The Internet has changed so much about travel not least the ability to find stuff online and in maps. Type 'rest areas' into the map search function and up they pop like little red toadstools. It's easy to dismiss rest areas as necessary evils but traveling with your home makes them ideal free legal stopovers. Far better than hotels you drive in, park and go to sleep if you want no more than that. In the morning leave quick and easily.
The beauty of rest areas is that they vary wildly, and some are mere parking lots though others can offer a welcome center, vending machines, dump station for RV toilets and delightful wooded areas to walk your dog and maybe your camera.
South Carolina surprised us with many people wearing masks and superb rest areas. Expansive as though designed for social distancing.
We have driven to Asheville numerous times but I was still miffed that we couldn't take it a little slower and get off the freeways. This vacation is a yes tot see how our gear works, to see what's possible in a pandemic, and to see how we cope with renewed sense of life and living off the freeways of life. Hmmm...