Well, after looking at the costs for this ride, I've decided to NOT ride AoMM this year. It's just not worth it to me.
$80 registration fee
$15 Sunday evening buffet
$45 bus ticket
$112+tax room at Marriott
That's over $300. Sure, I could not get the jersey & t-shirt knocking the cost down to $250+. But, hell, if I do this ride and survive, I want a damn jersey. And, it's a logistical nightmare for getting back to Spartanburg or even trying to leave from Marion after the ride. Last year, I carpooled with Andy from Marion to Spartanburg and then was able to have my car in Marion and leave after the ride. I'm just not doing it.
There are other rides in the WNC area that I can do which are loop rides, not point to point, so, I'll do something else. I might consider doing Tour de Cashiers Century. I had planned on just doing the metric route, but *someone* keeps saying do it. Always pushing me. Oh well - getting pushed is good. Keeps me on focus. And focus is what I have to do now.
Anyways - no AoMM, at least not from Spartanburg to Mitchell. I might work something out and ride my own AoMM from Sylva/Cullowhee area later in the summer...June starts to slow down for me, so it might happen in June or July......