I mentioned that we would stay with an Evergreen Club member, and I think I need to explain what that is. The Evergreen Club is a travel club open to people 50 and over. The requirements to join are that you have a space for a guest to sleep, are willing to feed them breakfast in the morning, and enjoy meeting new people. There is a worldwide network of members, though most of them are in the US. When you stay at the home of a member, the nights sleep and breakfast cost $15 for a couple.
I had planned to use the club fairly often as we crossed the country, but in fact only did so twice. There were very few nights for which I could predict arrival date and time, and one must give advance notice of your wish to stay.