COVID-19 Social Distancing Distance Ride 3-28-2020

The world was turned upside down by the Corona virus pandemic at the beginning of our Endurance season on the West Coast of the United States. This lead to the cancellation of my region's first AERC sanctioned ride, Rides of March which was set for 3-21-20 on BLM land. Public land managers started shutting down events and even locking gates to manage Shelter in Place mandates. In anticipation of taking Gaston for his 50 mile ride, I got his required travel documents which include a Health Certificate and proof of negative Coggins. Events of every sort began to fall of the calendar as the outbreak gained momentum. They say that necessity is the the mother of all invention which lead to an idea that a few Southern California Endurance riders developed and propagated over Facebook. Over 300 people signed up to participate in a organized distance event that included options for a 10 or 25 mile endurance like ride on our own. Participants emailed their GPS tracks in at the end of the day, so here are mine. It was a great day for Gaston who followed steadily behind his buddy Rex for 25.5 miles in five and a half hours with a little lunch break at the ten mile mark.

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