So I’m posting a day early this week. It looks like I’m going to be busy getting my apartment ready for hurricane Irma tomorrow. I made the mistake last year of riding out hurricane Matthew. My power was out for about a week, and I killed the battery in my car charging my iPad and phone. Apparently iPads draw a rather significant amount of power from the car battery. Who knew?
Campus is closing at 5:00 pm today to give everyone a chance to get to a safe location. Primarily the administration is worried about students, but they are letting faculty and staff off too. I have a reservation in as it turns out in Calhoun GA, about 332 miles northwest of here. That should put me outside the margin of error (approximately 160 miles 4 days out and 211 miles 5 days out Source: Definition of the NHC Track Forecast Cone [http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutcone.shtml]). I have two possible routes, one goes through Atlanta and should take about 4:33. The other avoids interstates and goes through Athens. Its time is just over seven hours. I will most likely take the route through Athens as it gives me a chance to see the state, and will probably be less traveled than the interstate. Plus it avoids Atlanta traffic. My plan right now is to leave home about 5:00 on Sunday morning. Check in is at 2:00 so I’ll have a couple of hours to spare, That will allow for rest, fueling and food stops.
I’ll try to take a few pictures along the way to post.