While the game result wasn’t ideal, my time back in the land of the long leaf pine was a nonstop hit list. Here’s a running diary of the first #RaftersRoadTrip
7:40 a.m. – RBIII (@rbarry1) arrives at my apartment. It’s go time.
7:45 a.m. – Put up last-second blog post asking for people to hit me up when I arrive in Chapel Hill.
7:46 a.m. – Resist the Tart-tation. We have breakfast plans.
8:05 a.m. – Depart D.C.
9:05 a.m. – Stop for breakfast at Chick fil A in Stafford, Va. Bojangles and Chick Fil A give us the most fast-food nostalgia of going to school in the south. Cook Out is another one, but it was breakfast.
12:45 p.m. – Park illegally in a lot off Skipper Bowles Drive and make our way to the Basketball Museum, where we saw this parked outside.
12:55 p.m. – Take a gander at the staggering list of recruits that are scheduled to visit the museum today (sorry the pic is sideways.) Seriously, if you don’t recognize the names, google these guys.
1:10 p.m. – Realize that Hubert Davis and C.B. McGrath are showing a recruit around the museum and get really excited. It’s Rashad Vaughn with them.
1:12 p.m. – Fail to ask for a picture with Davis because I’m too nervous. I know he won’t mind, he’s taken a few pics with some other people, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I’m kind of a pansy in this regard.
1:14 p.m. – UNC has always had style
1:30 p.m. – Leave basketball museum and kick myself for not taking a picture with Hubert.
1:45 p.m. – Arrive at Milltown and meet up with my parents for beers and the PRIME RIB SANDWICH. You guys, this is the best. thing. on. the. menu. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.
4:30 p.m. – Leave Milltown and head to He’s Not Here for blue cups. Before arriving, I was worried I’d stick out as the old guy. But there were kids playing cornhole outside. Like 5-year-old kids. Their parents were inside. Now I feel young again! Also, it’s hard to see in this pic, but the blue cups are actually Carolina blue now instead of that weird in-between color they used to be. Crazy!
7:40 p.m. – Quick bite at I Love NY Pizza. With this stop, we’re fully in the college-kid zone now. Milltown didn’t quite have the same crowd as we’re seeing at He’s Not and NY. This stop is also to soak up some of the rowdiness that is creeping into our systems.
7:50 p.m. – Stop by Walgreens to get some 5-hour Energy. I’m too old for this shit.
7:50 p.m. – Also grab a small 8-oz. or so bottle of wine at Walgreens for covert sipping on the walk to the Dean Dome. I’m NOT too old!
8:30ish p.m. – Arrive at Smith Center ready for action. This is the height of excitement for the weekend.
8:45 p.m. – LINEUPSSSSSSSSSSS ANNOUNCEDDDDDDDDDD
9:15 p.m. – WHAT IS HAPPENING!? No pictures of this.
11:00 p.m. – Begin walking back to Franklin St. “I can never go to another Duke game EVER!!” *sniffles* (I’m 0-3 for my career)
11:30ish p.m. – Arrive at Carolina Coffee Shop. Proceed to order LITs and beers.
2:10 a.m. – Leave Coffee Shop. Need noms. Make way over to [B]ski’s.
2:30ish a.m. – See a drunken argument between a UNC and Duke girl end with Duke girl getting slapped. P.J. Hairston, Dexter Strickland and Reggie Bullock make an appearance. Again, too embarrassed to try and take a pic.
2:45 a.m. – Parkour!
3:00 a.m. – Sleepin’