Thanks for the information! When I'm planning more specifically, I'll be sure to map my route on the I80 and I'll look for accomodations in some of the cities mentioned.
I'm not sure about stopping for tea. At that point, I'll be on the home stretch and will just be so excited to get to my destination that I'll likely just be zipping through as fast as I can. But I'll keep a tea-stop in mind if I think I'll be ready for a break around then. Thanks!