June 10: Wandering about mid Virginia

We drive around Virginia state without reserving any lodgings. We seek for a motel from the running car in evening. Since we had a hard time late last night, we have decided our minds to find a motel earlier in the evening. We found a billboard like this and stopped the car.
Checking items to decide a lodging is cleanliness, security, and rate. Then I negotiate at the office of a motel or inn about the rate including any available discount like AAA, senior, and major cards usage. After confirmation, I get a room key.
This motor lodge, Fork Unit, has white based appearance with calm interior. The room is spacious enough to accommodate two double beds.
Bathroom is of clean white. Many clean towels are in the room. Bathing unit has a glass slide door separating from toilet and closet on the right. This is very nice lodge for only $48.
After a while, we got out of the room. This is the front yard of the lodge. Open clean lawns are everywhere in the US.
We drove out seeking for shopping store. Just a minute drive takes us to country field. On the opposite side of the road plays a pheasant....no stores at all. Finally we found such a corner, a local shopping center with a simple supermarket, a drag store, a hardware, a clothing, and two restaurants. The center is a life line of the small community. I bought tooth paste and Band-Aid.
Next to the lodge was a splendid Military Academy like this. The lodge has a popular restaurant to which community people come and enjoy chatting over meal.

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