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Offline Al Goodwin

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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2017, 10:08:41 AM »
Wal-Martin is selling glasses for the event, $1/each...... 8)

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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2017, 07:52:34 PM »
Not complaining...but, my ride has evolved into a family/friends van-trip to the path of totality.  I'm just grateful that I have friends and family with similar interests.  We are headed to Adams, TN....weather allowing....But don't spread that around too much.  I may be paranoid but am afraid travel on the 21st will be a cluster@#$%.  I've received a pair of natural-color plastic shades and a pack of paper viewers from American Paper Optics.  The shades are quite nice....strongly endorse American Paper Optics.

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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2017, 05:43:07 AM »
I'm having second thoughts about this.  I was thinking about Whigg Meadows, but it's going to be a walk, which I don't mind, I've backpacked to it in the Winter, I just don't like leaving a motorcycle at a trailhead for an extended period of time. Better look at this before you decide where to go.  I don't play well with hordes.

http://www.advocateanddemocrat.com/news/article_231846e5-58b0-5a19-a0a1-3000523fb2e4.html



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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2017, 06:15:28 AM »
I'm having second thoughts about this.  I was thinking about Whigg Meadows, but it's going to be a walk, which I don't mind, I've backpacked to it in the Winter, I just don't like leaving a motorcycle at a trailhead for an extended period of time. Better look at this before you decide where to go.  I don't play well with hordes.

http://www.advocateanddemocrat.com/news/article_231846e5-58b0-5a19-a0a1-3000523fb2e4.html

Whigg meadows was my choice as well.... :-\

UGH.....I'll look elsewhere.....I bet Buck Bald will be covered up with folks.
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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2017, 07:55:26 PM »
Thinking about riding up to Murphy NC area Saturday - worst case, I get a weekend of awesome pavement and dirt riding  :o

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« Reply #20 on: August 16, 2017, 09:20:19 PM »
I'm having second thoughts about this.  I was thinking about Whigg Meadows, but it's going to be a walk, which I don't mind, I've backpacked to it in the Winter, I just don't like leaving a motorcycle at a trailhead for an extended period of time. Better look at this before you decide where to go.  I don't play well with hordes.

http://www.advocateanddemocrat.com/news/article_231846e5-58b0-5a19-a0a1-3000523fb2e4.html

Whigg meadows was my choice as well.... :-\

UGH.....I'll look elsewhere.....I bet Buck Bald will be covered up with folks.

It's gonna get dark no matter where you are. I think most high spots will be covered with people, but any open area with a clear view of the sky should be just fine.
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2017, 06:46:39 AM »
I'm still trying to figure out where to go as far as the lack of cloud coverage. I will leave Saturday and come back Monday late that leaves Sunday full of riding the fun roads


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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2017, 11:10:06 AM »
We'll be riding up to tellico late Sunday night.....I'm thinking of hitting Star Mountain for the viewing.

.https://www.google.com/maps/dir/35.3417293,-84.3603259/35.3182021,-84.426989/@35.3285052,-84.3976135,15z/data=!4m2!4m1!5i1!5m1!1e4
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2017, 01:35:37 PM »
our very own Alabamian, interviewing the most obsessed man, about the biggest event this year :
http://youtu.be/qc7MfcKF1-s

the ios app:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/solar-eclipse-timer/id1203105865?mt=8

and android app:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxwoodastronomy.solareclipsetimer

remember to record your friends watching it, and let the pros record the eclipse  itself!

That video was great. I'm getting excited.

Also, I just loaded the android app. Very cool stuff.

I'm bringing big sheets of white drafting paper so we can see the shadow bands.
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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2017, 05:28:13 PM »
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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2017, 01:19:39 AM »
Going with family in the cage.  Staying Sunday night in a hotel near Manchester which is just south of the Path of Totality.  So, we'll drive into the "Path" Monday.  Will decide on the exact viewing location Sunday night / Monday morning.  I'm concerned the mountains will be a cluster of Biblical proportions so, we'll stay away from there. 

The forecast looks good- for now anyway.




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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2017, 10:08:09 AM »
I have been laying low, waiting to the last minute to gauge weather and options before I made a final decision.
My thought had been jump on the Versys, ride to Deals Gap, hang out with my friends there and experience the eclipse, the ride home Monday evening after it is all over with.

I am now having serious reservations about doing so.

My general impression, based on a few posts by friends in the area: it is going to be a mad house all along the path.

Already crowded and expected to get a lot worse.

In my mind's eye I see mental pics that look like hoards of humanity, stuck on the roads, like you see when folks flee the coast when a hurricane warning is issued and the storm is 12 hours from landfall.

I might just settle for the 93.5% I get from my own yard in Moody.


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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2017, 11:19:19 AM »

In my mind's eye I see mental pics that look like hoards of humanity, stuck on the roads, like you see when folks flee the coast when a hurricane warning is issued and the storm is 12 hours from landfall.


that's part of the reason we decided to head up Sunday night, we'll hit Chattanooga around 10pm, or so.  Plus, the ride from the campground up to Star mountain is only 2.7 miles of paved road.

After it's all over we'll ride around a bit, we're planning on staying up there Monday night as well.....

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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2017, 01:45:30 PM »
Is anyone planning on leaving tomorrow evening or early Sunday morning to head up?


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« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2017, 01:52:14 PM »
Here is where I'll be watching the eclipse. You can reserve a spot and remove some stress. Each reserved spot comes with a pair of solar glasses.

I'll have my daughter with me, we'll be in the cage.

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