Sunday, April 26, 2020

Day 80, 81 - Gordonville, TX - TT

Saturday (80) - It’s been 80 days since I had left Alaska on this portion of our snowbird trip and I would normally be getting ready to head back home for a bit. I have a doctor and dental appointments that are due. The 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving in Alaska from out of the state is problematic. It would mean that the minimum time I would be away from the RV would be over 14 days. Probably closer to 16 days. As long as there is the 14-day requirement, I probably can’t make it back to AK.

I rode the e-bike around this morning including a trip to the lake. There were three boats, that I could see, with folks out fishing. Also, several of the empty RVs had family visiting for the weekend. It feels a little bit more normal. I went ahead and filled up the propane tank here at the park. This did necessitate pulling in the slides, getting off of the levelers and disconnecting everything but at least we now have a full tank. The SeeLevel II display uses the existing propane sensor built into the tank and it needed to be calibrated. To calibrate it, you fill up the tank “full”, which is 80% of the capacity of the tank, then press and hold multiple buttons on the display. This sets it so it now reads 100%. This was the first fill since over two months ago in Medina Lake.

Sunday (81) - Another warm day today. I’m thinking that we have a lot of hot days coming up. I think it’s been hitting 100°F in AZ. Not really looking forward to that. The RV park that we have a reservation at in Casa Grande is supposed to be calling me tomorrow or Tuesday with an update on their current policy. At the moment, they are not allowing people to show up but the person on the phone thought that this policy may change on May 1st. There’s hope. If they won’t allow new arrivals, we need to decide whether to continue waiting here or move on. According to TT, we can stay here for an additional week to allow folks to look for another place to stay. This makes me think that they plan to open up their campgrounds on May 1st for new arrivals. The RV park in Casa Grande is an Encore park which is part of TT.

I rode the e-bike around the area again. There is another campground/marina about a mile down the road. Then another route back to the highway. It was only about 8 miles but according to the app, I still got some aerobic exercise in spite of the motor. Mostly from trying to not slow down on the uphill sections. This e-bike has a 500 watt motor and if you relied just on the motor, your speed drops significantly on hills. Pedaling is still required.

5 comments:

Lynne Goebeler said...

I think some things may be changing May 1, but it will definitely vary by state and local rules. It was hot in San Antonio when we left, and getting hot in California and Arizona as we passed through. We feel very fortunate to have made it to central Colorado to wait for our arrival date in Estes Park. If we weren't scheduled to work, however, we would not be able to go there mid-May. We don't know the opening timeframe yet. We wish you good luck finding a park that's open where it's not 100 degrees!

RichardM said...

Hopefully, some things change on May 1st. That is what the clerk at the Encore Park thought and they were supposed to get new information on Monday. The only reason we are going into the Phoenix area at all is to get the windshield worked on. If we can't get into Casa Grande, I was going to call the windshield place and ask for suggestions.

It's nice that you can get into the park in CO. That suggests that they believe that they will be opening sometime…

Lynne Goebeler said...

We were in a park in Kingman, AZ that was taking daily, weekly, and monthly reservations. Not sure if there is a windshield place there,but there are many RV parks and other businesses catering to RVs in that area. It is further north, so the temps might not be so extreme. We stayed at Blake's Rzv Ranch, fyi.

Regarding our going to Estes, our manager said we made a commitment to each other for the season, so we are welcome whether or not the CG opens. If it doesn't, we will work on maintenance and improvement projects. I thought that was above and beyond, and we are very grateful. The issue is Estes is so small, they may decide not to open RMNP and the local parks due to the chance of being invaded by Covid from the masses coming from elsewhere. So we shall see. We are fine doing maintenance!

RichardM said...

I need to be in the Phoenix area as I had already paid for half of the estimated cost as they had to special order a new windshield gasket.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Well try to stay cool!