Change of plans.
I was originally going to stay in the Atlanta area a few days but I want this drive to be over with. I will take the advice many of you have given me here or on facebook, and keep talking to her and know that she's with me, at least in spirit.
But still, I want it over with. I have 600 or so miles to go.
Big thanks to my friend James for his hospitality. We had dinner at a local BBQ place, I spent the night at his house (saving me hotel $$), breakfast at Waffle House, and Wrigley got along again with his two dogs. In May when we came down she was gun shy because the previous year her ear got nipped during a play fight. After a shaky start they all have been getting along wonderfully :)
I'm going to meet one of my best friends from grade school who I haven't seen in almost 30 years for coffee, and then I'm going to head the rest of the way down.