> Howdy all.
> Once again I am offering up cheap lodging to any list members during the
> week of the KSR warmups/ProSolo Finale and the SoloII Nationals.
> Here's the details: Limited to the first 15 or so that respond. It's a
> Church Camp on the East side of Topeka (sorta in the ghetto, but....) near
> 21st & Old 40 Hwy as it comes in from Lawrence, by the Eastboro shopping
> center. Now now, it's not nearly as bad as it sounds. The camp sits way
> back in the woods and the locals all leave it entirely alone. I don't
> want to cast any stereotypical aspersions out but the neighborhood is
> largely Mexican and I think they leave it alone out of reverence to the
> Church and God. It's bad mojo to mess with God's house dontcha know. ;^)
> It's about a 10-12 minute drive to Forbes taking mostly city streets and
> then over to Topeka Blvd headed South towards Forbes Field. As a bonus
> there are a lot of good "authentic" Mexican restaurants in the area.
> Mapblast.com will show it when you type in "Forest Park" and "Topeka, Ks"
> under the Yellow Pages tab.
> Now to the details of the lodging. This ain't the Sheraton by any means
> but it's as amenable as a low end motel and best of all, it'll only cost
> you $10 per person, per night. The Quonset Hut (where we'd be staying) is
> air conditioned and/or heated (as you know we could need either or both in
> Topeka in September), has a shower, two bathrooms with flush potties,
> microwave (a real relic too, I wouldn't stand too close while it's running
> ;^), an apartment sized fridge, coffee maker, dining room area (I usually
> make one grocery run to buy things like paper plates, cups, plastic ware,
> paper towels, coffee, breakfast food, toiletries, etc) and 5 separate
> rooms, some with 2 single beds and some with 3 single beds. There is also
> an adjoining cabin also with AC and 3-4 more bedrooms as well but no
> kitchen facilities. These beds aren't Sealys, they're surplus spring beds
> with old cotton stuffed mattresses and you'd need to provide your own
> linens, pillows and towels. Single or Twin sheets fit them just fine. A
> nice piece of 3/8" thick 3'x6' piece of plywood would go a long way
> towards relieving some of that "drooping into the middle" complex that
> accompanies old mattresses. A sleeping bag works just fine if you're only
> planning to stay a few nights.
> Phones are available but they request that you don't make any long
> distance calls that would be charged to the camp. Bring a fan if you need
> a breeze on you to sleep like I do. Laundry facilities are also available
> with (I believe) a donation cup on top of them to cover water and
> electricity expenses, you provide the soap. Communal, military style
> showers (men's and women's) are also available within a 100 yard walk with
> much more room to fling soap and shampoo and nice tile walls that
> reverberate and really make singing "Roxanne" by the Police in the shower
> sound, well, let's just say rather unique. They're in the same building
> as the laundry machines. There's a huge chapel adjacent to the communal
> shower building if you need to pray for a day of good and safe driving.
> There are full time caretakers (Chris [her] and Buddy [him]) that live on
> site and keep watch over things as well as perform maintenance and are
> generally all around really nice folks. They have several very playful
> "stray" cats that wander around and one large playful Doberman that thinks
> she's a lap dog.
> The camp is nestled back in amongst some very beautiful woods and there
> are basketball nets, a softball/baseball field, 4-square and volleyball
> facilities too along with plenty of nice relaxing wooded areas to hike or
> bike through. Needless to say there is LOTS of shade due to an
> overabundance of old, large trees. There is a nice swing set/jungle gym
> area for the kids big and small right in front of the cabin. There is
> plenty of parking available and I sometimes leave my car unlocked and have
> yet to ever hear of a problem with others doing the same thing.
> Now to the down sides to this camp. These are old cabins and as such stay
> locked up about 95% of the year. Because of that they have that nice
> musty "cabin in the woods" smell to them so allergies may flare up for
> some folks. I have terrible allergies to dust and mold and as long as I
> remember to take my medicine I've yet to have any problems. There may
> also be the occasional "critter" with more than 2 legs running around as
> well. Hey, bugs gotta eat and sleep too dontcha know. ;^) There are
> also no TVs or radios so if you need one you'd better bring your own. I
> usually just read a book or some assorted car magazines. This is a Church
> camp so keep private activities private too please.
> This camp is so "secure" that the cabins are rarely ever locked (though
> they do have locks but only a few keys for each one) while they're
> occupied and there has yet to be any instances of theft or vandalism in
> the 50 years that it's been there.
> Stay for a night or the whole 8 days, it doesn't matter. And remember,
> this ain't the Hilton. But for the two waking hours that you spend there
> each day it's more than sufficient and beats the hell out of driving back
> home to KC each day.
> So, if you think that you'd like to save some money at the Nationals, and
> have more to spend on T-shirts or that new set of Nationals tires, give me
> a shout and I'll pencil you in. I plan to be there from the 7th though
> the 15th of September.
> Eric Linnhoff in KC
> 1998 Dodge Neon R/T (see-dan)
> #69 STS #13 TLS
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