How bout that, my mom just did this trip last week! She went with some family to KCMO to move my grandparents out of their house, then they came back here. I don't know if I can get ahold of her today but I'll ask her about some of the stops along the way.
If you have AAA, they have great hotel/motel suggestions. You also get a discount for having a AAA membership. If you're looking for just a place to sleep, any of the well known national chains are good.