Originally Posted by Dustodust
...the gas stop I planned was a 2 hour detour from my planned motel destination, so I gambled on taking the major highway instead...
This is often the situation in Oregon, too. The stock tank will get you from one station to the next, but I don't want to ride just from station to station- too much else to see. Plus, remote stations that were open on the last trip, might not be open on the current trip.