So I saw a man about a truck.
A local U-Haul dealer gave me the low down on renting a vehicle for a round-trip from Hayward to Bloomington, Indiana, and back to Hayward
At a good price, too. He also gave me advice on how to save money and how many days I should rent it for (start low and add days if needed).
He was good at appeasing my anxiety, although I suspect that's not in his job description.
My target date for leaving Hayward right now is Dec. 1. It will be a two-day drive -- I can't do 12-hour stints anymore and certainly not in a 26-feet long tuck. I'll overnight in Madison and then get back on the road headed to Bloomington, spend a night at my favorite cheap hotel and get help to pack up the next day.
That evening, I hope to have the pot roast and mash potatoes at Michael's if anyone cares to join me and then I'm headed back north with another stay in Madison.
The next day, with all my stuff, I will be home.
What a long, strange trip it's been.
Peace and a domicile unto all of you my brothers and sisters.