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 Posted: Tue Jul 15th, 2008 12:11 pm
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Tim,

Actually, I have to give my husband credit--he's done his share of battlefield walks, especially when I first got interested in the CW. He's even carried my two-year old son in a backpack across Pickett's Charge and back (I told him the weight was about what Pickett's men would've been carrying!). But he also lets me walk the Wheatfield for the umpteenth time, and hike up and down the hill to Burnside Bridge at Antietam YET AGAIN, and look at out at Fredericksburg from Chatham's front yard ONE MORE TIME, all without complaining (too much!). I think the difference for him is that he doesn't have ancestors (that we've found, anyway) who walked and fought on those same fields and hills like I do. It's the physical connection to the places that keeps me returning!

So maybe you owe me a half a Dr. Pepper!

Pam



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 Posted: Tue Jul 15th, 2008 04:55 pm
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Thanks Ed for saying what I was going to say.  I see alot from my car but do get out and walk some .  Not as much as I would like.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 15th, 2008 05:15 pm
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But the views are worth it Bama!!

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thanks Mike! I'm liking what I'm reading so far.



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I'm fortunate in one respect, that being that I have always had jobs where I am active and on my feet for a good portion of the day. I also ride a bicycle 3.2 miles to work 4-5 days a week. That and the 9+years of weight trainig I did up until shoulder problems forced me to quit have given me quite a bit of long haul stamina. though you wouldn't know it to look at me now....darn pot belly))... I can usually walk an entire good-size battlefield (Shiloh sized) during the course of a day...with plenty of water/rest breaks of course..the only things that bother me are my feet...I think they are about 90 yrs old due to high milage.



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 Posted: Thu Jul 17th, 2008 11:08 am
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Captain,

Last month my son,daughter, and I toured Gettysburg on mountain bikes!! What a great way to see the battlefield!! the bikes give you so much more of an open feeling than the car. 

When we came to a location to explore we left the bikes by the road and hiked!! It was a great experience.  I will be doing it again in October.

Mike

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East Cemetery Hill and the slopes east of the Bloody Lane are definitely a couple of hikes. Since my wife has to satisfy her "shopping fix" in Old Town Alexandria, Va today/tommorrow, I'm heading to GB for a "quickie". Haven't decided to do Wheatfield/Peach Orchard/Devil's Den or the area where Ewell's Corp hit Howard's Corp on July 1. Hard decision.

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Hey Doc,

No matter where you choose to go I will be jealous....

Although I will be at Shea Stadium tomorrow night watching Billy Joel play the last show at Shea Stadium. So that will be my little bit of history.

I will also be going to a local reenactment here on Long Island this weekend. It's being held at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village.

http://www.exploreli.com/entertainment/localguide/337773,0,3525141.event

Mike



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Same with me Ed. I take Celebrex and it is a wonder drug , helps me walk and get around .  Can't walk as far as I would like but better than when I don't take it .

Susan



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Tendenitis is unfortunately my major downfall..it's in my elbows, shoulders, and now my heels...wooo hoo! but I plan to fight the good fight against the inevitable as long as I can. Staying active helps but time will win eventually.



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lifl2003 wrote: Captain,

Last month my son,daughter, and I toured Gettysburg on mountain bikes!! What a great way to see the battlefield!! the bikes give you so much more of an open feeling than the car. 

When we came to a location to explore we left the bikes by the road and hiked!! It was a great experience.  I will be doing it again in October.

Mike
that sounds like an excellent idea...kinda like a modern day horseback tour. When i get back up there i will have to bring the bike along.



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I'd love to give biking the battlefield a try. A friend of mine and his son have done that every year at Gettysburg, and they both just love it. We don't have bikes now, though, so I'll stick with walking for now.

Has anyone ever taken the horseback tours at G-burg?

Pam



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I want to get the golf-cart concession at those big national parks. Last one I walked was Shiloh, about 5 years ago. (Funny how much your feet can deteriorate in 5 years.)If I'd have had a golf cart, I could have run down those who were walking the field. Whee!

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Would you at least do me the courtesy to give a yell BEFORE you run me over? It could even be a satisfied laugh! You know, I'm still walking, but I'm not quite as fast as I used to be!;)

Pam



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just make sure it's a "Rebel" yell.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 18th, 2008 10:33 am
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Hey Pam,

We brought our own bikes and I planned out our biking route.  However if you are interested here is a company in GB that leads guided tours and rents bikes too.

http://www.gettysbike.com/

Mike



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