New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017-Day 4

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ July 2, 2017/ BMW R1200RT, New Orleans to Nova Scotia 2017/ 0 comments

Departure Location: Staunton, VA

Time: 0715

Weather Conditions: Sunny, 76 degrees

Daily High Temperature: 92 (in Gettysburg)

Destination: York, PA

Daily Miles Logged: 231

Arrival Time: 1440

 

Another early morning wake up call (0510) to position us for a good day in Pennsylvania.  Matt, Jr and I rode directly to Gettysburg, and then Matt pushed on to York to be with his family for the day.  Jon, Randall and Trent took the day to explore some new roads while Jr and I visited the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center for the morning.

Roughly a 2.5 hour ride from Staunton, Gettysburg was heavy with visitors for the annual battle reenactments and memorial activities that are associated with the battlefield.  I was pleasantly surprised that we were in time to catch the next presentation of the historical film and Cyclorama that was starting within ten minutes of our arrival.  This saved us time that I was hoping to have to ride around the battlefields before we had to press towards York.

Our exploration of the battlefield.

The movie was a good introduction to the significance of what the battle of Gettysburg means in context to our nations history.  As a history buff, I enjoyed revisiting the battlefield and gleaned several new insights that I had missed from before, most significantly, the sheer number of fatalities during the three-day battle.  The order for today was to help Steven Jr gain a broad overview of the depth of this destination and hopefully foster a desire to discover more.

A partial panoramic shot of the Cyclorama. It is the largest oil on canvas painting in North America

After a quick walk though of the museum, we headed back to the bikes to make a run at the driving tour.  Much of the driving areas were closed for the long holiday weekend due to the reenactments that take place each year so we were only able to ride through a small area of the battlefield.  This is definitely a place on my list to visit again, but not on the first weekend in July!

We turned our sights on York, PA to make our arrival deadline of 1430.  Our route took us along HWY30 on into York.  This is a fairly slow moving roadway, but it is the most direct path from Gettysburg to York.  As a side note to the usefulness of the Packtalk system, Jr and I were roughly 9 miles from our hotel and out of the blue, I hear Jon’s voice say “I am in low range now” which is HD code for “holy crap, this thing is about to keel over.”  Sure enough, just over the next hilltop, I spotted the trio of Jon, Randall and Trent.  Jr and I worked our way through the traffic and joined their final approach to the hotel.  As Jon pulled into the gas station in front of the hotel, his bike ran out of gas… talk about perfect timing!  Sounds like Jon’s guardian angels were working overtime today.

As I pulled in to the hotel, I saw a guy polishing his bike under the front canopy.  I thought to myself, this has to be Ben, the second rider from the Florida coalition.  Sure enough, he saw my amazingly beautiful BMW approaching and he must have been awestruck as he immediately approached me with a huge smile on his face which could only mean, “man, this is one of the most amazing bikes I have ever seen!”  After a quick intro, I could tell we were going to be fast friends.

Dinner was hosted this evening by Matt’s charming sister and brother-in-law at their home just a few miles from our hotel.  George, the chef, was unbelievably accommodating and made extra effort to make sure my salmon was cooked to perfection.  I can honestly say that his preparation was one of, if not the finest salmon I have ever had!  Thank you George!

Always cutting up and having a good laugh!

Tomorrow is Hard Push day to Portland, ME.  With nearly 700 miles to cover, we will have another early departure time of 0630.  There won’t be many sights to take in on the super slab, but what lies ahead occupies my every thought…

-Steve

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