Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Day 75, 76, 77 - Gordonville, TX - TT

Monday (75) - Not very “Spring-y” today. This is in spite of the 70°F+ that was being predicted. But, we are in a safe place for another ten days. Then begins the uncertainty. We have reservations for a couple of weeks in AZ starting 05/04. Then at a variety of TT parks in OR starting on 05/28 through most of August. Hopefully, they will honor the reservations. So far, all of them still show up in the TT online system.

I rode my e-bike to the local Dollar General store and they didn’t have any empty shelves. The clerk said the hoarding appears to have slowed down significantly. Though the older woman in front of me in line had two packages of TP and a pile of cigarettes. The essentials.


Tuesday (76) - Today may end up being an air conditioner day. But for now, it’s nice to sit outside. Not a whole lot going on around here. We’ve been here for almost five weeks. This is longer than we’ve spent anywhere but the price is right. We aren’t paying for metered electricity but we are paying $3/day for a 50amp site. The assumption is that you will use a lot more electricity. Probably an accurate assumption.

Bridget got ambitious today much to the annoyance of the dog. I don’t think dog grooming is in the “essential” category. But since these dogs don’t shed, they need regular haircuts. And, yep, that’s the most exciting thing that went on today. ;-)

I went for another bike ride today exploring some of the local roads.   Today, there was a bit of gravel connecting some of the farm roads together. It did allow me to pick up another virtual badge on the Apple Watch. Meeting or exceeded my “Move” goal 1,250 times. Not an ambitious goal which Bridget is quick to point out...

Wednesday (77) - No A/C yet today. Only 68°F at noon but the forecast is for 80°F by evening. We’ll see. Since it’s cool, I’m making a couple of baked potatoes in the convection oven. As you may guess, it heats up the interior when used.

I just read that Alaska is starting to relax their shelter-in-place rules. Some businesses will be allowed to open on Friday but are limited in how they operate. Other businesses will be allowed to open next Monday. The existing rules for international and interstate travel have been extended to May 19th. Intrastate travel restrictions are still in place. The Interstate rules are the ones preventing us to travel back home for appointments and things. I’m going to be going over the 90 day out-of-state rule for the retirement system. This is day 77 (that’s the number in the title of this post) since I left Alaska.

The picture is after thunderstorm w/hail and ~¼” of rain over a one hour period. It’s now sunny and 80°F (and very humid). Right about when I took this picture, a tornado touched down about 20 miles north of us. That is the direction this picture was taken.

6 comments:

SonjaM said...

Shelter-in-place rules... what an overdramatic expression for what we call the plea to stay at home ;-)

Lynne Goebeler said...

Close call on the tornado! That TT membership really is working out well for you guys! If we didn't spend most of our time volunteering, we might consider that.

Did you get feedback from Alaska on whether you will be penalized for not going back on your regular schedule?

Geoff James said...

Richard,
Surely Alaska will relax those rules given the circumstances? In NZ, I think there are similar pension rules when you are out of the country for more than 30 days at a stretch but they don't seem to be rigidly enforced.

RichardM said...

Alaska went overboard. What they published is a $25k fine for not self-quarantining. Or something like that...

RichardM said...

Not much warning. And the shelters are all locked up due to the social distancing rules.

Alaska said that they can’t wave the requirement but can wave the penalty. They have a new form and required documentation on their web site.

RichardM said...

They have a process to notify them but it has to be sent from within the state.