FROM THE MORGUE
Copyright 2007 by William A. Mays, Proprietor
January 5, 1901
Major Edward A. Weed, of Portland, Ore., the oldest international cycle tourist, born in Derby, Conn., June 6, 1841, went to California in 1874, and was connected with the press of Pacific coast as editor and publisher for many years. Was on the staff of the Chicago Tribune before, during and after the World's Fair. Started on a bicycle from Portland, Oct. 15, 1896, riding through Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Crossed the Rio Grande at El Paso and rode in Mexico two years, then steamer to Cuba and New York. Since then has ridden in the New England States, New York and New Jersey. Total on wheel, in twelve American and twenty Mexican States and Cuba, 16,903 miles, and on cars, steamer and horse, 8,390 miles, or a total travel of 25,293 miles. The lowest point reached by wheel was Salton, in the Death Valley of California, 263 feet below sea level, and the highest altitude was at La Cima, in Mexico, 9,985 feet. Major Weed is a veteran of the Civil war, was wounded and a prisoner in Libby Prison, but is in perfect physical condition and enjoys a cold water bath every morning. He has ridden hundreds of trestle bridges, and been in many places where a bicycle had never before been seen. He likes Mexico so well he is delivering illustrated lectures and writing a book on "Mexico, the Wonderland."
Major Weed rides an Orient, which with baggage weighs sixty pounds. He carries a first-class equipment, consisting of Dunlop buggy tires with steel rims, Twentieth Century gas lamp, New Departure cyclometre, double stroke chime bell and Morrow Coaster brake. He is a traveling agent and representative of the POLICE GAZETTE, and the boys should treat him kindly.