Springfield, IL stands in sharp contract to Hannibal, MO. Twice the size but half the kitsch (if you discount the current competition to host the upcoming Simpsons’ movie premier). With the opening of the new Lincoln Museum and Library a few years ago, the historical area of Springfield is a pleasant mix of restoration, educational displays, and good to excellent dining in the City core. Having an active State government center certainly helps. I even found two Starbucks and a Red Roof Inn with WiFi!
Yesterday, after surviving the rigors of camping and caving, I checked into the 835 Inn on Second Street. Just a few blocks south of the State Capitol Building it was a great place to recover and repack the mess in my car. The 835 Inn is a nice treat if you’re going to be in this town for a day or two. At $100 a night, it’s a little pricey for a long stay but the bedtime cookies and the Eggs Benedict for breakfast made it worth it. Did I mention the jacuzzi and the four poster bed?
My current “crash pad” is a big step down from Victorian B&B. A Red Roof Inn off of 55. A big TV set and a straight shot to the highway for my escape to Indy tomorrow make up for the no frills and slight odor of mildew. I think a Movie on Demand, a Subway, and 8 hours of sleep should close out Day 4 of Road Trip 2007.