01/11/20 Sun. The new covid cases in Kudat soared again
yesterday with another 35 cases. Neil needs to go to hospital in
KK for a scan, so we are looking into the possibility of hiring a car
and getting a police permit to travel to KK this coming Wednesday.
02/11/20 Mon, This morning we went into the police station
and applied for a travel permit to KK, which was granted but only for
two people, so Ana will stay onboard while I go to KK with Neil.
After the police station, we rented a car from Weds. to Fri. to make the
04/11/20 Weds. Walked into town and picked up the car about
11.30, then set off for KK about 12.30. Not a bad drive down
there, less traffic than normal (as expected) and only 4 road blocks to
negotiate. Arrived at hotel about 3.20pm only to find that hotels
have a curfew at night - no entry or exit between 8pm and 7am.
05/11/20 Thurs. Heavy rain during the night and all day
today. Took Neil to hospital at 7am then went for a wander around Centre
Point for an hour or so until Neil came back to hotel. Then we
went to Inanam for new batteries, two for me and two for Neil before
going back to hospital for a second scan as they apparently messed up
the first. Early night with take away pizza!
06/11/20 Fri. After breakfast, we went to the police
station to apply for travel permit for return journey, then set off for
Kudat. A bit slower going back for some reason and 5 road blocks
this time - all ok except for the last one where a jobs worth young
policeman created a bit of a fuss over some part of the form that was
blank, demanded passports and had a moan before waving us through.
Returned car to Immigration office. Kudat was like a ghost town,
almost everywhere is closed and no people about, no cabs either so it
was a long walk back to the boat in the mid-day sun!
07/11/20 Sat. Spent most of the afternoon changing the two
four year old batteries for the new ones and checking all wiring of
12/11/20 Thurs. The original plan was to go to Sandakan
memorial for yesterdays Remembrance Service but of course that wasn't
possible with the Covid19 situation around the World. Perhaps next year
will be different? The NASA BM1 battery monitor that I have is
playing up a little and I no longer trust it's accuracy so I have
ordered a new Victron BMV 702 to replace it, or at least work alongside
it if I can wire both together.
13/11/20 Fri. Last night I was woken up at 2330hrs for some
reason, then heard a faint noise repeated several times. I got up
and looked around the cockpit and deck but could see nothing. This
morning, the rubbish bag had been chewed open and strewn around the aft
deck..........a rat! This evening, we set the trap at dusk and
placed it next to the stern rope to Neil's boat. By 1945hrs, we
had a rat in it, which then got a float test before resetting the trap
and placing it again on the aft deck.
15/11/20 Sun. My new Victron BMV702 is on it's way and last
tracked in Kuala Lumpur, I have made a new fascia plate for it in
readiness. Last night as we were getting ready to sleep, I heard
Ana say "we have a problem!" She had gone to the shower and
discovered a leak from the toilet, the duckboards were floating in about
6 inches of water. Luckily, I knew what the problem was
immediately, the little anti-siphon device on the Lavac pump had become
blocked and was allowing the flush water to siphon into the bowl,
overflowing into the shower drain. Once removed and the hole
cleared with a needle, problem solved! Neil caught another rat
last night by his stern rope - they come along the rope from shore, a
perilous 40 metre walk across a swaying rope before crossing a shorter
stern rope between the two boats - we will keep the traps ready for any
17/11/20 Tues. Neil returned to KK today (Mark drove him
down this time) in preparation for an operation scheduled for the end of
the week. We went over to Penuwasa yard today and
collected my two envelopes from the UK, injector heatshield washers and
driving licence renewal form - 7 weeks for air mail delivery?
Maybe the Wright brothers were the pilots and suffering from covid19?
21/11/20 Sat. Neil, who returned to KK on Tuesday, today
goes into hospital for his operation - we wish him all the best and hope
he soon makes a full recovery. In the meantime, a package has arrived
for him and is being held in a couriers office somewhere in town, we
will try to find it on Monday.
24/11/20 Tues. Neil will be discharged from hospital today,
so we need to go and pick him up. We went into town, (in awful
weather!), rented a car and obtained a travel permit from the police
station, setting off for KK about 4pm. It rained hard the whole
way but we were able to make fairly good progress until we got close to
KK where the traffic and roadworks worsened.
25/11/20 Weds. Spent most of the morning at the hospital
trying to sort out money issues with the staff there. We decided
to stay another night in KK, allowing Neil to rest more in the hotel.
Ana and I went to Karamunsing for a look around the shops and to buy
another torch for the boat, some silicone to repair the galley sink
fittings. In the evening, we all went to a waterfront restaurant
for a steak dinner!
26/11/20 Thurs. After breakfast, Ana and I went to the
police station and filled in the application forms for a travel permit
before picking up Neil at 10am. The journey back was another day
of rain and flooded roads but we stopped at Kota Belud for some lunch
and arrived back at the boats at 3pm.
30/11/20 Mon. I collected my Victron BMV702 from the yard
on Friday, so that's another job that will need doing over the coming
days. The rainy season is most definitely with us now and we have
almost constant rain each day.
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