We began day twelve just outside of Burlington, North Carolina, and had a fairly uneventful morning. We did stop a random gas station and were pleasantly surprised to discover that we had made the front page of the Burlington Times News (just so you know, it’s incredibly cool to walk up to a newspaper stand and see yourself on the front). We also were interviewed by the Durham Herald-Sun later in the morning, and despite the fact that the photographer was a Duke fan, we would like thank them for taking the time to come out and talk to us. However, other than that, it was really just a morning of a lot of walking in a straight line kicking a soccer ball.
About 11:30, we picked up our balls and drove right outside of Hillsborough, North Carolina, where we met up with Mike Thomas and his absolutely awesome dog Berkeley (check out Berkeley kicking along with Kicking Across Carolina on our video for today. I actually haven’t seen the video for today, but if Berkeley isn’t on it then we’re going to have bigger issues than religious intolerance because that dog is adorable and we have footage of it.) Mike is the head of Eurosport’s Passback Program, and he was our main contact at Eurosport. Mike is basically the man. Eurosport, you should know, donated all of the soccer balls, all the shoes we’re wearing, and every single one of our stylish and comfortable t-shirts (you can look just like one of your favorite dribblers by purchasing an authentic Kicking Across Carolina shirt! http://kickingacrosscarolina.bigcartel.com/)
We dribbled with Mike and Berkeley to a park in Hillsborough where we got to play pickup with some Eurosport employees, and we showed them why the best pre-match preparation has nothing to do with dribbling 200 miles. Even though we might have been a little stiff, we still had a lot of fun, and afterwards we dribbled over to their offices and got to enjoy lunch with Eurosport Co-founder Brendan Moylan. Brendan was awesome, and I honestly can’t say enough about Eurosport as a whole. From Mike to Brendan to Berkeley to every employee that we met, they all were so supportive of our message, and we can’t thank them enough. Our dribble would still have happened without Eurosport. However, it wouldn’t have such stylish wardrobes to give to everyone and for that we are grateful.
After that, we drove back to where we picked up our balls this morning and spent the rest of the afternoon dribbling the miles in between where we picked up and where we met Mike in Hillsborough. It took us a while, and we ended up dribbling until about eight in the evening, but it was certainly worth it to meet the people at Eurosport who did so much for us. We completed 22.34 miles today to bring our total to 248.48, but instead of looking at the miles we’ve done, we’re all looking at the miles we’re about to do. We head into Chapel Hill tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited!