We left South Padre Island on Saturday morning by about 8:15am and got to Brenham, TX by about 4. The EconoLodge was crappy - we had to change rooms because the first one had no power (including lights) in the bathroom. The second room had a broken lamp and unusable wireless Internet. The desk person was unable to get in touch with the manager and screwed up the bill when we checked out. We would have checked out and gone somewhere else but I don't think there was another place to go.
Yesterday, we drove to Arkadelphia, AR. The motel was basic but clean and the Internet connection worked. We were on the road this morning by 7:15 with the intention to stay in Marion, IL but forged ahead to Mount Vernon, IL where we are now. The weather was crappy all day and the drive in the rain was quite stressful, especially when trucks passed us at 70mph and the speed limit was 65. The weather forecast is not good - freeing rain tonight to be followed by 1 - 3 inches of snow. We may stay here tomorrow and wait out the storm. We'll decide in the morning.
We are staying at a newly renovated Red Roof Inn which is very clean but there are no breakfast facilities - not even coffee - and the wireless Internet is iffy. I have not been able to check my sympatico e-mail. It could be a sympatico problem but regardless, it's annoying. We've travelled about 1900km since we left SPI two days ago with about 1100 to go.