Paul and I are heading to Michigan on Monday and will be there for more than a week, doing a "Jesus or Muhammad?" marathon, conducting outreach training, visiting the Dearborn Arab Festival, and meeting with our lawyers for depositions in our ongoing civil rights lawsuit. Plane tickets to Michigan and a rental car while we're there would be well over $1000. If we get a rental car in New York and drive there, it will cost around $800.
I should have thought of this earlier, but I wanted to check to see if anyone in the New York City area has a reliable car we could borrow from the 11th to the 20th (our cars are death traps that we wouldn't trust for anything beyond local trips). Driving to Michigan in a borrowed car would save us a lot of money. I know it's a long shot this late in the game, but it never hurts to check!