The University of South Carolina has spent some time on the road the past two weekends.
The Gamecocks have spent about 40 hours on the bus traveling first to Estero, Florida and then to Olive Branch, Mississippi.
They logged 2,482 miles traveling back and forth to play games against Florida Gulf Coast, Tampa University and the University of Mississippi. That includes sleeping on the bus two nights.
But wait, there’s more.
Two weeks earlier, the Gamecocks traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to play two games against Vanderbilt. Add 14 hours, 862 miles on the bus. That equals a total of 54 hours and 3,344 miles the Gamecocks have traveled since Sept. 19.
The back-to-back weekends, 40-hours-on-a-bus to travel to the outer edges of the South region has been the toughest, though.
The Gamecocks got to spend a couple of hours on Fort Myers Beach. The next weekend, they sampled Corky’s BBQ, and got a quick tour of Memphis, Tenn. before playing Ole Miss – including a look at the Mississippi River, a first for several players.
But most of their weekend was spent on the bus.
Carolina will to travel to Athens, Ga. to play the University of Georgia on Friday – a six-hour, 346-mile round trip – before embarking on a much welcomed seven-game home stand.
Then it’s back on the bus, to Rockledge, Fla. to play in Central Florida’s Thanksgiving Showcase. But that’s only a mere 7-hour, 464 mile trip. One way.