Sunday, May 15, 2011

Never Again

In 1999, we traveled to a family reunion in Ironwood, Michigan.  We decided Will needed the family road trip!!  We had the best time, for 10 days.  We went to the Church sites in Nauvoo and Independence.  We listened to the tapes of the "Work and the Glory".  We would stop and eat at local restaurants and look at anything on the side of the road that intregued us.  All in all it was a good trip...until it came to finding rooms at night.

We would drive until something struck our fancy, we were hungry, or the AAA book told us there was something we wanted to see.  We stayed in Tucamcori, NM when the weather was so bad that the 18 wheelers were stopping.  We stayed in Kansas City, Rockford, Hurley, Durango, Breckenridge, Duluth and many other places over the 10 days.  But one night will live in infany...

We were on our way home and had a day of bugs hitting the windshield so bad that we had to stop and clean in a few times.  We were tired....and every place we stopped in Iowa had a "No Vacancy" sign.  One one door it said something about a NASCAR race.  Being a non-NASCAR person at that time, I had no idea it was race weekend and what that entailed.  After going into numerous lobbies, we finally saw a Holiday Inn about 12AM that said "Vacancy".  We were so tired, we took it.

Our room was on the backside of the complex.  We parked among the car haulers and went into the room.  Now we had been driving for hours and I wanted nothing more than  a hot shower and the bed.  I went into the door and it looked clean.  I went to take a shower and there was mold all over in the bathroom tiles.  I told Will to not touch anything and to just use the toilet.  The beds looked clean, so we went to sleep.  In the morning, we did not shower, just hurried and left, after letting the manager know what a dive it was and getting our money back!!

So...we waited 10 years to return to a Holiday Inn..and it was just because's name your own price put us there this weekend.  On Saturday morning, after I showered, I went into the bed area to get my stuff together.  Something yellow caught my eye....It was a HUGE stain on the comforter that had been by my face all night!!  If looked like a dry pee stain!!!  We called the front desk and after at least a half hour someone came to change the bed.  That was the only service we had to our room the entire weekend-unless you count the maid coming by at 4PM, as we were finishing getting ready for the wedding, leaving towels!!

When we checked out this morning, ass the lady said was "your room is paid for" how was your did you enjoy your nothing!!!  Needless to say, Holiday Inn, Priceline and Travel Advisor will be hearing from me!!!

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