From Bakersfield to Beaver

July 22, 2014 00:22 – 00:22

I’m at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Beaver, Utah, where the internet speed is abysmal.

Yesterday when I left San Diego, I spent the afternoon thinking that my Garmin GPS unit was on the fritz. It was taking forever to calculate my route to Bakersfield. I ended up using the navigator built into my car, all the while wondering why the Garmin had gone gaflooey. The one built into the car has superior traffic, but it takes forever to program in a destination, while the Garmin has perfect voice recognition, and I can get the route to anywhere set in just a few seconds.

So, I tried my other Garmin, and it worked fine. But, it didn’t have a lot of my saved settings, so it was less useful. And so, I bemoaned that my Garmin wasn’t working… until… I suddenly remembered that in order to navigate around Hotel Circle without having the unit take me onto the freeway, I had programmed it to avoid freeways. Duh. Once I undid that setting, all was well.

Today’s journey was about 500 miles or so. For lunch, I made myself a roast beast sandwich at a rest stop. About an hour and a half south of here, I stopped to see the Red Cliffs Recreation area, just north of St. George, Utah. It’s beautiful, although not on a par with the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. It is aptly named, though.

Just south of Cedar City, I decided to check my message on my phone to make sure I was going to the right place… and it was then that I remembered that I wasn’t going to Cedar City at all! So, I reprogramed my devices for the Comfort Inn & Suites in Beaver, UT.

The Comfort Inn & Suites is a cut above, largely because the rooms have been redone recently. It also has a spiffy new elevator! While just about all of the Comfort Suites have elevators, very few of the two-story Comfort Inns have them.

At first, I thought that the internet speed was going to be stream-worthy. Alas, the 5/2.5 result I got the first time I did a speed test was quickly replaced by a speed reminiscent of dialup. To avoid the frustration, I’m using my MiFi device, which has a speed of about 20/12 (down/up). I think the hotel connection problem is that its speed is shared across the entire hotel. At 3 am, I’d get good rates. But, during prime time… nope.

Here are a couple of pictures from my room window. This is high desert, and as far as I know, that horse has no name.

When I arrived at 6:30, it was 89 degrees. By the time I got back from the store (I picked up some Stouffers Lasagna for dinner), it was down to about 80. Later, when I went to retrieve some fruit from the car, it was in the low 60s! It might even make it down into the 40s here tonight! Woo!!!!

Tomorrow night, I’m reserved in Pocatello, Idaho, at the Hampton Inn & Suites. I don’t know what’s there… but I’m going to find out. According to the NWS, it’s not going to be as cool as it is here, but at least it’s not humid.

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