In a world turned upside down, we have to grab on to the thought that “this too shall pass”. It’s hard to believe it, but sometime later this year we’ll (hopefully) be able to look back at this period in time and just have the memories. Many will be emotional, some will be tragic and some won’t be quite that bad.
I’ll share three “good” things about our statewide shelter-in-place rules. First, since just about everything is closed there is no place to go and people aren’t driving. The roads are empty and some of the (normally) busy roads are quiet enough for us to ride on. Cyclists rule! One minor problem is that sometimes when there are no cars the traffic lights won’t trip and we are “forced” to run some lights.
Second, the air is much cleaner when no one is driving. The smaze and smog are disappearing. We are not sorry to see them go.
Third, we see people outside enjoying the day with their families. We have seen more dads out with their kids this past week than in all the years we have been coming to beautiful Orange County, California! We can all hope that this behavior continues even when we’ve all been vaccinated and our lives have returned to normal.
Our time on the West Coast has been extended and our lifestyle was already pretty solitary, but we are missing seeing our small circle of local friends. The spring rains have ended, and Southern California is in bloom. We spend most of our time riding the tandem, foraging for food and watching Netflix like everyone else!
We have even squeezed in two donut rides, apparently donuts are essential here in Southern California!
Oh and one final thought of interest to my fellow stokers, “she’s not pedaling” has now been replaced with “you aren’t social distancing”!
Stay safe and healthy!
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