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Hayes shows that Nellis tailored his reports for different audiences. For his
hometown paper and its rural readers Nellis wrote in the style of the belletristic
narrative, emphasizing the grand vistas, thrilling adventures, and characters he
encountered. For his other major audience, urban bicycling enthusiasts, Nellis's
reports detailed daily distances, times, road conditions, and, where he found
them, local cycling clubs. Iowa readers will recognize scenes of Nellis's journey
from Davenport ...