Between lockdowns

The lockdowns are coming thick and fast here with the delta variant. Sydney is almost keeping a lid on things but keeps leaking cases, so currently the whole state of NSW is in lockdown (their lockdowns are always lighter than the other states). Canberra and Melbourne are also in lockdown. Brisbane just exited a lockdown. The Northern Territory just went for a 3-day snap lockdown after a Sydney-imported case. That variant is just so infectious that what worked last year is just barely working now. Add in a crap vaccination roll-out and everyone having lockdown fatigue after 18 months of it, and the outlook is a bit grim. HOWEVER, regional Victoria was released from lockdown early last week and I immediately took advantage of good weather and the freedom to travel more than 5kms from home.

You can check out that short 30km ride and some really nice views of what my area looks like after a few months of good, above average rain here:

I recently celebrated 15 years of Australian citizenship and will celebrate 20 years of living in Oz this week. If we don’t get hit with a lockdown in the next 20 hours (they can drop those with only a few hours’ notice), I’m hoping to take off on the bike for a few days to celebrate my Aussie-ness. Fingers crossed my upper abdominal pain is manageable and the vomiting and delta variant stay away and allow the crew and me to go!

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

8 response to "Between lockdowns"

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 19, 2021

      Your Melbourne friend’s story is actually very common. People have been getting stuck all over the place for the last 9 months as borders open and close. Living on the state border, we see the rush to get back to the home state whenever the Premier’s start to hint that they are going to close the border. This last time they hinted for about two weeks, and you should have seen the flood of caravans coming back down. They had to open up an additional COVID testing site to accommodate all the people travelling back home that had to get a COVID test as part of their permit to re-enter the state. I stayed far away from that area at that point! There’s also a big congregation of caravans at the showgrounds in Albury for people that didn’t make it in time. The VIC gov is making them stay there for two weeks and get tested 3 times in that 14 days before they’ll grant them permission to cross since they didn’t make the border in time. Totally crazy.

  1. By: NancyG Posted: August 16, 2021

    Lockdown fatigue is a perfect name for it. Have not looked at your blog yet, but will do that when there is better wifi for us. Good for you to take some advantage to get out while you can. Happy citizenship to you ;’-)

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: August 17, 2021

    Congrats on your residence and citizenship anniversaries! I came to Germany 59 years ago but don’t remember in what year I got German citizenship. During those 59 year I have spent some years abroad – one year in Washington D.C., two years in Bangkok, one year in China and almost a year on the road with a backpack in S.E. Asia.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 19, 2021

      That’s an impressive resume, Suzanne! I won’t make 59 years here simply because I don’t plan to live long enough to make that happen. But it’s strange to think I’ve lived all but 4 years of my adult life in Oz. I certainly never planned it. I thought I would spend 6 months in Oz, return home to do Americorps and then a couple years on trail building crew to gather funds and then go travel South AMerica. Now all of my international trips are to see family, but I of course, don’t mind that. Someday I will get to Patagonia and Central Asia though!

  3. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 18, 2021

    Congrats on your citizenship, overall, not a bad place to live. Couldn’t imagine moving country or even interstate myself, so many hassles, it’s a bold move to uproot yourself to the other side of the world.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: August 19, 2021

      Well, with 1/4 of Aussies born overseas, there’s lots of people willing to chase a partner/work/dream/better life! It certainly wasn’t on my to-do list when I first travelled here in 1998. I was just looking for rocks and trees, not a husband! But I have no regrets.

      Yes, Nomadland showed a lot of people forced into the van life… far from the lifestyles of the Instagram influencers! A lot of people have fallen off the bottom rung in America and van life is not really a choice. And then there are the big RVs with washers and dryers inside. There’s certainly variety in lifestyles to be found. I like the simplicity of it and not being tied to anywhere. If you don’t have family, it’s a lot easier to do, I think. Crafts might be a bit hard to accommodate, but I know a ‘beader’ who actually kept up that hobby while bike touring, so I guess when there’s a will, there’s a way 🙂

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: August 18, 2021

    Also, I wouldn’t mind living life on the road too but my Lovely Wife is very homely and loves her crafts. I’m sure you would have seen the movie ‘nomadland’ , no matter the hardships she just loved her freedoms.

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