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Published! First book in the "Maps to Bike Gettysburg" mini-book series
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
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Civil War Times Book Review (December 2020 issue)
"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 CivilWarCycling.com
I will be moving the shopping cart for Civil War Cycling's digital products to civilwarcycling.com/shop/. 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
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.
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)
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)
"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.