Long ago, it seems, before there were “no bikes” signs at trail heads, Gettysburg was one of my weekly go-to spots for getting a ride in after working on the factory floors.  An amateur history buff, I rode the roads–dirt and hard–and ducked in on trails here and there, finding places off the well-worn path.  Along the way, I learned more about the place that is seared in many American minds.

looking down on devil’s den, from up on little round top

bucolic scene, gettysburg, pa

my favorite farm on the battlefield

home is where the heart is

Sadly, I recently read that 92% of middle schoolers do not know that the Civil War, at the very least, had something to do with slavery.  Or look at it this way … only 1 in 10 kids in American schools who are somewhere around age 12 knows that a civil war was fought over many issues, one of the major ones being the enslavement of human beings.

when he was a boy, my dad once delivered steers to President Eisenhower’s farm, not getting to meet him, though

President Eisenhower’s Farm, Gettysburg, PA

January 17, 1961:  “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist.” –President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pedaling a bike through Gettysburg always is a time of reflection.

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