Stop a pit and make a pause to reflect a heat that was not

Labor Day weekend is usually the last deep breath of summer – a final county fair, extended-family gathering, or long beach weekend to fit in – from settling into a new school year or returning on a busy fall. first.

But like everything else since the arrival of Coronavirus, the joy and rhythm of the long weekend felt different this year.

Nevertheless, after a summer marked by canceled plans in which many people were largely confined to the boundaries of their neighborhoods or cities, Americans hit the road. On minivans and motorcycles, with cats or children, they go to highway rest stops, such as snack in New Jersey along Interstate 95 in the Richard Stockton Rest Area, gasping and reflecting a heat that is mostly Does not happen, and collapses. He hoped it would be better.

For some families, this weekend was the first time they felt safe enough to go out of town in the summer; For the first time they would see some friends or family members as the country closed and the Americans were forced to live outside the home.

Jonathan Martinez, a construction contractor from New Jersey, used the weekend to escape the city and try to regain a sense of normalcy. Mr. Martinez, who was traveling to Northern Virginia to visit friends with his wife and two sons, said it was his first visit in months.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. He put dirt bikes stuck in his truck to ride the trails behind his friend’s house. “Finally, we can ride a little and enjoy their family.”

After months of isolation, some risks are worth taking, said James Haven, a health-care policy researcher who stays with his wife and son en route to Pennsylvania over the weekend for a getaway.

“I think we just got fed up,” he said. “There is a limit to how many houses we can live in and not see friends. We have to create a good standard of living for our 5 year old child. He has to see other children, this is really important at this age. “

A new season will bring new challenges, as schools will begin to reopen and it will be too cold for outdoor activities. Mr. Haven is temporarily hopeful.

“Cases are happening nationwide,” he said, “so I’m just banking on that.”

Renu Kuinkel, 32, originally from Nepal, with her daughter, Revisha, 1. Ms. Kuinkel and her family came from Queens, where they live, to visit friends from Maryland who have just moved to their medical residency Arrived for.

It has been really bad. We do not go anywhere. This is the first time we’ve been out of New York City.

We were both positive with Coronavirus in mid-April. When [her husband] Started staying home from work, he was ill for almost two months and was isolated at home. Now we are feeling fine with the children. It’s tough, but also a little bit fun.

With Horke, 27-year-old Carolyn Hernandez of New York City, her one-eyed cat. A makeup artist, Ms. Hernandez has been out of work for the duration of the epidemic. This is the first trip out of town to see family friends.

This is his first road trip, we are trying to see how it works. He also needed to get out of the house.

It is difficult to get close to people. I do fashion and events – no events yet. I have not worked We have been home for six months so that we feel safe.

In two months we ran out of things to occupy ourselves and we went crazy. We baked a lot at first. We watched a lot of cooking shows. Fall will probably be what my whole year seems to be but just cold.

We feel very safe. Masks, sanitizers, are relatively far away from all of us.

48-year-old Shelly Greenlee of Florida drove a truck with her husband. He just finished a trip that started in Denver.

Me and my husband are driving the team, he is sleeping now. We can drive 10 hours each. We are waiting for a load now so that we do not know where we are at the next location. I started driving in April. We have probably driven over 70,000 miles together in that time. When we first started in New Jersey and New York, it was very heavy there – they didn’t even let us get out of our truck. We just supported and they unloaded. “

The roads were not as busy as they are now. It gets a little tricky. I was in California last week and it took two and a half hours to cover 53 miles. Traffic is getting worse. You can tell people that they are out and hoping to get back to their work.

People stuck at home have got a lot more space than I do, it is too cramped here. We are stuck here too much time.

I have become more confident than afraid. I wear my mask when needed. Also I don’t wear it.

EMI Lotto, 36, works in book production. She was traveling from queens American treasure tour In Valley Forge, Penn., For her birthday.

I asked my friends: ‘Who wants to do this work with me? This is going to be random and weird. If you are not comfortable, you do not have. ‘Many friends said that they were not comfortable and they did not come.

I was to go to a paper doll in Milwaukee, which was organizing the conference over the weekend of July four. Most paper doll customers are twice my age, so those people will be looking for themselves. I mumbled but I was not surprised.

We were tested about two weeks ago because we wanted to test before seeing our in-laws elders. If you’re going to stay at someone’s house, it’s just a polite thing – you test.

James Haven, 40, Englewood, NJ, a health care policy researcher who was reduced to a part-time schedule because of the epidemic, was traveling to Lancaster County, Penster, with his wife and son for a weekend getaway.

We just got ready for a very long time. We started walking in the last two or three months. Now we are trying to make 2019 normal again. We have to create a good standard of living for our 5 year old child. He has to see other children, this is really important at this age. So he is going to face other children and we have to take that risk.

One thing is that we still do not see our parents.

I was nervous months ago, but now I am not. It seems that I am being cognizant of the risk. My perception of risk for me and my family is quite low. I think things are getting better in the fall.

I think things will be fine. I think people should vote in person. In this way we will be able to see the will of the country more confidently. There will be less scope for nuisance.

Quinton Hunter, 30, Amityville, NY, was riding his motorcycle to West Virginia to visit a friend.

I was working for an insurance company, but now I am freelancing, doing home improvements, working on cars.

I freed my entire cellar. I will start something and say that I will end it tomorrow and then it will be on next Tuesday.

Ride in New York you can go through two rims. In the summer, you hit a pit, it’s terrible. You will stay on it. Here you can cruise a bit more, get a little flow, enjoy the ride. What is it about Hopefully, autumn will be good weather so I can ride as long as possible. I have a son who is 1½ and a younger sister who is 16 years old. Now I see them more. I’ll swing and there’s a big chance I’ll see them.

I pray for the best. I am young and black in America. This is the worst. All life matters, sure, but people forget that black life matters. I have been in a protest. I try to find you, to support the cause.

The interviews are condensed and edited for clarity.

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