” and below that is “THE ENTIRE BODY REDUCED TO SMALL BITS.” Read the article and think about the transportation, communication and crime scene investigation techniques of today versus 1908. These changes are the real theme of the ride, not the crime that occurred in that one room cabin.

There is a bail-out point at about 10 miles into the ride for anyone who doesn’t want to ride into Washington County. The cue sheet also has a 36 mile option and the bail-out option would be about 21.5 miles.

Slow and Easy Utica Thursday Rides

When: Thursdays September 24 – October 29, 2015

Where:Starting October 8 it has changed to Glade Elementary School

Length: TBD

Leader: Tom Moore

Ride Description:  The Slow and Easy Utica Ride has moved from Wednesday to Thursday from September 24 thru October 29.  On September 24 and October 1, the ride starts at 6:00 PM.  On October 8, the ride starts at 5:30 PM.  The ride will either remain at 5:30 PM during October or it may start earlier as the sunset gets earlier.  (Check with ride leader for start time.)  These are social rides, paced for the riders who attend, so the rides may be faster than D pace.