Gettysburg, PA, September 29, 2013
29.09.2013 72 °F
Today was a gorgeous fall day and we took advantage of it. Don and I took our bikes to the National Park and rode around, mostly on the auto tour road. On bikes you don't have to follow the one way roads and we were able to see everything we wanted to without doing the entire 26 mile auto tour. Our ride was 11.4 miles. There were a few things we saw yesterday and wanted to stop at today, so we went to the Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina memorials. The North Carolina one was sculpted by Gutsum Borglum, who did Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. We climbed up the Pennsylvania Memorial and had great views of the battlefield. We also found one from Oneida, NY for the provost guards who guard the general. There are 1800 memorials in the park, so we did not see them all. There is an observation tower that we climbed (yes, I did) and had a wonderful view of the Eisenhower Farm in the distance. A stop at the Leister Farm that became General Meade's headquarters during this time.
After putting the bikes away we checked out the Hall of Presidents. It was a type of wax museum where each president told us a little about his presidency. It was pretty good. There was also a room full of First Ladies and we were surprised at how many were not the wife of the president!
The weather was perfect, sunny, 72°.