Battle of Killiecrankie – 27 July 1689

The Battle of Killiecrankie of the English Revolution of 1689 was fought on 27 July 1689. James II’s Scottish Jacobites under Viscount Dundee defeated William III’s forces led by General Hugh MacKay along a steep defile along the River Garry in east-central Scotland. Although a victory for the Jacobites, Dundee was killed and the Jacobites failed to follow up the victory. The remainder were scattered at the Battle of Dunkeld a month later. The few Irish that came were poorly equipped and ragged. This proved to many that their was little foreign support coming from France or Ireland, so many Scots decided discretion was the better part of valor.

The A9 road northwest of Pitlochry passes right through the battlefield. There is a visitor’s center at Pitlochry that is near the Williamite retreat route.

Don’t miss the Blair Athol Distillery nearby. If you left the fishing rod at home, you buy a new one at the House of Bruar.

Image: By James Grant [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Road and Trail and the BBSV

The Battlefield Biker likes to tote both road and trail bikes with, but normally in the BBSV. (Battlefield Biker Support Vehicle)

Instagram’s @arihenning211 rolls a little different;

18 July 1863 – Second Battle of Fort Wagner

Made famous by the 1989 movie Glory. There are no roads to the historical site of Fort Wagner, but you can enjoy two scenic rides nearby to get a feel for the area; Riverland Drive & Fort Johnson Road.
Fort Wagner is here. Looks like the closest road point would be here.

What Not To Do On a Motorcycle

The Butler Maps blog has this nice article on “3 Things You Shouldn’t Attempt on Motorcycle Roads.”
1. Don’t ride tipsy
2. Don’t get crazy on wet, slick roads
3. Don’t ride alone until you have a little experience under your belt

I would add a couple more,
4. Don’t go out into uncharted routes without a good map, but I think Butler Motorcycle Maps would approve of this too.
5. Don’t ride without performing regular PMCS on your bike.

I just bought Butler’s Idaho G1 map in preparation for a long ride in Idaho following the Nez Perce War of 1877 trail.

I want to live/die this way. Still as classy as it was when it first aired:

7 July 1520 – Battle of Otumba – Temalacatitlán

On 7 July 1520, the Spanish forces and their Tlaxcalan (Indian) allies under Hernán CortĂ©s faced a pursuing Aztec (Mexica) army as the approached the town of Otumba de GĂłmez FarĂ­as. As CortĂ©s’ force was overtaken, the were forced to stand and fight. The Spaniards were exhausted after fleeing from the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán on the night of 1 July 1520 when their alliance with the Aztec leader named Moctezuma II ended abruptly with his controversial death. The overnight flight from Tenochtitlán was called La Noche Triste or The Night of Sorrows. Confident of victory, the pursuing Aztecs were no longer trying to kill the few remaining Spaniards, but attempting to secure prisoners for their sacrificial rituals. CortĂ©s and a handful of horse-mounted Spaniards rode through the Aztec lines in a desperate attempt to turn the tide of their demise. CortĂ©s and a comrade managed to kill one of the prominent Aztec battle leaders and put the huge Aztec force into a panic. The Spaniards and Tlaxacalans killed thousands of the Aztecs in the ensuing chaos.

The Spaniards regrouped at Tlaxcala, but the Aztec loss emboldened CortĂ©s to take the Aztec capital again. Thereafter, Spain’s control of the area was assured and it became known to Europe as New Spain.

The battlefield is approximately 70KM from the center of MĂ©xico City. This would make a good winter ride as a refugee from Canadian or American winters. A rider could also take in a Liga Mexican de BĂ©isbol game at the Mexico City Red Devils (Diablos Rojos de MĂ©xico) or the Puebla Parrots (Pericos de Puebla). (see map)

Image Credit: By Anónimo, Manuel de Yáñez [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

7 July 1777 – Battle of Hubbardton – American Revolutionary War

Before the transformational battles at Saratoga, things were not going so well for the Americans.

Try Vermont routes 100 and 30 and US highways 4 and 7 to get a feel for the area around Hubbardton, Vermont and the Green Mountain range. Try the Killington Ski Resort for some fun summer activities. Finally, try the Long Tail Brewery on the Ottauquechee River off U.S. Highway 4 near the intersection with Vermont Route 100A.

Image credit: By P. Gerlach, engraved by William Faden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Indian Model 841 – The War Horse

Here is one of my favorite bikes of all time. The Indian Model 841. I would love to ride one of these some time.

Details from Motorcycle Classics,

Indian Model 841
Claimed power: 25hp @ 4,600rpm (est.)
Top speed: 70mph
Engine: 745cc air-cooled flathead 90-degree V-twin, 2.875in x 3.5in (73mm x 89mm) bore and stroke, 5.1:1 compression ratio
Weight: 528lb (240kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 5gal (19ltr)

But I would settle for one of these too.

Image Credit: By Chuck Schultz [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

T. E. Lawrence – The Last Ride

I tweeted earlier of the anniverary of T. E. Lawrence and his Arab force’s capture of Aqaba on 6 July 1917. Here is the story of Lawrence’s last motorcycle ride.

Speaking of Lawrene’s riding habits,

His trips could range from 500 to 700 miles per day visiting friends from Winston Churchill to Nancy Astor and managing to race with a Sopwith Camel biplane en route. Lawrence of Arabia was never destined to die in an old people’s home.

Historical Site of Williams Station – Lahontan Reservoir – Carson River

Williams Station is where the Paiute War of 1860 was instigated. It was later re-built and called Honey Lake Smith Station. Tabitha Coughlin, a Park Ranger Technician, at Lahontan State Park thinks this is the location of Williams Station and later as Honey Lake Smith Station.

Forgotten Nevada has got some great pictures of the site here. Forgotten Nevada is a great site. Well worth your time.

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