Now It Can Be Told

Published on by Charlie Boatner.

So, Mermsy’s 2:00 AM rest stop experience is inspired by a 4-day bus ride I took from Palo Alto to Akron.

Rest stops were rather strange.  I’d feel obliged to get out of the bus at every opportunity, but the outside world was a bit of a shock. 

At night, I would stumble from a dark bus into strange buildings with harsh lights.  My favorites were the casinos where people were chattering, bells were ringing, and slot machines flashing.

After sitting upright for two days, I was probably suffering from sleep deprivation.  By the third day my muscles had totally atrophied, so I no longer felt the need to get out at all.