Route 1 features a 23.8-mile historic ride through East Cemetery Hill, Seminary and McPherson's Ridges, Oak Hill, Barlow's Knoll, Coster Avenue, Little Round Top, Devil's Den, Rose Woods, The Peach Orchard, and the eastern slope of Culp's Hill. Route 1 covers the fields, woods, hills, and swales on which Union and Confederate soldiers fought the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). With time for rest and stops to enjoy the monumented landscape, most bicyclists will complete this route in about 5-6 hours, a full day of touring.
GNMP Route 1 Companion Map is a colorful, condensed version of the bicycle route that is featured in the guidebook, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide. Although the PDF map set is useful without the guidebook, the maps provide cross-references to the book's monument histories and rely on the book to summarize not only the historical narrative, but tips on bicycling gear, lodging, parking, restrooms, water, shade, picnic tables, and health and saftey tips specific to bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park. The book includes 100+ monument photos and GPS points, 35 labeled landscape photographs for battlefield orientation, and 5 maps that group monuments into themes. GNMP Route 1 Companion Map supplements the book and gives the bicyclist flexibility in deciding how to read maps to navigate Gettysburg -- whether as a paper print-out or digital file on one's mobile device.
Personal Note from the Author
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. Eventually, I learned what equipment to pack, what clothes to wear, and where to find convenient access to water, portable toilets, and shade for picnics. It was also challenging to know how best to sequence my visitation of which monuments and within what general timeframe.
I created my own maps (and guidebook) because I could not find any maps that met the needs of a bicycling historian. I hope that these maps help you to avoid the mistakes that I had made and that you can enjoy every minute of your battlefield tour. ~Sue Thibodeau
Digital (PDF) | 31 pages
| 6" x 9"
| September 1, 2018