Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Land of Gar, TX
Bikes: Lucinda--2010 Jamis Aurora Elite & a few others
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Originally Posted by zeppinger
Originally Posted by MMACH 5
However, when asked why you want to go on this ride, you reply that you think the large group of riders would make for a safer, more relaxed environment to ride a route that they put their time into exploring. It sounds to me that you want to partake in exactly what they offer for their fee.
Hardly. The DALMAC has been going on for 30-40 years depending on who you ask. The route choices are known to all just with a quick glance at the free map on their website.
You conveniently ignored that part. The fact that they are riding as a group
on a route that you stated you've never ridden. So, you DO want to participate in this ride. You don't want to pay for meals or accommodations that you won't use.
Here's a comparison.
I don't drink alcohol. However, there was a group that I used to camp with who did drink alcohol. There was a food/spirits fund that we all pitched into. It was divided evenly amongst all participants. Was it wrong that my $ went toward the alcohol? Maybe. However, the food was almost exclusively BBQ & smoked sausage. There were members of the group who were vegetarians. They brought their own food but still pitched into the fund. The thinking amongst these folks, I think was if don't drink or eat meat, you should probably join a different group.
It's a whole package deal. Another comparison. My 25 high school reunion was a few years ago. They were asking for $150 a person to attend. This included a Friday night social, a Saturday picnic and a Saturday night formal. For my wife and I to attend, it would be $300. If we brought our three kids, $750. We were not interested in the social or the formal dance. We only wanted to attend the picnic. Unfortunately, there was no option for "pay for what you use." It was buy the package or don't. We didn't buy the package.
You are expecting to participate in the group ride. Does that not have a value?
Last edited by MMACH 5; 03-31-14 at 01:03 PM.