I rolled down my driver’s side window and waited. The rap of knuckles came on the passenger side window. I pressed the button to roll it down for the officer.
The California Highway Patrolman asked me, “Do you know how fast you were driving?”
“No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”
Anyway, I received a speeding ticket for gliding across the Mojave Desert toward Las Vegas at 84 mph as I sped up to pass a truck in the two lane section of Highway 58 just before the road went down to single lane outside of Barstow.
My travel savings from the $135 free room at the Holiday Inn Express Tehachapi from a successful Best Price Guarantee claim on Friday was negated this morning by my speeding ticket fine.
Holiday Inn Express Tehachapi, California
Cars and trucks sped past me on I-15 for the remaining 150 miles from Barstow to Las Vegas.
Perhaps I should have traveled by air.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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