It is always a pleasure to hear from you. I kind of feel the same way as you do about the Giro. And I was a big proponent of the event. The last one that I did was Fall of 2017. The battery
on my Suzuki blew up (lithium-but that is another story), and it took almost 9 hours to get rescued. I was not happy. I had a health issue for the Spring of 18 Giro and couldn't have gone if I wanted to, but I didn't want to. Haven't been since. Haven't felt like it.
The last few that I was in just didn't seem as fun. For one thing it had become much more competitive. A pretty large contingent are retired racers. Funnily enough, my observation is that while the retired racers are competitive, they aren't in your face about it. The guys who either never raced or younger guys who want to race are the ones (the wannebees)being real aggressive. I always enjoyed this as a bunch of old farts gallivanting about the countryside on silly little old bikes. Then folks started taking things a whole lot more seriously.
I see most of the folks doing this are either doing it as part of a group or are part of a clique. When I was doing it with my pals it was a lot more fun. Nobody was unfriendly when I started doing it alone as my pals dropped off, but there wasn't the same camaraderie. I very may well do it again. Still have my Giro bike. But just haven't felt the same desire.
Ed from NJ