September 5, 1996

Day 22 - rest Fort Harrison

[I have not found any primary source documents with details about what the Corps did this day, besides, presumably, rest.]

"SOLDIERS TEST BICYCLES.
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Twenty-fifth Infantry Men Make a
Satisfactory Tour in the Rockies.

Helena, Mon., Sept. 10 - The Twenty-fifth Infantry Bicycle Corps, commanded by Lieut. Moss, has reached Helena from Fort Yellowstone. The distance between the two posts, 191 miles, was covered in 27 hours. Lieut. Moss and his men left Fort Missoula twenty-two days ago, and have covered 1,100 miles [sic - I don't think they covered that much] of mountain climbing, across the main Rockies, through the National Park.
The object of the trip was to test the bicycle in mountainous country. It is the first practical test of the wheel for military purposes ever made. On that account the trip has much significance, and has been watched with interest by men in the army. The trip has proved the entire practicability of the bicycle for military purposes over such roads as are usually found in a mountainous country.
Lieut. Moss said yesterday: "This is the first real test ever made with the bicycle as a machine for military purposes. On several occasions one officer and one or two privates have made runs to see how fast they could go. Those were tests of rapidity. Ours is a test of durability. The party was not made up of expert bicyclists, but of eight ordinary riders, selected from the soldiers at Fort Missoula. We have made and broken camp in the rain, ridden through mud, sand, dust, and water, over rocks, ruts, and stones; crossed mountain ranges, forded streams, stopped for nothing, carried rations, cooking utensils, rifles, ammunition, thirty pounds to every man--blankets, tents, underwear, extra tires, and parts; in fact, all the baggage needed."
- New York Times, September 11, 1896

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