Bike for Peace, founded in Norway, and led by visually impaired cyclist Tore Naerland, riding a tandem, has organized many international campaigns against nuclear weapons since 1978. This year we plan a ride from Harrisburg, via Gettysburg, Lancaster, Baltimore, Washington DC. Optional travel to New York to meet with UN officials.
Slogans for the tour:
A) Abolish nuclear weapons now!
B) Support for nuclear casualties.
C) Solidarity and friendship.
D) Integration of disabled persons.
E) Bike for environment and no to global warming.
Day 1: Thursday, May 18: For participants arriving in DC, a bus transfer to Harrisburg, PA.
Day 2: Friday, May 19: (28 miles)
After morning meetings with Harrisburg city and Pennsylvania state officials, a ride to Hershey, where we visit the Hershey Chocolate Factory and Amusement Park: http://www.hersheypark.com/
Day 3 : Saturday, May 20: Harrisburg-Gettysburg (50 miles)
After a visit to the Gettysburg Visitor Center to familiarize ourselves with the Battle of Gettysburg of 1863, which was a turning point in the American Civil War, we walk through the dramatic battlefield, where numerous monuments dedicated to the soldiers of both victorious North and defeated South symbolize the preserved unity of the American nation. https://www.nps.gov/
Day 4: Sunday, May 21: Gettysburg–Lancaster (56 miles)
We visit the Amish Country where the descendants of 16th century Anabaptists who emigrated to Pennsylvania from Switzerland still live simple lives driving horse buggies instead of cars, growing their own food and making their own stylish clothes and furniture. http://www.discoverlancaster.com/
Day 5: Monday, May 22: York PA to Cockeysville MD (41 mile). We cycle along the Northern Central Railroad on scenic trails, which are a great example of efforts to utilize existing transit lines of the past to get more Americans on bikes.
Day 6: Tuesday, May 23: Washington DC (35 miles)
We tour the National Mall monuments to the Founding Fathers and Arlington Cemetery and cycle to the house and plantation of George Washington, the first U.S. president. http://www.mountvernon.org/
Included: SAG vehicle, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and most dinners.