CLC Ride 7

Taking the long scenic route to Ride 7 destination

Purple weeds come up like crazy all over the place — nice background for the Raleigh

For Em

The “other” Casey’s on Illinois Route 1 aka Dixie Highway — the Chicago branch

Word is, a 3rd Casey’s will be built as part of a truck stop but will cause the closure of one of the other two


At one time a Firestone Tire Store — letters re-purposed to spell Fosters

At one time there were dozens of bicycles in the back area, mostly department store types, but one, a Bianchi, showed a tag as a RAGBRAI participant

Pretty much sums it up  🙂

Lots of Stuff — almost none of it new, and most, very well used — but, like JR’s — you just never know what might turn up in there

Proof of Purchase

I was looking for a 10mm combination wrench — Rusty, the owner, assured me than no such item was in the store.  In fact, he wanted one himself

After rummaging thru a myriad of tools I tended to believe him  — until, in one old coffee can, there was not one, but TWO, 10mm’s.  Also a 1/4″ combination wrench.

I bought the one 10mm he put the other in his toolbox

And the price quoted?   50 cents!  — well, I gave him more than that!

So, 7 different places, 7 different purchases, surprised myself  🙂

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

9 response to "CLC Ride 7"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: April 17, 2019

    Loved the repurposed letters for the changed name! And amazing that you found not one but two 10mm wrenches! Great ride to wrap up the challenge!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 17, 2019

      Thanks, I was running out of places for purchases — The Chevy Dealer and the Silverado were out of the question. 🙂

  2. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 17, 2019

    My ‘old’ minds eye saw Firestone when I looked at that photo the first time….had to look again to see Foster. I think I got my first bike at our Firestone store …if not I at least remember them in the window.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: April 18, 2019

    What luck with the wrench finds! Meant to be. You can never have too many Caseys – well, maybe three in one town so it sounds. Very American to replace a convenience store/gas station with a bigger version of the same thing 🙂 They always had clean restrooms, free air to top up the tires and the pizza was pretty good on the cold, blustery and wet spring days on my tours across the midwest. We don’t really have anything similar to that here (some big truckstops, but still not the same).

  4. By: NancyG Posted: April 18, 2019

    Nicely done to complete the challenge Rich. And 7 different places! You thought you could not do it, and you did it with aplomb! Love the reused letters for the store name, and that even though the owner was sure there was no wrench the size you wanted —— you found one for him and one for you! Good job. Maybe he needs to hire you.

  5. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 19, 2019

    Rich, I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn you didn’t purchase the blue and white “Cubs” sign at Foster’s emporium. I’m really hoping this doesn’t mean you’re one of those downstate Cards fans.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 22, 2019

      Nope! Back in ’91 the Oldsmobile Club Nationals were in St. Louis — I had a little Cubs plaque on one side of the dashboard, and Cards on the other. Complete neutrality!!

  6. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 19, 2019

    You are now showered with eternal glory. Good imagination. Well done.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 22, 2019

      Thank You — I am honored!

Leave a Reply