I live in the state of Vermont and have had an avid interest in local cycling history.

One of the first clubs to organize in Vermont, the Rutland Bicycle Club, came into existence on November 12,1881  Here is an account of one of their earliest rides that took place in the Autumn of 1882. This account was published in The Wheel, Vol. 4- No. 2 - Page 3,April 1883. 

Velocipede of Unknown Manufacture - 1869 - Connecticut ? U.S.A.

The arrival of the bicycle in the later part of the 19th century inspired many cyclists to travel . Long distances could be covered and with it the need for lodging.