Bicycling through History

BICYCLING THROUGH HISTORY

Columbus

Conquistadors 1

Conquistadors 2

St. Augustine

The Lost Colony

Jamestown VA

Colonies & Voyages

Charleston SC

GW Birthplace

Fredericksburg

Barbados

A Pirate Story

- Life in the 1700s -

Early Amer Hist QUIK

The Frontier of 1750s

Montreal

French and Indian War

Fort Frederick MD

Boone & Batteau

Gen Braddocks role

C&O Canal South

- The War for Independence -

Prior to Revo War

Revolution Part 1

Revolution Part 2

Revolution Part 3

Revolution Part 4

Revolution Part 5

Revolution Part 6

Revolution Part 7

Revolution Part 8

Revolution Part 9

Revolution Part 10

Revolution Part 11

Revolution Part 12

- Submerged History -

Sunken Treasure

The Reef at Looe Key

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We began our cycling adventures where we live, which is near Washington, DC.

One of the trails we rode was to Mount Vernon. That is when it seemed appropriate to take videos of our rides. The concept was that not many people will get the opportunity to ride all these trails, so perhaps we should show others what they are like. If someone is traveling to the Washington, DC area, they will be able to see if they want to visit the places we show and learn what we have learned.

On another cycling trip, we went to visit the birthplace of George Washington, shown above left. Yet another trip took us to Fredericksburg, VA, where the family of George Washington moved when he was about 5 or 6 years old. We saw where he lived and the house which he later bought for his mother in Fredericksburg. For some strange reason, it was easy and fun to follow the trails of George Washington. He kept journals throughout his life and his notes reveal the exact places where he went. We were able to follow his travels as a young man through his golden years.

We followed his trip to Philiadelphia where he presided over the First Continental Congress. That was held in the building shown above left. Notice that it was the Second Continental Congress that created the Declaration of Independence in another building that we also visited. Then we followed Washington's trail to his headquarters at Valley Forge, shown above right. We just love to ride our bicycles and see these amazing places. Not everyone can do this, so we made the videos.

Then we followed his trails throughout the Revolutionary War to the final conclusion at Yorktown, VA. We continued to ride cycling trails of other important people. We followed the trails of Daniel Boone and that was not nearly as easy as retracing the routes of George Washington. We tried to follow Lewis and Clark. We have not finished that yet, so the videos are not yet produced. We also went to places visited by Pirates and Conquistadors. We went to where important battles took place in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

We did that all by riding our bicycles on trails that reveal important landmarks in American History

This is what Bicycling Through History is all about.


Our series of online videos will present American History by going in a logical, sequential order.

These segments show the sequence we suggest, however, viewers can obviously choose whatever they want.
More video clips are in the process of being uploaded. It takes time to build the site, so please be patient.

  • Columbus - featuring a ship like the one he sailed to the new world.
  • Conquistadors 1 - featuring exploration of an island found by early explorers.
  • Conquistadors 2 - featuring ancient ruins that demonstrate what life was like in the 1500's.
  • St. Augustine - is where Ponce DeLeon came ashore to claim an entire continent for the King of Spain.
  • The Lost Colony - was first attempt by the British to establish a colony in what is now North Carolina.
  • Jamestown VA - was the first permanent English settlement in the New World in what is now Virginia.
  • Colonies & Voyages - traces French Quebec and Hudson with the Dutch while also showing lomg ocean voyages.
  • Charleston SC - has ample historic architecture and charm that is a pleasure to ride through on a bicycle.
  • George Washington's Birthplace - shows the farm where he was born and where his ancestors lived and died.
  • Fredericksburg - was George Washington's boyhood home & Winchester is where he had his first job as a surveyor.
  • Barbados - is an island in the Caribbean that has significant American history and has spectacular scenery.
  • Pirate Story - they tried to steal the gold and silver off Spanish ships on their way returning to Europe.
  • Our DVD series began by following the life of George Washington. The next links continue that sequence.
  • Summary of Early American History - provides a quick glimpse at colonizing.
  • The Frontier of the colonies in the 1750s - shows trails taken by George Washington.
  • A Fort in French and Indian War - features explanations and demonstrations of life in that time.
  • Montreal - Canada was an important area for early explorers and colonial influence, and it has great cycling trails.
  • A brief look at Ft. Frederick, MD - we need to show what these places look like today and discuss the current situation.
  • Boone & Batteau - shows starts the life of Daniel Boone and his travels as well as a Batteau Festival.
  • General Braddock played a role in the French and Indian War and his death is what gave more experience to George Washington.
  • C&O Canal South - documents two cyclists riding southeast from Pittsburgh past Harpers Ferry to WashDC via the C & O Canal.
  • There are many cycling trails that retrace the routes taken during the War for Independence.
  • Prior to Revo War - describes events leading up to the Revolutionary War and the early battles that took place.
  • Revolution Part 1 - shows the deliberations and voting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
  • Revolution Part 2 - has the early battles and severe challenges that faced General Washington and his Army.
  • Revolution Part 3 - provides insight to how the Continental Army evaded the British using what are now cycling trails.
  • Revolution Part 4 - has commentary from both British Commander Cornwallis and George Washington on tactics in war.
  • Revolution Part 5 - outlines more battles and adventures from the frontier west during the War for Independence.
  • Revolution Part 6 - covers several important aspects like Northwest Territories and the Battle of Bound Brook.
  • Revolution Part 7 - shows the progress from Valley Forge to Battle of Monmouth to Rhode Island and Nathanial Greene.
  • Revolution Part 8 - details the Siege of Boonesborough and some of the other events in the War across vast distances.
  • Revolution Part 9 - follows the action of the Southern Campaign across the Carolinas under the lead of General Greene.
  • Revolution Part 10 - gets to the culmination of the War from the Carolinas to the Siege at Yorktown, Virginia.
  • Revolution Part 11 - explains the subtle nuances of the British Surrender at Yorktown to the Continental Army.
  • Revolution Part 12 - offers overlooked facts regarding the time between Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
  • - Submerged stories show what the early colonists ate for supper. -
  • Sunken Treasure - featuring scuba diving to search the ocean floor in hopes of finding ships and their precious cargoes.
  • The Reef at Looe Key - is a spectacular place for scuba diving or snorkeling as it is the actual location of some famous shipwrecks.
  • Sunken Wrecks - is our video showing scuba diving off Ft. Lauderdale where the Gulf Stream currents are really strong.
  • More clips will be added. This process takes time. Please be patient.

Some of our online videos are OUT OF SEQUENCE. We will have to explain their significance LATER.

This is one of our favorite introductory rides - Washington, DC.

We also provide FREE downloads of select pieces

via Quicktime online videos.

Somehow, we got off the trail of "normal" American history. We were drawn to true stories that are rarely told or described in text books. As with the entire series, we seek out modern day subject matter experts who combine vast personal knowledge with a spirit of adventure to relive history around us today.

Because video on the web has become so popular, and because we have had so many requests for it, we are now providing a few unusual segments. These pieces simply did not fit into the sequential order we try to present on the DVDs. We find them fascinating and perhaps you will, too.

There are many ways to display video clips on the web. We have chosen MP4 as the format to use. It makes small files with relatively good quality.

Our intent with online video is merely to provide a brief glimpse into the more complete coverage provided on the DVDs. We also want to show footage NOT included on the DVDs.

The MP4 format makes these clips easy to download for display on a laptop, an iPod, iPad, tablet, smartphone or similar device.

We provide a way to preview the clips on the web at - The Video Page.

Try any of the the ones listed on our Video Page and then come back to visit this site again to see when we add more.


American History from the perspective of a Casual Cyclist.


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