COVID-19

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Celebrating 12 years leading bicycle tours in the best of all 50 states, where will you go next?
 
We are planning on having all future trips, starting in June as scheduled. 
 
Obviously our first consideration is the safety of everyone, including our participants and the people who work at the hotels and restaurants on our trips. With this in mind we have been closely monitoring the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center for county statistics and the COVID Tracking Project websites. These sites show that relatively most of the areas where we are staying, have a very low infection rate with a downward trend in numbers, so we are very hopeful that by the time each trip arrives, the county that we stay and the area that we ride will be in excellent shape.
 
In addition, we recently returned from our first trip since the COVID-19 outbreak: the Michigan Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore, Tunnel of Trees & Traverse City bike touring. Following are the changes that we made (and are evaluating for future trips) for the Michigan trip and depending on the situation at the time for each trip and our experiences we gain, we will make these changes for future trips as well to help ensure the safety of everyone. These include:
 
  1. Taking everyone's temperature with a contactless thermometer.
  2. For group meals: Eating all meals outside. If the restaurant has an outside seating area then eating outside at the restaurant or we will be picking up dinners (made to order from the selected restaurants) and then eating outdoors. 
  3. Optional Happy hours are happier than ever as we meet in a safe outdoor area.
  4. We revised all routes to allow everyone, if they choose, to drive their personal vehicle to the starting/ending point of the ride; thus avoiding extended van travel.
  5. We replaced the 5-gallon water cooler/dispensers with cases of bottled water.
  6. We have hand sanitizers and wipes available in each vehicle/van.
  7. We brought additional vehicles to allow social distancing within the vans and asked everyone at the beginning of the trip to wear face masks/cloth face covering whenever in the vans.
As we will be starting and ending most tours at Hilton properties, Hilton has implemented many COVID-19 policies including:
  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to indicate that guest rooms haven’t been accessed since they were cleaned
  • Extra disinfection of top 10 high touch areas in guest rooms including light switches and door handles
  • Increased cleaning frequency of public areas
  • Guest-accessible disinfecting wipes at entrances and high traffic areas
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers 
  • Reduced paper amenities (like pads and guest directories) in rooms
  • Enhanced cleaning & other changes to buffets, in-room dining and meeting spaces
Also, here are links to websites that we have referenced and monitoring.
As we know the situation is very fluid, so we are continuing to monitor the information for all future trips.
 
If you have any other questions, please let us know. 
 
Take care,
Joe
 
 
 
 

Contact Information:

Vacation Bicycling, LLC
1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, Ste 103-514
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-363-0341 or email your question on our short Contact Form
 
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