Bicycling through History

BICYCLING THROUGH HISTORY

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A New Series on DVD


  • Bicycling through History is a small grass-roots organization with headquarters near Washington, DC. The purpose of our effort is to encourage people to explore local surroundings for evidence of the generations who have gone before us and to seek out the stories of those who struggled to accomplish extraordinary feats. We mainly like to look for the heritage, which has produced the great way of life that we enjoy today.

  • The DVDs we publish are primarily meant to supplement text books and other forms of reference as well as promote actual visits to historic sites. The DVDs can be used like an exercise tape or for research on what specific areas have to offer in the same way as a travel guide. We prefer to think that our series will educate and entertain simultaneously while hypnotizing viewers with normal exercise. According to numerous surveys, most people can actually ride bicycles. For those who cannot, this series is suitable for viewing or listening by the physically challenged.

  • Our project is not limited to American history. We simply started near Washington, DC and are expanding in all directions. There is so much history that we just basically had to start somewhere. We chose to begin with the life of George Washington. He was a remarkable human being and if he were alive today, we think he would be interested in riding a bicycle. He was quite a traveller and that also provides us with many wonderful trails to follow. He kept journals throughout his life and we can study his entries to see exactly where he went. These are available online, which makes it even easier.

  • This is an ambitious project. We started in 1996 and have already travelled tens of thousands of miles to acquire video and audio for production. We always need feedback to help us tailor the programs to the meet the needs and desires of our audience. Interested people can join our email list or submit comments.

  • Due to changes in the economy, our production budgets and as a result of feedback from our viewers, the DVDs have changed significantly as the series has grown.

  • The First Edition was meant as something to watch while otherwise exercising on a stationary bike. That seemed like a novel idea, however, it turned out to be boring.

  • The Second Edition was not nearly as boring as the first, and yet it still suffered. At least we had more history and less cycling trail scenery. We visited Barbados and found the house where George Washington actually lived, as well as trails he probably rode on a horse. It was a great trip although this DVD is occasionally tedious.

  • The Third Edition was meant to follow the path taken by George Washington that actually started the French and Indian War with a Letter. It almost worked, but not quite. We never made it to the site of Fort LeBoef near the present-day town of Waterford, Pennsylvania until four years after we published the DVD. That would have completed the story, although we still could not find any good cycling trails to ride there. Our footage in Montreal, though, is pretty good and our sequence about The Batteau Festival on the James River is somewhat captivating.

  • The Fourth Edition finally had some excitement. We got video footage from a reenactment of a rather significant engagement during the Revolutionary War - The Battle of Brandywine. That footage, along with some other reenactments at Lexington and Concord, and some remarkable scenic landmarks throughout the Delaware Valley proved to be more historical and less about cycling. Philadelphia and the cycling trail to Valley Forge was our longest ride ever. It is 25 miles one way and we actually went a lot farther than simply making a round trip. It was worth every mile and it is clearly apparent on the DVD.

  • The Fifth Edition stayed with the Revolutionary theme, and yet attempted to show a path taken by Daniel Boone. Few people apparently realize that he followed the exact same route as that of the lower Virginia Creeper Trail, which is very popular for cycling. As a way to embellish the story, we attended reenactments in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana which also supported a story about the exploits of George Rogers Clark. Between these two famous American explorers, there are numerous tall tales and adventures that few can believe are derived from real historical facts. Our DVD is more about the scenic beauty of mountain trails and Bluegrass music than actually following the extensive journies of these men, although some scenes are quite astonsishing.

  • The Sixth Edition has not yet materialized as a published work. One day, when we finally release it, people will find a wonderful portrayal of General George Washington by Carl Closs. He expounded for hours on the trials and tribulations of the real George Washington during an agonizingly long war. We followed up with cycling footage of the precise locations where he was known to travel. Many landmarks still survive since those Revolutionary times and people might be surprised to see how well they appear. We also captured extensive video footage of many more battle reenactments including the Battle of Monmouth in nearly its entirety. That will be available on DVD whenever we manage to get it published. (It is fully authored and awaiting replication for those concerned.)

  • The Seventh Edition, also known as the Pirate Edition, has been our best seller by far. It includes material from all of the original 13 colonies, Florida, the Gulf coast and California. In following the path of Blackbeard the Pirate, we even go to Barbados to show where his first victory as captain took place. People seem to love the combination of action, adventure, drama and factual description that we have included. It is also the most exciting DVD we have published, perhaps because of the professional reenactors who are the focus of our camera work. There is cycling, there are landmarks and there is sword fighting. This, however, was not in our original plan for production. It happened because pirates were very influential during colonial times, as well as during the Revolutionary War and even into the War of 1812. The places we go were real pirate hangouts, and the cycling was pretty good, too.

  • If we ever get around to producing The Eighth Edition, it will have extensive travels across the southern tier of the United States following the trails, that exist today, marking the discoveries by Spanish Conquistadors: Hernando de Soto and Francisco Coronado. These are remarkable stories of men searching for treasure across uncharted territory in the mid-1500s. Landmarks still exist to guide our travels as we attempted to follow them and capture footage from reenactments that seek to portray the way of life they may have lived.

  • These are all great stories, They are true and remain some of the most remarkable adventures of all time. We just find the associated cycling trails and ride them with a video camera.

  • Then we produce the DVDs with more explanations and period music.

  • If you like history and like cycling, the DVDs offer a way to discover new trails, or learn about the trails you have already ridden. We don't do this for the money. We ride these trails for fun and adventure. The video camera is so easy to use, that it just seems like a better way to tell the story when we return. We are going to ride the trails anyway. Why not shoot the footage and share it ?

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