The lockdowns are coming thick and fast here with the delta variant. Sydney is almost keeping a lid on things but keeps leaking cases, so currently the whole state of NSW is in lockdown (their lockdowns are always lighter than the other states). Canberra and Melbourne are also in lockdown. Brisbane just exited a lockdown. The Northern Territory just went for a 3-day snap lockdown after a Sydney-imported case. That variant is just so infectious that what worked last year is just barely working now. Add in a crap vaccination roll-out and everyone having lockdown fatigue after 18 months of it, and the outlook is a bit grim. HOWEVER, regional Victoria was released from lockdown early last week and I immediately took advantage of good weather and the freedom to travel more than 5kms from home.
You can check out that short 30km ride and some really nice views of what my area looks like after a few months of good, above average rain here: https://rambleoutyonder.org/2021/08/13/the-waiting-august-ride-1-get-it-while-you-can/
I recently celebrated 15 years of Australian citizenship and will celebrate 20 years of living in Oz this week. If we don’t get hit with a lockdown in the next 20 hours (they can drop those with only a few hours’ notice), I’m hoping to take off on the bike for a few days to celebrate my Aussie-ness. Fingers crossed my upper abdominal pain is manageable and the vomiting and delta variant stay away and allow the crew and me to go!