I am living outside of Seattle and needing to drive to Ohio, in September or October, and back. I am a female, mid-thirties who is afraid to fly but needs to get back to Ohio to see my father who was recently diagnosed with cancer. I would like some company for the ride, more for conversation and safety than for the money. My dates are relatively flexible right now. I will be renting an SUV for the trip so I don't put miles on my (leased) vehicle, so the car will be new and reliable.
I am also considering Amtrak, although I've never taken a train and it's a 48 trip. Anyone who has taken Amtrak and would like to share their experience, I would love to hear from you as well.