Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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Barstow

Had we realized just how incredibly bad the traffic was going to be south out of Las Vegas, we would have either spent the extra night at the Marriott (despite the price) and headed out early in the morning, or else we would have stayed at an inexpensive hotel like Whiskey Pete's at Primm on the Nevada-California border. Shortly after entering California, we encountered heavy traffic, sometimes slowing to a complete halt. With brief breaks, it was like that clear down to I-40 in Barstow. It took us roughly six hours to get from Las Vegas to Barstow, including short stops at Primm and Baker.

This Holiday Inn Express in Barstow is almost certainly another old Holiday Inn conversion, and it shows. I think it's about the size of the walk-in closet at the Marriott back in Vegas. Lisa says it reminds her of the Japanese hotel rooms in which we stayed last year, except Japanese rooms have bathtubs, which is more than we can say for this room, which has only a shower stall. On the brighter side, there's a major railroad switch yard just out back of the hotel; however, the sounds do not actually make it into our room unless we open the windows, which is not a good idea as it's pretty warm here even at 1 AM.

Westercon was fun, our shows went very well, and I'll write more later after I get home, probably in back-dated entries that I'll mention when I post them. I'd write more now, but I'm beat.
Tags: hotels, match game, travel, westercon
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