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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