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 priceline.com 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 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.