I promised some pictures from the pilgrimage to Athens, Georgia, right? Having stayed close to home the last few weeks, dealing with life, I'm missing the time on the road. It's a good time to revisit the journey. Southern charms, tin roofs, soul food, kudzu, music history, catching up with our former selves.
After driving through South Carolina on the expressway, Georgia allowed some much needed time on two-lane highways. What would a road trip be without two-lane highways through small towns?
I love tin roofs. I think I said so half a dozen times while we were there.
Oh, good, we're almost there. It's way past time for a decent meal.
After cleaning ourselves up a little from the car ride, we didn't waste any time planning our tour of REM sites around town. We thought with Athfest going on that weekend, and lots of music fans in town, that there would be others trailing us to the sites associated with the town's most famous band. But, no. Just us. And one other dude.
Directionally challenged, we meant to head over to Walter's BBQ, but ended up at Weaver D's on the other side of town. Good thing. Weaver D knew how to serve up the soul food. "You want chicken? You want fish? You want BBQ? I got collards. I got beans. I got cornbread." Um, yes please.
It added to the quirky Southern charm that Weaver D was campaigning hard to re-elect the coroner.
This was actually Stephanie's lunch, not mine. I got BBQ'd pork. But, I want to go back for that catfish. I'd smother it in hot sauce. Neither of us like potato salad all that much, but this potato salad?
A special thank you to the ladies cutting the potatoes at the table behind us.
Weaver D was proud that he was the one who coined the phrase Automatic for the People. His walls look a little like the walls of my bedroom in 8th grade. That poster on the right was also once mine.
Now that we were really full, it was back to the map. First stop, the church where all the band members once lived and rehearsed in the early days. Now only the steeple remains.
Next, the famous Murmur trestle. We pulled over and parked by the side of the road on some almost country road on the edge of town. A fully loaded car drove by and the driver asked us if we needed help. Um, no, no. We're just stopping to take a few dozen pictures of that abandoned train track in the woods over there.
Time stopped for a bit. We were chasing ghosts. Next stop, another former residence of the band members.
This street housed several famous musicians, as they were becoming famous. Which led someone to write "Hello Hollywood" in wet cement down the street sometime in the mid-80s.
Nearby proof that the cement was wet in the 80s.
We were soaking up the green.
Some music video was filmed here... our tour was starting to wind down. I was getting tired. I'm sure you are too. But, there's more.
"Oddfellows Local 151 behind the firehouse...why do the heathens rage behind the firehouse?"
Finally, downtown. I do remember that parts of the Shiny Happy People video were filmed in the Georgia Theater.
Downtown Athens was a nice cozy place to hang out.
"Hello, I saw you, I know you, I knew you
I think I can remember your name...name
Hello I'm sorry, I lost myself
I think I thought you were someone else"
As if visiting this place wasn't reason enough for the journey, the next night we were in Atlanta visiting the ghosts in person.