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Old 02-09-2016, 06:41 PM
 
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I did not realize Kathy Griffin is controversial?

Anyway, even if two or three nights, I would not plan in advance, just go until you feel like stopping, then find the first grouping of hotels you come across. You will be hard press to come across one outside your price range unless you are in the Miami area or something, but even then there are plenty coming in at $100 right off 95 that are not roach motels.

There are so many hotels along our interstates here in the US, there is no need to worry about booking in advance, or doing it from a parking lot. Sure, there are times it can happen, like a blizzard shutting down everything, or a large event in town, but that is rare to come across like that and not be able to continue on where there are vacancies.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:57 PM
 
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You're right. I could have just said we're going to see Kathy Griffin. period. My thinly veiled reference was an attempt to appear that I cared how other people felt about her. I obviously like her if I'm driiving another four hours after my 11-12 hours drive from Atlanta to see her!
UGH! Kathy Griffin!! She's so offensive!!! j/k (though I can't stand her) lol see what I did?

I think when you drive along the freeway you see motels along the way that advertise great low prices. The danger with doing Priceline is they give you a range of miles and you might have to drive off the main road 5-10 miles, adding 10-20 miles to your trip. Not good on a trip. You're leaving on the cheapest night for motels.

HAVE FUN!! Eat chocolate! Say hi to GA for me!
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:21 PM
 
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I avoid those "roadside coupon" books as much as possible. They seem to only offer deals for flea bags and for some reason, those great rates are always "just sold out."

I have been using the Priceline Express Deals on my smartphone and have been able to get great deals 30-45 minutes prior to check-in.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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I avoid those "roadside coupon" books as much as possible. They seem to only offer deals for flea bags and for some reason, those great rates are always "just sold out."

I have been using the Priceline Express Deals on my smartphone and have been able to get great deals 30-45 minutes prior to check-in.
Yes, I have seen those "coupon books" at rest areas. The hotels.....excuse me, motels (there was much more MO than HO about them) in them are nasty looking. The kind of places that serve penicillin for breakfast and put free contraceptives on your pillow!

I'll admit that I am very spoiled. I travel for work about 34-36 weeks out of the year, but I have it in my contract that I will only stay at a Hilton property (or closest equivalent if Hilton/Hampton isn't available). I also won't rent anything below a "Premium" rental car. I learned how important it is to get these sorts of things in writing the hard way. One too many trips to Texas, driving a car that's smaller than me and checking into a motel that makes me want to drown myself in hand sanitizer....I had enough. But I don't spend nearly as much as my colleagues on food and entertainment. I'm actually cheaper staying at the Hilton and renting a Volvo S60 than most of my counterparts.

The only personal travel I do is fly several times per year to visit my cousin in Los Angeles. But I always stay at her house and not in a hotel. Now I suppose I'll be visiting Pittsburgh since my best friend is living there. But this may be my only road trip to PA....I am much happier in a Southwest Boeing 737-700/800!
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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I did not realize Kathy Griffin is controversial?
She will say anything about anybody and that's why I love her. She used to get a lot of flack for mocking the Catholic church and implying....actually, she said it outright, that most priests do bad things to kids.

A large part of my extended family belong to Evangelical Christian churches and think I'm evil incarnate for listening to such filth. Well, they probably have other reasons to think that I'm Satan's crafty minion, but it's really just my way of screwing with them!

Back to Kathy- the best part of any Kathy Griffin show is when she gives her "Maggie update" (Maggie is her 95-year-old mother who drinks wine by the box)! I still die when she talks about her mom using the phrase "tip it!" As in, "You gotta tip it Kathleen cause the spigot's not working and there's still some more wine left in the plastic bag. You gotta tip it!"
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Waleska, GA
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Unless road conditions warrant it.
I actually had a backup plan in case the weather made the roads too dangerous to travel (in WV especially). I could take I-75N (which is about 18 miles from my home) all the way to Cincinnati (only 6.5hrs), then go east to Columbus, thru Wheeling, WV and into Pittsburgh from the west.

According to MapQuest, that route would add 62 miles to the trip but only take 36 minutes longer. But one of the main reasons I'm driving is to see West Virginia. I've seen Cincinnati and it didn't do much for me.
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Old 02-11-2016, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Ask for the best available rate at the desk. Especially after 9pm hotels will give a good rate when they have rooms empty.

I worked in a hotel with room rates around $200/night we were authorized to sell rooms as low as $60 for walk ins or late arrivals so now I always ask, usually with reasonable results.
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