Governor Bruce Rauner poses for pictures during the Governor’s motorcycle visit to Dwight Saturday, a stop on a charity ride to honor veterans.
LA to New York: The Hard Way
by Tom Tock
Ryuta Ishiba and Yu Suzuki of Osaka, Japan, above were hamming it up for the camera when we caught up with them Saturday morning. We had been told they had passed through Dwight earlier that morning — walking from Los Angeles to New York City. One of them was kicking a soccer ball as they walked. Really Walked. College graduates and good friends, Ryuta and Yu decided walking across the United States would be a grand adventure. Ryuta, a soccer player in college, decided he would take along a soccer ball . . . add some fun.Obviously in great physical condition, both young men admitted to some difficult miles crossing the desert in Arizona. They decided to follow Route 66 to Chicago after they reached Amarillo, Texas. Ryuta and Yu were about four-and-one-half months into their stateside journey. Did they stay in motels? “No, no, no motels. We camp, sometimes we are invited to stay in homes along the way.” Faith. They will fly home to Osaka once they reach New York City. Yu plans to open a vegetable store. Ryuta had no plans other than to continue walking across Japan. With a soccer ball.
￼MORE THAN 300 MOTORCYCLES AND VINTAGE CARS roared through Dwight on Saturday, July 18, as part of the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Motorcycle and Fun Car Run. Love’s Travel Stop at the junction of I-55 and Route 47 was one of five starting points for the event. The ride concluded in Springfield where participants enjoyed an evening party and dinner. Riders included Governor Bruce Rauner and members of the American Veterans Motorcycle Riders Association. The ride is an annual event with proceeds going to the Illinois State Police Memorial Park.