Leaving 80, we rolled mostly south of Cleveland on I-480. I could have gone further and cut north on I-271, avoiding downtown altogether, but swung north on I-71 instead and caught the last bit of the urban area. I usually stick to I-90 but will probably go south in the future. Traffic is a lot better.
We fueled at a Sheetz in Mentor and then we rolled on the Erie where we made a stop at Walmart for water and some other supplies. Then we moved on to the Super 8 at the next exit. We have never stayed here before but it has lots of parking. It was, however, a little on the run down side. There is no food within walking distance, so we had Domino deliver a crispy thin crust pepperoni pizza (easy on the sauce).
I am finding a lot of motel properties worse for wear these days. I suspect that the number of guests are down as the gas prices and general economic situation cause more people to stay close to home. With reduced revenues and the same fixed costs, the budget gets balanced by forgoing some of the normal sprucing up of the properties. I haven't had this confirmed but it makes sense to me.
Sandy was playing with the TV when she discovered an ABC Family ad saying there would be a new episode of Switched At Birth at 8:00 PM tonight. We have watched twenty episodes of Season One and then they took a break before airing the last ten. That started tonight and we caught it by chance. The PVR isn't programmed to record this at home so we hope we can find ABC Family every Monday night when we stop.
I called the Sudbury Inn and found they still thought Ron and Laurie were going to be in Room 21. I hope they get it sorted out. I also called Rabbi (Tommy, not my brother Dave) and we discussed some recreational firearms activities for WWR. Then we turned in for the night.
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