Melville B[est] Anderson
5majestic,--238 miles in an airline to the North. We had seen it white at sunset, now we saw it black.--At sunrise we descended to the toll-house, tied each a small tree to his wheel; and so descended, dragging the road to the valley. At Calistoga we took a delightful plunge in the warm sulphur swimming bath, and at seven we we ready for breakfast, having had next to nothing to eat for 18 hours.From Calistoga we slipped leisurely down the valley. Farman was pretty badly done up and I could hardly drag him along, altho' he is a strapping fellow and has fiftten years less on his back than I. It was hot & we had a head wind; so we did not get to Napa until one o'clock. There Farman disappeared (went6to bed!) and I saw him no more. At 4 P.M. I left by train for San Francisco, arriving there at 7:30. At 9.30 I started home by moonlight. It was a glorious run after I had extricated myself and wheel from the vile purlieus of the City. According to my cyclometer it is 37 miles from the foot of Market St. to my house, which I reached about one o'clock A.M.This is the bare outline of my trip. I am afraid it is not very interesting, for I am obliged to omit all the details and the coloring that give the real interest to such a story.I start (in a day or two for Coronado. I shall certainly visit you again, probably before the summer is over. I want to bring01998
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