Driving south east from Atlanta we headed through Walking Dead territory to our next stop, Athens Georgia. Most of Walking Dead is filmed around Atlanta and as we were taking quite a few back-roads (highways but they were like back-roads) it felt and looked just like Walking Dead territory – the trees, roads, railway lines, dumped cars and walkers (well, not quite the last two). But I think Ms TomTom was concerned as for about the first ten minutes or more leaving Atlanta all we heard from her was “keep left, keep left” – okay, okay.
This was an interesting drive away from the main freeways and through some interesting towns, none more so than one place where we had to slow as the car in front was herding a cow running alongside – not sure if this is how they always take their cow for a walk or whatever, but it was effective. And Athens was a real interesting place, in fact for an overnighter we enjoyed the little time we had.
Athens is the home of the University of Georgia (hence UGA), and their mascot is Uga the bulldog. There were a lot of statues of various Uga’s around town, there were some good eating places and bars, some great old buildings, easy walking, a chance to get some washing done (but no horseplay – see the photo), and a lovely hotel – The Graduate – interior decoration from those who did the sets for Madmen (not actually but it could quite easily have been).
We had some good vegetarian in town and the only disappointment was that our hotel has a great bar and music venue, unfortunately not open that night as it was being used for a bridal show. Not much more to say about Athens – worth the overnighter and a good way of breaking the drives from six hours down to three. (Also picked up a bottle of Walking Dead IPA, which we would save to crack open on halloween.)