Have you considered getting your private pilot's license and maybe flying a more direct route?
Distance isn't quite far enough to make the expense of renting and flying a private plane worth the trouble and expense. I also driven in weather that I wouldn't have wanted to fly in.
I don't always fly, but when I do I let the professionals pilot me around.
You're also driving more than 99% of people in the USA. Edge cases will always be unusual. Now consider this - let's say 50% of people switch over to EVs - that leaves more gasoline for your unusual behavior, saving you money at the pump.
The price at the pump is being manipulated. The US exports a lot of gasoline. A fact that is overlooked when politicians talk about the need for more domestic oil exploration.