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Published! First book in the "Maps to Bike Gettysburg" mini-book series

Apr 13, 2021 by Sue Thibodeau
Are you ready for a safe and educational bicycle tour of Gettysburg National Military Park? Civil War Cycling's first book in the Maps to Bike Gettysburg mini-book series is now available for online ordering through several online book sellers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM! and Indies. The second and third volumes will be published in May and June. Each mini-book describes a specific battlefield route and includes historical summaries and photos.

Maps to Bike Gettysburg No. 5: The Ridges Extended Loop provides color maps and turn-by-turn directions for a safe and educational, 12.2-mile park ride through the southern half of the Gettysburg battlefield. The route covers the main Union and Confederate battle lines on July 2-3, 1863. Designed for a lightweight ride, this book complements Civil War Cycling's more detailed and comprehensive guidebook, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park.

Perfect Bound | 64 pages | 5" x 8" | 978-1-7326038-9-9 | March 29, 2021 | $9.95 List

Click here to buy on Amazon: Maps to Bike Gettysburg No. 5. Thank you! As an Amazon Associate I earn from your clicks.

Civil War Times Book Review (December 2020 issue)

Nov 18, 2020 by Sue Thibodeau
I am thrilled and grateful to read Melissa Winn's book review in the latest issue of Civil War Times (December 2020), p. 68. About Bicycling Antietam National Battlefield: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide, she says:

"After years of navigating Civil War Battlefields by car, bus, and foot, I'm convinced there is no better way to explore than by bicycle. ... Thibodeau has done her research and her route maps are meticulously detailed...The book offers a broad battle overview, park signage, and fun facts, such as a list of presidents who have visited Antietam. Its wealth of information means you should study the book and routes before hitting the road but stick it in your bike basket or daypack as a quick reference..." ~Civil War Times

Our Shopping Cart is Moving to

Nov 13, 2020 by Sue Thibodeau
You are reading this post at, and for the authors out there, I highly recommend the PubSite author platform. I will continue to use it to share news about Civil War Cycling's paperback guidebooks. However, sometime next week.....

I will be moving the shopping cart for Civil War Cycling's digital products to  Target date: Tuesday, November 17.

More than moving the shopping cart, I have totally redesigned it with a popular ecommerce toolkit, and I hope that you will find it very easy to navigate. Less words, more pictures. Traditional ecommerce functionality.

#1 New Release in Antietam Civil War History

Oct 03, 2020 by Sue Thibodeau

Excited! My second guidebook, Bicycling Antietam National Battlefield (paid link) is on-track for release on November 11, 2020. Today, I see that Amazon ranks the book as its #1 New Release in Antietam Civil War History. ISBN 9781732603813. 208 pp. Color pbk.

The Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862) was fought in rural Sharpsburg, Maryland. As a native Marylander, I wrote this guidebook to showcase the Civil War history of Maryland civilians and soldiers, while also offering bicyclists a unique approach to active, experiential learning of American history. Bonus: For C&O Canal cyclists, the guidebook includes directions for a touring excursion to Antietam battlefield.

Pre-order your copy today and start dreaming your 2021 battefield ride:

Amazon: Bicycling Antietam National Battlefield: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide (paid link)
Barnes & Noble: Sue Thibodeau's Books at Barnes & Noble
Companion maps (PDF format): Sue Thibodeau's Antietam and C&O Canal Maps

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 (paid link), 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! 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.