02 July 1997

Day 19 - Clifton [near Newcastle], WY to Rumford, SD

Distance travelled: 54.1 miles
Winds: Slight back
Grades: Up and down
Weather: Fair
Condition of roads: Good
Delays: Bicycles –30m/Tires – 20m/Lunch – 3h 5m/Other – 1h
Actual travel time: 7h 30m
Rate per hour: 7.2 mph
- Lt. J.A. Moss Report to the Adjutant Synopsis of the Trip

Places & times mentioned: Clifton WY [8 AM]; S & G station, SD; Edgemont [2 p.m.-4 p.m.]; Rumford; 5 miles beyond Rumford SD [close to NE border]

Party Arrives at Edgemont, S.D., en Route to St. Louis.
Edgemont, S.D., July 2--The Twenty-fifth infantry corps en route from Fort Missoula, Mont., to St. Louis, on bicycles arrived here at 2 o'clock this afternoon, having made thirty-seven miles since 9 o'clock. They resumed their journey in a few hours, and expect to make twenty miles before camping for the night. The weather is very hot and water scarce, the party not having found any good drinking water for the past four days.
The roads are sandy and dusty, necessitating much walking. The corps expect to cross the South Dakota line about noon tomorrow, which will be the third State traversed, and the prospect for better roads and better water is encouraging.
- St. Lake Semi-Weekly Tribune, (Salt Lake City, UT) Tuesday, July 6, 1897; pg. 14; Issue 36; col G

“Reveillie was late on the morning of July 2nd; the start was not made until 8 o’clock. The road extended over a great prickly pear prairie, was bad, and in many instances a path along side was taken, for twenty miles. We were riding over the cactus half the time but no punctures were reported. At S & G, the first station in Dakota we filled our canteens with some of the worst water we had yet used.
From the latter place to Edgemont the road, mostly sand, made very hard traveling. At Edgemont we stopped for lunch and departed soon after. Good roads, although hilly, were met, we were able to go at a good rate and were at Rumford, 16 miles from Edgemont before sundown.
For the first time on record we took a short cut and made a mile on the railroad distance.
An ignorant Swee [I think this is a typo and should say "Swede".... it does say Swede in the St. Louis article] section hand at Rumford advised us that the nearest camping place was at a ranch a mile and a half further on. We started out and traveled five miles before reaching the ranch. A madder set of men never lived than the bicycle corps when we finally did get a camp.”
- E.H. Boos Daily Missoulian Nebraska is Reached,[mislabeled Marching On] July 17, 1897

[This article was also published in the St. Louis Daily Globe Democrat, July 18, 1897. The head line for that paper was THE MILITARY BICYCLISTS.----- They Find a Hard Road to Travel in Wyoming.]

"Just before noon the bicycle corps of the Twenty-fifth infantry, which had left Edgemont at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon, arrived here and rode through town from the Northwestern to the B. & M. depot where they camped for dinner."

- Crawford Tribune [Crawford, NE] July 9, 1897

“At 9 o’clock a.m. July 2, we crossed the State line and entered South Dakota. The water in this State, like that is Wyoming, is very bad, and in Edgemont the drinking water is hauled from a spring several miles away and sold at 35 cents a barrel.
- Lt. Moss, Los Angeles Times The Army A-Wheel, Nov. 21, 1897

Bicycle Corps at Fort Missoula. EDGEMONT, S.D. July 3 – The 25th infantry bicycle corps en route from Fort Missoula, Mont.,, to St. Louis, arrived here at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, having made 31 miles since 9 a.m. The resumed their journey after a few hours’ rest.
-The Evening News [Lincoln, NE] pg. 3 July 3, 1897

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