Ride to Rossville

Ascending the back slope of the Paxton moraine

Met up with Dave, and had our usual quandary of where to head on a ride today.  He suggested Wellington, 6 miles north, or Rossville, 6 miles south.  Thing is, Wellington is on a road that goes directly north, and Rossville requires a diversion east and west because there is no straight shot to get there, other than Illinois Route 1.  Not suicidal, but not something we  want to do.  So we decided on Rossville — out for a nice ride anyway, so whats an extra few miles or so?  Once a stopping point on the Hubbard Trail trade route between Danville and Chicago.  Later, Rossville became a sort of Antiques Mecca with people from the more exclusive suburbs of Chicago coming to shop. A devastating fire in 2004 pretty much put an end to that.  So, off we went thru the fields of corn and soybeans.

South on 1650E

About to crest the Paxton moraine

Car giving good ‘social distance’  🙂

Attica Road will eventually lead east (left) to Attica, Indiana — Rossville is to the right

Town beginning to appear

That is no joke, the lots are one dollar — the stipulation is, construction of a home must begin within one year

Another such location in south Rossville has, in fact, seen housing developed there

Grain facility along CSX railroad

Arrival at Casey’s General Store

This is the area that burned in 2004 that had many of the antique stores

That river being the North Fork of the Vermilion just west of town

‘somebody’ left a wet foot print  😉


Little Free Library, Attica Street

Railroad Museum

Lots of railroadiana and a huge HO gauge model railroad layout

(photo from the web)

Heading back north, ascending the outwash plain to the crest of the moraine

Descending the back slope of the Ellis moraine toward home

All in all a very enjoyable ride, even if it took 17 total miles to go to a town 6 miles away.  Light winds and relatively cool temps — a perfect morning for a bicycle ride.

And lots and lots of corn and soybeans to see.

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.

5 response to "Ride to Rossville"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: July 30, 2020

    Land for $1, and views of Soya beans and corn too. Where do I sign up?

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2020

      A developer from Chicago envisioned empty nesters from Chicago coming down to build, but that has yet to happen.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: July 30, 2020

    Such flat riding, I have difficulty seeing the ascending slope. Sad that this town lost the attraction of antique hunters. Must have supplied the town with some income at least, as well as some activity.

    $1 for a lot? I guess, as Randel says, not too many interested in the views.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 30, 2020

      Yes it is flat — even a slight rise is called a hill here. Moraines are difficult to photograph, in real life they stand out but when photographed they just seem to collapse into the landscape. Im surprised the featured image shows as much relief as it does.

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