Of all the things that could derail my plans I didn't expect a friendship falling apart to happen at the 11th hour.
I'm now seeing if other friends want to purchase the tickets from my former travel partners. Meanwhile I have a Burner friend in LA suggesting I find a craigslist ride-share buddy to split costs with. That would leave me still camping essentially alone, without the close emotional support of friends I feel is necessary to experiencing the event.
Sorry for being somewhat glum and less entertaining than normal; I prefer to deliver bad news in a straightforward manner.