If I have to travel via ATL (which is almost unavoidable when flying from SRQ) (everyone goes to heaven or to hell but we all change in Atlanta) I prefer an early flight before the skies around ATL get too busy.
Both flights left on time and arrived on time. I've had good luck with Delta and I usually pay a wee bit extra to use "Delta Comfort". The seats are wider, the leg room is better, one's first bag is checked free, and the seats are near the front or the aircraft which makes for a speedy exit.
Once in Raleigh I picked up my rental car from
I chose a Nissan Altima
I have never owned or driven a Nissan. I was extremely pleased with the comfort and ride of the Altima (once I figured out that with key-less entry and ignition you have to press down the brake before the engine will start.
I decided at the last minute to rent a GPS/SatNav which was just as well. My carefully printed directions located the Hotel at 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh. I got there easily enough, but there was nairy a hotel in sight. It's the location of