Please understand that I get where y'all are coming from. In most circumstances, I would absolutely agree with you: backing away completely would be the best course of action. In this situation, though, she would take that as me running from her, and I think it would hurt her.
But Sunnydee is right... I do miss her terribly. The uncertainty... not knowing where we stand romantically. In many ways, it would be easier even if she just came out and told me she wasn't interested in more than friends... it would sting a bit, but I would at least know. And then I feel guilty for even worrying about it, when I know that her well being should be my only concern.
But getting it out helps... it's a big weight off my chest.