I biked to a forgotten town in the Midwest and got a lesson in ambition from a teenager.

The Illinois heartland, 2014.

Most people who enter the township limits of Odell, Illinois are drivers on Interstate 55. They’ll see the signs for it (population: 1,046), drive through, then forget about it.

Maybe they’ll stop off to go to the bathroom and grab a pop, to use the Midwest’s parlance, but I’d wager that most passersby stop in…