Turned out there were two boxes and some miscellaneous stuff (mostly belonging to the ex) in the apartment, and the effort of dragging those downstairs and stuffing them into the Sportage drained me of gumption. As if that wasn't fun enough, the ex inflicted some minor drama on me when I called to see if jamestrainor was still awake. It was not serious drama, and since I didn't actually have to deal with her when I got to James' place it was all good, especially since there's never a good time to get in the middle of the mother-daughter cold war.
So...going to have a bedtime snack and get a good night's sleep, since I'm looking at about nine hours of driving through southern Minnesota and eastern Iowa in the rain after I get done farting around locally. That plan puts me in Bloomington IL (oddly enough) after 515 miles on the road. It'll be interesting to see how far I actually get, since I'll have to stop for fuel at least once (probably in/near Cedar Rapids) and I suspect fatigue will catch up with me in the Quad Cities rather than in the middle of Illinois, but we'll see how it goes.