07 July 1997

Day 24 - Whitman, NE to Senaca, NE

Distance travelled: 37 miles
Winds: head
Grades: almost level
Weather: fair
Condition of roads: bad
Delays: Bicycles – 0/ Tires – 1h/ Lunch –3h / Other – 3h 30m
Actual travel time: 7h 15m
Rate per hour: 5.1 mph
- Lt. J.A. Moss Report to the Adjutant Synopsis of the Trip

The Bicycle Corps Has Hard
Wheeling Over Roads in
Boys Meet a Hearty Reception at
Lincoln-- Sixty Miles a Day Is Averaged
Lincoln, Neb., July 28--The corps left Whitman the following morning, having been delayed an hour before starting for a few tire repairs.
The road was ballasted with nothing but sand, and we had to walk. Before it was very late the heat became intense and the men commenced to complain. At Weir, six miles out of camp, one of the men was allowed to stop and rest in the shade and before the next station was reached several other men were unable to proceed farther, so a stop of several hours was made, waiting for a cooler part of the day. At noon a wind was blowing in our faces which was as hot as the air from an oven, and quite unbearable, the thermometer running up to 108 in the shade. The extreme heat was sufficient to cause weakness among the corps and with the hot sand at our feet and the bright reflection, it was next to torture to try to progress.
At 5 o’clock the corps left their resting place and pushed on to Mullan, a distance of 11 miles, leaving behind four sick men who were unable to stand the work in the heat, which was still great. The men were brought up at 2 o’clock the following morning by the writer, who was left in charge. From Mullan to Senaca, a distance of 10 miles, the track was filled with cinders and afforded a fair riding surface. The 10 miles was covered in short time and camp was made.”
- E.H. Boos, Daily Missoulian The Sand Abundant [Missoula, MT] July 31, 1897

“On July 7th the thermometer registered 110 degrees in the shade, and over half the Corps were sick, two soldiers having their feet badly blistered from the burning sand.”
- Lt. Moss Report to the Adjutant General (pg. 6)

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