The Pedalshift Project 203: Social Distancing Tour Takeaways and What's Next

The Pedalshift Project 203: Social Distancing Tour Takeaways and What’s Next

My five takeaways from social distance bike touring in the age of coronavirus and what I can figure out is the near term future for bike touring in 2020.

The Pedalshift Project 203: Social Distancing Tour Takeaways and What's Next

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Tour Journal: Social Distancing on the C&O Towpath

This was a no-contact, self-supported, self-contained ride of the C&O that didn’t stick to plan, had a low point or two, and if I’m being honest probably won’t end up on my list of all time tours… but I have to wonder if it won’t be amongst the most memorable.

Check out Pedalshift 199 for the initial plan (spoiler: I did not stick to it),  Pedalshift 200 for Day 1, and Pedalshift 201 for Day 2, and Pedalshift 202 for Day 3.

5 Takeaways

Expectations are hard to shake
Bike touring is more mental than physical
I like familiar tours but I’m missing new routes
I think backcountry rules are pretty easy to add on to a typical tour mindset
More and more I’m liking less and less mileage per day

What’s next for the rest of spring?

I think bike touring can happen, maybe soon? Maybe not. 
My personal choice: zero or very low contact touring until conditions change. At the moment, with campgrounds closed on the C&O and (I think?) the GAP, I’m on touring pause. For now.
I’m also not planning a tour just yet. I assume the first one available will be a C&O or GAP tour, but who knows? 
I’m also intrigued with the possibility of getting a more backcountry bike and (finally) doing some bikepacking. But that’s all TBD.
For the pod? I’ll confess… after 203 episodes I am finally out of things to talk about (for the moment). Just so happens though, that I have a bunch of audio journals I haven’t shared yet… so I think for the near future… until things get a little more figured out, we’re going to replay those here with some 2020 commentary from me laid on top. 
Adventure is taking a bit of a pause, but if you’re anything like me, it’s on the mind!

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