COVID 19: As we keep up with the latest news, it shouldn’t be much different than “usual” for our tours. We will not try to persuade our cyclists in one way or the other. We may note what our cyclists report and we will visit many of our vendors for perspective. We stayed at some of our lodgings and ate at a few dining spots in Fall 2020 and felt safe and distanced in comfort.
In this time of strange, there are some positives. Connecting with friends and family has expanded our lives in new high-tech ways. For some, face-to-face contacts transformed into distancing games. Reading books and home improvements have exploded, as did neighborhood walks and saying hello. Most remarkable to us are the kids and parents riding bicycles in numbers not witnessed in decades. Kind of an old perspective. Let’s hope it sticks!
On that note, Independent Tourist would like to give a big shout out to all the customers that stuck with us in 2020. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Many of you allowed us to keep your reservation files and deposits for rescheduling this year. We’re on that now.
Cyclists that completed their 2020 tours reported no issues regarding COVID. There were some slight inconveniences, but nothing that would keep small groups from enjoying their tour. We visited/stayed at some of our lodgings and met with our shuttle/luggage crews. All are exceeding the COVID guidelines with some special accommodations that would be nice to keep, but the added cost will not allow this forever.
Latest news: 2021 breakfast might be a little “less” than our usual expectations. The B&B’s will continue to be great, with no down side other than distancing and/or having the breakfast in your room. Some hotels will have grab bag type breakfast, take out plates or possibly no breakfast available. For the latter, we will provide information for available breakfast within walking distance and some with delivery or carry out options. Latest report (April 20, 2021) has breakfast options back to normal for the breakfast itself, but maybe served in a distancing fashion.
Moving forward in 2021 we are hopeful that every day brings us closer to normal. One thing we do know is that riding a trail and touring on a bike, with a little self-guiding, is as safe as anything out there for our physical and mental well-being. Let’s ride!