Inaugural Ride Slideshow

Starting off in York
On September 5, six advocates for the Grand History Trail set out from York, Pa. to bike the proposed route for the 250-mile-long trail. Here's a roundup of photos from the trip.
Bikes strapped on to the support vehicle.
Riding through Hanover, Pa.
A historical marker in Hanover
Stopping at Famous Hot Weiner in Hanover
Cycling through Gettysburg
The Gettysburg battlefield
Re-enactors in Gettysburg
Re-enactors man a cannon in Gettysburg
A group shot in Gettysburg
... And another Gettysburg group shot
The Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg.
Sachs Covered Bridge in Gettysburg
Taking a break.
Don hamming it up in Frederick, Md.
Carriage House and former slave quarters in Frederick
A plaque shares the history of the Dred Scott decision in Frederick.
The historic Ross home in Frederick
Bird cage bike in Frederick
Hanging out in front of city hall in Frederick.
A sign for the C&O canal.
Biking on the C&O Canal
Stopping in the nation's capital.
The GHT riders pose in front of the Washington Monument.
The shadows of weary cyclists in Washington, D.C.
Sailboats in Annapolis.
Stopping for a meal in Annapolis.
Jellyfish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
Calypso, the three-finned sea turtle at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
We agree.
Cool old VW bus.
Recuperating in the support van.
Nearly to the finish line.
We made it back to York!

On Saturday, September 5th, the Trailblazers will depart at 9:30 a.m. from the York County Heritage Rail Trail at the Colonial Courthouse in York, Pennsylvania, and head to Gettysburg, where they will tour the Gettysburg National Military Park. On the following day, Sunday, September 6th, the riders will depart Gettysburg and head to Frederick, Maryland via Emmitsburg.  On Monday, September 7th, the riders will travel south to the C&O Canal Towpath, which offers numerous historical sites along the way, such as Point of Rocks, Great Falls, and Leesburg, Virginia.  By evening, the riders will arrive in the Nation's capital.  On Tuesday, September 8th, the riders will check out the sites in Washington D.C. and then continue east to America's sailing capital, Annapolis, Maryland.  On Wednesday, September 9th, the riders will depart from Annapolis and head north on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail to Baltimore, where they will spend time visiting Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor, among other sites.  The riders will conduct the final leg of their trip on Thursday, September 10th,  when they depart from Baltimore to travel back to York, via the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail and the York County Heritage Rail Trail. 

The ride's schedule is as follows: 

Saturday, September 5th:
Departing from York, PA, at the Colonial Courthouse; Biking to Gettysburg, PA with a stop in Hanover, PA
Sunday, September 6th:  
Departing from Gettysburg, PA at the former Cyclorama parking lot; Biking to Frederick, MD with a stop in Emmitsburg
Monday, September 7th:
Departing from Frederick, MD at City Hall; Biking to to Washington D.C., via the C&O Canal Towpath
Tuesday, September 8th:
Departing from Alexandria, VA to Annapolis, MD 
Wednesday, September 9th:
Departing from Annapolis, MD at the State House; Biking to Baltimore, MD 
Thursday, September 10th:
Departing from Baltimore, MD at CIty Hall; Biking to York, PA with a stop in Hunt Valley

 

Our goal is to alert the media and regional decision makers to the ride and the advantages of developing a safe and viable route linking these historically significant areas. The ride is self-supported.  Please consider joining us at each of our departure locations to help bring attention to and promote the Trail.   . . ."LET'S FINISH IT!"