Sign of the Times

From the San Joaquin County Order:

Now since exercise is also an ‘essential’ activity, a clever attorney should be able to argue that we can travel with our bikes wherever we want as long as we are doing it for the ‘essential activity’ of cycling exercise.

I can see from following my Strava friends that this is certainly the way many of us are choosing to comply with the order. Go ahead, drive to Diablo or Ione or the Boathouse and ride. I’m not doing that but other people are.

A few weeks back I did a long loop from my house (legal, apparently), and passed out of the county for about 10 miles. The sign let me know I was violating my parole from house arrest.

I put the photo on Facebook and started a minor firestorm. Did I break the ‘law’ or not? I started from home and I was engaged in an ‘essential’ activity. The storm evolved along predictable lines, although no one addressed the question of how it benefits public health if I stay on one side of this line riding my bike.

Scofflaw that I am, I did the same loop yesterday. I came to where the sign was, looking for the checkpoint and prepared to show my passport to the gendarmes. But the sign was gone! The pole was still there, but someone had removed the marker.

I’d like to think it was ‘borrowed’ by a citizen who has read the Orders from counties on both sides of the line and who has a sense of humor. And no, I didn’t do it.

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