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Old 07-11-2017, 09:38 AM   #61
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I will be watching it from Lathrop, MO. A town of 2,000 people that is supposed to grow to 25,000. It is ~30 miles from Kansas City.

They have buses from KC and Des Moines, but I will be driving. Lots of activities there, it is also their 150 anniversary.
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I may do this. It's a +5 hour drive to Carbondale, Illinois, where the greatest duration is. I want to photograph it, but I want to catch some interesting landscape with the eclipse. But the eclipse takes place in this area around noon, making the sun high in the sky. Maybe too high to catch some landscape in the same photo.
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+1. But expecting traffic to be crazy.
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+1. But expecting traffic to be crazy.
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Just moved near Portland. Thought of camping a little south to be right in the path, but all campgrounds are booked. I'll settle for 98.5%
Why not drive a bit south that morning? I know there's likely to be a lot of traffic, but you could give yourself a couple hours buffer and grab breakfast somewhere, and pack some food in case you do get caught in traffic. If you want to see the full eclipse, which I understand to be quite a bit more of an experience than even 98.5%.

That's my plan, if the weather looks good. I'll see if I can book something right in the path, but if I can't, I'll book in one of the larger cities not far from it (Charlotte or Knoxville) and drive the rest of the way in the morning. The eclipse doesn't even start until 1pm where I'm looking in the east.

Maybe I'm underestimating the traffic. I just checked Columbia, Greenville and Anderson SC, which are pretty close to the center of the path. Some places sold out, but a lot still available, though at a 50-100% markup.
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Why not drive a bit south that morning?.............
Yea, if it was just me, I'd do it. DW has a lot of intertia...
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Yea, if it was just me, I'd do it. DW has a lot of intertia...
Ditch her! I'd expect someone who goes by travelover to be able to go on the move quite easily!

If you're in a caregiver situation for DW, please disregard as I don't intend to be insensitive.
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Ditch her! I'd expect someone who goes by travelover to be able to go on the move quite easily!

If you're in a caregiver situation for DW, please disregard as I don't intend to be insensitive.
She makes up for it in other ways. Our eclipse is at 9 AM-ish and we are north of Portland. Traffic is terrible crossing the bridges at morning rush hour, so we'd have to be out of here by 6 AM to miss it. Starts sounding like a bit of a hassle.
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Will be one of the last people in the US to see it - standing on the beach in Charleston.....
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Hope you are cloud free on the beach in SC. That would be spectacular.
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We just booked a hotel in Kansas City for the whole weekend, which is an 8-hour drive from where we live in Texas. We also bought a $20 parking pass at the airport in St Joseph, MO, which is exactly on the centerline. It's normally about a one hour drive north from Kansas City. Plan is to leave the hotel about 5am in hopes of beating the gridlock on I-29. It starts at 11:40, so I think we'll make it... unless the entire population of Kansas City has the same plan.
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We just booked a hotel in Kansas City for the whole weekend, which is an 8-hour drive from where we live in Texas. We also bought a $20 parking pass at the airport in St Joseph, MO, which is exactly on the centerline. It's normally about a one hour drive north from Kansas City. Plan is to leave the hotel about 5am in hopes of beating the gridlock on I-29. It starts at 11:40, so I think we'll make it... unless the entire population of Kansas City has the same plan.
You should be fine, I lived there 38 years. I've driven that in way less time!😂 Even World Series or Presidential visits wouldn't make you late. Your location in KC matters, downtown is closer to the airport then JOCO, Kansas, it will take a little longer. Still you should be early.

Are you tailgating first?
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I waited too long to book in Oregon, so I am taking a different route - fly to New Orleans on the 19th, hop on Amtrak "City of New Orleans" to Carbondale, IL. In town from 0311 to 1615, then hop on Amtrak "Saluki" to Chicago, fly home the next morning
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Thought it would be worth a bump as only 6 weeks to go. Trying to decide on whether to go to vicinity of Columbia, SC or Columbia, MO to watch eclipse. Have others who are planning to get in the path got their plans made.

I will be heading to Columbia SC from the Charlotte NC area. About a 2 hour drive.
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I waited too long to book in Oregon, so I am taking a different route - fly to New Orleans on the 19th, hop on Amtrak "City of New Orleans" to Carbondale, IL. In town from 0311 to 1615, then hop on Amtrak "Saluki" to Chicago, fly home the next morning
That's an interesting idea. Shouldn't have the traffic issues that driving will have if you can get into the middle of it, though you'd likely want a car to be flexible. I could catch the Crescent on Sunday night, arrive in Greenville SC in the morning, and catch the train back that evening. I'll have to think about that. If it was just me I'd probably book it since it can be cancelled, but my son is going to try to go too, and the overnight Monday night may not work for him.
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You should be fine, I lived there 38 years. I've driven that in way less time!😂 Even World Series or Presidential visits wouldn't make you late. Your location in KC matters, downtown is closer to the airport then JOCO, Kansas, it will take a little longer. Still you should be early.

Are you tailgating first?
No grilling planned, but we'll have plenty of food and drinks on hand. If you're right about traffic, then we'll be there around the time they open at 6am. And we probably won't leave until about 3pm. So it's going to be a long day.
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We are lucky. Backyard; 100%; 2 minutes, 21 seconds, just about 130 p.m. And just three weeks after retiring...

Glasses purchased, Fingers crossed for no clouds/rain (30-40% historic cloud cover area).

Maybe break out a bottle of aged sauternes?
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We won't see the total eclipse from here in New Orleans, but IIRC around 75%-80%. We have no intention of traveling to see it.

Frank bought some special glasses for each of us, to protect our eyes as we watch from his back yard. He also bought some sort of filter or something for his telescope.

I'm less optimistic than he is, and expect heavy clouds and rain. But we will have fun no matter what the weather. We always do.
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We just booked a hotel in Kansas City for the whole weekend, which is an 8-hour drive from where we live in Texas. We also bought a $20 parking pass at the airport in St Joseph, MO, which is exactly on the centerline. It's normally about a one hour drive north from Kansas City. Plan is to leave the hotel about 5am in hopes of beating the gridlock on I-29. It starts at 11:40, so I think we'll make it... unless the entire population of Kansas City has the same plan.

I will be at the Super 8 Kansas City, 4321 N Corrington Ave, Kansas City, MO 64117. Plan on heading to Lathrop, MO, only 30 miles away. It is right on the center line too, just a few miles off I35. And on my way home back to MN.

Lathrop, MO is also having their 150th anniversary, so it should be pretty festive. They are only ~2,000 in population, expected to grow to 25,000, and parking is cheap at the antique grounds. Of course, I suspect there is plenty of free parking at any of the side roads and farms in the area, if you wanted. They even have shuttles from KC and Des Moines.

https://www.lathropeclipse.com/

They even have a 20 second video of a full eclipse. Anything other than a full eclipse is like kissing your sister from what I have read. It's like going to a concert and seeing the warm up band, but leaving before the main event.
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