Big chunks of the US infrastructure are in decay.
Big chunks of the huge government 'stimulus' package are being directed towards fixing this.
But from the 'credit where credit's due' file, kudos to whoever looks after the rest areas (one northbound, one southbound) on Interstate I-94 between Port Huron Michigan and Detroit.
OK, the southbound one is located just north of a prison (roadside signs warn against picking up hitchhikers).
And they consist of just a couple of washrooms with some vending machines.
But the facilities are beautifully maintained, surgically clean, and the hot air hand dryers bearing the brand name 'ExtremeAir' actually blow air in sufficient quantity, at sufficient velocity and of a sufficiently high temperature that your hands actually get dry, although the signs on them aren't as much fun as those on the hand dryers in Tokyo's Narita Airport: "Place wet hands into below pocket. Fully automatic warm air blow gives an instant speedy dry up."
These places absolutely put the corresponding commercial service centres on our side of the border to shame.
The state of Michigan has been hit harder than most in the current economic crunch. But somebody somewhere has the budget and/or the energy to do a great job here.