I was told they could get me to Wilmington on Thursday (this was Wednesday) but I would have to fly out of LaGuardia (I was in Newark), so I would have to spend the night then get to LaGuardia (but by this time it was 9 pm and hotels in the vicinity were full). So then I would spend the night in the airport, get to LaGuardia, then get to New Bern from Wilmington.
Or I could fly to New Bern on Friday from Newark. ...Really?
Or maybe I could take the train on Thursday but still no place to stay.
So I said give me a refund, they did, then I went out to find a car. Finally at the 4th rental company I got a car, it was about 10 pm by then. And I headed south, without a map, I didn't want to go down 95 but down the Garden State Parkway. I got a little lost and in a traffic jam for 45 minutes near Perth Amboy, once I got out of that I found a place to stay.