We stop off to get gas in Wytheville, VA around 10pm or so and make the realization that we've still got almost 3 hours to go. Neither of us *really* wanted to be in a car for that much longer, so we made the decision to pull out the map and find a good place another hour or so down the road. Solution - Winston-Salem, NC, home of Wake Forest University (and this really nice looking lake to run around).
We were there Saturday, Sunday, and again on Monday before we left town. In fact, on Monday I had a yardage PR of 3100yds. So, very effective swimming weekend for me in spite of passing up on the open-water opportunity.
Saturday afternoon was spent napping, watching the TdF time trial day, snacking, eating, more napping, and playing Settlers of Catan. Really cool board game sort of (but not really) like monopoly. What I like about it is that the board setup is random so it's a new game and a new strategy each time you play. Also, the game's all about probability which is a math teacher's dream.
PLAN E - Slightly longer run than planned
Sunday morning consisted of another run Beth was shooting for just 30-minute run, but I wanted to do a little more. The original plan was to run over to Duke's campus and I would just do a little more (like 45 minutes total) there as Beth went back. But, I got this idea to go from the East part of campus down to the west part because I took the camera with me.
This tunnel is the one that cuts under a main road and some railroad tracks to get you from East Campus to West Campus. Over there, I snapped some more shots of the entrance to the Duke Gardens and Duke Medical Center.
Next thing I know, I look at my watch and I'm at 33 minutes. Oops! I was just enjoying the scenery so much. Duke's a great campus. So, a slightly longer run than planned, but that's okay.
On the way back to the house, I snapped a shot of the OLD Durham Bulls stadium. This is where the movie Bull Durham was filmed.
PLAN F - Due to extreme temperatures...
We were scheduled to go to the 5:05 Sunday evening Durham Bulls game. However, after the temperature forecasts were near 100 degrees for the weekend, they pushed back the game to 7:00...and thank goodness! It was STILL really hot for the first few innings until the sun went down.
Before the game, we met up with my good high school and PSU buddy Karl (we all call him Shaq, short for ShaqKarl - long story from 10th grade gym class). He's doing post-doc work at UNC and told us about how he works with mice and stuff. Pretty cool. Shaq, his wife and two boys met up with us at the Mellow Mushroom for some GREAT pizza. Highly recommend it. By the way, that's his son's dinosaur in the picture.
Then off to the game. The stadium is neat. It has a high wall in left field called the Blue Monster (like its green counterpart in Boston) and has a Bull on top of the wall that lights up with red eyes and breathes smoke when a Bulls player hits a home run. We witnessed with the 2nd Bulls batter of the game drilled one over the fence in right center. Pretty exciting.
A good time had by all at the game.
There was even a J.J. Furmaniak sighting. He was a former Pirates minor leaguer that didn't do too much when he call called up to the Bucs in 2005. According to the stats, he only played 30 games and hit .192 in 26 AB's, but you've got to love the name!
PLAN G - Big, red blob heading our way!
So, we're enjoying the game and we see some dark skies (albeit it was dark already) and then some lightning off in the distance. Becky checks the radar on her phone and we see a big red blob coming our way. We ride it out into the bottom of the 8th inning when Syracuse made a pitching change with the Bulls up 3-0. We figured we better get moving before the storm comes. We exit the stadium and then WHOOSH, it starts raining cats and dogs (not the one pictured below)! We rush back to the car soaked, but make it in one piece.
Monday morning we pack up our stuff and say our goodbyes. We get in our swim and weights at the Y and head back to western PA. Great trip and thanks to much to B & D for the hospitality!