Finally arrived at a place to stay 9/13/11. I'd had a great day shooting, count 'em, six, theaters, but ended that run in the suburbs of Akron, OH. I used the GPS to look up places to stay, and found only fortress style chain motels. When I called them to ask the rates, I nearly dropped the phone. Did they think they were Manhattan? So I rolled on toward the next town on my research map, Mansfield. There was a Motel 6 that clearly was a redo of an older motel, all freshly remodeled rooms, but still with drive-to-the-door access, for $39.99 plus taxes, with free WiFi.
When I was a kid, there was an adage repeated both at home and at school that you could choose a good roadhouse restaurant by seeing if a lot of big rig trucks were pulled in. Nothing could be more ludicrously incorrect. But, the current corollary might have some value. If independent/contract truckers, particularly in Bobtail configuration (the tractor with no trailer to haul at the moment) are at a motel, it probably offers absolute bare-bones but perfectly decent accommodations at the cheapest price in town.