These pictures were taken at the Cardinals/Dodgers game on July 25. The Cards won 3-2 in 12 innings.
Nachos Grande with Pulled Pork. Mmmmmm.
I’ll skip ahead to the sixth day of my trip since I don’t have any pictures from day five, which was spent at the beach. It was a perfect place to take pictures, but I wanted to keep my iPhone away from the sand.
NC State’s bell tower.
For my last dinner we went to The Pit in downtown Raleigh.
I had Carolina style ribs with red beans & rice and fried okra. It was awesome, all of it. I also had a locally brewed double IPA. I’m pretty sure it was a regular IPA with a shot of moonshine dumped in.
And by the end of my trip, Max Power was as wiped out as I was.
Backyard BBQ Pit in Durham, NC. Rib Plate with collard greens, mac & cheese and hush puppies. As good as it looks. Oh, so, so, so good.
The Pig in Chapel Hill, NC. Chopped pork with cole slaw, hush puppies and homemade pickles. Awesome. Best chopped pork I had in NC. Orange cole slaw was really good, and the tangy homemade pickles were tasty as well.
Since we don’t have them at home, I had to go to Waffle House during my time in the South … twice. Had a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich with hash browns smothered (onions) and country (drowned in country gravy). Mmmm, so good and so, so healthy.
Wolf statue on the campus of NC State.
NC State logo seen from behind bars outside of the Wolfpack’s track and soccer stadium.
A quad on NC State’s campus. It’s a beautiful campus, they’re really fond of red brick.
NC State football’s Carter-Finley Stadium. Don’t worry, I made sure to thank them for their wonderful gift of Russell Wilson.
Another disc golf course in Raleigh. This is an average hole. Just ridiculous.
Dinner from Cook Out. Had a burger cook out style (with chili, cole slaw, mustard and onions), cole slaw, hush puppies and a banana pudding shake. So good, and so cheap (six bucks for everything).
My first experience with Carolina BBQ came at Clyde Cooper’s in downtown Raleigh.
The Verdict: Good stuff, not great. Wasn’t my favorite BBQ meal of the trip, but it was enjoyable. Chopped pork came with cole slaw, hush puppies and pork rinds. Sweet tea was great, and awfully sweet. The best part of Clyde Cooper’s is the atmosphere, the inside looks like it hasn’t changed in 40 or 50 years, and the service was incredibly friendly.
This was taken of a disc golf course. The courses in the area are nothing like the ones I’m familiar with. Tall pine trees everywhere. No grass, just rocks and tree roots line the ground. Streams and large ponds. Quite the experience.
Move over bigots at Chick-Fil-A, I’m part of #TeamBojangles. I had the cajun filet biscuit meal and it was great. If you haven’t already noticed a trend, I tried to eat myself to death on this trip. Lots of trans fats and sugar abound.
Day one was a 17-hour roadtrip that took us through six states (IL, IN, OH, KY, TN and NC) from Villa Park, IL to Raleigh, NC. Highlights of the day were my first taste of Skyline Chili in southern Indiana (cinnamon in chili, really?), a sign for a Stinking Creek in Tennessee and views of roughly 50 Waffle Houses, 10 pro-Jesus billboards and one giant aluminum cross.
We didn’t go through Cincy, but we still found a Skyline in southern Indiana.
I had to get the 5-way. Verdict: Not too bad, but the cinnamon threw me off.
Crossing the Ohio River, going from Indiana to Kentucky.
In Tennessee. Sounds like a wonderful vacation spot.