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Is COVID19 affecting your cycle touring plans? (page 5)

Catherine HastingsTo Graham Smith

And another thing, speaking of cruise ships... Chris Poutney finally recently finished his multi-year bike tour (with partner Dea) in South America. As is their preference, instead of flying back to Europe, they boarded the Costa Pacifica cruise ship. Oops. It was finally allowed to dock in Rome. Not sure what will happen given their different nationalities and citizenship-based repatriation to home countries. What an insane end to such an epic trip. They are on Twitter at Chris_and_Dea if you used to follow them in other places.

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Graham SmithTo Catherine Hastings

Catherine that’s exactly right. Within a week, just about everything has changed. It’s a time to reach out to family and friends. Cycle touring is wonderful but not so good to abandon family in this pandemic situation.

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Graham SmithTo Catherine Hastings

Thanks Catherine I’ll have a look at Chris’s feed.
Two couples I know were also on different cruise ships and were stranded for weeks. One couple had been on an Antarctic cruise then found they wouldn’t be let off in South American ports. The ship was then preparing to head to Europe. Fortunately just in time, the Australian embassy in Brazil was able to arrange a charter from Rio. They are home now in Brisbane and also in self isolation. 
The other couple were less fortunate. They’ve been offloaded in London after several weeks of unsuccessful attempts to get ashore in various countries and onto flights. Our consulate is telling them they won’t be able to arrange flights so they will probably have to bunker down in London somewhere. I assume quarantine hotels are available there. 

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