Holiday Inn Express Alliance, Nebraska
We were meant to be staying within the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in a B&B but because of the amount of rain that had fallen we couldn’t get to the place. We were feeling very tied and a bit stressed at the end of a very long day. We had set off for Wakpamni where my daughter and partner were going to be staying in a tepee and we had hoped to go for a horse ride with Oglala Lakota guide. We got to the turning and I swung the car around onto the dirt track. After about ten yards the car was just moving sideways even in four wheel drive and I could see we were heading sideways for the ditch. I stopped and we were having a minor panic where a 4x4 with a Lakota family turned off the main road to help us.
They got out and between my husband, daughter’s partner and the two kind locals they just pushed the car completely around to face the other way, the road was so slippery. He just shouted keep to the centre tracks as I headed off to the tarmac leaving hubby and daughter’s partner behind to walk. We hadn’t got very far. The lovely family stopped at the end of the road and told us there was another road to Wakpamni with only about 100 yards like that. We thanked them profusely, they said ‘no worries, we don’t scalp strangers any more!’ and headed back on their journey. They had come out of their way to help us and thank heaven they did as we might have struggled to get sorted without them.
We decided that even 100 yards was too much on that sort of road so we headed into the local town to phone and say we couldn’t make it. We left a message, popped into the local subway for some sustenance and headed off for Alliance another five hours away where we had seen on our Tom-tom that there was a Holiday Inn Express !! There is nothing for miles on the reservation and this was the closest apart from one we passed that looked far too like ‘Bates’ Motel’ to be attractive.
WE were somewhat relieved to find that there was indeed a Holiday Inn Express. WE drove and parked the car then my daughter and are were charged with the task of seeing if they had a room available.
We left the men guarding the car and its contents while we went in to see about the room. They did have a room. We were happy to share as all rooms in the USA that we had stayed in had two double beds and as they charge for the room it saved quite a bit of money. This was a big help to my daughter and saved them quite a lot during the holiday.
The girl behind the desk was very pleasant and gave s our room key cards and then we went out to help bring in all our stuff from the car.
This was fairly typical of Holiday Inn hotels in the USA. There were two double beds and non smoking too so we were happy. Both the beds had extra pillows and were very comfortable with fresh white bedding so no complaints.
There was a huge TV in a sort of cupboard which could be seen from both beds. There was a coded safe and wardrobe and a few drawers but we were only stopping overnight so we didn’t actually unpack anything.