Gravel River Motel

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August, 2016

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The river is directly in front of the hotel with the main train line in-between. It had been awhile since I’d seen a hotel and the sun was starting to set so I needed to find somewhere to stop for the night on my drive from Saskatchewan to southern Ontario.
The room had two double beds, three chairs, a desk and a fridge but no phone. I had no cell service in this location so a phone in the room would have been nice. All the texts I sent that night didn’t go through until the next morning when I got a few miles down the road. Everything in the room looked tired and worn. The wallpaper was coming off and there was tape on it in the bathroom. The room also didn’t feel that clean – I didn’t even want to use the shower.

On the plus side, there was a lovely scent of petunias outside the window. The train did not keep me awake. The couple who run the place were very friendly. Archie’s Motel Coffee Shop is a nice little coffee shop attached to the reception for the motel. I had cream of broccoli and cheese soup, bottled water and home-made wild blueberry pie with ice cream for $13.50. I enjoyed watching the hummingbirds at their feeders outside the cafe windows.

For an early start the next morning I was able to leave the key inside the room and lock the door behind me – lock in the door knob. The room was $84.75.
If driving by, I would definitely stop in for a bit to eat.

Denise Bridge

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