Well, there is, of course, the Canoecopia cancellation. But it is early for any paddle outings that would involve a shuttle in a crowded car or van so, for now, paddling itself seems pretty much unaffected.
But last week a long time member of our local paddling club passed away and there was to have been a memorial gathering this week. Under the circumstances, I doubt that it will come off and if it does it would probably be unwise for those of us who are on the sunny side of 65 to attend. We sure don’t need any more club members getting ill or risking it. Which is a shame - he was a good man, a veteran and firefighter. It seems wrong not to go and it seems wrong to go.
I sure have sympathy for the many Canoecopia vendors and speakers who were no doubt loaded up and probably on the road, having made a considerable financial investment in attending, and who are now no doubt left wondering what comes next. The Pcom folks are among them, as are the folks at Rutabaga. This show represents a massive investment for a paddle sport shop, one that is made in good faith for the benefit of paddlers everywhere in the mid-west. It’s not coming off could be a major hit. Many of the vendors are mostly relatively small businesses who may not be well able to absorb losses. I have sympathy for them. Let’s hope it works out OK for them all.