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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    I rode central Oregon last summer and was shocked by 1. How beautiful it is, and 2. How amazing the roads are. Living in NorCal, over the years I’ve become quite smug at having some of the best riding roads and gorgeous scenery right out of my driveway. Somehow this smuggery inadvertently turned into a belief that other places weren’t any good. I’ve come to appreciate that awesome roads and great scenery abound, and it does not take away from what I have at home.

    Central Oregon, a place I had written off as a boring desert, turned out to be simply amazing. I went there on a whim (I wanted to see Hells Canyon) and ended up doing 2,000 miles of criss cross over 4 days. I could go on and on. Whether you go to the eclipse or not, definitely go there to ride some day.

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Whole heartedly agree. Love riding in Oregon. Well worth the trip and I'll be up there again this year.

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    56 days til the TSE...I've ordered more eclipse viewing glasses to pass out to friends, some of whom will have 80% to 90% of the sun eclipsed by the moon. I don't want to hear about any seared eyeballs from un-safe viewing...

    ...and I can understand anyone not wanting to fight the potential crowds...OTH it could be a lot of "fake-news" about millions of people flocking to the path...or not. No matter, it is a once in the rest of my life chance to see one of the most interesting and awesome natural events...not that I can't appreciate the occasional earthquake, tornado, hurricane, tsunami or forest fire...plus I get to ride a bunch of Oregon roads to boot...might even drop in on family (or not)...

    Wherever you may be on August 21st, do not look at the sun during any partial phase without eclipse glasses, CE or ISO approved...

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    38 days til the Eclipse, Have extra eclipse glasses on hand for the unprepared, noticing that it's hot up there as it is down here. Plans are finalized except - will we make a 600 mile banzai run or break it up into 2 days; ride at night to beat the heat or tough it out and tour by day...decisions decisions...

    The inter-web sez there are still places to camp in the Path of Totality,(Madras, John Day) I'm thinking the whole millions of tourii is overstated, don't care as long as we can buy gas to get out of Oregon the day after...

    Last Chance in My life to see this...

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    You'll have a blast, regardless of the number of touristii

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Less than 48 hours to departure, staging from Reno on Friday AM so I'll be riding to Reno Thursday afternoon. With the increasing media attention we have seen motel rooms in the eclipse area $700 and up, so very glad to be camping for a measly $25 each per night. I'm ready to deal with increased traffic post-eclipse, but I'm kinda worried about finding gas, and also the lines to get in line for restaurant, gas, groceries...but, heck it's a vacation. Just don't want an "adventure" which I define as someone cold, wet, hungry and scared in some far off place with no lights in sight...

    I'll drag the old camera along just for pics on the ride, but not to photograph the eclipse - I'll leave that to the pros. If you don't have an eclipse plan, there are scores of online resources to educate and see pics of the corona/halo during the total phase...

    ...And don't look at the partial phase without proper eclipse glasses...

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Are you going up 395 all the way from Reno John?

    I was working in Central Oregon today ( Bend to Madras ). The traffic is already significantly heavier.

    The truck stop just south of Hines, Oregon has great food.

    The Silver Spur in Mt Vernon too.

    The Tall Town Cafe & Bakery in Lakeview is the local great food hangout. It west on 140 in the center of Lakeview, just 2 blocks from the Chevron.

    I've looked for food in Susanville, Ca. The best I could find is Lumberjacks. There is a few gas stations there also, but they are spread out in the spread out town.

    Safe Travels, KEN

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Couple days away - I want to see pics or it didn't happen.

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    Re: Ride to Total Eclipse of the Sun

    Roger that, lol...I will post pics of the ride, but you'll have see the Total Eclipse on TV or the 'net...only about 75% in the Sacramento area...

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