Bicycling through History

BICYCLING THROUGH HISTORY

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Welcome to Background References for our DVD series. There is obviously far more information that can be found on any of these selected topics. Our initial idea was to include these notes as part of our program either in narration or as a graphic. That concept never made it to the DVD production process. Instead, we have provided a summarized text version for the web. More detailed facts and figures can be discovered through a comprehensive search on the Internet or at a library.

Bicycling through History is a collection of rides, which initially follow the trails used by George Washington and other early colonists. Without some understanding of history, one might ride along these trails and think they have merely been constructed for modern recreation. The truth is more likely that the underlying trails are centuries old, and by knowing what to look for, people can enjoy their cycling with the added benefit of retracing the very same trails as those used by early settlers and patriots. Evidence of historical events can frequently be found along the trails.

The real hope of this series is to encourage further exploration of history. The DVDs are not the complete solution. Reference books or the Internet can provide valuable insights far beyond the generous capabilities of DVD. What the video presentations do offer is an audio - visual experience. People can see what the trails look like. For those who enjoy cycling, this can be a way to evaluate whether a particular trail might be worth riding. For those who prefer to exercise in their home or at a gym on a stationary cycle, the DVDs can provide motivation. For those researching history or geography, these offer yet another source for information.

George Washington

George Washington never rode a bicycle. He did travel extensively throughout the colonies and led the Continental Army to Victory in the War for Independence. His primary means of transportation was the horse. Boats, ships and other water craft were also important for moving people as well as cargo during that particular period. One minor fact that might be overlooked is that George Washington had some very expensive pistols, which were stolen from him during one of his journies by ship. One would think that the captain of the ship could order a search of the vessel to locate the stolen property. The crew apparently worked together at the theft. Perhaps they felt as though they needed the weapons for protection from pirates. The result was that George Washington rarely traveled by ship after that incident.

Routes of travel were carefully documented by George Washington in his journals. Waterways provided natural routes for travel and many trails follow the banks of rivers. Even before colonial times, the native Americans used similar routes.

Potomac River Map

The map shown above illustrates the proximity of locations mentioned in our disk 1 of the DVD series. The area between the Potomac River on the north, and the Rappahannock River on the south, define what is now known as the Northern Neck of Virginia. Many beautiful homes and buildings remain in this region that date back to colonial times. This area was also significant during the War of 1812 and the War between the States. Jame Madison and James Monroe were born in this region, as well as Robert E. Lee and other noteworthy Americans.

This part of Virginia is an excellent example of the "layers of history."


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American History from the perspective of a Casual Cyclist.


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