Downtown Motel

After my egregious transgression of Challenge Rules, I feel the need to immediately ameliorate and compensate for such inexcusable action (or lack thereof) of my part.  🙁  Thus, a short ride to downtown Hoopeston and photos of the now defunct Down Town motel.

Back when we arrived here (circa 1970) it really was an OK motel, not 5 star by any means, but OK — the years and changes in ownership have and did take their toll.

A certain Challenge Host sagely concluded to give it a pass on his cross-country tour. (see Day 28).

Sharp-eyed viewers will note the NO BICYCLES sign posted above the hydrant and trash container — Now, the city fathers are upset with me too!  (And, yes, the box on my second grade report card about {not} ‘listening to and following directions’ was given a check mark.  🙂

Motel consists of 30 rooms in an East and West Bank — east bank pictured here — boarded up and the stairs to the second level chained off.  Bicycles are OK here.  😉  West Bank is considered uninhabitable.  The cat walk, in the background, connecting the two banks has had its center section removed.

Here is a Linden Tree, shown because, its a — Linden Tree — on the ride part of the ride not the challenge part of the ride.  🙂  Cause, Linden Trees are pretty cool!

So, hopefully, since I have accepted my penalty and made progress toward rehabilitation, I am somewhat back in good graces.

Thanks for your consideration!


This too is abandoned — a major medical care provider purchased the hospital and this Senior assisted living facility, but decided to not continue operations for the seniors.

Looks like an excellent candidate for a motel conversion to me, Except:  Its on the wrong side of town — 1.5 miles from the main highway;  no services in the immediate area; and its behind the hospital (which isnt really a big deal?)  Or, at the least, mini apartments — which the rooms were in the first place.



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.

8 response to "Downtown Motel"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 2, 2018

    All is forgiven! Your permanent record has been modified accordingly. Welcome home, and let us hope there is no further need to check the box about (not) listening and following directions. 😉

    PS: Ah, this could have been the fanciest lodging of my entire ride to the East Coast to see Mom and Pop.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 3, 2018

      My faux pas has been expunged! Thank You!
      “Now go My Son and sin no more!” You betcha!!

      The yellow card is placed on the camera as a reminder. 🙂

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 3, 2018

      I had that thought as I wandered around the building.
      Unfortunately, as has happened in so many small towns that we read about in cycling journals, the economics just arent here any longer.
      At one time there were several industries here, some small, some fairly large. One by one, for one reason or another, they are all gone or greatly diminished.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: July 3, 2018

    I guess the “under new mgmt” couldn’t make a go of it either. I suppose once the maintenance is let go it is very hard to renovate and easier to knock down and try again. An old building that has been maintained at least has potential. It does look like it would have been quite decent way back when. Such a shame.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 3, 2018

      Yes, I believe the DownTown is beyond redemption.
      I added a photo of a building for a potential motel conversion — doubt if it ever happens.

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 3, 2018

    Sadly many small towns are slowly dying, it’s a world-wide phenomena. Little full time employment and opportunities and maybe more happening in the big city.

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