Dude, Sorry I can't make it. Go for it solo, though. There is a famous speech in "Wall Street", in which Gordon Gecko talks about greed. If you are familiar with it. Substitute paddling solo with greed. i.e "Paddling solo clarifies"...
You have probably run this more than anyone but Ed in the last three years, so you're ready.
If some Buzzards join you, it's all good.