It had been a long day. Alex had been driving for the better part of twelve hours, and as the natural light of the day faded and the lights of the cars traveling towards him on the opposite highway became brighter, he was starting to feel the first pangs of tiredness. He looked at his watch. It was almost 8:30. Time to start planning his stop for the night. He'd broken the back of the journey, and knew that tomorrow would be a little more relaxed.