For the camping vs. motel thing, I have given this some thought. The motel night can be more convient and "maybe" more enjoyable -but- you can not always get a room when and where you want it. In high use areas you need to have a reservation and that may not fit your travel plans for that day. In other words your days travels are dictated by where you are spending the night. Depending on your mind set camping can be great or a PITA. Rain can be a challenge and that can be taken two ways. I live in the southwest and with all of the wide open country you would think finding a camp site woud not be a challenge. Not always so. Depending on where you are even primative, just off the road places are a long way apart. I would rather camp but some nights a motel room is just screaming for me. Good luck on your quest.