I think Im going to do it as well, but $30 is a bit steep for riding around. Although the food at the stops is pretty good and the money goes to charity. Last year I did the 18 mile with riding in from Oregon City made it 44 miles for the day, and it was about all I was able to do this early in the riding season.
That's quite a ride. SWMBO is just in the beginning stages of training for a Triathalon so she got a new road bike for Christmas. Her friend's boyfriend is a pro rider and has been helping her out a bunch. I know they are doing it and trying to get her in. I'm not a rider, but would like to start. At least for commuting purposes.