August 15, 1996

Yellowstone Day 1 - Ft. Missoula to near Bearmouth, MT

Distance travelled: 41 3/4 miles
Winds: Against us nearly all day
Grades: Nearly all up
Weather: Fair
Condition of roads: Good
Actual travel time: 7h 50m
Rate per hour: 5.3+ mph
- Lt. J.A. Moss Report to the Adjutant Synopsis of the Trip

Places & times mentioned:
Fort Missoula [6:05 A.M.]; Hell Gate Canyon; 25 miles from Post [1 o'clock-4 o'clock - lunch]; 42 miles from Fort Missoula (near Bearthmouth,MT?) [8:30 P.M. camped]

"We left the post at 6:05 A.M., August 15th, for Fort Harrison, Montana, where we were to draw a fresh supply of rations. Stopping over two hours in the town of Missoula, we then started up the Hell Gate Canyon against an exceedingly strong wind. After rolling our wheels along the wagon road for nearly three miles, we then took the railroad track to avoid paying toll on the one hand, and a steep grade on the other. At 1 o'clock a point twenty-five miles from Post was reached and a stop until 4 o'clock was made for dinner. The wind by this time had subsided considerably and at 8:30, with 42 miles to our credit, we pitched camp for the night."

- Lt. James A. Moss, Military Cycling in the Rocky Mountains, pg. 23

August 15: Left Fort Missoula 6:05 A.M. against a very strong wind. Reached Missoula 6:45. Stopped in town until 8:50, having tires changed on my wheel and saddle fixed. Left Missoula with such a strong wind against us that it was almost impossible to ride. Took the R.R. near Bandmann's ranch to avoid Marshall Grade. Stopped 30 mins. at R.R. depot at Bonner to weigh wheels. Reached the Three Mile Grade at 11:10 A.M., and followed the R.R. track for 2 1/4 miles to avoid the grade. Took us 50 minutes to walk this distance. At 1 o'clock, reached a point 25 miles from the Post, where we stopped until 4 o'clock for dinner. Although the wind had by this time subsided considerably, it would, at times, during the entire afternoon, come up again. During the day we took the R.R. track three times to avoid grades and twice to avoid paying toll. Delayed about 1 hour during day fixing punctures. At 8:30 P.M. reached a point 41: 3/4 miles from Fort Missoula, where we camped for the night. Time of actual travelling, 7: 5/6 hrs.
- Report from Lt. Moss to Adjutant General, Oct. 10, 1896 [R.G. 94 Box 346 46363-46575]

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