Not a joke. The governor of California today issued a statewide guideline instructing all persons 65 years old or older to self-isolate at home until further notice. That would include me (and my ace support crew).

Apparently this “guideline” will not be enforced by officers of the law, but elderlies such as myself are nevertheless expected to abide by it.

After some pondering, I reached the conclusion that I consider the saddle of the Ogre to be a part of my home, so I anticipate that I will be able to get out and about on two wheels without violating the rules. In order to avoid trouble, I also contemplate dyeing my beard back to its original rusty red. That ought to fool everyone, eh?

Please don’t mention any of this subterfuge to the authorities.

They call me Old Grumble-Face. I have no idea why they do that....

9 response to "Self-Isolation"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 15, 2020

    No joke here either, not told to self isolate ‘yet’ — the Governor has ordered all bars and restaurants closed till March 30 — except for drive thru’s and pick ups.

  2. By: Rocky Posted: March 15, 2020

    That’s awful. I would definitely find a way to get out on my bicycle. Good luck! I’m turning 61 on 3/23 so I hope I get lucky.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: March 15, 2020

    Well, you do have lots of books….

    I would think that cycling would be fine – as long you don’t cycle to a location and go in and as long as you keep 6 feet from other cyclists/pedestrians on the road. Similarly,I figure, here, riding rural roads with little traffic, on my own, is about the most social distancing I could do! They haven’t told elderly people to self-isolate here, but all international arrivals, including Australian citizens, must self-isolate for 14 days and that may be enforced with random checks (and co-workers dobbing you in!). As a state gov employee, I’ll be instructed to work from home as soon as Wednesday – which makes me wonder… maybe I could just go down to the river with my picnic table and work from there?

    This will make the local purchases for the cycle life challenge much more difficult for you, though!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 16, 2020

      I do indeed have a few books!

      Most of my activities, including pedaling, are solo, so I’m not too worried about isolation. Barring further developments, I’m confident hiking and biking on empty trails and paths will mean I pretty much follow my usual routine. My highly social support crew, on the other hand, is quite likely to implode.

      I’ve been reading some about the situation in Australia. Sounds pretty similar to what we’re seeing here. If you can work from home, it’s probably a good idea. Especially true if you have good weather at that picnic table down by the river.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: March 16, 2020

    All you have to do is wear that surgical mask from your safety video. Then you won’t have to dye your beard, nobody will be able to tell how old you are, and you will have the appearance of a responsible citizen who has taken measures to protect oneself and others from the virus.

    I offer this advice in return for your excellent idea as to how to use my $1,000,000 dollar bills.

  5. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 16, 2020

    Your secret is safe with us. Cheers & happy (healthy and safe) pedaling…you rebel, you!

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: March 16, 2020

    UPDATE: Yesterday the state clamped down on elderlies like me by issuing self-isolation guidelines. Today, while my ace support crew and I were hiking up and down Bald Mountain (self-isolation on hiking trail!), six counties of the San Francisco Bay Area ordered all non-essential businesses to close, and ordered everyone not working in an essential business to stay home and “shelter in place” for three weeks. So far Sonoma County is exempt from the Bay Area shelter in place order.

    The LA Times has a good piece about the Bay Area shelter in place order:

  7. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 16, 2020

    Thanks for the link — that is the most clearly written and understood piece Ive seen on Sheltering in Place and the situation in general.

    According to the article, walking, dog walking, hiking, (and I would assume cycling) are fine so long as the 6 foot distance is maintained.

    What concerns me as much as Covid 19 is the economic impact this is having/going to have.

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