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Old 04-10-20, 02:32 AM
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Its officially a "plandemic".

My plans of traveling to the states this summer, are becoming more of a joke every day.


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Old 04-10-20, 03:03 AM
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Originally Posted by SHBR View Post
My plans of traveling to the states this summer, are becoming more of a joke every day.
we were planning to return to thailand for the summer, but thailand is locked down.
no foreigners allowed in, only 200 thais per day, if they can find a flight.
if they do open again, we'll have 2 weeks of quarantine each way.

we've decided to extend here another year, so will just have to spend the summer in hainan.
no point in going to the mainland. will take hunny bunny to some scenic sights here on
the island, maybe get a short tour or two in as well, depending on hotel status.
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Old 04-10-20, 06:14 AM
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Destination unknown.

Mt. Fuji, August 2018.



Death Valley, 2012.


I'm so tired of the mainland, yet my wife seems to be content almost anywhere there is people.
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Old 04-13-20, 06:52 PM
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'Interesting to me how my own response to this question keeps changing as the days and weeks go on. Suddenly, a summer without rolling my bike onto Long Island's Cross-Sound Ferry, into a New England hotel, and up to my favorite tourist town cafe is not looking so far-fetched. If the 1918 pandemic is any indication, even when the worst is over, traveling with large groups of people and lodging where strangers have slept will still be a very risky proposition. I am really sad.
Me too. My May trip cancelled. My June trip for a charity event will surely cancel. And I've been avoiding all group rides, and all activity with my cycling buddies, which was a significantly large part of my social life.
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Old 04-13-20, 07:50 PM
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[QUOTE=SHBR;21410665]Destination unknown.

Mt. Fuji, August 2018./QUOTE]

That cycle station on Mt Fuji is a nice touch. In re 2020 trip to the States, I wouldn't give up hope yet, things might be pretty clear by June.
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Old 04-14-20, 02:11 AM
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Its killing me, figuratively speaking.

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Old 04-16-20, 11:04 AM
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Had a plan for the circle route around Niagara area in Canada for mid May for a couple of days. The border is closed to non-essential traffic and I can't see things getting back to anywhere near normal by then, so that's off. I was thinking of rescheduling for mid-September, but haven't made any definitive plans beyond the "thinking" stage. In reality, it probably won't happen until next year.
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Old 04-16-20, 08:34 PM
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USA announces re-opening plans today, doesn't look encouraging in re bike touring let alone everyday things like school, work etc. All the closings are a wild over-reaction IMO.
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Old 04-16-20, 09:29 PM
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I was going to go to Wuhan to eat bats, but I guess that's off.
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Old 04-16-20, 09:50 PM
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I was going to go to Wuhan to eat bats, but I guess that's off.
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Old 04-18-20, 08:04 AM
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Good news! Delta has extended its change fee waiver for flights through the end of September. Previously, it only applied to flights through May. Now I can push back my planned June Montana/Idaho tour. I can re-book through September of 2022 if I want to.
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Old 04-22-20, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
And thus were 28 new strains of Bat-CoV introduced to the human population.
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Old 04-22-20, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan View Post
USA announces re-opening plans today, doesn't look encouraging in re bike touring let alone everyday things like school, work etc. All the closings are a wild over-reaction IMO.
And thus was Bat-CoV immortalized in the human population.
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Old 04-23-20, 07:57 AM
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Yea ... COVID has messed up my touring plans. I haven't done a tour in years, and I planned to do another leg of the Cycle America X-country ride this year. It was canceled and rescheduled for 2020.

At this rate, I'm really going to be an old fart when I finish.
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Old 04-23-20, 07:00 PM
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2019 it rained constantly in the eastern US, didn't stop all touring but certainly, err, put a damper on it. Now 2020 is a total mess.
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Old 04-25-20, 12:40 AM
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Putting together a list of companies trying to fly under the radar with a non-essenti

I posted earlier about a bicycle tour company that was finishing up week-long tours here in Arizona - while the pandemic was/is raging. PAC Tour was the company, and many found their behavior and decision to run tours indefensible - what could go wrong with bringing groups of people together from across the country to ride through local communities?! With a virus that can be carried by someone while not showing symptoms, not a smart move. Of course, riders that can't put off a non-essential trip until a more appropriate time share some responsibility - no matter who the company is. I'd encourage everyone to support those businesses (cycling or otherwise) that do the right thing, depending on regional situations, with cancelling trips for now. If you know of other companies that should be called out, please let all of us know.
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Old 04-25-20, 10:10 AM
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Reporter looking for folks who biked their quarantine.

Originally Posted by Lanesplitter View Post
I'm wondering if it might be smart to literally ride this thing out--go on a tour sooner rather than later, as a way of social distancing. In some regards, I seems like it would be easier to avoid being affected if you're out west or somewhere rural,only interacting with people when you need supplies, since it would only be brief interludes, it wouldn't be hard to be hyper vigilant. Luckily, its spring, so there's options to do a door-to-door bike tour, which is vital. Since I live in New England, I'm considering heading to the Adirondacks.
Hello just looking for some people who opted to be out rather than in as they quarantined. Looking for people who spent some time touring and saw your post. Did you end up doing a tour?
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Old 04-25-20, 05:30 PM
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Good luck, hope you get to go. I don't know if you're familiar with the area, but the Hocking Hills are definately worth seeing and are most likely on the way where you're riding to.
Totally go for the hills.
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Old 04-26-20, 12:54 PM
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Hello just looking for some people who opted to be out rather than in as they quarantined. Looking for people who spent some time touring and saw your post. Did you end up doing a tour?
I'm activity planning a tour for june in Michigan. I'll mostly be on tail trails and will stealth camp, if I go. I hope to take an Amtrak to Toledo and bike north. My sisters, nieces and nephews all live in Michigan, so the focus of the trip is to see them for a few weeks. If all goes as planned, I'll ride for 4-6 weeks.
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Old 04-26-20, 07:21 PM
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I sample/census south bound touring cyclists on US 101 two hours a day (my commute time). Then I developed the estimates based on time of day. Iíve a pretty good sampling routine figured out. Normally, by the end April Iíd see the equivalent of about 100+. So far Iíve estimated ~10. So yeah, COVID-19 taking a bite out of west coast touring. 98% are south bound and starting in Victoria/Vancouver BC or Seattle. ~50% are from Europe. Their destination is Frisco, LA, or San Diego.
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Old 04-26-20, 08:25 PM
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And thus were 28 new strains of Bat-CoV introduced to the human population.
They aren't too bad, the Flying Fox, only two major known viruses, one sometimes fatal to horses and one to humans, but the latter needs you to have a brawl with the bat. https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/w...-foxes/viruses
They are annoying buggers though, used to have a mango tree outside my bedroom, they'd all fight over who's tree it was, all night. Between the flying foxes and the neighbour up the road I got bugger all mangoes off it. (the neighbour would trick my housemates into letting him take my mangoes when I was away OS for work).
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Old 04-26-20, 09:54 PM
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Currently dealing with the distinct possibility of no tour this year. Part of the trip involved leaving the dogs, I have three, at my parent's place for them to take care of. They live upstate and within three hours of our start and stop by car. Unfortunately my father would not survive getting the virus in all likelihood and my sister lives only 4 miles away and interacts with them; if her family gets it things will be bad. Their 10 yo is on steroids and has a compromised immune system, she's overweight and not very healthy and her husband is worse. So unless it really clears up completely over the summer we have to avoid them and one of my dogs is a rescue with anxiety issues who will bite anyone who attempts to put him in a cage so no boarding. He will stay in my parent's pen with the other dogs but if he gets bored or nervous he'll chew his way through the chain link somehow, he's done it twice. MIL is also expecting a visit since we were supposed to visit following easter so maybe a 2-3 day tour of FL is possible without the kids but not likely.
Really is a wait and analyze as summer fully hits.
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Old 04-27-20, 12:55 PM
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No touring until things settle down ...

A lot of times many of us don't realize how much we interact with others while touring - even on a solo tour. Right now, a lot of folks across this country, and internationally, won't be receptive to strangers - and these interactions are typically a highlight of any trip I take. It's not just about me these days when riding/touring, or "my" protection. It's not a particularly big deal postponing a trip right now. I posted earlier that I wouldn't be participating in any organized tours for awhile because 'what could go wrong with bringing people from across the country to ride through local communities'? This is one of the reasons I was so ticked to see Pac Tour (or is it PacTours?) doing their week-long camps here in Arizona recently ... a good definition of being selfish and greedy.

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A lot of times many of us don't realize how much we interact with others while touring - even on a solo tour. Right now, a lot of folks across this country, and internationally, won't be receptive to strangers - and these interactions are typically a highlight of any trip I take. It's not just about me these days when riding/touring, or "my" protection. It's not a particularly big deal postponing a trip right now. I posted earlier that I wouldn't be participating in any organized tours for awhile because 'what could go wrong with bringing people from across the country to ride through local communities'? This is one of the reasons I was so ticked to see Pac Tour (or is it PacTours?) doing their week-long camps here in Arizona recently ... a good definition of being selfish and greedy.
Others have brought this up, but the point about people being less receptive and wary of strangers is a very valid one.
For me as well, interpersonal interactions have always been a big part of my bike touring good memories, and it is totally realistic that people will be wary, and until clear proven situations arrive with the covid19 issue , like a vaccine or it disappearing, both realistically very unlikely in the short term, people in rural areas will be very cautious with us unknown City folks coming around.
And I don't blame them.
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