Some of us watch this site to armchair travel and learn of fellow inmates exploits and accomplishments. It can be thrilling stuff. Summer 2020 was to be my turn to take an epic ride. The stars, planets, my employer, household, and finances all aligned for a trip that was to take me mostly on dirt from Maine to N. Carolina, out west to Nevada, north through Idaho, into Canada and east across the Rockies, prairies, etc. back to Maine--about 12,000 miles of fun in the sun (and wind, rain sleet and snow too). We were to camp from late April to mid-July. I spent months poring over maps, gathering gpx tracks, working on my gear list to find what I hoped would be the 'just right' balance of weight, comfort and function. My riding buddy and I communicated sometimes hourly about that day's thoughts for the long ride ahead. It might have been -10 outside but we knew that, come April, we were busting out, rushing the spring southward. I was superuberstoked to go. Here is the very rough outline, though many of these tracks would not be pursued and others were later added as options. On January 30th, my riding buddy, who tends to be ahead of the curve on lots of issues, brought up COVID-19 as a possible factor in one of those planning emails. His message: "Corona virus. There, I've said it. We can now proceed with our plan without considering it again." If only. My reply was nonchalant. "Motorcycling is a calculated risk. We're just adding new risks to the calculations." Ugh. Again, if only. The trip is currently officially postponed. It might happen in August in reverse order, or in a modified format. But I am not counting on it. Borders are closed. Quarantines for new arrivals in states are in place and we don't know when *this* will all end... Next year is possible, but who knows what changes will take place in a year? My bike could blow up. Heck, my LIFE could blow up. People get sick, they're mortal, who knows if a vaccine will come to be and what a 'second wave' looks like? If you feel like it, please share your cancelled plans catharsis below and we can all COVIDmiserate together. Thank you.