"There’s no room at the inn." There’s no room at the Atlantic Super Eight, either. Kathy McCrory is manager of the motel near the closed stretch of Interstate 80. McCrory says she’s had to turn away tired, cold travelers because she’s booked. She directed some folks to the emergency shelter at the Nishna Valley Family YMCA. She says, "Some people just said ‘ah-haaaaah’ and I don’t know where they went because we had no room."
McCrory says some of the rooms she did have ended up being shared by strangers who made the best of the ordeal, once I-80 was closed down due to the blizzard. She says: "There were a couple of guys sitting here, holding down chairs, until we found out if we had any cancellations. People would make reservations and then they couldn’t get here. Finally I said, ‘You know. I’ve got a room that’s got two beds in it if you guys want it,’ and boy, they about jumped over the counter at me."
McCrory says the two apparently got along quite well. She says, "When they checked out, I says, ‘Did you get along?’ and he says ‘We had some interesting conversation.’" She says while some guests have checked out this morning, others made reservations for tonight — in case I-80 doesn’t reopen. McCrory says the Stuart Super Eight is also booked.