Like many others, I'm planning on going to Texas. Looking for spots to watch the eclipse from, hoping to not be among a huge crowd, I'm looking at secondary/dirt roads outside of towns. Looking at satellite and street view images a lot. I'm not finding a lot, roads are narrow with no good place to park for a couple hours. What's nearby are often driveways, gates, and houses. Are the locals going to be ok with seeing cars nearby along the roads? Don't want to be provoked with someone guns blazing!
To get your thread back on topic after my previous post...
Re: "guns blazing"...
As I'm sure other backroads explorers will attest, there are a few specific out-of-the-way communities one will stumble upon in this broad country where out-of-state license plates or the, um, appearance of being an out-of-towner might be greeted with less-than a, er, neighborly fellow-American welcome.
Now, It is not my purpose here to inject any sense of blanket characterizations here or to paint with a broad brush in regards to remote communities, but I can recommend (based on my decades of backroads travel) that folks traveling to some of those, er, quieter and less-visited parts of our country should be mindful and respectful that certain individuals one might encounter in one's travels might not share in the same common "sense of welcome towards their fellow citizens" as most other folks.
But, by way of a few personal experiences...I've been skedaddled from a 2-pump gas station with a steaming overheating car in need of repair on the DelMarVa, to being flagged down by a passing patrol officer in the "deep south" who noticed our plates and turned around to pull us over just to offer us a, uh, strong recommendation into us reconsidering our day's dirt road itinerary to perhaps not continue along a certain route as "some of the folks down that way won't take-kind to seeing your brother's Massachusetts license plate" , to being reluctantly-provided or, er, declined service based on our, um, outward appearance in all sorts of locales!
Having shared those tales, these amount to less than two handfuls of experiences in over 5 decades of my travels and folks reading along here should consider those experiences as both something to be mindful about and that they're anecdotal. I bring all of this up as folks, by no means, should consider "guns blazing" the norm!
My plans for next year will be similar to yours as I generally prefer to eschew the crowds for Solar Eclipse viewing as I prefer to take in the event in a more natural environment. We'll be based from my daughter's place in north Texas (which lays within the path of totality, though near the edge) and plan for a day's outing to view from the centerline.
As I'm sure anyone else who's been perusing internet maps will attest, there is clearly a dearth of public town parks or other public access areas in rural Texas along the centerline and one will need to be creative in seeking out some small pocket if their goal is for, um, removed/quiet viewing.
I'll be heading down next month for a visit and we'll be taking a few day-trips in search of such locations and seeking out event-day permissions should they be necessary. Rest assured I will be actively avoiding any location being discussed on the internet, and y'all won't know where we saw it until sometime after Tuesday, April 9th next year! Ha!
Well, that's me.