well, finally i have wifi again. didnt have it the whole 24 hours i was on the amtrak, except very spotty service now and again thru the phone via sprint. not even with paying all that extra $300+ for a private sleeper car at the last possible minute. had i preplanned the trip out in advance and on the right day instead of going there a last second decision to want to be there, i couldve gotten the room for about $150 less. but i did do the right thing in going to Ks, correct?
took a motel not too far from amtrak, and mom will be herself to drive me into lyons at 8.30am. theres no cabs this time of night, and uber isnt in hutchinson. nothing comes up when u enter ur location. arrived quite ahead of schedule about 1.55am.
all in all, including the $68 for the room since i didnt get it for $44 prebooking it thru priceline (which u cant do after midnite) im down to $13,700. yeah i spent much more than i needed to to get here, thats for sure. couldve just flown into wichita, went to the casino, took a cab or uber from wichita to lyons, and probably still come out on top. but im no worse off than when i left deadwood, thanks to about $1800 worth of winnings in phoenix before the final losing session.
not entirely sure if im going back to phoenix right after the first, or going to albuquerque much closer, or heading the other way into toledo. i definitely do plan to spend time in phoenix in the future. best room ive ever seen. i still dont think this $13,000 is nearly enough of a bankroll.
ive only got about $60 left on bovada but not sure if ill be able to sleep much now, after so much on the train, so i joined the $10 MTT while i wait for 8.30 to get here. nor does it look like theres an open store in walking distance to buy food. i ate for free on the train in the diner due to being sleeper car passenger, and their menu is quite limited.