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STILL NOT NORMAL

STILL NOT NORMAL
The last several months have been trying for all of us. Many of our favorite rides and rallies have been
canceled and/or postponed. And while riding itself is the ultimate social distancing sport, the
community of riders congregating for biker events, whether it be for charity, a rally or a poker run is an
integral part of that ride or run.
As we all know the 20 th anniversary of Ohio Bike Week has been postponed. With the promise that it will
be rescheduled, in all probability, it will be difficult to find another week and/or weekend that does not
conflict with another rescheduled event.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio due to be held the weekend of July 9-12 has also been
postponed with no rescheduled date in sight. As one of the largest events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car
Course, it appears impossible to follow social distancing guidelines for the vendors, racers and
spectators. Social distancing in the vendor area alone, which boasts being the largest Motorcycle Swap
Meet in the United States, would be an unimaginable task.
At the time of this article, the fate of the 80 th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was still uncertain. Local hospitals
have expressed concern about overcrowding situations. In past years the ICU’s have been filled during
the rally due to motorcycle accidents. Add to it possible Covid-19 hospitalizations and it could be more
than could be handled. A recent study by Sturgis City Council has found that most locals would like the
Rally postponed due to the coronavirus.
Although things change daily in Ohio, Geneva on the Lake’s Thunder on the Strip is still scheduled for
September 10 th to the 13 th . And if the lack of any open camping spots or hotels in the area are any
indication, bikers will be filling the streets and venues to capacity.
Motorcycle racing is continuing at this point without fans. And although track days are beginning, social
distancing and masks will be required/encouraged for crew and family members. Racers are a family
and the socializing is as much a part of the event as the race itself.
Not sure about all of you, but I missed the sounds of bikes moving through the streets of Sandusky. I
missed live music and hanging out with people that have common interests and hobbies. I missed
cheering on my friends trying to run their best time and the opportunity to see superbikes in action.
Hopefully, things will continue to progress as we move through the summer months. Because right now
we are still not normal.

As always ride safe,
Denise Kennedy

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