I'm Being Followed by a Moon Shadow
by Ramblin' Kinda Guy
The reason I’m running to a rural area to see the eclipse is to avoid crowds and potential traffic jams. But who knows? There may be lines of vehicles and parties along the country roads of Southern Nebraska. I am hoping to not have to deal with traffic but some of the trip, in the interest of expediency, will have to be up I-35 north and there are bound to be a few folks heading to the path of totality from down here in the Southwest. I don’t expect traffic to be as bad as it normally is outside of Norman, Oklahoma on the day of a Sooner home game, though.
*Traffic backing up in Oregon two days ahead of eclipse.*
I will happily get off the Interstate, if it is crowded, but that will slow northward progress as you pass through various small towns. It’s interesting to contemplate what Dwight D. Eisenhower might think of his legacy, the Interstate Transportation and Defense System, originally designed to improve commerce and make it easier to move around military equipment in the event we are forced to defend our country. (No, I’m not going to go into a political rant about how our greatest enemies now come from within, maybe not from without, but I could, so just consider me doing you a favor here).
*On the road to Pineville, Oregon, arrival uncertain.*
There are going to be several places tomorrow and Monday where the Interstates will be beyond their capacities, very much like rush hour in the LA Basin; just too many vehicles and not enough concrete. There is, however, already way too much pavement in the U.S. (But that’s another diatribe for another time, too). The bigger cities will likely come to a traffic standstill where the eclipse achieves totality. I am glad I won’t be in Nashville but I suspect there will be a bit of a party.
Cat Stevens, prior to his religious conversion
The first place to see the eclipse, in Oregon, is already seeing absurd traffic jams more than 48 hours from totality. State police there say the line of cars heading for the town of Pineville (see pictures throughout) was 15 miles long and not moving by mid-morning on Saturday. You can see in the video above, speeded up, that someone driving in the opposite direction was a bit astounded. I’m hoping for better luck going across the Central and High Plains up to Nebraska.
A chance exists for scattered clouds in Nebraska. Forecasts are about a 20 percent chance of rain and "partly sunny" skies. I always wondered if partly sunny is the same as partly cloudy, but then I stopped worrying about it and began to ponder who thought up potato chips and twist off beer caps. These are people not to be trifled with.
The BMW 1200 LT is loaded and ready to roll out at first light Sunday.