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It rained and rained and rained last night and our little Coleman tent didn’t leak! YEAH! We sprayed it with waterproofing before we left home in April and we are surprised it’s still holding up. I checked the weatherchannel.com Gettysburg weather before I climbed out of the tent and it predicted thunderstorms and isolated shower throughout the day. Hmm … that was a downer. Still, I’ve known weather predictions to be wrong AND today it was. Instead of showers, we had hot and super humid weather all day. I was looking skyward and hoping for a shower by midday!
As we pedaled from our campground in Dover, PA to Gettysburg, we noticed that both our bike mounted GPS device and the Google maps app on my phone were acting “weird”. Had it been just one and not the other, I’d have been concerned that it was the device itself. I had been warned that the closer you get to Gettysburg, strange things happen. I read online how several people find their cell phone batteries and camera batteries drain very quickly in this area.
We continued to ride the hills towards Gettysburg, making a pit stop at Walmart. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the camp fuel we use; I wanted to get a backup can in case we ran out. I did find Velveeta shells ‘n cheese dinners (just add water) and I picked those up, a jar of dry roasted peanuts, some more contact lens solution, deodorant for Frankenbutt and combo shampoo/conditioner for the Beast AND a box of Reese’s Puffs cereal … It was on sale and would be a nice change of pace for breakfast. Chances are we’ll be able to get milk in the morning from the camp store plus any leftover cereal will make a good late night snack.
We made it to the campground by 3 pm and they gave us a spot right behind the camp store, with the bathrooms and showers attached. That’s good! Plus, it’s only a short walk to the pool. I forgot to ask where laundry is … it’s probably way across the park, if “Murphy” has his way. But, I’m rather pleased with our little camp spot. We quickly threw the tent up, put all the pannier bags, bed rolls, sleeping bags, and the Beast’s race bike inside. Then, we all got back on our bikes and rode to the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center just down the road. I offered to stay outside with Coco since History is the Beast’s and Frankenbutt’s favorite subject.
While sitting on the bench with Coco, a lady joined me who was admiring Coco. We started to converse about history, the stories of how Gettysburg is haunted … and then she said: “I was a boat captain in the Caribbean in my former life.” Hmm. Interesting. I have never explored what I might have been in a former life. When I told Frankenbutt about her story, he said, “Have you ever noticed that no one was ever a ditch digger in their former life? They were all glamorous people, like Cleopatra. “ Then he cracked me up; he said, “you should have said “I shoveled s*&t in Louisiana in my former life.”
We headed out to the downtown area because the Beast spotted a store called “Abraham’s Lady” and she wanted to checked out the period wear clothing. She made it in just before the 5pm closing and has resolved to return tomorrow for a better look at their “granny boots” and bonnets. I spied an ice cream shop and I thought it would be a good ending to a hot and humid day of riding. I was right! We explored a few more shops and the Beast found a Stonewall Jackson souvenir drivers’ license. She was thrilled!
Here’s the important part. PLEASE DON’T TELL THE BEAST ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. I don’t want to get her hopes up because it may not come to fruition. If it does work out, it’ll also score more attention for BMX.