Did you not have a personal debit or credit card to use and have your company reimburse you?
I do but at that time I never carried them because of “company policy.” I also was never in a location before this trip where almost all of the businesses did not accept it. Heck, there were numerous businesses in Presidio (where this adventure started) that took them. So, I was a little shocked when this happened.
Now, it all depends on where I go. Little border towns — especially on the northern border — require a lot of research not only for the motels but restaurants as well. Just to avoid this from ever happening again. :)