New York City is empty. Covid-19 cases are soaring; however, I have a job to do today. The Department of Transportation had scheduled today as my twice-a-year inspection. I have to put my best pedal forward and accelerate to the occasion. The journey to the Newark, New Jersey inspection site is effortless today. The rush hour, bumper-to-bumper traffic and exasperatingly slow pace are not my challenge this morning. I am definitely not in the mood to have my mechanical parts fondled but committed to staying fit and ready for passengers when we get through this Covid-19 mess. I must pass this detailed inspection and get back to the Red Hook Terminal in a state of preparedness! It is easy to just bust a gasket or hose under such stressful circumstances but I am The Ride and we are The Ride team! #revolutioningsightseeing Everyone here is disciplined and continues to master his/her tasks from home with creativity and humor. Staying safe and not spreading the virus is key to “flatten the curve.” On the road I am listening to more bad news from our tour/travel industry. Hotel rooms booked are down 79.8% year-over-year with only a 16.8% occupancy. These partners will not be able to hold out I intuit and many will close. Okay – here I am at the garage and the inspector is walking in my direction and about to give me a checklist once over.
Yikes – his hands are cold and where are his mask and gloves!?!
. . . . . . . . . . . . . Finished. He is reviewing his checklist with a blank expression. Please – I need to pass this inspection! He is looking up from his page at my technician, Shannon and me!
THUMBS UP!!!!! PASSED DOT!!!!
On to the next battle!