I'm back to bringing my bike instead of renting. I'd really like to get at least two solid days of riding and having to worry of bringing a bike back before a shop closes makes the logistics harder to do on an after lunch ride to get some more riding in.
Besides my helmet, shoes, camelbak, pedals, etc were eating up too much space in my carry-on and paying to check a bag to make that stuff fit would have had to go as an additional cost towards the renting option.
Most likely I'm going to pack the bike up a day or two ahead of time and ship it with Amtrak Express shipping. My friend will pick it up for me at the station up there and hold it at his house. I can pack all my bike stuff in the box with the bike that way and my carry-on bag for the flight can be just stuff I need the rest of the week.
It's amazingly frustrating to me that a trip I proposed as an easy relaxed thing has gotten so difficult to make happen. I wanted to drive up to FATS camp overnight, ride in the early morning, pack up, do anything that she wanted to do, then finish the drive to Charlotte. Hang out for a day or two with an old friend, then over to Asheville area for a day or two before driving back.
Nope, I can't have anything the easy way. She doesn't want to drive, she's afraid her car will break down, and she'll be 'bored' while I'm off riding (she going to spend the week complaining about being bored and how I'm not paying attention to her in Charlotte the whole time now).