I was planning on doing Fall Failage with my partner from last year's Rust Belt Ramble, but he backed out. I already have the time off arranged for that rally and will have some money saved up by the end of September. The options, as I see them, are as follows:
1 ) Find another partner for Fall Failage, and ride along in their car (I don't currently have a rally-worthy car unless I bring the Odyssey).
2 ) Change my PTO at work, find a partner for Great River Road (which is the rally I really wanted to do to begin with), and take a rental car for that one. The rental fee will cut considerably into my budget, but I could do a ride-along for this one, too.
3 ) Bag rallies altogether for the rest of this year and bank all my money for the rally I really want to do next year.
Smart money says to take option 3, but we're all men (and women) who like to make bad decisions, so I'll put it out there now: If anyone is initially planning on running Great River Road solo and would rather have someone ride along, help navigate, and possibly drive a little bit, keep me in mind. I'd love to meet some new people and see stuff I haven't seen before. I'll help pay for fuel, food, lodging, entry fee, etc, in whatever percentages we can agree upon.
Just be aware that I might have to change my plan if something happens here at home. I had to ditch RBR this year after day one because someone who was borrowing our Odyssey ran it into an embankment and popped two tires. I'd have let my girlfriend deal with it and finished the rally but at no point during my conversation with her did she give me the impression that she had it handled and I should finish the rally.