I'm planning to bring food and water so I don't have to depend on the vendors, although I'll use them if all goes well. I'm also going to make sure I have plenty of gas (my vehicle has 400 mile range) and I'm planning to stay until a day or two after the eclipse, to avoid the worst of the traffic.
It's going to be a mess no matter what, but I want to see this eclipse, so I'll prepare as best I can and go. I hope they can turn down the lights at night so I can enjoy the stars and all on the high desert.
Somebody said Madras was near I5. It is a long way over mountain roads from I5. Salem, on the other hand, is right on I5, but it has a reputation for cloudy days, where Madras is in the rain shadow of the mountain range (I think it is still the cascades).
Indeed. Madras is nowhere near I5. It is at the junction of US 26 and US 97. 97 goes South to Bend and eventually K Falls near the Cali border. 26 goes north to Portland and South thru Prineville, Mitchell, etc. 26 South and East of Madras comes as close to following the eclipse as any major road. Single lane roads almost entirely except for a few short stretches. Madras is a minimum of 2.5 hours from I5 (in light traffic) and that is via 26 to Portland. All connections to the I5 corridor are over the Cascade mountain passes (Government Camp on 26 and Santiam and Willamette Passes further South)
Personally, I would not want to even try to watch from public land, although I know many have no choice. Crowds will be bad and security will be close to non-existent since the cop to visitor ratio will be astronomically tiny. If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who lives under totality, that is much better. I am full up and have a crowd of amateurs coming already since I am lucky enough to live under the path.
BTW, it may not always be ideal to be at the centerline:
Edited by CCDMan, 30 May 2017 - 11:13 AM.