Available NOW! Digital Maps for Bicycling Antietam

May 03, 2020 by Sue Thibodeau
I am very happy to announce the availability of three new digital maps for bicycling US Civil War sites. The first is a 9.2-mile tour of Antietam National Battlefield that is specifically designed for bicyclists who want to learn American history on two wheels. The second set of maps provide guidance for the C&O Canal Towpath cyclist who wants a touring excursion to the battlefield; one is for the southbound cyclist and the other is northbound.

All Civil War Cycling digital (PDF) maps are packed with color maps, photographs, and historical touring tips. The C&O Canal Towpath maps provide extra bicycling details -- e.g., elevation data, GPS coordinates, and road descriptions -- to help you to choose the route that is right for you.

And as always, Civil War Cycling digital products do not require passwords or license keys.

I hope you enjoy riding these maps as much as I enjoyed making them.

Civil War Monitor Book Review (December 2019 Issue)

Apr 02, 2020 by Sue Thibodeau
If you are an American, you are ready for something different. I sincerely hope that you and your family are okay. As they say in Pennsylvania, I am itching to get outside and restart my life.

If you are thinking the same, then maybe it's time to start thinking about a bicycling adventure at Gettysburg National Military Park. Right now, too much of Pennsylvania is shut-down to plan a tour, but it is not too early to dream, read, and maybe even plan to plan.

Here is one place to start: Did you miss this book review in The Civil War Monitor magazine?  THIBODEAU: Bicycling Gettysburg (2019).

I am grateful for the review. Happy cycling!

Civil War Times Book Review (October 2019 Issue)

Jul 23, 2019 by Sue Thibodeau
I am excited to share this news: The Civil War Times magazine published an editorial review of my guidebook, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park, in its most recent issue (October 2019, page 67). I was honored and happy to read that the reviewer, Melissa Winn, used the guidebook and maps to tour Culp's Hill. Here is a small excerpt of how Melissa described the experience:

"After following the book's Culp's Hill course on a balmy Saturday morning in May, I'm sold that there may be no better way to tour the battlefield than on two wheels. The opportunity to cruise past the landscape's open fields, rocky hills, and woodlots, while easily hopping on and off bike for frequent stops to read monuments or signage or to snap photographs, is incomparable. Anybody looking to do the same could only enhance their experience through the use of Thibodeau's informative battlefield guide."

Available NOW! Guidebook for bicycling Gettysburg

Available NOW! Guidebook for bicycling Gettysburg
Mar 11, 2019 by Sue Thibodeau
I am excited to share this news with you! Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide was published TODAY!

If you pre-ordered this one-and-only guidebook for cycling the Gettysburg battlefield, your book is probably already on its way. (Of course, that depends on the bookstore or online retailer that you selected).


"The best ways to truly see a battlefield are by walking and biking. And biking a battlefield such as Gettysburg provides a rush like no other. Sue has produced a valuable book about how to ride that most hallowed Civil War ground. A definite keeper." ~ John Banks, journalist, blogger, author

"Three days in July 1863 changed America. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just starting out, a serious historian or history buff, you will want to visit Gettysburg more than once. Make sure you take this guide along." ~ Ken Rich, Gettysburg history buff

"Quite fascinating, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park is a great, easy to read book for history buffs and rookie history learners alike. It is a pictorial book that also has detailed information about the Battle of Gettysburg. I am excited to use the maps and images on my next visit to Gettysburg." ~ SPC Kevin Kozlowski, U.S. Army veteran, American Studies graduate student

Bicycling Gettysburg

It is time to pre-order your Gettysburg guidebook on Amazon

Feb 22, 2019 by Sue Thibodeau
If you are an American history lover who can imagine the fun of outdoor learning -- on a bike -- then Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park is for you. It's time to start planning your 2019 vacation to Gettysburg, or maybe simply dreaming about the experience with this book on your lap. Amazon and other online retailers are currently accepting pre-orders for publication in March 2019. I am excited that Amazon.com gave the guidebook a #1 New Release badge in two book categories, which I hope means that it is starting to sell.

Not a bicyclist? Not a problem! I wrote this book for visual learners who want a guidebook that focuses on broad historical themes and human interest stories.  The book presents a history of the Battle of Gettysburg from the unique perspective of a cyclist, who is constantly scanning the park for landmarks to stay oriented. For recreational and experienced bicyclists, the book solves the puzzle of planning a trip.

Look for book excerpts and sample images!

Jan 14, 2019 by Sue Thibodeau
Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park, is on-track for publication on March 11, 2019. At that time, you will be able to order from various sources, including Amazon.com, from the Sue Thibodeau Author Website (here).

In the meantime, you will find a series of articles on the publisher site, https://www.civilwarcycling.com/blog/. The articles provide brief excerpts and sample maps and photographs from the guidebook. I hope that you enjoy "On great fields something stays."

Holiday Sale! Get your Gettysburg maps for 2019

Nov 13, 2018 by Sue Thibodeau
Everyone I know who has bicycled Gettysburg National Military Park (GNMP) says this:

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 bicyclistsI 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

Oct 10, 2018 by Sue Thibodeau

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 created my own maps (and guidebook) because I could not find any maps that met my needs as a bicycling tourist.

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

Sep 20, 2018 by Sue Thibodeau
Are you an adventurous, open-minded person who learns by doing? If you enjoy learning about American history, especially the U.S. Civil War, then I would argue that there is no better way to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg than to tour on a bicycle.

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.