Feb. 19, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Senior Ashley Courtney talks about life on the road with Purdue softball, including insight into the team's travel and food outings in Tucson, in this week's What's Your 20? blog.
The wheels on the bus go round and round ... As a Division I softball team, we are fortunate enough to get to travel around the United States experiencing different campuses, climates and cities. This past weekend we definitely got a good glimpse of Tucson.
We rent four vans each weekend when we fly. Each player is assigned a certain van with a coach and everyone's luggage goes in the 15 passenger van that our SID drives. This weekend, however, we were thrown for a loop when the coaches pulled up to the airport curb with a two 15 passenger vans, an SUV, and a pickup truck. It's not how we usually roll, but we went with it. I ended up riding shotgun in the truck with Coach Stephenson, Maia, Rains, and Burk. Talk about a power truck. For those of you who don't know Coach S, she is very entertaining and provided us with many laughs and life insights.
Many of those laughs came as we got our own personal tour of Tucson, Ariz., because we went thirty minutes farther to a restaurant when one was located about five minutes off campus. But, those thirty minutes were worth every second because we ended up eating at Beyond Bread (thanks to a fellow Boilermaker for the recommendation). To the Beyond Bread franchise, please make a home in West Lafayette and thank you for the three fabulous meals we consumed over the weekend, as well as the quick service and great people.
We have a handful of California kids on our team and whenever we get the chance to go west, they beg for In-N-Out. As we were headed to the field on Friday, we missed a turn and detoured through the In-N-Out parking lot. Even for an Indiana kid, that's cruel. I can only imagine the heartbreak from a few of our most devoted In-N-Out eaters.
We have a lot of talent on our team, but that's not only on the softball field. As it turns out, we have found we have another dancer on the team. A certain freshman's good moves gave us some laughs and excitement to play. There are five to pick from. Let us know who you think it was? Send your vote via Twitter @PurdueSoftball or comment here.
Right now we stand at .500 and next weekend won't be a walk in the park. We have a quick turnaround before heading back down to Indy to catch a flight to College Station, Texas, but we are ready to make a statement at A&M.