Couldn't agree more C172SP. when ever I fly to uncontrolled airports, although I know where the airport is, be it via visual reference or by looking at the GPS, I always click the airport lights to max intensity till I can maintain a constant eye on it. This way I don't look at what 'appears' to be the rwy but isn't...
he made a smart move and the right moves!
Communicate- with ATC
Confess- to Atc'er
The worst thing a pilot can do is over estimate their abilities. I always ask for clarification if I don't understand something 100%. last thing I want is to cross a not cleared rwy. I always get on the radio and say "Tower, Cessna xxx crossing rwy 10 continuing on Echo to Echo 21" Just to let them know I am where I should be.. Also makes the controller more likely to be friendly to ya!