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Gettysburg-a great place to ride.(32 posts)

Gettysburg-a great place to ride.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 5:44 PM
1) Gettysburg and the surrounding area is a great place to ride. Gettysburg town and National Park are in a wide valley with a great network of low traffic farm roads (that is one of the reasons the battle was fought there). To the west is South Mountain with some of the hardest climbs I've ever ridden. You can do anything from an easy cruise through the battlefields to a 300K with killer climbs all centered on Gettysburg
Shaded Climb.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 5:46 PM
2) The East end of the park has well shaded narrow hilly roads that pass by Little Round Top and Devils Den-sites of some really nasty fighting. There is almost no traffic and the area is nice and cool on a hot summer day. As soon as you enter the park you start to see statues, memorials and monuments scattered everywhere. The more you look, the more you see.
Faithful Friend.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 5:49 PM
The first time we rode through the park I mostly noticed the heroic monuments now I pay much more attention to the smaller more personal monuments. I find this monument with a dog mourning at the base very touching.
Faithful Friend.Scot_Gore
Jun 3, 2002 3:58 AM

Thanks for the post. Great report. I wrote a friend whose a Gettysburg Battlefield guide regarding your faithful friend monument. Here's the his response.

The monument your friend is referring to is the famous Irish Brigade
monument east of the Rose Farm on the Day 2 battlefield. The
survivors of the three New York regiments (63rd, 69th, 88th NY)
within the Irish Brigade combined their funds to erect a single
memorial to their fallen comrades, and had commissioned sculptor
Rudolph O'Donovan to design a suitable monument. O'Donovan's work is
considered as a masterpiece within the park. He designed a
traditional Celtic cross topping a monuument with an Irish Wolfhound
at the base, mourning the loss of life within the Irish Brigade and
the associated Rorty's 14th NY Battery (which was posted over near
the Angle and would help repulse "Pickett's Charge" the next day
(with Rorty being killed)).

This outstanding memorial has the II Corps trefoil, regimental
medallions for each of the three NY regiments, and the NY state seal.
Along the bottom are various symbols of Irish culture, many of which
were connected with the brigade's history.

This is one of the most visited and photographed monuments on the
entire battlefield. It's particularly haunting after dark during a
light rain or mist - the monument seems to loom out of the shadows
and darkness as you approach. The mournful-looking dog almost seems
real at these times.

Keep up those battlefield trips.

Thanks for the story,MB1
Jun 3, 2002 4:30 AM
Famous it may be but everytime we ride past there it is one of the quietest areas around. Lovely spot though....
Jun 1, 2002 5:52 PM
Some of the memorials are very touching.
Jun 1, 2002 5:54 PM
Gettysburg town seems to me to be a bit on the tacky side and very busy (nothing compared to the mean streets of DC however). There are lots of places to stay and plenty of places to eat for any budget. For a quick lunch Miss M and I are fond of Toms Pizza or a sandwich and drink at Sheetz.
Battlefield Riding.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 5:56 PM
6) Confederate Ridge is typical of the riding found in the battlefield. Wide roads with not much traffic and plenty of room to pass cars (we usually find ourselves going much faster than the cars touring the battlefield).
Southern Memorials.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 6:00 PM
There are some great Memorials along Confederate Ridge. My all time favorites are the Louisiana and Mississippi memorials.

I must have passed by the North Carolina Memorial 20 times before I stopped to see it today. It faces across the fields to the Northern lines. There is always something new to see.

"To the Eternal Glory of the North Carolina Soldiers who on this battlefield displayed heroism unsurpassed sacrificing all in the support of their Cause their valorous deeds will be enshrined in the hearts of men long after these transient memorials shall have crumbled into dust. This tablet erected by the North Carolina Division United Daughters of the Confederacy."
General Lee.MB1
Jun 1, 2002 6:03 PM
The only place we saw a lot of traffic today was near the General Lee Statue. The tour busses were thick there. The place is so roomy we had no problems getting by. One of these days I ought to lead a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour-it looks to be a great area for a moonlit ride too. In the meantime you should visit the place-trust me you will come away amazed and impressed.
Thanks for sharing!mosovich
Jun 1, 2002 6:05 PM
Thanks for sharing your trip. I'm now thinking of changing my vacation and doing some riding in the PA area. Thanks alot!
Jun 1, 2002 6:17 PM
Wow, that ride looks amazing! The weather looks like it cooperated too. Great post.
re: Gettysburg-a great place to ride.gusriley
Jun 1, 2002 6:30 PM
We're visiting Gettysburg in August. Will most likely have our bikes with us.
If this hasn't convinced you to bring your bikes....MB1
Jun 2, 2002 2:48 PM
what will?

Hopping in and out of a baking car in August is not my idea of fun. Ride your bike through the battlefields in the cool of the morning and evening and really get a feel for the whole place.

