Cycling Gettysburgh- then home in the monsoon

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Friday, September 29, 2006

So here we are in Gettysburgyh- but first thing this morning was that we had to find a Bank of America. We were unable to locate one in all of Ohio, and weren't having much luck in PA either. My navigation told me we'd have to drive 40 miles south to Maryland. So off we went, and then went to some breakfast buffet. It basically sucked and Jeska ended up ordering something off the menu. The best part of the restaurant was that they had a fax machine and were able to fax a few receipts to the rv dealer for us to get re-imbursed for our multiple flat tires.

I dropped Jeska back off at the campground to clean up the rv while I ran to a tire repair shop to replace the flat tire that had popped from the trailer. I also went food shopping while waiting for that to be taken care of.

By the time I got back, got the tires pumped up on our bicycles, and we were dressed and ready to go, it was already 2pm. We took off for the visitors center at Gettysburg National Park. There is an 18 mile auto-route in the park that follows the chronological events of the battle from July 1-3, 1863. It was a beautiful day for riding, low 70s, partly cloudy. Jeska and I hadnt ridden for about 2 months, so it felt good to get out and stretch our legs a bit. Come to think of it, neither of us had done any exercise of any kind in the past 2 months, so we were in desperate need of some kind of physical activity to slow our loss of fitness. The terrain was rolling and not too strenuous, but any time the road went uphill, we both got reminded of just how out of shape we had become. Still, we were happy to be riding, compared to the poor suckers in cars driving the route while listening to an audio tape and having to stop every half a mile.

Jeska is a bit lacking in the history department, so was really cool for her to learn about our country's past-time. She learned who Robert E Lee was, which side was the army of northern Virginia and who was army of the Potomac, and all about Pickett's charge (I'm not sure what they were thinking).

By the time we completed the autotour (we took our time and it was about 3 hours of riding and stopping) the sky had started to grow dark to the south and east, and the wind was picking up- probably blowing at a steady 15-20mph. It was about 530pm, and I yelled to Jeska we might b in trouble and we'd have to book home. Not wanting to ride on the main highway w/ the possibility of bad weather, we cut across the battlefield on a small road, and rolled out of the park, but not before the skies opened up- it started raining, and instantly the temps dropped to the low 60s, the wind was howling over 30mph, and the rain was blowing in sideways- so hard that it hurt. Both Jeska and I were wearing sleeveless jerseys with shorts, so were not well prepared. We made it the 5 miles home without incident, just taking the turns easily. We were both shivering and our fingers were numb as we climbed off our bicycles and left them outside leaning against the rv.

We blasted both heaters and threw our soaked cycling clothes right into the washing machine. We wrapped ourselves up in towels and started eating whatever we could find- bananas, yogurt, salad. We planned on going to the ghost walk at night in downtown Gettysburgh, but with the crappy weather combined with our not-yet-thawed out bodies, we decided just to stay home and watch movies all night and snuggle together. Great thing about the rv- our space and we can do anythingw e want, wear anything we want (or not wear anything we want...)
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