Around the state in 10 days

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 06:05 PM.

The university personnel really did a good job selling the school, and the campus and surrounding downtown area in Boone are great attractions. We enjoyed a great lunch downtown at Macado’s restaurant and were then back in the car for a 5 1/2-hour drive home.

Just a few short days later, I was back in the car heading to Fayetteville to cover Havelock High’s regional semifinal basketball game against Wilson Hunt. There was no time for sight-seeing on this trip, and the Rams lost 68-60, an end to a great season.

I worked until about 1:30 in the morning but then simply could not fall asleep in the hotel. I tossed and turned, and my last memory of the clock was at 4:16 a.m., which wasn’t good because I had to be up early the next morning for a drive to Greensboro and a Rotary Club training conference.

OK, I’m going to come clean here. I didn’t make it quite in time and missed the first session of the conference. I needed to get at least some sleep or else I would have slept right through the training.

On the second day of the conference on Friday, I awoke to 3 1/2 inches of snow and ice. Power flicked off in our hotel, but fortunately, came back on a few minutes later. The same could not be said for the four hotels just right across the street. When I left the conference on Saturday afternoon, they still had no power.

A benefit of the trip to Greensboro was that it took place on the same weekend as the ACC women’s basketball tournament. I met players, cheerleaders and administrators from Notre Dame, Syracuse, Miami, Florida State and North Carolina. I asked a couple from Florida State what they thought of their stay in North Carolina. They said they hadn’t had any time to go exploring, and since the Seminoles lost in the tournament, they were heading out the next day.

I felt their pain. The conference kept me busy and I didn’t get the chance to go exploring either. I didn’t even get to see any of the tournament games.

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