.NET Rocks Roadtrip #DNR_Roadtrip

This blog post is a long time due.  A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Carl and Richard, better known as the .NET Rocks guys!  Here’s a quick overview of the what happened:  Carl and Richard jumped into an RV, and started driving across the country.  Along the way, they stopped at several cities and did .NET Rocks live in front of an audience.  At each stop, the guys picked up a ride-along to go with them to the next city.

Fast forward to Richmond.

I was in Richmond early that afternoon because I was on my way home from the CMAP .NET Users Group.  I met up with Kevin Hazzard, and hung out at the venue where the roadtrip was going to be.  I was later approached by both Kevin Hazzard and Andrew Duthie, encouraging me to be the ride along for the trip to Raleigh.  I agreed, and the guys put on a great show.

My roadtrip almost didn’t happen though.  As it turns out, I needed to be in Reston, VA on the following Friday morning (Richmond was Wednesday night).  The conditions of the roadtrip was that they would fly me home the morning after next event.  I would not have had enough time to be in Reston by the time that happened.  After a little bit of back and forth, Richard offered to not only fly me to Reston on Friday morning, but also fly me home the following Saturday.  I couldn’t say no to that!

The drive was awesome.  It took about 3 hours to complete.  We had just enough time to stop at the hotel before heading over to Duke University.  The guys put on another great show, and we spent the evening having a few drinks at the pub next to our hotel.  The fun couldn’t last though, because I was at the airport at 5:00 the next morning.

I’d like to give a big thanks to Carl and Richard for taking me on a ride.  Also, thanks to Kevin Hazzard and Andrew Duthie for backing me for the ride along position.  If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t had been considered at all.

Enjoy a few of the pictures I took below!

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