So here's where I sit... a little over a year ago I started instrument training. I got around 5 hours in and was just starting to fly approaches when a combination of weather, holiday activities, and the airplane needing it's annual done put things on pause. By the time I was ready to go again my instructor had moved on to a new job somewhere. At present there aren't any CFIIs at our airport and I don't know of a close airport that has one... although I'm within an hour(flight) of the St Louis area and you'd think there would be something there.... or Columbia, MO or Springfield, IL.... just nothing I've been able to find in cursory internet searches. We do have a couple of regular CFIs who I can schedule time with pretty easily... but I assume that doesn't get me to my IR. I thought I'd go with one of the 7-day IR courses but the ones I'm seeing require me to show up with my written passed(haven't) and 10 hours of instrument time(I have 8.1). I do easily meet the currency/cross country time requirements though. I imagine I can schedule hood time with a regular CFI and get up to the 10 hour instrument requirement. I have some time coming up where I'm going to be stuck away from home with little to do... thought it would be a good time to sign up for an online course and study up for the written. But then I realize a problem.... I will need an endorsement or certificate of graduation to actually take the test! Any instructors near me? Any good ideas on getting past these hurdles?