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.