Archive for February, 2016

Memphis to Farragut (Knoxville) via Hatchie NWR

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

I'm at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Knoxville, TN. It's a new property, and it's very nice. Everything except for the internet speed, that is. I don't know how fast the free connection is, but the paid connection is less than 3Mbps. I drove from east Memphis to here today, ...

From Texarkana to Memphis

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

I'm at the Springhill Suites on the east side of Memphis, having made the drive from Texarkana yesterday. The free wireless speed here sucks—only about 2Mbps. I didn't bother upgrading because a) they make it very hard to get back to the upgrade menu, and b) I didn't have many ...

From Fort Stockton to Texarkana—600 miles of rain

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Texarkana. This is my 3rd room here. No, not my 3rd visit. My 3rd room tonight—this visit. In the first room, the toilet was broken (tank wouldn't fill, so it was unflushable). In the second room, the heating/cooling unit cover was off, and there ...

Fort Stockton, Texas

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

I'm at the Candlewood Suites in Fort Stockton, Texas. It's a pretty long haul down to Big Bend National Park, but after looking at the hotel offerings closer (and really, not significantly closer), I traded a little extra driving time for comfort. The hotel has acceptable internet speed, which is good, ...

Monroe, LA to Austin, TX

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

This is my second night in Austin. Free internet is only about 1Mbps; paid is about 8Mbps. They really should stop calling it "high speed internet". This is not the 1990s anymore. The hotel is in a weird location. All through Austin, IH-35 runs parallel to each side of I-35, ...

Home to Buford to Monroe (LA)

Friday, February 19th, 2016

I'm at the Comfort Suites in Monroe, LA. The king semi-suite is spacious—with wired and wireless. The speed is about 12 Mbps—better than most. Last night I was in the Springhill Suites in Buford, Georgia. Paid internet was about 8; unpaid was only about 1.2. The Buford room was huge—but ...