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By ObviousTroll (Sat Mar 14, 2020 at 07:42:08 PM EST) (all tags)
198 miles over 3 days. I was hoping for 200 but, sadly, by the time I figured out I was slightly short, it was time for dinner.

Nothing to complain about, all things considered.

It's that time of year again, when SWHTL's thoughts turn lightly to scrapbooking and Williamsburg, VA, and she drags me along to enjoy the slightly warmer weather and amazingly beautiful countryside.

As we were packing up, I kept an eye on the COVID situation, but I wasn't too worried, what with work telling me all I could work from home full time if I wanted to, but the press was still saying to just calm down and wash your hands. It wasn't till we were actually most of the way there that it seemed to hit the inflection point, when a local Husi let me know all the local schools up to and including William and Mary College had announced they were closing for the duration. 

But at this point it seemed like we might as well get to the hotel and see what's going on, and they seemed pretty happy to see us - and, actually, that was the theme for the weekend. With the schools closed they all cancelled their field trips, so the number of tourists had dropped to near zero and everyone was really, really happy to greet us and hand us some purell. The local Husi made an implied offer to have us over if we wanted which was very kind but, seriously, it wouldn't have been fair to drop in out of the blue like that and, anyway, I hadn't brought balloons, so I stuck to bike riding and SWHTL stuck to spending 14 hours a day in a banquet hall swapping scrapbooking tips with other scrapbooking loonies.

And that's how it's been. I rode a bit more than an imperial century the first day, 55-ish miles the second and 40-ish the third. I'm really thrilled with my first day performance, I wasn't sure I could pull off an unsupported century ride and I not only did it, but Strava awarded me 30 PRs for the day. But... my multi-day endurance wasn't really there; I had actually planned to try doing back-to-back centuries to see if I could do it but it was immediately clear I wasn't going to pull it off - the motor was turning but there was no torque - and it was definitely worse on day three.

Which is a pretty minor thing to bitch about considering what the news was like when I stopped riding each night. My younger sister is an ICU nurse in northern VA and besides her college age boys being sent home along with the grade school daughter, was just volunteered for the COVID team at the hospital, which means that they're all now in self-quarantine. I may need to do some shopping on the way home and drop off a care package.

Still I collected a ridiculous amount of GoPro footage that I plan to edit down to make my own "virtual ride" videos to use next winter, and a few nice photos as well. I doubt I will ever become an actually competent videographer, but I admit I'm having a blast playing with Davinci Resolve. It's the most powerful free-as-in-beer software I've ever used, but it can be frustrating to figure out, especially when you realize that the reason the software is free is that they're hoping to either get you to buy the training or at least sell you a $5,000 camera to go with it.

Update [2020-3-15 1:7:56 by ObviousTroll]: Whoa.

Update [2020-3-15 13:23:44 by ObviousTroll]: Man, every new news item makes this diary seems even less relevant. 

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ICU nurse in northern VA by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 16, 2020 at 06:25:39 AM EST
Inova Fairfax?

RE: Second update. Yeah, things are moving fast. In 6 days the number of (known, confirmed) cases in the US has quadrupled.

This is a really good look at last week in Sports, and just how fast things moved. I see the format being copied in other stories here and there.

198 miles over 3 days.That's impressive. In top form it takes me a week to do that. I did 160 miles last week and by Sunday I was hurting.

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(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Not quite that far north by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Mar 17, 2020 at 01:03:58 PM EST
or, maybe, just further west, an hour or so from Harper's Ferry.

And thanks for all the kind words about the miles. I had thought about getting in a few more Sunday morning to make it to 200 miles but a simple flight of steps convinced me that it was a stupid idea. ;-)

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Yeah, stuff by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Mar 17, 2020 at 07:54:20 AM EST
went down hill pretty fast in a day. Glad  ya'll had a good trip, even if we didn't catch up

We really did appreciate the offer. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Mar 17, 2020 at 01:22:52 PM EST
and, personally, I appreciated the quick response about the closed road!

When SWHTL drags me down next year I'll have to get her to agree to an evening for us to visit. She really does spend from 9 AM till midnight in that room.

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(well) by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Mar 17, 2020 at 01:23:57 PM EST
9 am to midnight, with brief breaks for meals... Friday night we went to Christiana Campbell's, since the Trellis is no more. 

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