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Civil War Times Book Review (October 2019 Issue)
"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
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.