- The "Flying J" truck stop chain's usual series of billboards now proudly proclaim themselves to have "WiFi Hotspots."
- There have already been Starbucks at the oases on the Indiana Tollway, and I believe they're coming to the Tri-State in Illinois. This was the first time I saw a Starbucks advertised on one of those "Food" signs placed ahead of each Interstate exit. Some may see this as a bad sign of encroaching Starbucks domination (like McDonald's doesn't already dominate the highways). Many travelers who've endured bad gas station coffee will see this as a good sign: finally, a place to be assured of a decent cuppa Joe. Just as long as they're open 24 hours and will fill Thermoses.
Just a few days after I first posted this entry, the Chicago Tribune had an article about hotspots at truck stops becoming a big draw. That's me: two days ahead of the curve.