I thought I would give a brief update of our Kansas adventures. We have continued to ride at night and have really pushed ourselves to get across this state as fast as possible. Our goal was to get across the state line by my birthday, which was yesterday, and we did that (not in the manner we expected, but crossed none the less).
Anyways, I still have some Kansas stories, so I thought I would share.
A couple of days ago I arrived in Eureka, KS a little before Ale. I thought I would do a nice gesture and get a motel room all set up for us and find dinner, so she could just come in and eat and shower and go right to bed. I stopped at the first motel I saw and asked for a room. The checkin office looked a little run down, but I figured the room would be decent and was too lazy to check it out before giving my credit card. woops
I got the key, walked over to the room and with a lot of body force was able to shove the door open. It looked like the scene from a horror movie. There were spider webs everywhere, the mirror was cracked, I saw 2 huge dead crickets near my feet, and the worst part was that there was no AC (this was a 105 day, not ideal). I closed the door and went back to the manager to get my money back and move on. No such luck. He came with me back to the room and showed me how the “AC” turned on, and reassured me there was nothing wrong with the room, so I could not get my money back… sweet
At this point Ale rolled up and saw the room, she was in no mood to take any shit from this guy. She told him that AC was a must and we could not stay here. He responded that she had been biking and so she couldn’t feel the AC yet, but it was working… what? haha. Ale was like, “oh really? Is that why I am so hot?” haha i couldn’t help laughing at this, but the older Indian man with the thick accent didn’t quite understand the joke.
He offered to show us another room, which was much cleaner, but still disgusting, so we moved over there. We showered with shoes on, and didn’t touch anything as we got ready for bed. We considered getting our sleeping bags out to sleep on top of the covers. Fortunately, before we got our bags out, I spotted the little guy that would help us get a refund. As we sat there eating dinner (peanut butter and honey tortilla wraps), I saw a bug crawling inches from my feet. I had never seen bed bugs, but assumed this is what it was. Luckily we had wifi, and I google imaged it immediately. Perfect match. GROSS!!!!
Ale was as quick as a cat. Forgetting she had just biked over 400 miles in the past 4 days, she jumped up and ran to get the manager, as she instructed me to watch it and make sure it stayed put. The manager’s wife was in our room in seconds. She looked surprised to see the bug, but immediately knew what that meant. The manager was in moments later and he picked the bug up and threw it outside. He assured us they had never seen any bugs at their motel and decided that someone must have brought it in.
Ale and I didn’t waist anytime arguing. We just packed up our stuff and were out of there within minutes. I have never seen Ale get ready so quickly. I am actually shocked we didn’t forget anything. The manager ended up reimbursing me $45 (not the full 55, he charged us for showering). Needless to say, Ale wrote a very negative review on yelp, which is currently the only review, so I am sure it will do wonders for the business.
We ended up finding a nice motel for the same price down the street. We happily crawled into clean sheets, after taking the second shower of the day and checking our stuff for more bugs. i promised Ale I would ask to see the rooms before paying in the future. Learning life things all the time 🙂
The next few days were filled with night rides and lots of cinnamon rolls and ice cream. I have never eaten so unhealthy in my life. Surprisingly, I don’t really feel sick from it or really see any negative effects, so I keep telling myself that I need the calories. I also have some pretty limited options, so I guess I might as well eat like this while I can and get it out of my system. I will have a whole new appreciation for fruit and vegetables when I get back to California.