September 24, 2007Buddy and I planning a ride over 4 days to Gettysburg area. He is a bit of a Civil War fan. Any must see or do ? (Riding from Toronto through Buffalo southbound) Thanks
September 24, 2007The HD Dealership in town is a good one with a great service rep, at least amoung my friends who've had emergencies they helped with.
The "Pike Restaurant", a really decent steak and seafood and burger place with a big outdoor "front porch" dining area is a biker friendly place with reasonable prices , good food and entertainment on and off. It caters to both local wedding parties and visiting bikers, evidenced by the "Bikers Welcome" sign out front. We (a group of 21) loved it on our visit last month.
September 24, 2007My wife and I did that trip last fall. I would recommend staying at the Gettysburg Historic Best Western. 717-337-2000. Great rooms, priced reasonable and walk to any good restaurant or bar! That is always a plus to me. All the battlefield marked tour is very humbling. Especially the cemetery.
September 24, 2007You won't be that far out of York, definitely worth the trip en route for a tour depending on the timing.
September 24, 2007All the local resterants were good when I was there 3 years ago.
Stop in at Battlefield Harley-Davidson,nice dealership.
And yes,the battle field will humble you-no doubt!
September 25, 2007Do the bus tour. The guides have all kinds of knowledge that has been taken from letters the soldiers send home during the three day battle. They can also answere any questions you might have about the area.
September 25, 2007one hoof off the ground, soldier was injured
two hooves off the ground, he didn't make it
There is a great B&B in Berlin, small town, with a great German restaurant nearby that has the very best pork chops and sauer kraut.
Make sure you visit Little Round Top, the Union's flank, site of the Union's stand against Lee's advance to Washington. Try to appreciate the bravery of the 20th Maine, regiments from New York and Pennsylvania, as Chamberlain ordered "BAYONETS" to destroy the determined Confederates. Then you'll understand why Lincoln granted Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, commander of the 20th. Maine, the honor of receiving the Confederate's surrender.
Listen to the quiet of the battlefield. It is deafening. Then imagine the firepower required to end 53,000 lives.
Make the march from Cemetary Ridge to the highwater mark. Imagine the heat of a July day wearing woolen clothing. Imagine all the Union firepower brought to bear down upon you as the Union had the high ground.
Imagine when the men managing the cannons ran out of shot, and they used belt buckles, forks, buttons, and whatever else they could ram down that barrel to launch at you.
Imagine the consternation of General James Longstreet as he implored General Lee to not make that fatal charge.
It was the last gentleman's war.
September 25, 2007Wow, thanks for that. One might almost think you were there, but that is what Historians are all about !!
September 25, 2007
Have a great time!! And, of course I would be remiss if I didn't request the obligatory pics.
September 25, 2007I don't have anything to add, never been. Have a great time, ride safe and we'll be waiting for the pics!
September 26, 2007If you are into BBQ, there is a cool BBQ shack about 15-20 miles south of Gettysburg on RT15. You can't miss rt15 it is the main highway through Gettysburg.
The joint is called Chubby's, it's a monthly ride for me a few friends.