August 23, 1996

Yellowstone Day 9 - Yankee Jim's, MT to Fort Yellowstone [Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park]

Distance travelled: 18 1/2 miles
Winds: None
Grades: Nearly all up
Weather: Fair
Condition of roads: Good
Actual travel time: 3 hours
Rate per hour: 6.2- mph
- Lt. J.A. Moss Report to the Adjutant Synopsis of the Trip

Our first stop after leaving Yankee Jim's in the morning was at Cinnabar, after which we started for the fort, and had upgrade work the whole way, the last hill being the worst of all.
- Military Cycling in the Rocky Mountains, Moss
[This is all Moss tell's us about this day's ride. The Corps reached Fort Yellowstone, which is located in present day Mammoth Hot Springs. In 1897, Yellowstone Park was supervised by the Army not the Park Service]

Aug. 23. Left for Park 8:30 A.M. Noticed fresh bicycle tracks on road. Thought some energetic "cit" bicyclist had been along very early that morning. Foreman and Corpl. Williams dropped behind on account of defective tires and instructed to join us at Park. Reached Cinnabar 10 A.M. Lo and behold! The first persons to greet us were Haynes and Proctor: they had walked nearly all the night before, and had reached Cinnabar two or three hours before we did. They passed our camping placed during the night and stopped and spoke to some of the people at Yankee Jim's, and asked them not to tell us anything about their passing us during the night. And thus it came to pass that the table had been turned on those who hoped to see them at Fort Missoula, if they did'nt [sic] see them at Fort Yellowstone. Left at 11:10 o'clock for the Fort. At noon stopped 45 mins. for lunch. Crossed State line between Montana and Wyoming 12:47. Reached Ft. Yellowstone 1:25 P.M. Soon after leaving Cinnabar struck a long hill. From here to Fort all hard, up grade work. Last hill just before reaching the Fort, steep and dusty--sun very hot--hard work rolling wheels. Distance travelled 18 1/2 miles: time of actual travelling, 3 hours. Remained at the Post a day and a-half [sic], getting rations, having work done by the Q.M.D., attending to business matters, etc.. Received eight pr. new tires I had telegraphed for from Helena. Had them put on at once.
- Report from Lt. Moss to Adjutant General, Oct. 10, 1896 [National Archives, R.G. 94 Box 346 46363-46575]

"Moss and the other soldiers camped that night at Yankee Jim's...meanwhile, Haynes and Proctor walked their bikes in the moonlight (see preceeding day for more). They passed Yankee Jim's and continued on, with a plan to surprise Moss and the Bicycle Corps in the morning. An hour and a half after the corps left Yankee Jim's the next morning, the soldiers were quite surprised when they were greeted by Haynes and Proctor. 'And thus it came to pass that the table had been turned on those who hoped to see them at Fort Missoula, if they didn't see them at Fort Yellowstone," wrote Moss. Haynes and Proctor continued on with the rest of the corps as they pushed their bicycles uphill to the fort.
- Linda C. Bailey, Fort Missoula's Military Cyclists:
The Story of the 25th U.S. Infantry Bicycle Corps, pg. 11

postcard picture of north entrance to Yellowstone

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