Oh, man, Gettysburg. I've been there a couple of times on a MTB with fat slicks. The bike is a vastly better way to get around the place than a car. I don't remember any hill that was much of a challenge, maybe Culp's Hill was the steepest? Before going, one should read "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara.
I remember riding in at dawn one morning, with the mist not yet burned off.....the quiet....
Another moment that brought it home to me was one hot afternoon, I ditched the bike by the Virginia Memorial and walked up the hill towards the Federal positions on Cemetery Ridge, the route taken by the Confederates on their last ditch assault now known of course as Pickett's Charge. I remember stressing out about picking up ticks. Kept looking down at my legs, worrying about ticks. And then I looked up at the Federal artillery lined up on the crest, pointed down at where I was standing, and imagined those black cannons thundering and 10,000 Union *****men firing down for all they were worth. And thought about having to continue walking up that hill into that portal of hell.
And there I was, worrying about ticks.
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