A few weeks ago I volunteered to help with the tear down of a very large, popular, two day charity ride. Because of time constraints I could not actually ride the ride and had to drive my car the 25 mile distance to get where the ride was taking place to help in the tear down.
As I was driving I thought to myself, why would I load my bike in my car and drive it all the way here just to unload it and ride? Then it hit me, I would rather get some friends together and leave from my home, ride to select destination at a certain distance, and mail a $25 check to the charity in question. Skip the free socks and/or t-shirt (which aren't free anymore), skip the tents, skip the watered down gatorade. Anyone else ever get that feeling??
FWIW, I'm not knocking charity rides they do tons of good. But the more I think about it, the more the idea seems counter-productive, driving to ride.