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The first day started late, so it was a bit short. We headed south with our first stop being the mandatory custard stop at Whit's Frozen Custard in Granville. Since I first had that custard, I don't think I have made it through Granville without stopping. It is really quite fantastic, delicious and sooo smooth. Granville is also home to Denison University. After paying the Whits Custard toll we pushed further south.
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway station was along the roadside in Nelsonville, OH. Even though it was closed, the train cars are still easily viewed from the adjoining parking lot so we hopped out and took some pictures. This beast caught my eye so I slammed on the breaks and we stretched our legs. This is a rail road snow plow though I think it could easily have a future in the movies as a Mad Max like vehicle of doom and destruction.
|From 2009 Kentucky, West Virginia Road Trip|
We made it to Athens at about 6PM and drove around until we found downtown and the Ohio University area. As a point of reference for my Arizona friends and family, Athens is the Flagstaff of Ohio. Athens is the big hippie enclave of the state as far as I can tell. It has a nice downtown right next to the University and was full of partygoers since there was a big "Boogie on the Bricks" block party.
We strolled around for a while an settled in for dinner at Casa Neuava. Actually dinner was an hour and twenty minute wait due to the crowd, but that was no big deal, we enjoyed some local beers and their salsa selection with some probably too healthy corn chips. Finally we got seated and ate a quick dinner. The food was excellent and could be best described as Mexican Hippie fusion. No offense to either Mexicans or Hippies, it really was delicious and I hope to eat there again.
After dinner we called it a night and drove around in circles until we found a motel on the other side of town. Our first night away from home was the least comfortable but worked. Noisy in room air conditioners are possibly the worst thing that can happen in a cheap motel. Maybe I should say the worst legal thing that can happen in a cheap motel.