Hello, friends. We find ourselves in interesting times. When COVID became a “thing” here in the United States in mid-March, I was hoping we’d be over the hump in a few weeks, a month tops. Of course, that hasn’t happened, and we are nowhere near being done with coronavirus. This pandemic could be easily be with us for the rest of the year, and maybe 2021 as well. This is the new normal. And I’ve been trying to adjust.
I had hoped that the break from leading rides would be short. This is not to be. I highly doubt that I will lead another organized bike ride this year. I hope I can return to leading some rides in 2021, but we have to get through the remainder of this year first and see what’s the situation. I have thought about doing something small and socially distanced, with a cut-off in the amount of people that can attend. But I don’t yet feel comfortable with that situation, especially if it leads to the spread of infection.
Now it looks like 2020 will pass with me leading only three rides: The Three Speed Pub Crawl and Palm Tree Ride in January and Slough Country Ramble in February.
So, what will the rest of the year look like, event wise?
- I’ve been creating self-guided rides and walks that will be published in print form, so you can go on one of my rides or walks without me leading it! This is something I’ve meant to do for a long time. In fact, when I started this “organization” in 2004, I created self-guided routes for the first four rides and hikes I led! Why has it taken me so long to do this again? Well, it’s a lot of work. Most of the rides I’ve led have a framework that I mapped out, but I diverge very often from this initial route. And a lot of my rides and walks have wonky paths and “Is this a street?” moments. Translating this to a map is not easy. And if I publish these routes, I have to make sure that they are just right, so you, the rider, will not get confused or lost. This means riding the route several times, each time tweaking it. But the payoff will be worth it. Look for more info about this in the coming months.
- Three Speed October will still happen, that’s for sure. Since it’s all about doing your own thing, this is something that can continue like it has been since pre-COVID times. I’ll have full information in September. The basic framework will remain the same: Ride your three speed three days a week, for three weeks, each ride at least three miles. The big change that should happen will be my much-threatened change to a paper mail-in reporting system. This means you’ll have to submit via post. I’ll have a specific way that you’ll do this, and it will cost some money, but not a lot. I don’t want to deal with Google Docs and Sheets this year, and the United States Postal Service can use the support.
- And for those of you on Postcard Club: I still intend to get out at least one more card this year, if not two. Postcard Club was all about creating postcards for events, but we haven’t had any since February. But there will be a few things coming up (like Three Speed October), so there’ll be a point in sending out postcards.
And remember that if you feel like helping out a independent artist:
- Purchase things from my Etsy or Storenvy shops
- Commission a piece of original art
- Or, “donate” via Ko-fi
Thank you for your support. Hope you are well.