It’s just get in your car and go home, just go your separate ways

One friend of mine just …  We did a lot of biking in the past few years, and he’s very nervous about catching COVID and he just wants to do it by himself and doesn’t feel comfortable biking in groups anymore. And yeah, I just think, yeah, people just get used to the fact that I’ll just do this by myself and don’t wanna organize a group ride or anything like that, because it’s just, again, the logistics of, well, you can’t really share a vehicle to the trail head, you can’t park a vehicle in one spot and take another vehicle to the end, it’s just kind of routine things that you would do in the past to make your ride better or funner. And you just can’t do that because you can’t, for example, share a vehicle or you go out for a beer after the ride or a coffee shop.

I did a ride in Wisconsin with a friend of mine a few weeks ago, and normally we would ... it was in Menominee, Wisconsin, and so normally after the ride we would ride around Menominee looking for a coffee shop or a bar or something to just hang out for a little bit and that ... there’s just no appetite for that. It’s just get in your car and go home, just go your separate ways.

— Mark Nicklawske

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