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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DYNOBOB, Feb 5, 2020.
We head back to Shepherdstown and grab dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe.
Hey DYNOBOB, nice to see your excellent pictures and adventures of 2019. I've been to most of the same places, even Bill's Place. Ridden The Snake too. I've never been up Onion Creek though. Next time . . . Don't disrespect that old "decrepit toll bridge." That's one of the few privately run river crossings in the US. It's a local landmark and has been withstanding floods for decades. Look at the debris piled up against it. Are you going to Daytona in a few weeks?
Glad you're enjoying the report PW.
Yep, we head for Daytona on Mar 6. Will you be there?
Thursday May 30 - Shepherdsville WV to Gettysburg, PA - 80 miles
In hindsight I can't believe we've never made it to this part of the country before. The amount of really significant history that defined what our country would be is sobering. Antietam is still the bloodiest single day in American history with nearly 23,000 humans killed, wounded, or MIA. And even though there was no clear victor when the battle ended, it was the event that gave Lincoln the confidence to announce the Emancipation Proclamation.
The 3 day battle at Harpers Ferry ended just 2 days before Antietam began. While there was not a large loss of life (under 100), poor tactics led to the largest Union surrender of the war, and gave the Confederate army tons of weapons, food, and supplies on the eve of bloody Antietam.
Gettysburg's place in history is well known. There was little doubt afterwards that the Union would win and the country would be reunited.
Our day starts with a quick run south to Harpers Ferry.
The firehouse of the Federal Armory raided by abolitionist John Brown, afterwards called John Brown's Fort. This was one of the events that insured there would be a Civil War.
Harpers Ferry has other historical importance, and it's considered the 1/2 point of the Appalachian Trail.
Our weather luck ran out shortly after heading north from Harpers Ferry. Minutes after pulling into the famous South Mountain Creamery it started to pour, with more on the way. Knocked me out of the mood for ice cream so we suited up and kept rolling.
Stopped here to take a picture of the gps. We detoured up the street to get closer but the road ends in a cul-de-sac with signage that leaves no doubt you want to turn around.
We pulled into Gettysburg and found a room at the Inn at Cemetery Hill. By dumb luck, this is probably the best place you could choose to stay to take in the history of the town. Literally out the back door is the National Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery - the location of the Gettysburg Address.
(forgot to take a pic again)
It's quit raining, so after checking in we take a walk before dinner. The somber grey skies felt somehow appropriate.
After our walk we hit a super cool old bar right next to the hotel for dinner. We ate lunch there again the next day and highly recommend O'Rorke's.
Yes. I've missed only 2 years since 1973. Yes, I'm that old. I'll be riding a white DR650 with 15 countries listed on the front fender, that the DR and I have visited.
BTW I've bicycled the length of the C&O Canal Towpath a few times and stayed overnight in Harpers Ferry. I really like it that you picture the historical plaques. Some of them I've never stopped to read.
Cool, let's get together and take a ride to lunch while we're there. I'll pm you our address.
I frequently take pics of the historical markers and view them later.
Friday May 31 - Gettysburg to Mt Holly Springs, PA - 60 miles
Today we start by visiting the Visitor Center and seeing the Gettysburg Cyclorama. The Cyclorama is a circular room whose walls are a 377ft long, 42ft tall painting that depicts the battlefield. It is viewed from a raised platform in the center of the room with the lights dimmed. Flashing lights and a booming soundtrack make you feel like you are in the middle of the battle. More info here: https://www.nps.gov/gett/learn/historyculture/gettysburg-cyclorama.htm
Well worth your time to see. The whole facility is well done.
The town of Gettysburg is surprisingly undeveloped around its perimeter. My guess is, the significance of the place was recognized early on and the battlefields were protected from development. The Gettysburg Auto Tour is a one-way route that winds for miles through the battlefields and the city.
View from Little Round Top.
Moments late the kid got yelled at for sitting on cannon.
After sightseeing, we had lunch at O'Rorke's and did an easy 50 mile day up to Mt Holly Springs.
Saturday June 1 - Mt Holly Springs to State College, PA - 170 miles
Alas, a relaxed pace plus sightseeing means we come up a day short on finishing the BDR. We'll continue north on the track today and bail off the route to stay in State College tonight. Sunday will be 420 miles of slab home.
Lots of rural PA today.
Jack's Mountain overlook.
- The MABDR is considered the easiest of the BDRs and indeed I was comfortable doing it 2-up. Keep in mind though, we didn't do any Expert sections and had near perfect weather. If the water crossings had been jammin' we'd most likely have had to detour. If we were not sightseeing the route would have been easily done in 7 days. As it is, she/I will need to return and finish the route between I-80 and I-90. Humm ... might have to connect that to the new North East BDR...
- If you've enjoyed a BDR don't forget to send a few shekels their way, they may be free to download but they're not free to create. https://www.paypal.com/donate/?toke...zhPp1pnwXJ-HUEy-P_Am&country.x=US&locale.x=US
- Some might think you have to go West to have a fantastic ride. The MABDR proves otherwise, get out there and enjoy our country where every you can.
- And like the BDR folks say, ALWAYS...
UP of Michigan - Friday July 19 to Monday July 22
With the end of July approaching we've got a forecast that is too hot (96degs in the shade) to even contemplate making hay. With school about to start up for Wynette I'd like to get another ride in, so I look north for cooler options. Paradise, Michigan is looking good! Plus we've never been to the UP. So, we'll whip out a 4 day/1400 mile ride and see what it looks like.
We get away by 8am but it still runs in the 90s for the 500 miles to the Mackinac Bridge. Amazingly, the last 2 miles to the bridge it drops 15 degrees. Welcome relief!
And the scenery improves a bunch!
Immediately after the bridge we head west along Lake Michigan and stop at a park to think about dinner.
Nice view of the bridge from here.