North Carolina Pickup Trip - July 15-17, 2018

These are the pictures from the our ride to make a "pickup" in North Carolina with a couple baseball games on the way.

July 15: Amsterdam, New York, to Hagerstown, Maryland

We started from Amsterdam at early to make sure we could get to the Scranton area in time for baseball. The interesting parts of this ride were a little side trip off I-88 to get gas just before Binghamton and taking US 11 through Scranton. We got to the ballpark in plenty of time and actually had to wait outside a bit before watching the RailRiders host the Rochester Red Wings [23 Pictures]. Gary Sanchez was with the team on a rehab assignment from the Yankees. After the game, we continued on to Hagerstown, Maryland, for the night. [38 Pictures from the roads][Picture of pickle juice snow cone on the Sonic menu].

July 16: Hagerstown, Maryland, to Greenville, South Carolina

We got on our way early from Hagerstown and headed down I-81 for the first part of the day. At Roanoke, we took I-581 then US 220 down to Greensboro, then mostly I-85, with a side trip on US 74 and US 221 to pick up some new territory and to dodge a storm. As we approached Greenville, there was a ton of rain and traffic was a mess, leading us to take some side roads in to the hotel. It was clear that the baseball game wasn't going to start on time, so we grabbed some dinner from a Chipotle before heading into the center of Greenville for the Greenville Drive game [15 Pictures]. It was delayed and we were tired, and had another big travel day ahead, so we stayed only until about the 6th inning. After all the rain, it turned out to be a pleasant evening for a game. [102 Pictures from the roads].

July 17: Greenville, South Carolina, to Amsterdam, New York

We started pretty early again to get from Greenville over to the Sapphire, North Carolina, area for the "pickup" [5 Pictures] part of our trip. It was a great ride over the mountains on US 178. From there, it was the long ride home. We took US 64 to Asheville, then I-26, but then US 19W and US 11E up past Bristol Motor Speedway [8 Pictures] to Bristol. There, we picked up I-81, our home for the afternoon and on into the evening. We didn't want to be on I-81 late at night, so took I-78 then cut up to I-80 into New Jersey. Unfortunately, it apparently nearly impossible to get gas in New Jersey late at night. Nearly every station we passed was closed! But we eventually found gas and made our way home in the early morning hours. [69 Pictures from the roads]. - Tue Aug 21 23:24:59 EDT 2018