Just wondering what you all have planned for this event that, from what I hear, is something one should not miss as any cost!. I'm interested in your general logistics, drive or fly, camp or hotel, contingency plans if the weather does not cooperate etc....
I'm not intending on this topic be a discussion on equipment or the debate on "safe solar" viewing.. Just want to hear what your transportation / lodging plans are and any anticipated detours you may take while you are in the area..
Ill share what I have so far with you all..
OK...The plan is for my wife, daughter, and I to drive from Boston... teardrop camper in tow and be ready to go West or more South East depending on the short term forecast. We plan on a "target" area that stretches from Jefferson City Missouri to Charleston South Carilonia. I have booked 3 RV campsites.
1st site near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
2nd site near Knoxville, Tennessee.
3rd site near Columbia, South Carolina.
All these sites are within the path of totality. With the exception of site #2 which is only 20-30 mins drive to the centerline.
My master plan is on day 1 drive from Boston to either Pittsburgh PA or Washington DC. All depends on which area is forecasted to get the best weather. So go South or go West will be the first decision.
From there (day 2) is a decision tree to go from Pittsburgh PA to the Evansville Indiana area. OR if the weather is favoring the eastern portion of the path, Washington DC to either Knoxville TN area OR Columbia SC area.
Once we are all set up at one of our RV sites (Sunday Afternoon the 20th) all eyes will be on the forecast for Eclipse day the 21st. I figured from each of the possible locations I could drive East or West 2-3 hours if need be on eclipse day if the clouds will be overhead at the site we chose. Hopefully we won't have to drive at all that day but I wanted to make sure that I had a plan even for Eclipse day.
I have the 3 sites already confirmed, booked and paid for. But the teardrop trailer has just been ordered and we should get it April/ May next year. So plenty of time to practice driving with a trailer. Car is all ready with new hitch, brake controller, and trailer wire harness just awaiting the trailer itself.
I have to say this has been a labor of love to put this all together. Just the mapping alone took tons of time to get right. And that didn't even include the research of the potential RV parks we wanted to consider. But it all seems to have fallen into place. I'm sure it will get further refined (may decide to take 3 days to drive down instead of 2 to make it not so tough on our 2 year old). But at least I know where we need to be for the day.... and have a solid plan to give us the best shot of seeing this. I just hope we don't get some sort of monster storm that sit and spins while covering my whole coverage area.
Below is a map I put together using Google that I have been using as my master document noting campsites and routes. Totality or Bust BABY!!