Or just embrace the meridian flip and live with losing a couple of images (rather than an entire sequence)? I'll be near Uvalde; transit is at 1:41 PM and my mount can go up to an hour past meridian before flipping, so I could flip at, say, 2:40PM and just miss one or two images closer to C4 (at 2:53PM). I'd rather mess with the flip after all the real fun rather than risk messing something up before totality.
The problem is the opposite of what you are suggesting. It’s the meridian flip that is complicated. At night it works because after the flip it will platesolve to recenter on the target. Platesolving doesn’t work during the day, so after a meridian flip it either won’t track because it is failing and retrying platesolving, or if you can get it out of that loop you will need to manually recenter it. Pre-positioning in the counterweight up position is super simple. Once you are in position and tracking there is nothing else do it, it just works.