Asking a casual acquaintance from a nearby town to hang out because you’re traveling and happen to be nearby is totally cool.
Buying plane tickets to see that person, when you’ve not shown any previous interest and they have never shown any interest at all is totally CREEPY.
If you don’t hear from me by Tuesday my body is probably in a ditch somewhere off I-70.
(Cog railway for your time)
Edit: I’ve been almost sick to my stomach with being sketched out about all of this but I feel instantly better having told you guys. At least I can laugh about it all later with someone now!