In recent days I have often been asked the question if my cycling trip would still continue. I would fly to Alaska on April 1 to cycle from Alaska to Argentina. The answer is no, there is absolutely no possibility anymore of a bicycle journey. For the time being.
After more research into the coronavirus and its spread, I’m shocked. It came after reading this article.
The conclusion (based on a lot of data) is that the coronavirus is spreading at an exponential speed. It will be a matter of days or maybe a week of two until we possibly also get the status of Italy here in the Netherlands. If that is the case, our healthcare will be overwhelmed. Employees will be overworked. We will not be able to help all patients anymore. Which patient gets oxygen and which dies. The only way to prevent this is to take immediate social distance. Not tomorrow. Today. This means that we have to remain home from now on to prevent the number of fatal infections getting out of hand.
I therefore encourage everyone to take the coronavirus serious. Really stay at home. Don’t go to your work in the office. Don’t let your kids go to school. Stock up on enough food for several weeks. Not for a year, that is not necessary. Just enough so that you don’t have to go to the supermarket every day.
If you think I’m overreacting, please read the article carefully. And don’t panic, it will be a temporary period but it is important to take action NOW to prevent it from getting out of hand.
So there is no mention of a bicycle journey for now. I wish all cyclists and other travelers who are currently on the road a lot of strength. Borders are closing, countries will be going in complete isolation. It will be an interesting few weeks.
The good news is that we can finally read the books that have been on our list for months. To be able to learn that language that we would like to speak. We can go running, cycling, do yoga and meditate more often. Isn’t it nice to completely relax for some time.
So, stay at home, keep yourself clean and at least stay away from grandpa and grandma for a while.