Productivity While Social Distancing

By: Old AlApr 08, 2020

“Social Distancing” a new term for 2020, who would have guessed? I hope all of you are in good health and are obeying the rules dealing with this situation. This is where we test our imaginations to keep busy and find a way to catch up on all the things we let slide for too long.

So far I’ve stayed pretty busy. We had a good run of warmish weather the end of March so I took advantage to ride most every day for a couple hours each day. Since nothing is open, except gas stations, you actually spend the whole time riding instead of stopping for lunch or a beverage. A few of those days my wife and I would take off in the Jeep and cruise around the foothills west of town to break up the day. I managed to get all the batteries for the cameras charged and got some great shots. With the roads so empty it was enjoyable not having people walking through your pics.

On the motorcycle side of life, I cleaned out the tool shed to make room for the snow blower – so it would free up some room to bring my old Triumph home from my son’s garage. Also I made a couple of camera mounts for the bikes for when this nightmare is over. I emptied the garage and vacuumed off all the floor size tools and did any maintenance they needed. I then cleaned and lubed the lathe along with vacuuming out the whole garage. This garage cleaning is an annual event, but it got done earlier this year. We had a couple cold snowy days so I repainted the eye brow badges from my old Triumph – think small brushes and tooth picks. All the maintenance on the bikes is done (less the one at my son’s) and they even got washed. When this quarantine is over, I’ll be ready.

Although this pandemic isn’t over yet, I’ve probably neglected enough to stay busy until it is, and hopefully you all are able to do the same.  Stay safe out there!


Old Al
It’s pretty odd how I came into motorcycles as my father couldn’t stand them.  But as life moves on, things change. Now here I am, still riding. It’s been a long road, 55 years riding and 116 bikes later, and now writing a column for this site. What a long strange trip it’s been.