I've argued with myself several times this week on the subject of riding and - whilst I appreciate there are many nuanced and rational/irrational arguments on either side - I have to admit I felt several twangs of guilt during my last (solo) ride a few days ago.
Ultimately I'd be mortified if I ended up being 'that guy' that needed assistance and had to justify that I thought riding 150km in the dark with friends was necessary or sensible under the circumstances (let's face it, that's pretty difficult to explain even in normal times!). It's statistically unlikely I know, but I also suspect that, even with quieter roads, we'd potentially be triggering a whole new level of driver fury - and the ride-outs are already BY FAR the most dangerous rides I ever do, even without the extra stress levels this is generating.
So, I think I'm out for the foreseeable unfortunately.. :(
I know everyone thinks this shitstorm was created by eating bats but personally I'm blaming THE SPREADSHEET!