September 1, 2001

We picked up our rental car at the Knoxville airport at 10:00a.m. We paid $14/day for the nine-day rental, thanks to our shrewd bid. Our entire trip cost probably less than half of what it would have without Priceline and Hotwire, so forgive me when I brag throughout these pages about the amazing deals we scored.

Our car was a red Chevy Cavalier, which for inside joke purposes will be referred to within these pages as "The Red Rocket."

The Red Rocket

We left the house around 1:00p.m., ran errands and went back for CD's, (Who would have guessed that the Red Rocket would have a CD player?), then left home again at 2:00p.m. It poured down rain only occasionally, thank goodness. We were in no hurry to get to Staunton, Virginia, as there were no sights to visit today. We drove about 340 miles in all. There were tons of bikers on the road, and we wondered if there was a rally somewhere or if they were just out for the long weekend like most everybody else.

We stayed at a Microtel, which we booked on Travelocity and was no great deal. We were glad to get it though, being Labor Day weekend. Upon check-in, we discovered that our room was full of other people's stuff. We were upgraded to a "suite" for free since there were no other rooms available. Suite apparently means you get a couch. We dined at a Mexican resturaunt called "El Puerto." The Mexicans in Staunton were not very convincing, as they all spoke perfect English, but the food was muy bueno.

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