When trying to book a long-distance bus trip in the USA, I was surprised to see that everyone seems to just automatically assume that everyone is willing to spend 40 consecutive (or almost consecutive) hours on the bus. I tried to find tickets that would involve traveling during the day and staying in hotels/motels/Airbnb/whatever during the night. However neither Wanderu nor the Greyhound website offer the option to even search for such tickets (other than manually), let alone book them (other than as separate segments, which comes out much more expensive than a single ticket).
It looks like you don't even have the option to choose among several possible routes (for example to ensure that, even if you can't avoid traveling by night, you at least stay on the same bus for the whole night).
The first obvious question is, did I miss something? Is there actually any way to do this?
(Of course I can still do it by hand; but the network is quite large and complex, and it looks like I'm likely to miss some unexpected options that an automatic search would uncover.)
If no, what do other people do in this situation?
I can understand that some people want to get to the destination as quickly as possible; but surely I'm not alone in wanting to stop for a night, if I have the time for it! (Actually this leaves me wondering: is there really no market for tickets with overnight stops? Airlines often offer overnight connections; why don't bus companies?)