Bailee and me heading out on our adventure. Left the house at 7:30 AM on the Harley Ultra Limited
We stopped at Jacks Diner about 77 miles into the trip. Jacks had been closed because of COVID but today was the first day they were open. Both of us had a big breakfast with eggs bacon hash browns and toast. We left about 10:30.
First fuel stop and short break. You were supposed to be wearing masks if you went in but no one was
Biker bar. They just opened. Met and old guy named "Johnny Blades". He tipped us off to another scenic view spot.
We got a bite to eat and relaxed for 45 minutes before setting off again
Maybe the most spectacular view I’ve ever seen. Right there with Grand Canyon. Picture cannot do it justice. There were two young couples there way out on a ledge. Bailee was freaked out.
We arrived in Gettysburg around 6:30 and checked in to the Comfort Suites hotel. After getting unpacked and showered Bailee and I went to explore. We took the MC and did a drive by of the battlefield. We then parked on Baltimore street in town and went for a walk. We were going to get ice cream but the line was very long and we kept walking. We saw a lot of houses that had the signs indicating an original civil war era structure. We walked all the way to the city square and took the picture of Bailee with Perry Como.
Bailee had a had time getting out of bed Saturday morning. We went to the hotel lobby for breakfast. Because of COVID they only had coffee and muffins. We started walking to the place to rent bicycles.
Visitors Center was closed because of COVID. Adams county went to Green status the day we arrived but the park facilities remained closed
For our second day Bailee and I planned on renting bicycles and touring the battlefield. We rented from Gettysbike Tours (Pic). We walked from the hotel maybe a mile and got there 20 minutes before it opened. We waited across the parking lot and were the first customers. We wanted electric bikes but they only had conventional bikes.
So we rented anyway. We rode the trail towards the Taneytown road which was a slightly uphill grade. We were exhausted before we made it out of the visitor centers! But we kept going and made for a good morning.
looking south toward little/ big round top
looking west toward Seminary Ridge
Bailee posing with a cannon near “the angle”
Trostal Farm with cannon ball hole
Peach Orchard looking back toward Cemetery Ridge and Union positions
Confederate Lane on the right end of the confederate line looking east toward little / big round top
path to top of big round top. we hiked up
End of the Union right with the 20th Maine. Bailee posing
Bailee and I were exhausted after the bike ride and needed some food . We had to wait for an hour to get a table but it was close to the hotel so we waited there. The food was good!
Traveling to the tour, we left at 7 AM. It was sprinkling during the ride but stopped before we got there.
Confederate Horse Tours. Bailee was on Cinnamon and I was on Penny (the horse). 😀
Two and a half hour tour of the area of Pickets charge.
About 15 people start the tour. 14 finished. One big guy fell off.
Bailee liked the stories the guide told.
Big swail in the land in front of and to the right of Virginia memorial. Partially hid the approach of Pickets charge
2 mile walk from East Cemetery Hill to Culps Hill and down to Spangler Spring. Bailee was tired and napped in the room.
Rocky and hilly terrain. Fortunately, temps were in upper sixties so comfortable
Saw a few Ohio monuments. One of an Owl mounted on large boulder. See pic.
Hiked 2.5 mile route following the third leg of theFirst Day Walking Tour” book.
Left side faced Northwest toward Oak Hill / Ridge
Chambersburg pike at the edge of town looking west. Next to the Buford /Reynolds memorial
On the southwest cannon on the Buford memorial on the Chambersburg pike coming into Gettysburg. This was the cannon that fired the first cannon shot of the battle
Bailee’s idea to go to this museum. Good idea.
Farnsworth house with bullet holes in south wall. Confederate Sniper shot thru window. Forensic team team found blood pool and drag marks from this window down stairs. Lots of blood had seeped through the first floor in to the basement
story of confederate soldier ghost seen looking out windows
Got up early and took a walk up to Evergreen Cemetery to look for the McCreary plot the ghost tour guide spoke of the previous night. I couldn’t find it but did find the Jenny Wade burial stone.
Jenny (real name is Ginny) was buried three time. First time was in her sister’s garden after the battle. She was here for 6 months. She was then buried in a Lutheran Cemetery in town and then later reburied in Evergreen Cemetery
Bailee and I traveled part way home and stopped in Ligoner PA. One reason we stopped there is because of a revolutionary fort there. We went to take a tour but they were closed. Instead, we took pictures from outside the fence and then walked into town. Bailee got a pound of fudge at the candy store.
Left Ligoner at 8 AM. Stopped at Jacks Diner on way home. Last stop in Pa
Arrived back home at 12:30. Bailee carried her fudge she bought in Ligoner the whole way home. It didn’t melt!