Distance travelled: 66.5 miles
Winds: Slight head
Grades: Up and down
Condition of roads: good
Delays: Bicycles – 0/Tires – 0/Lunch –3h 30m/Other – 2h 30m
Actual travel time: 8h
Rate per hour: 8.4 mph
Places & times mentioned: Seward [6 p.m.]; Germantown [before sundown]
"A small detachment of the 25th Inft. On their way from Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis passed through Seward last evening about 6 o’clock. The party numbered twenty-three and were traveling on bikes. They have only averaged fifty-two miles a day, the roads being so bad, but expect to do better."
- The Blue Valley Blade [Seward, NE] July 14, 1897
“Germantown was our next objective point and was reached before sundown on Wednesday evening [this doesn’t match up with everything else….must be a mistake], after traveling over good roads but over very hilly country. It is indeed a rarity to get a piece of level road for over a distance of two miles and we were much disappointed, as we expected to make hundred mile runs daily in these parts, but which is an impossibility on account of the number of steep grades.
At Germantown three days’ ration were drawn and camp for the night made...”
*I think Boos meant to say Germantown was reached on Tuesday evening.
Aurora to Germantown = 55.53 GoogleEarth miles
“Bicycle Corps at Germantown – Germantown, July 14 – Before sundown last evening the Twenty-fifth United States infantry bicycle corps arrived. The corps has made the run from Ravenna, 132 miles, in two days. The roads were fair, with the exception of 20 miles of hilly country where bad roads and steep climbs were encountered. The total distance covered up to last night is 1,311 miles. “