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CoVacation-2020; A Fabulous Month of March


I had every intention of writing a scathing post about Chicago’s mayor who recently said something to the effect that this is no time for long bike rides and 5k (runs)… that allowing people to go outside is meant as a mere respite from being locked indoors and anyone caught out for more than that mere respite could be fined and eventually imprisoned.  Actually, it’s a perfect time for running and long bike rides unless you happen to be anti-science…

However, I don’t know Chicago’s situation so I’ll reserve my opinion of the mayor’s statement and just say I’m glad I passed on the $13,000 per month job I was offered out there.  We’re still free to roam the roads as we please as long as we choose to do that at the appropriate distance (which vastly exceeds 6′ or 2 meters on a bike, btw).  Also, the irony after my post from yesterday would be just a bit too rich.

That said, if the information here, here, and here is right, the mayor could be doing more harm than good for the people she represents.  One can only hope the local news agencies hold the mayor accountable, but I won’t hold my breath.  I can understand requiring people to avoid congregating – I’m on board with that – but requiring city residents to stay cooped up in their homes seems over the top and wrong.

I’m simply going to remain thankful that smarter heads have thus far prevailed in my home state.  Interestingly, at most of the links I’ve looked at (more than what I’ve included above), all of it suggests mild exercise is good.  This is to say, rather than the kind of exceedingly rigorous exercise I’m used to.  To that end, I’ve slowed down considerably, though I also increased my mileage.  With the downturn in traffic, cycling has been safer and more enjoyable than I can ever remember it and I’m going to continue to take advantage of it.  I ended up with a little more than 240 miles last week and am vastly happier for getting out.


11 Comments

  1. Tony says:

    Amen, brother. Incredibly (to me), when I pointed out that cyclists were by definition keeping a safe social distance on a local bulletin board, I got all kinds of flack. Apparently,they didn’t understand that walking, running or biking on the beautiful lakefront would be a wonderful healthy break from being cooped up inside. Leave it to a politician to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Exactly. I’ve always put you on a bit of a pedestal, knowing your history working for the paper as a market reporter. Anyway, I could gush on for an hour. Just know it means a lot when we’re on the same wavelength. I’m sorry you have a knucklehead for a mayor. I hope you’re let out of the house sooner than later. Stay safe, my friend.

  2. unironedman says:

    As with most things in life, the truth is a little slippy. And when it comes to the urban/rural divide, distance is a problem. For cities, quarantine really is about the only safe option to combat the spread. For those folks in the sticks, space is not a problem. We have plenty of it. But the new normal (for now) is that we must all comply, until we can rediscover the old normal.

    Here in Ireland, we are in partial lockdown. Most things are closed, other than food shops and essential services. The roads are all but deserted. We can go out for imporant items like meds and groceries. And that all important walk/exercise is curtailed to 2km from your home. There was even talk about closing the local park, which I think would be a mistake.

    I can manage that, as a jogger, but as a cyclist, it would be pretty grim. But I suppose the alternative ‘grim’ would be to end up in ICU without a ventilator, with a doctor standing over your bed, deciding which of their patients to treat. Stay safe. Stay well.

    • bgddyjim says:

      We’re under the same form of lock down. Parks are closed, bars and restaurants are take out only, etc., etc. We don’t have the 2 km restriction, though. That one is interesting. I wonder, of course, what the scientific reasoning is between 2 km and 3 km, or maybe 5 km… and THAT’S where this gets messy. Unless you’re in an urban setting, it doesn’t make much sense. Even then, it’s sketchy. We Americans are trained from birth to throw up a middle finger when a politician opens their mouth, though.

      • unironedman says:

        Yeah, the thinking is to prevent folks jumping in the car and heading to the local beauty spot. It’s a Dublin problem, largely. About a million and a half souls all jammed into the capital were told they were off work and nothing else was open but the few places they know up the mountains (Glendalough being one), and the beaches. So suddenly places that were normally pleasantly buzzing were overwhelmed with visitors, and of course, it’s not enough to jump in the car and clog up the roads and car parks: they all want snacks, chips and toilet breaks. So it became a bit of a mess to be honest.

        Lock-down with a distance was the only answer. But that’s tough if you live either a) in the middle of a city with no parks, or b) in the arsehole of nowhere where you normally have to drive a few miles to get somewhere relatively safe and pleasant to walk (or jog, or cycle, etc.)

        We’re lucky with a great park literally across the road. Dog walsk every day, plus a run for me.

        Having said all that, for a country renowned for ‘flippin the bird’ as you would say, we have been fairly well-behaved.

      • bgddyjim says:

        We’ve maintained composure as well, but they haven’t tried to limit me to 2 k’s yet, either. That wouldn’t go very well. LOL! Take care, my friend.

      • unironedman says:

        True that 😉

        You too.

      • The Omil says:

        In England they’ve said no driving to take your exercise as we had the ‘overrun beauty spots’ problem too. No limit on the exercise in terms of duration or distance … yet

      • bgddyjim says:

        I can live with the common sense remedies like that, it’s when they start exiting common sense that I get fired up over. Beauty spots is one I could live without… as long as I can ride freely, I’m good.

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