Yeah, I always wanted to do the train to go down to jeep beach or something but never did. now I live in Michigan.I'm planning to fly up as soon as he has availability / it arrives, and then I'll drive it back. The autotrain sounded awesome, but it's quite steep to get a room/cabin.... and I've done that ride in coach class, and never again.
I'm a little concerned about the break-in period for the diesel and it being all highway (~600 miles). I may plan my route to avoid some of the highway and get some variation.