Weekly series of book excerpts and sample images
In the meantime, you will find a series of weekly articles on the publisher site, https://www.civilwarcycling.com, whose purpose is to provide brief excerpts and sample maps and photographs from the guidebook. The first article is called "On great fields something stays."
Holiday Sale! Get your Gettysburg maps for 2019
Bicycling is the best way to tour the Gettysburg battlefield. In fact, most people enjoy the experience so much that they have a hard time explaining why it's "best." It's probably a combination of things. It's fun to learn-by-doing. You get to decide what you will learn, and how, and when. Your body will thank you for the exercise. Perhaps most importantly, there is something very special about feeling the twists and turns of the landscape over which thousands of Americans fought. With a little help from park wayside exhibits (or portable educational materials), your body learns history and expects your mind to play catch-up.
But as much as I recommend bicycling Gettysburg as a way a fun and safe learn-by-doing activity, if you don't know Gettysburg like the back of your hand, then you need a touring map that is designed specifically for bicyclists. I learned that lesson the hard way. For a full explanation, please see "Biking the Gettysburg Battlefield – Not Just Any Map" (Civil War Cycling, October 9, 2018).
Purchase and download today. Sale ends December 31, 2018.
Available Now! PDF maps to bicycle Gettysburg
For more than thirty years, and over many dozens of visits, I toured Gettysburg National Military Park by bus, car, and foot. In 2012, I toured the battlefield on a bicycle for the first time. The experience of learning American history while exploring park land on a bicycle is hard to describe, but if I had to pick one word, it would be “exhilarating.”
And yet it took four years to work out the kinks in my self-directed, solo tours.
I was frustrated by one-way roads, incomplete or inaccurate maps, and not knowing how best to avoid town traffic. At first, I did not know what equipment to pack, what clothes to wear, and where to find convenient access to water, portable toilets, and shade for picnics. I had to figure out on my own how best to sequence my visits to what monuments and within what general timeframe.
Coming Soon! Get your PDF maps to bicycle Gettysburg
To this day, the three day Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) produced the greatest loss of life in the history the Western Hemisphere. About 25 miles of park avenues wind through the fields, wood lots, and hills of Gettysburg National Military Park, which in over 6,000 acres, greets visitors with more than 3,000 monuments and markers -- all of which make Gettysburg, Pennsylvania home to the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the world.
Gettysburg's natural and physical landscape tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg in a way that bicyclists are inclined to understand, because the lessons of history speak to our active minds and bodies through the experience of bicycling the battlefield.