Rest day in Carbondale, Il had to change hotels due sparse availability for holiday. Carbondale is home to Southern Illinois University. Not much going on in downtown Carbondale.
Stopped in Outdoor store for some gas for our stove. Owner is from Chicago suburbs went to school at SIU and came back and opened this store in the early 1970’s. I asked him about all of the empty storefronts in town and he explained the university had about 25,000 students in the early 90’s but only 9,500 now. Students were remote this year making it even tougher on local businesses.