Not Mr. Steinbeck's Neighborhood

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:04 PM Written by 

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Not-so-Super 8

 There's a St. Paul Police Department cop in the parking lot with his front door open, his computer fired up and an unhappy young pregnant woman looking troubled.

At least no one is going to steal or molest my RAV for the next 20 minutes. I don't think John Steinbeck had these worries about Rocinante while he was hanging at the Ambassador East in Chicago. may have let me down with this pick. 

Actually, I've put myself in jeopardy. I got greedy and went for a $60 2-star motel. Two-star motels are Days Inns, Super 8s, Sketchy Stays.

The Walmart Sunspot Inn in Sparta, Wisc., where I shared the parking lot last night with a pickup truck and trailer, is looking better all the time.

New Rule: Nothing under 3-stars on Hotwire.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin's lakes, rivers, hills, pines, leaves, dells, traffic and farmers' fields are in my rearview mirror.

Here's a pair of metaphoric/symbolic goodbye-Wisconsin photos from US 10 as I headed west for the Wisconsin-Minnesota border at Prescott.


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