Lillie, SF Chron, 2 Sept 1893, p. 11:3

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a A TBANSCOXTJSESXAIi CTCLEE Ur Xdllio Claims the Eecord Front San Francisco to New York All records across the continent from San Francisco UfStw York were claimed t to be broken by T R Lillie of the Oak Leaf Wheelmen of Stockton AJaL when he rode np to the clubhouse of the Man hattan Bicycle Club at Broadway and West Fifty - eighth street last Friday even ing at 730 oclock He left Ban Fran cisco at 830 on the moraine ofJune22d ana nis time was there lore SJ days 11 hours beating Frank 8 Beedlesons time of 66 days 9 hours and 45 minutes by almost aays He says he lost ten days by rams sightseeing and visiting and that he had no idea of making a record wnen ne started out Lillie s orieinal tilan was to - ride to the Worlds Fair but on the route he received letters from relatives in Rochester asking him to continue his trip that far He decided to do so and then concluded to come the rest of the war across the conti nent and so complete the trip His route was along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad to Oeden TJ T thence byway of Omaha and Council Bluffs to Chicago and from there through Toledo Cleveland Buffalo and Albany He rode forty - four miles through the snowsheds in crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains The worst riding was in the Nevada desert from the Truckee river to the Humboldt Here he saw the print of the corrugated tire of Frank S Beadleston who had passed over the same route a month before him At no rain falls in the desert the print - was perfectly plain His best riding was over the level prairie roads of Nebraska from Cheyenno to Omaha which are very good at this time of the year thoueh almost impassable in the fall or spring Lillie punctured nis tires tnirteen times on splinters from the railroad ties or thorns of the greasewood which is so common on the plains Mr Lillie will go down to Coney island accompanied bv Captain Staubach and a party from the Manhattan Bicycle Club to dip his wheel in the Atlantic in formal token of the completion of his trip He dipped it in the Pacific before starting irom oan rrancisco Mr Lillie was the truest of the Manhat tan Bicycle Club while in the city Jfcw unit lxmtu of to to is

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 02 Sep 1893, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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