Touring in 2020

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Drop_Center, Mar 17, 2020.

  1. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    I hear this damn beer virus is going to effect a few things this year.

    Will you ride? Stay in motels? Cancel your plans? Ride locally and stay at home?
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  2. Emmett

    Emmett Been here awhile Supporter

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    As long as gas stations, parks for camping, and food is available, and we are not ordered to stay home, I see no reason not to ride.

    After all, it's pretty easy to maintain appropriate social distancing while on a motorcycle.
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  3. Big John Sny

    Big John Sny Long timer

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    i am getting a strong urge to go riding to the most remote place possible. Not necessarily due to the virus, just feeling like it is time to get away from insanity.
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  4. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool Supporter

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  5. mwzl

    mwzl mwzl

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    Will definitively ride. I would hesitate to stay in motels though.
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  6. b4thenite

    b4thenite Long timer

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    Unless you are 100 % sure of virus free, staying in self imposed quarantine for at least 2 weeks is the civilized thing at this moment.
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  7. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

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    Tell that to my boss. The office is going to a staggered half-remote work setup. Half everyone in the office one week, the other half the next week. I'm "essential personnel" it seems and am exempt. I still have to show up every day.

    Doesn't stop me from riding to work!
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  8. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    Motels closed in Colorado for 30 days.

    I'm just hoping by June things will be semi-operational.
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  9. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    If gas and food supplies are stable and there are no domestic travel restrictions in place then anyone willing to throw a tent on their bike should be able to have a great trip. If the ability to stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, or cross international borders is a requirement a summer trip may be a non-starter for many. I'm fortunate to live in a huge country that I couldn't see all of what I haven't seen of it even if I had the entire summer off.
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  10. eric_the_bald

    eric_the_bald Gnome

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    Any traveling this spring/summer I'll be camping and trying to cook for myself as much as possible. I suppose a can of disinfectant wipes would help for something like a KOA Kabin mattress.
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  11. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    I keep making plans and they keep getting cancelled.

    Mexico didn't work out, this winter. And after I'd staged the bike in Vegas.

    Now the bike is down there. So, think I...since I got a half-fast camper-van, and a trailer...I'd get out of the apartment (which cannot be healthy) and go to Vegas, pick up the bike and gear, and head down to Arizona. Ride a little, camp a little.

    What's going to be more safe from the virus than my own bedroll?

    Well...using a bucket-toilet is no problem, but showers are. Eventually I'd be in a public shower or locker room of some sort. AND...if this plan fell apart like so many others have, this fall/winter...I'd find myself at some dive motel that's lousy with virus.

    Now they're talking about national lockdown or curfew. And what if I'm on the wrong side of the checkpoint? And then catch this damn virus?

    No...looking like I'll be staying home, at least for the next eight weeks.
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  12. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    According to what I've read and seen (a website, Peak Prosperity, the co-owner, Chris Martenson, has taken this apart statistically) the infected numbers will continue to increase until about mid-May. And by that time, the critical patients will be in National Guard tents, most likely.

    This, unless a miracle happens.
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  13. CaseyJones

    CaseyJones Ridin' that train

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    If I stay healthy, I'll be day-tripping.

    It's easy to put a couple of meals on the back. More, not so much. Of course, there's the risk of a flat tire or other issue that'll have you in close contact with others...but, I may risk it.
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  14. HuntWhenever

    HuntWhenever Motorcicle Commuter

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    I've been on the road this past couple of weeks on a machine install. I head out next week for another machine install. I took the car this past couple weeks, but I'm planning on taking the motorcycle next week.

    If they shut down the hotels here in the Midwest, then we'll have to postpone the install.
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  15. CharlesLathe

    CharlesLathe Been here awhile

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    "I don't want to be the one who spreads this virus."

    That's the frame of mind the CDC wants us to be in. There is only so much I can do to avoid catching this virus, and I'm fine with that, but by staying home I can very effectively not spread it.

    I like riding in West Virginia, but not enough to risk being the one to drag the virus into one of the little places that help make it special.
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  16. Wowser

    Wowser Adventurer

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    What’re you guys talking about?
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  17. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    Legally right now I think I'm only allowed to ride for essential trips (grocery shopping, visiting healthcare provider, providing essential services). Though if I wanted to depart the area, I'm sure I could.

    At least I can go out for fitness stuff (walk, run, bicycle).
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  18. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    2020 will be the year of Day Rides from home for me !! One stop for gas and a few drain-ups then back home for dinner :bubba
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  19. Hamamelis

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    I am the ideal age to be an asymptomatic carrier, and given I have a mild persistent cough the chance is greater than zero, so even though I have two free weeks off of work I'm choosing to stay home even though under better circumstances I'd use two weeks to cover as many miles as possible

    That, and there are delays on some maintenance parts' shipping times that I'd need to take a long trip anyways, because my bike is due for an oil and air filter change

    I'm still doing local rides in my city and just not touching anything, but this just isn't the time to go blasting off cross-country
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  20. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

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    I went hiking yesterday. Didn't see a soul, just me and the pup.

    Don't see a whole lot of difference with a ride, even a long one if I camp remotely.

    If I get a couple weeks off outta this pandemic, I'll probably just go hiking somewhere remote. Better than sitting at home watching the news.
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