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After my long frustrating drive from Rochester, NY to Akron, OH on winter roads, and lots of stop and go traffic, I arrived at the Comfort Inn in Akron, OH. I met some of the other people from my karate school in the lobby waiting to check in. After they checked in, it was my turn. Check in went smoothly. I asked about the hot tub, and he pointed to where it was located. I asked whether they had a fitness room ( said they had one, but their own website didn’t mention it). He said yes they had a small room, and said it was down by the spa room.
I went out the my car, grabbed my stuff, and went to my room. On the way to my room I passed by the spa room, and saw a note on the door saying the spa was temporarily out of order! This ticked me off a little. Why didn’t the desk clerk tell me this? I had been looking forward to soaking in the hot tub!
Once in my room, it reeked of cigarette smoke! I looked around and found an ashtray on a table. I dragged my stuff back downstairs to the front desk. The clerk was checking in another guy. I waited. Finally it was my turn. I explained that he put me in a smoking room, and I had requested a non-smoking room. Fortunatly he was able to move me to a non-smoking room. I asked about the hot tub, and he told me that he was unaware that it was out order. He looked for any notes about it, but didn’t find anything. So he didn’t know why it was out of orde, or what was wrong with it.
Hopefully it will be fixed before I leave. I supposed to run 5 miles at marathon pace tomorrow evening, and it would be nice to soak in the hot tub afterward.

11/4: I love the free high speed internet. Last night it was truly high speed. This morning though, it is running kind of on the slow slide.
I took a shower. I know they have water restrictors due to regulations, but this was the WEAKEST shower I think I have ever taken.
The out of order sign is still on the spa room this morning.
They have a decent free continental breakfast. I had a couple danishes, and a hard boiled egg.

11/4 (later): I was out all day, and came back to my room, but the card key no longer worked. It just flashed a red light every time I swiped my card. I went down to the front desk, and he reactivated the card. I booked the room for 2 nights!
I talked to some friends who are also staying at the hotel, and they said the shower BLASTED them. So I get this wimpy shower, and they get TOO much power.
The spa room is still closed, and wont be open till after we are gone. Apparently some kid dumped soap in the hot tub. That kind of sucks since I was really looking forward to soaking in the hot tub after a long day at the karate tournament, and seminar.

11/4 (even later): We went out had some dinner. I came back played on the internet a little bet. Then I decided to go down to the fitness room and run on the treadmill. They have a Proform 585, which is very similar to my Proform J6si. The railings were really rickety and need to be tightened. I turned it on, and started it. The counter acted as if the thing was going, but the belt wasn’t going. I tried everything I could think of, but it just wouldn’t go. It’s like the motor is burned out or something. The panel seemed to work fine, and motorized incline worked, But the belt wouldn’t turn. I asked the desk clerk, and he said some woman had used it earlier. Okay. It didn’t seem to work when I tried it. As I said, it is very similar my my own treadmill, so I think it would work very similar.
I tried a Nordictrack climber, and a exercycle thing, but they weren’t what I wanted or needed. I was scheduled to run 5 miles today, and planned on using the the treadmill.

Overall, this hotel kind of sucks.

Today I drove from Rochester, NY to Akron, OH. MapQuest said it would take just under 5 hours. I usually drive quicker than they predict, but take quick stops along the way, so the predictions are usually pretty close. Not this time!
I left about 11am. I was hungry, and it was lunch time. I stopped in at rest area, went to the bathroom. The line at the McDonalds was long slow, and the prices for a value meal were JACKED UP about $2 above what you would find at a regular McDonalds. They used to price their food more reasonably at these places, but they have gotten pretty bad. I skipped the McDonalds, and decided to wait until McDonalds. I wasn’t that far away from PA.
I was making pretty good time until I approached the toll booths at the NY state line going into Pennsylvania. I hit stop and go traffic a mile from the toll booths. It took me over 20 minutes to get to where I could reach the empty Easy Pass lane. The Easy Pass lanes are often nice…BUT When you are stuck in traffic like this way back, you don’t know where the Easy Pass lane is. So you don’t know whether to get to the left, or to the right. And it sometimes doesn’t save you a lot of time, relative to the long wait just to reach them.
Now I am getting a little grumpy after this long wait, and no food! I decided to hit a Dairy Queen I remembered, but it didn’t seem to be where I remembered it. Maybe it closed. I went through a Burger King.
I got back on the road. My drive through PA was okay. As I crossed into Ohio, it started snowing. Traffic slowed down. But the plows were out so the roads weren’t TOO bad as long as you slowed down. I passed someone, and had no one in front of me. I glanced in my rear view mirror and saw a full-sized pickup a few cars back spinning 360’s. I don’t know if he hit anyone.
After a bit, traffic started to be stop and start again. I had just passed an exit that would have taken me south. The GPS didn’t show anymore exits for many miles! Crap! So I was stuck in this stop and go traffic for about another 20 minutes or more. It turned out to be a jack-knifed double semi-trailer truck.
I hit a couple more stop and go traffic areas, but finally arrived and my hotel. Basically, the drive sucked, and I was looking forward to soaking in the hotel hot tub.

I am driving off to Akron, OH tomorrow. According to MapQuest, it’s about a 5 hour drive each way. I am planning on taking my time on the drive.
I got my oil changed yesterday. I got my car washed also. That wasn’t necessary for the trip, but it really needed it. I have been burning some audio books to CD to listen to for the many hours of driving. I need to download maps to my GPS unit for the Akron area, but I’ll do that tonight. I printed out a map from MapQuest anyway as a backup. I will clean my car out tonight, and get some of my stuff loaded up.
Then tomorrow morning, I’ll swing by the gas station, fill my gas tank, and get on the road.
I am hoping to make it to the hotel early to mid afternoon. I may spend some time exploring a little bit, maybe find something eat for dinner. The hotel doesn’t seem to have a pool, but they do have a hot tub anyway. According to, the hotel has a gym/fitness facilities. But interestingly I don’t see it listed on the hotel’s own web site. I guess I will find out tomorrow.

I was just reading that in attempt to attract European and American travellers, “Iran’s tourism department will pay $20 per person to those who attract European or American tourists to the country.” They are offering $10 for visitors from other countries.
I still remember 1979 when Iranian militants stormed the American Embassy in Tehran. They held the people as hostages for well over a year! Is this a place I want to travel to? NO!!!! I don’t want to travel anywhere near the middle-east!

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