The Mellinsville Horror Pt 2.

Second part of The Bartender’s Skills with a Manhatten’s drive through zombie towns in the Hudson River Valley. BSWAM says…
As the hills draw nearer, one heeds their wooded sides more than their stone-crowned tops. Those sides loom up so darkly and precipitously that one wishes they would keep their distance, but there is no road by which to escape them unless you had a rocket.
Across a covered bridge one sees a small village huddled between the stream and the vertical slope of the mountain, and wonders at the cluster of rotting gingerbread roofs bespeaking an earlier architectural period than that of the neighboring region and a greater acquaintance with flash floods.

It is not reassuring to see, on a closer glance, that most of the houses are deserted and falling to ruin, and that the broken-steepled church now harbours the one slovenly free-style dance academy of the hamlet.

One dreads to trust the tenebrous tunnel of the bridge, yet there is no way to avoid it. Once across, it is hard to prevent the impression of a faint, malign odour about the village street, as of the massed mould and decay of centuries.

It is always a relief to get clear of the place, and to follow the narrow road around the base of the hills and across the level country beyond till it rejoins the Taconic. Afterwards one sometimes learns that one has been through Mellinsville. Or not. Depends on if you have GPS.
And then…

About The Lazy Aussie

Commended Haiku writer. A lover of The West's Worst. Perth stand-up comedian, photographer and writer.
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17 Responses to The Mellinsville Horror Pt 2.

  1. PeteF says:

    Awesome work, pic 4 – is that really a covered bridge surrounded by the bodies of those who had earlier attempted to pass?
    Also, tenebrous. Today I learnt.


  2. Alex Geneve says:

    If you do stop in Katanning, perhaps a photo opportunity at the xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Worst place I have ever eaten – had to wipe all the cutlery and the table with Wet-Ones before I chose NOT to eat what they had served me. LOVED the Mellinsville Horror. Wish I was there now!


    • orbea says:

      Why would you take the Katanning Road to Albany?
      But if you choose to add 90 kilometres and another hour in travel, worsting awaits in Broomehill.


  3. Russell Woolf's Lovechild says:

    Hudson River Valley looks like it needs some Royalties for Regions cash.


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