Route 12 Companion Map is a complementary supplement to the guidebook, Bicycling Gettysburg National Military Park: The Cyclist's Civil War Travel Guide. (The book provides only a brief overview of the navigation of Routes 12). This short, simple 5.2-mile route through East Cavalry Field is simple to describe but extremely difficult to ride due to heavily trafficked commercial and farm roads. Even the park roads are difficult, since they are technically two-way but cannot accomodate two-way traffic. For these reasons, Route 12 is for expert bicyclists only.
On the other hand, Route 12 Companion Map is free, so you may want to download it, if only to view a few interesting photos, along with some monument references to sections of the guidebook. And like all of Civil War Cycling's companion maps, you will find other bonus material, like high-level maps of Soldiers' National Cemetery and downtown Gettysburg.
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) | 7 pages
| 6" x 9"
| September 1, 2018