Secondly was she Cute or Sexy?... I’m just saying….hahahaha
PS – glad you made it there safely..
That's how I usually do it.
We usually call the hotel directly for our reservations. A few years back we did do what this lady did and stopped at a town(El Centro,CA), and spent the night there without previous reservations.
For the short period of time that I lived in the Florida Keys, I'd do the same thing on my drives back and forth between NJ, and always got good rates using the hotel guide booklets available in all the rest stops.
Hotels everywhere are over built and the markets are saturated. If I'm driving, we won't make the determination of where we are stopping with a reservation somewhere, as we could want to drive further or traffic could slow us down.