Mar 13, 2018

Today was Tuesday.

Today I hauled water.

3 trips. 21 gallons per trip. 40 pounds per jug. I often think to myself "I used to pay to go to a gym"

It takes 3.8 trips to fill one of our internal water tanks (80 gallons each).  The port water tank is now completely full. I was thrilled when it overflowed.

I'm now working on the starboard tank. It was probably almost empty, but I think I should be able to get it topped off tomorrow.

Then I think all I will have to do is one load a day to keep up with our daily usage.

We ran out of gasoline last night. Woke up this morning and worried about charging the batteries. I was relieved to see the sun shining, and the solar panels doing their thing! It's seriously magical.

Towards the end of the day, I walked to the gas station and filled up 5 gallons of gas, and refilled one of our propane tanks. It did not look anything like a gas station. There were three pumps, one of them identified by a piece of plywood with DIESEL spray painted on it in black.

I walked into the store and saw a Cuban behind a counter. I was excited for the chance to practice my Spanish.

"Tu hablo Espanol? Soy estudiante. Poquito. Yo necisito propane."

She then asked me a bunch of questions I could neither understand or respond to had I understood the questions.

They also had delicious beef sticks. So, that's a win. I carried the 5 gallons (40 pounds) of gasoline in one hand, and a full tank of propane in the other. Having my hands full made it difficult to eat my beef stick. I passed an old couple, one of them walking with a cane. I thought about my day, hauling water, gas, and propane. While doing physically demanding tasks, I often think about how much more difficult it must be for the older cruisers. This life makes my body hurt now. I can't imagine doing it when I'm 60.

Pictures from today:

Charging at 6.1 amps!

Yay solar!

Jerry jugs of water, gasoline, propane.



LeeAnn, setting off into the sunset, grocery shopping

Visiting boat kid who set an awesome example with his love for reading.

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