Post Script (2014): Well I finally made it down to Athens over the summer. It only took me 30 years, yikes. I loved it there, great town. I did not bother to look for the kudzu field, that stuff is everywhere down there. I did make it to the trestle though. I got goose bumps when I walked under it. For this R.E.M. fan it was like visiting a holy place. Kudos to Athens for preserving it.