- Lt. James A. Moss, Military Cycling in the Rocky Mountains, pg. 42
"Sept. 8th: Rainned [sic] a good deal during the night. Left at 7 A.M. in a drizzle for Missoula. Roads very muddy. Slippery grades to go up--hard work. Lots of rain. Snowed for about 1 1/2 hrs. About 9: 30 stopped 15 mins. to wait for men who were straggling behind. Gumbo mud and water in abundance. Struck a lane of gumbo five miles long. Had to roll our wheels along mountain benches and through slushy fields to avoid the mud. Reached Big Black Foot 1:15 P.M. Stoppe 30 mins. at bridge and got a few biscuits from a lady. Road along the river very muddy. Riding down slippery grades very exciting. Mud, mud, mud. Reached Bonner 4:30. Stopped here 1 1/4 hours. Had a good, hot meal prepared for the soldiers. Delayed 25 mins. about 1 mile from Missoula fixing Corpl. Williams chain. Reached Missoula 7 P.M. Stopped 20 mins. at the Yankee Bicycle Shop. Reached Fort Missoula at 7:45 P.M. . Distance travelled 40 miles; time of actual travelling 10 hours. Very hard day--by far the hardest on whole trip.