07-11 Day 2 (Gettysburg)

Let’s explore the National Military Park

Travel FromIndian Land, SC USA
Intermediate LocationWest Virginia
Ending LocationPennsylvania
Starting Odometer24,861
Ending Odometer25,050
Miles Driven Today189 Miles
Total Trip Mileage507 Miles
New Countries visited Today 
Countries visited on tripUS

Today’s ride

We left Charlottesville at 7:00 AM, with the anticipation that we’d hit rain along the way. The 190 mile trip was moving along perfectly, and then, seemingly out of nowhere, the GPS warned me that our route was compromised, and there would be a 77 minute delay. But, my little friendly GPS also suggested an alternate route, which would only add about 2 miles, and so I accepted, and made a quick exit onto I-81.

At about the 75 mile mark, we needed to take a quick break, and fill up the X3 with gas. So, we stopped at a gas station, and while there, I started talking to a guy who was filling up his BMW M3 with gas. We started talking, and quickly realized that we had a lot in common. His name is Robin, and he was kind enough to take a photo of Ralph and I, and send it to me.

Robin was also kind enough to allow me to immortalize him, so I’ve got a selfie of Robin and his M3 in front of the Sierra Nevada brewery.

We arrived in Chambersburg by 10:30, and there were no rooms available at the hotel, so we parked the bike, in a very prominent spot at the front of the hotel, I changed clothes, and we headed to Gettysburg, a quick 26 mile trip.

Getting the evil eye along the way

Along the way, we came upon another vehicle, and I was quite sure that all of the passengers were looking at me with their beady eyes, giving me the evil eye. Now, I know that most of you wouldn’t believe me, so I took a quick video. Enjoy.

The Gettysburg Visitor Center

The National Park at Gettysburg is broken into two separate ways of interacting. The first method is to visit the Visitor Center, and enjoy the museum, the intro film, and numerous presentations by docents and rangers. There is a great deal of interesting information to listen to, and I rather enjoyed it.

One of the presentations is called Battlefield in a Box. The concept is like this… The battle at Gettysburg, is complex, and much of what happened is disputed, or at least it differs, depending on who’s telling the story. So, Battlefield in a Box is a way for a ranter to build a map on the floor, and then to lay out the various groups of soldiers, along with their commanders. This approach is simpler, and because it relies on visual clues, it’s a bit easier to understand. I took a 2 minute video, to simply demonstrate how it worked.


More of the same. We plan on a full-frontal assault on Gettysburg, taking in far more than any history buff should even attempt to take in. But, just watch us.

About the Author

Cliff Musante

Cliff Musante is a technologist, business leader, motorcycle enthusiast, father, grandfather, and more. In June, 2013 his passion for motorcycles was revitalized, and he set out to ride across Patagonia. Since then, he's logged thousands of miles, ridden across the US, and on July 10, 2019, he began a 120 day trip through Europe, and then on to Russia, China, and parts East. This 'Blog is the story of all of his adventures.


  1. Ill be following along! Have a wonderful time be safe please. Im excited that you are living your best life everyday! We cross paths in Estonia and Russia I think in Aug… have a blast! Xo

    1. Hi Jen,
      If you’re going to be in Estonia or Russia, then please, by all means, send me an email with the details. I’ll do all that I can to come and find you.

    1. Ashlan, Fun is my middle name. Well, actually it’s not, but I’ll try to have fun anyway.

  2. Hi Cliff – will you be posting a gps tracking link (“Where’s Cliff?”)once you get to Europe/Asia? It was a great experience following you on your trip across the US a couple of years ago.
    Have a fantastic trip – your post are always entertaining

    1. Hi Chris, so nice to hear from you.
      If you visit the homepage of the blog, you’ll see a link for “Realtime tracking”. Click on it, and you’ll be able to follow our progress.

    1. Hey Eric,
      I know that Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, but because I’m not an especially religious guy, I have to say that I’m pretty proud that Ralph and I did a Workout of the Day (WOD) in the hotel, as soon as we arrived.
      I would say that your motivating words last Monday made us either motivated, or full of guilt. In any case, the result is the same.

  3. Hi cliff. Sounds like you had a good 1st day. I wanted to note to Lee that on a last dinner you always go Italian. Even Jesus had bread and wine. He forgot the cheese. Oh well. Next time I expect you to follow protocol. think LAST DINNER

    1. Carl, I don’t really like the direction this is going in. You see, if we consider it to be a last dinner, they isn’t the next step for me to drag my motorcycle on my back, and then get crucified?
      Yuk, sounds horrible.
      OK if I just eat Thai instead?

      1. Ok. We’ll let it slide this time. But Lee needs to follow protocol. Just because you don’t see reality doesn’t mean Lee shouldn’t.

  4. Cliff-

    Great meeting you and best of luck! Will be watching with great envy of your trip and experiences. Bon voyage.

    Cheers mate……

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