I spent the last evening in Columbia SC at a Ruth's Chris Steak house. Ummm, good, but very expensive. The best part was the company - old friends. The next morning began the second stage of the trip. Picked up a rental car at the airport and set out for Tallahassee, FL. The car I got was a Versa - a brand new Versa. Of the total miles on the vehicle, I did not put 9 miles on it. I have never experienced that before. I am still of the mind that the fun of driving a brand new vehicle is dampened when you realize that those first nine miles cost $2-4K (+?) in value of the vehicle. I will still by used.
Stopped at a motel for the night because I was struggling with fatigue. I get the impression that Days Inns are falling behind the power curve for doing deep maintenance and remodels - either that or each motel is independently owned and operated. Either way, entropy is at work. One thing I will say, I really slept well there.
Dinner was followed by a lot of conversation. It appears that Steve and Renee have been rather busy with some local issues. Some good results by the sound of it. Renee went on back to their house as the evening was getting on, but Steve and I talked late. We had at least ten years to catch up on.