Now heading southeast on US-33, I went through part of the Wayne National Forest and saw its headquarters and museum. After awhile, the road began running alongside the Hocking River.
As I said earlier, the road is now four lane most of the way and only goes through one town, Nelsonville. I now plan to take this road a lot and one day will look for the Old 33 as I now like driving that sort of road.
US-33 bypasses Athens, Ohio, home of the University of Ohio (one of NIU's Mid American Conference opponents). What a view of the town the bypass affords across the river and sitting up on a hill with parkways running along the water.
It is a wide two lane road to the West Virginia line and across a magnificent old bridge, you know, the ones that actually look like a bridge. Then, a short drive to I-77 by Ripley.
A WEST VIRGINIA SHOCKER
I always fill up with gas in Ohio or Virginia before driving across West Virginia because it is always almost as expensive as the Chicago area. Gas in Ohio was mostly $3.80 to $3.90. I was expecting the worst in the Mountaineer State.
Was I ever shocked to see gas at $3.70, even on the Turnpike.
I Can Always Live With Less Expensive Gas. --RoadDog
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