I've participated in the MS150 Breakaway to the Beach for the last three years and I've been looking forward to riding it it again this year. I love that ride.
It used to go from Rockingham, NC to Darlington, SC and then end in Myrtle Beach. DH and I would have a celebratory meal after the ride and then have a vacation at the beach. It was great. Last year they made it so that both days were in Myrtle Beach and that wasn't quite as great but it all worked out. Now it seems that the whole ride is moving to Greenville, SC. I'm so sad and upset. I loved that ride so much that I planned my surgery in 2006 so that I would have about 50 weeks of recovery time before the 2007 ride.
Sure, there are other options. I just am so disappointed. It has been a focus of my training and I've built some traditions around it. I'll build new ones in 2008.
I could do the New Bern ride. Then I could still go to Myrtle Beach or else to the Outer Banks for vacation. The down side is that I'd still be three hours drive from vacation (or two and a half hours from home) after completing my ride. The up side is that I could ride with my Team CBC friends this year. When I mentioned the possible venue change to DH he said, "Kayaking!"