I’m thinking NC State should cover the $30 trip to Merchant’s that will be coming soon.
As I made the 10-hour drive from Orlando back to Raleigh Wednesday, I allowed myself to reminisce a little about NC State’s football season. Despite covering most of the games and being present for all but one of them, it was tough to remember anything other than long stretches of highway, stops at fast food restaurants and awkward sleeping arrangements.
Once I got back to my apartment, I immediately hopped on Google Maps to total the damage. I decided not to count games within North Carolina (I drove to Chapel Hill and Greenville) and went with just four trips — Georgia Tech, Clemson, Maryland and West Virginia. Let’s do some math. The mileage listed below includes return drives.
Raleigh, NC to Atlanta, GA: 800
Raleigh, NC to Clemson, SC: 580
Raleigh, NC to College Park, MD: 560
Raleigh, NC to Orlando, FL: 1,200
3,140 total miles
If you add in the trip to East Carolina, the drives were more negative than positive, at least from the NC State perspective. I watched the Wolfpack blow leads on three different occasions hundreds of miles from home. That said, I also watched State beat the 2009 ACC Champion and the 2010 Co-Big East Champion.
It would be very easy for me to complain about all the hours I spent in my incredibly reliable Honda Accord, but I’m going to venture in the opposite direction for the first time in a while and pull out the positives.
I’d like to thank Pack Pride for the opportunity to continue to do what I love and I’d like to thank family and friends for allowing me to sleep on guest beds, couches and hotel room floors. Looking back, every mile was worth it. Now, about that oil change.