I live in NJ, near Philadelphia Pa. I hadn't planned on traveling to the eclipse, but my son has expressed interest in going. I've never been to a total eclipse or near one so I don't know what to expect. Here is the plan...
We would drive from NJ, on US 95 to the totality area in South Carolina. We do not have any logging reservations so we would be strictly 'mobile.'
It's a long drive, roughly 8 hours.
Calling on those with experience in traveling to eclipse areas or with the area in south Carolina, I have the following questions, that may be answerable or may not.
> A few hours before the eclipse and near the time the start, would there be an expected heavy traffic or traffic jams in the US 95 area?
> Assuming we can get in the totally path, would just parking in a suitable area be possible? Do you think the local authorities will take unkindly to this kind of loitering?
> Does anyone know, given the time of year and the time of day, the percentage chance of having clear weather in the area.
I know this is grasping for straws and crystal ball stuff, but if anyone has any comments concerning the possible obstacles we may face, I would certainly appreciate comments. I'm on the fence about it right now. I just have a feeling it's a less than 50-50 chance of success and would rather plan far in advance of the 2023 event. I don't know.
Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice.