St. Louis Trip, Days 2 & 8, July 25+31, 2015
On our trip, we spent two nights at Super 8 motels, one in Bowling Green, Missouri, and the other in Macon (below).
Of all the hotels I have stayed at, I would rate Super 8 as the most economical. The rooms were not particularly fancy or spacious, but when one is is travelling, arrives late and leaves early, all that is needed is a bed!
And Super 8 actually provides much more...a nice, hot continental breakfast! Both locations provided waffles, cereal, pastries, and yogurt. Bowling Green also had delicious biscuits and gravy on the menu.
It's beyond me why some of the pricier hotels skip continental breakfasts (probably my favorite amenity), while Super 8 gets it right. The Macon dining area (above right) was small, but sufficient, as we were probably the first guests to eat and check out (at 6:15 A.M.). Bowling Green had a more spacious dining area.
I would not hesitate to visit either motel again. They both well served their purpose of providing a good night's sleep.
After leaving Macon, we headed up toward the Iowa border. As we got closer and closer, we began to notice fireworks stores everywhere...out in the middle of nowhere! Firecrackers are illegal in Iowa, and entrepreneurial Missourians have good business tempting Iowans to smuggle this southern contraband across the border.
The Iowa legislature has considered legalizing firecrackers again and again, but somehow the bill never gets through. That doesn't stop locals from having their own fireworks shows on Independence Day. How much trouble would Iowans be getting into if they didn't have this routine crime/smuggling operation to keep them busy?!
What are your favorite hotels and why?
Are fireworks illegal where you live? What is the strangest law in your area?