(I'm not a big fan of touring by auto).
If this hasn't convinced you to bring your bikes....gusriley
Jun 2, 2002 5:16 PM
We're not big fans of touring by auto either. We hope to have the bikes with us on that trip. We're both historians and have never been to Gettysburg. We're looking forward to the visit.
re: Gettysburg-a great place to ride.gs6769
Jun 2, 2002 4:08 AM
What a GREAT post!! Excellent photos and tips! Are you employed by the Pa. State Tourist Board? If not, I'd send them a resume'. I've not been to G-burg since I was a little sprout. I'll HAVE to return now with fully grown legs and my Klein on the bike rack!
Post of the day so far.
been to gettysburg once....rufus
Jun 2, 2002 5:07 AM
back in 1990 when i was following the tour de trump. the first stage i caught was the one into harrisburg, and there was a sprint line in downtown gettysburg, so i picked that as my first viewing spot, because i wanted to see the battlefield. after the race went through, i had the rest of the afternoon and early the next morning to wander the fields, and it was quite an impressive and moving experience.

i didn't get to ride there, but i'd love to go back to visit again someday, with a bike. beautiful area, and very sad.
Thank youMe Dot Org
Jun 2, 2002 7:07 AM
Nice pictures. Nice post. I'd love to ride there some day.
Faithful Friend, etc.JamieB
Jun 2, 2002 8:57 AM
After all your posts of the area, my husband and I have placed the DC area high on our list of places to move after I graduate. We had never thought about moving there before your wonderful photos and ride stories. :)

Also, thanks for the photo of the Irish Brigade Memorial. Being of Irish descent, that is one of my favorite memorials/sculptures. The dog is an Irish Wolfhound mourning the loss of his master. :)

Again, great story. Thanks for sharing.
Before I moved here I never would have thought much of DC.MB1
Jun 2, 2002 2:41 PM
The town has an awful lot of things going for it. An active and involved cycling community (and lots and lots of cyclists) keep it a good place to ride.

The 2 worst things are the summer heat and humidity and the traffic. We get around the traffic by commuting by bicycle. We don't get around the heat...

You could do worst than moving to DC. I'd avoid the 'burbs however.
Come a little farther north.look271
Jun 2, 2002 11:58 AM
Parider and I can show you even more climbs and great, lightly traveled roads. =)
We have ridden across Pennsylvania a couple of times.MB1
Jun 2, 2002 2:43 PM
It is a fairly good state to ride in-some tough riding for sure. What area do you live and ride in?
We have ridden across Pennsylvania a couple of times.look271
Jun 3, 2002 1:14 PM
Right outside of Harrisburg. Mostly I ride between Harrisburg and York, around Gifford Pinchot State park as well as down towards Carlisle(this area is flatter).Drop me a line if you and Miss M ever meander up this way-I'd be happy to show you some great rides.
really enjoy your travelogues, MB1bianchi boy
Jun 2, 2002 12:08 PM
If I ever get a digital camera, I'll try to return the favor. Ya'll seem to have the right attitude about riding --it's just the speed but what you see and do along the way.

Is the DC/RBR tour still set for the weekend of June 15-16?
Yes the RBR/DC Tour is on, I'll post something this week.nmMB1
Jun 2, 2002 2:37 PM
Maps? How to get them? Thanks (NM)Paul
Jun 3, 2002 4:24 AM
What kind of maps? Of what?MB1
Jun 3, 2002 4:34 AM
The battlefield-the National Park Service or the Park Headquarters when you get there.

Cycling maps? Pennsylvania (the State) has a nice set of cycling routes.

Something more specific to our rides? let me know what you want and how far you want to ride.
Belong to Reston Bike Club in N. VA, and we were planning aPaul
Jun 3, 2002 9:39 AM
Fall ride in Gettysburg. Looking for suggestions on riding routes for different levels. Good places to stay, and what do you recommend for roads. It will be a one day tour. Something around 50 miles or less, perhaps some interesting stops. We could tour the battlefield anytime, so something in the general area.

Have you ever done "3 Covered Bridges" from Frederick?MB1
Jun 3, 2002 10:39 AM
That is a pretty nice ride with a long option of under 100K down to about 20 miles depending on the number of bridges you visit.

Lots of places to stay in Frederick, we have a route slip for it that starts at a holiday Inn.
Antietam Battlefieldno excuses
Jun 3, 2002 9:45 AM
Another great place for riding and touring a battlefield is Antietam. Same type of history lesson.
There are also some nice loops that could work using the C&O Towpath.
Missed you by a weekTschako
Jun 3, 2002 10:34 AM
I agree that the Gettysburg area is a great place to ride! I spent a week in Emmitsburg last week at a training course and had the opportunity to ride into G-Burg after class and before the sun set. What a great way to unwind after a long day in front of a computer.
MB1, was this your first trip? Could you provide any more information on how to get cycling maps of PA?

Thanks for the great report and beautiful photos!
For routes PA Dept of Transportstion isn't bad.MB1
Jun 3, 2002 10:59 AM
Here is the link

If the link is too messed up just try the PA Deptartment of Transportation in a search.