Day 2

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Guymon
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Drove All Day

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Passing through the fertile farming community of Dardanelle. Lots of perfectly straight crop rows, one story buildings, and tractor equipment. Home of Arkansas Tech University and the very large Arkansas River.... Goooo Green! (ATU's color)

US 412 West is a pretty Highway through Oklahoma. Nice rolling hills. Beside the hit it takes on our MPG and the 4 toll booths, we are enjoying this road.

Stopped in Enid for several hours. Used McDonald's' WiFi, then on to K-Mart and lastly Wal-Mart. Went to Wal-Mart to try and return the air mattress we bought several years ago that has never worked well. Customer Service gave me this "yeah right are you serious" look and reply so I walked to the front of the store and threw it in their trash can. That was a waste of money!

Gloss Mountain Overlook... Cool place! Red hills with gypsum and sellinite rocks covering the ground. Very, very hot hike! - 103 degrees with no shade. We are sweating like stuck hogs. Loving this cold A.C. right now. We ran into a colorful lizard on the way back down.

We are in No Mans Land... actually its called Fort Supply. Just passed a road sign that said "Hitchhikers may be escaping inmates." I don't plan on picking anyone up.

This is Anne talking now -

Sooo... We decided early on that we would be camping the whole way unless some extraordinary circumstances arose that required getting a hotel. Well, we headed into the Oklahoma Panhandle where any viable campground would have been over 50 miles out of our route, so here we are at the Holiday Inn. Cecil called ahead and said it would be $45 a night, which I thought, "That's pretty good I guess." We get to the hotel after stopping by Taco Bell. Cecil goes in the check-in while I scarf down my 7-layer burrito and fresco soft taco in the truck. 

When we first step in the hotel my senses tell me, "Clean, fresh, new, Yay!" We pass by the fitness room and my thoughts continue to say, "Yay! I don't have to run in 90 degree weather," passing the pool, "Cecil will like that," up the stairs, "wow, even the stairs smell nice." We get inside the room and I'm still in awe. I conclude in my head that this is one of the cheapest hotels Cecil and I have ever stayed in, and one of the nicest at the same time. My facial expressions of pleasure and awe must have been very transparent to Cecil, because as I turned to tell him my revelation his face was one of what I imagine a person about to confess to a priest. He started with, "This actually cost a little more than what they said on the phone." 

Sooo... Cecil must have talked to some other receptionist at some other Holiday Inn in some other Guymon, Oklahoma. I had a wonderful run, a nice long shower, the best nights sleep a person can have, and a yummy breakfast. The rest is history. At least once I pay the credit card bill :) 
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Wendy Wesser on

Love the stories! Glad you appreciate the good things in life :-)

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