Riding season for us has not been good. When we ride we like to pick a destination with food, history, scenery, etc. This year has been tough for each of those.
Riding to a new eatery has come to a stop over the last couple of months. With Covid-19 limiting dine-in or closing restaurants altogether we stopped looking for new places to ride and eat. The same goes for historical sites, most of which have closed due to Covid-19 and are enforcing social distancing by closing. So that's been out of the plans as well.
The scenery is always a good reason to ride, and no matter where you live there are destinations with great views. This brings us to the heat. Temperatures here range upwards of 110 degrees with the heat index. That makes for some extremely difficult riding. That kind of heat can also be very dangerous. Not only have we seen riders in serious trouble from heat stress in the past, we came close to it on our trip to Utah as we rode to Moab. We still talk about the exhaustion from that day.
This year we just decided to back off of riding. We've taken the Jeep Wrangler out a couple of times during the extreme heat. We even went to New Mexico and spent a few days in the desert on BLM lands. We're pretty much safe from Covid-19 out there and practicing social distancing as well! Now with the resurgence of the disease in Texas, other states are mandating a 2-week quarantine so traveling out of state is out too.
Well, see how the rest of the year plays out but it's not looking very good right now.