Well, the car got fixed, sort of. There is still a problem with the alternator but it will be addressed in the spring. They had to order a part from Europe! That may take a day or two.
So, we left on Wednesday, Nov 5th after spending the night at Steve’s. It was just easier to leave from there as we wanted to turn off the water, drain the waterheater and generally winterize the house as if it might freeze. That shouldn’t happen but if the power is off for a few days, then there is no concern about pipes bursting etc.