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Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s | The charm of small towns

August 10, 2021 –  Sullivan, IL – Today marks 2 weeks on the road; Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois. Hitting a lot of small towns along the way.

Below are a couple of cozy small town photos – love finding things like this on tour.

PS – 85 miles Monday from Salem to Sullivan, IL.


The Supermarket was on Main Street in the Altamont, IL area. I loved the fact the sign read, “Fast friendly service all the way to your car.”

And it was true. The store manager came out and offered me a cold drink and the he handed me a copy of the local paper. The headline read, “Kinley Will crowned 2021 JR. Miss Effingham County Fair.”

An orange butterfly decided to take a break on my front handlebar bag as I also took a break in front of a pop-up vegetable stand. The hard work and trust (note cash register) has always struck me as simply adorable. 
It looks like JoAnn Fabrics is still alive along with Long John Silver.
Monday was full of stop and go because of high humidity and scattered storms. I was about 12 miles north of Salem, IL and strong rain caught me so I pulled into a desolate, muddy gravel drive and hit under some trees.
A red pickup truck followed me under the branches and it was a bit odd. “If you like the fire station is just up the road and the door is open. Just pull in there to get out of the rain and dry off.”
It was Carson, a local volunteer firefighter. As the rain tapered off I spun up the road about a quarter mile. Sure enough the door was open and I wheeled my rig in.
“I think you met my dad in Mississippi,” said Carson. “He showed me you page on social media and I thought you looked familiar.”
Small town charm.

Have I not commanded you? …  Be strong and courageous. … Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

The 2021 Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is raising money this year for music programming for seniors at Cedar Community, a 501c3, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Donate via the secure website through Cedar Community.  Donations should be marked “Amazing Ride 2021.” Click HERE to make a secure online donation.

Checks may be made payable to “Cedar Community Foundation” with “Judy Bike Ride” in the memo line and mailed to 113 Cedar Ridge Dr., West Bend, WI 53095

Be sure to include the Federal Tax ID Number for the Foundation: 39-1249432

You may also find a downloadable donation form HERE.

Cedar Community is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

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