Nonetheless we got hold of Ryder through their 800 number and they directed us to someone here locally who assured us a truck would be available Friday morning and to call him at 8 am. This morning we called and the lady at the counter explained that the guy we spoke to never shows up before 9am. Memo about what the numbers on the clock really mean. Just after 9 we called the guy and he assured us a truck would come in to his shop today.
He called us back. A truck came available...in Jonesborrow, GA about 40 miles away. Memo concerning the size and boundaries of one's shop. So we now have a truck that we will go and pick up today by noon. So far problem solved - we shall see.
Personal memo, next move - hire movers.