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Offline kdtrull

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« on: July 13, 2017, 11:12:32 PM »
August 21.  Total solar eclipse.  Anyone  Interested?

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 11:31:31 PM »
I am making definite plans to be in the best spot accessible to me. No plans about where or how to get there. Waiting for weather to make that determination.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 05:45:02 AM »
I am definitely interested. I'm off work that day and I've been think about heading to Tennessee to see it. I believe telico plains will be in the totality area


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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 06:40:55 AM »
Lynn and I are teaching a whitewater safety class at the Ocoee River that weekend. We have taken Monday off from work to watch the eclipse, but probably won't have motorcycles with us.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 07:10:09 AM »
I plan on being up there..somewhere.  Tellico Plains is filling up fast, Wayne at Cherohola MC Resort said he has reservations from people from all over the country.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 11:10:46 AM »
Has anyone planned a destination for the trip yet?


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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 11:48:39 AM »
BrianA found this cool interactive site:

https://tse2017.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d4cf0c22a2df4b6683acc4cd621aca7a

I'm open to starting a discussion and loose plans, but I'm waiting on weather to make a final decision about destination. I don't want to ride that far and miss it because of cloud coverage.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 11:59:08 AM »
Yeah I'm the same way. I'm open to go as far as Missouri (maybe Nebraska) to the South Carolina coast to view it.


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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 05:17:48 PM »
I'm planning to do this as a day-ride.  Likewise, my trip will depend entirely on the weather for the 21st.

From what I've been reading, any area that has lodging also has the possibility of being a gaggle.  I intend to leave out early on the 21st and take a leisure ride just northeast or northwest (most likely) of Nashville to the most rural area I can find.  Watch the eclipse then stroll home.  I'll have a precise location nailed down between now and then.

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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2017, 08:00:02 AM »
NASA put out a really great map tracking the eclipse.  Their advice is not to choose a destination until you know what the weather will be like.  A clear sky is more important than the place. 

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 08:09:46 PM »
I work the Sunday before.....Melony and I will be riding up that Sunday night after I get off work.

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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 08:48:03 PM »
Haven't thought about getting started at night or late afternoon Sunday....Not a bad idea, depending on how far we have to go.

Whatever I do, I have (really need) to be back Monday night at a reasonable time.  I burned through over 6 weeks of vacation time last Spring/Summer.  I seriously need to build some time back up.  "Have to" may be overstating the situation some...but I sure would like to only burn one more day.

If the weather pushes the viewing area outside of a day-ride perimeter, I will have to consider not seeing it.  Hopefully, we will be in August drought mode.

I've only ever seen an annular eclipse out in MO a couple decades ago....sure hope to see this full one.  Gonna' try to lock in the time off tomorrow.

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« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2017, 04:57:34 PM »
I'm now fully equipped.  8)


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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2017, 08:27:43 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!