I have a confession. I did not sleep in the van last night. WHAT?! I know, right? Like, total oh em gee.
Yesterday afternoon, shortly after I posted my last update, I got the hankering to go to a (very cheap) motel. Emphasis on cheap. Seriously. I was practically in Mexico. I could have probably walked to the border from there. On top of that, I was still in the desert and it was 115° yesterday. If it hasn’t sunk in yet, it wasn’t exactly a popular tourist destination and prices weren’t very high. My last oil change cost more than the room did.
Why did I go to a motel? Well, after I finished interneting yesterday and was about to leave town, I noticed my air conditioning in the cab was no longer blowing cold air. Instead, it felt as if I had the heat on full blast (side note: I might need to buy an AC recharge kit; although, today it was working fine). On top of being blasted with heat, I also realized that I hadn’t taken a real shower in a month. Since July 17th, I’ve been washing my hair in the van sink and using a washcloth for everything else. It’s not ideal, but it works and is incredibly cheaper than paying the $10-$12 to shower at a gas station. I also really wanted a night away from the triple digit temperatures and drowning in sweat.
I checked in around 2 or 3pm yesterday afternoon and stayed until I absolutely had to check out this morning. Even though it didn’t cost much for the room, I still wanted to maximize my usage of the wonderfulness that was air conditioning and having the ability to take a real shower. You can bet your ass that a shower was the first thing I did upon checking in.
After sitting in the room for a bit, basking in the cool air, I walked down the road about two blocks to get some snacks. It felt like I was walking through hell. Mind you, it was 115°, but being spoiled with the cool air for just a short amount of time seemed to have ruined my adaption to the heat.
I’ll be honest, with the combination of AC, cable TV, and free WiFi, I did not get a lot done last night (I didn’t get anything done). It was wonderful.
It was after noon by the time I got back to Slab City today. I spent most of the day reading At the Water’s Edge. It’s almost midnight right now and still 103° in the van, but I seem to be readjusted to the temperature already.