One of the favorite destinations of the Louisiana Cycling Club on their weekend rides was out to a farm they called Schadwell’s, or “The Dutchwoman’s.”
“The above cut represents the look of agony on the face of a certain club man when he found that he would not be able to go to Schadwell’s with the boys next Sunday, but he is trying to get all of this friends to go and enjoy the luscious fruit, nice fresh sweet milk, the delicious home-made bread and a great many other appetizing things which Mrs. Schadwell delights in setting before the L.C.C. Boys when they visit her farm. The start will be made promptly at 8:00 AM and no wait will be made for the gourmets who can’t get away without their breakfast.”
Victorians were particularly fond of the bicycle as a means of cheap independent transportation out of the dirty, crowded city and into the peace and healthy air of the countryside. To own a carriage and horses was a lavish expense that even the comfortable urban bourgeoisie of the late 19th century could not afford. While trains took the city’s denizens out to public resorts such as the West End, the bicycle offered an efficient and fun way to make excursions along farm roads to favored spots in the countryside.