Day 4: February 3, 2010
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I spent the night on the east side of Saint Clairsville, Ohio. In downtown, the Newellstown Diner is named for the original, pre-1803, name of the town. I had to circle the block to find a place to park but, as I walked up to the restaurant, a truck vacated the spot right in front and I was able to get a clear shot. Although the counter was completely open, the place was quite busy. Locals filled most tables but I played it safe and photographed only empty space and my bacon & eggs. It was a friendly crowd that included a group of five men seated around a 4-top table. A fellow at another table commented that I could probably get an education from that group. It was obviously a standard "Liar's Table" but, rather then calling it that, the comment about education lead me to say something about the "seat of learning". There were some chuckles and a few one liners then one of the group recited a joke I've heard many times before but never in a more fitting situation. "You can get a degree here", he began. "The BS is easy, an MS is more of the same, and a PhD is just piled higher and deeper."

The Black Horse Inn in Morristown made it through its 200th birthday but hasn't had much love in recent years. Though this snowy gravel road was not part of the National Road or of Zane's Trace, it is included in the Guernsey County Historic National Road Driving Tour as "Scenic Drive". This stone 'S' bridge was on the National Road and is the only one of its kind still drivable. There are rumors that it may not remain such too much longer.

I've stopped at this sign before but had never visited the graves. The sign commemorates a skirmish in which three members of General John Morgan's forces were killed just days before his raid through the north came to an end. Guessing that at least one Sons of Confederate Veterans member might see this, I unlatched the gate and walked to the three easily seen Confederate flags.

Ice on the sides of Deep Cut are kind of pretty from inside a warm car. They would probably look different to a fellow walking beside a team of oxen in the 1800s.

I was surprised to see that gate open at the National Road museum near Norwich but not so surprised that I didn't turn in. Thoughts that some special event was taking place quickly evaporated. Off season construction to add handicapped parking and enlarge restrooms was the reason for the open gate.

In Zanesville I crossed and turned right on this bridge three times. The first was on the way to Tom's Ice Cream Bowl for a bowl of ice cream and a bag of freshly roasted nuts. Then it was to reach the bridge overlook in Putnam Park. The third right turn took me back east to pick up US-22 and head home.

Documentation of this trip stopped when I exited the 'Y' bridge for the third time but I wanted to include, out of sequence, a few more photos from Zanesville. I don't know much about the NBA, the Sacramento Kings, or Kevin Martin but I do know that he has some pretty cool grandparents living near Putnam Park.

Pottery is really big in the Zanesville area. That National Road Museum out by Norwich has a large pottery component. It makes sense that Zanesville's version of painted cows and pigs and groundhogs is painted vases. There are many displayed around town and a big circle of them near the south west corner of the 'Y' bridge. They can be seen at the left edge of the second photo. The third photo was taken from the Putnam Park overlook and the last photo from beside the vases with the 'Y' bridge in the background.

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