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
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.