Technical Difficulties from on Top of the Mountain
2004-06-15
  Disappointing ecommerce
So I'm going to the rocket launch next week, and because I'm taking Max, my wife put her foot down and said no straight-through no-sleep road trip, I have to stop and take a nap somewhere.

Ok, so all the hotels filled up in mojave quite a while ago, so I'm thinking Barstow, its on the way, and its only an hour from there to Mojave. (Mojave is actually quite a bit farther west than I thought, its like an hour north of Pasadena, if the mountains weren't in the way.)

So I tried all the various web sites: hotel.com, lodging.com, travel.com, ... hotel.com lists a $38 rate for days inn, but wants to charge me $5 more for doing the reservation. lodging.com can't even find any rooms for days inn at first, but eventually finds a $49 rate (and this is the Lowest Price -- 110% Guaranteed ). Finally, I go straight to the Days Inn site. After wrestling with the search tool (it can't figure out the state from the city entry; and when I specified a check in date it didn't move the check out date to be after), I find there's a couple of choices: Barstow, Adelanto, and Hesperia. Hmmm, better go check the maps.

Ok, it looks like Adelanto is 30+ miles out of the way, and doesn't leave me any closer the next morning. Guess its lovely downtown Barstow for me.

 
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