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Old 04-06-24, 10:59 AM
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Eclipse thread

Are you in or anywhere near April 8 eclipse? If so, post your plans here. Must involve your bike, of course.

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I'm right on the east side of totality. Some parks will be closed; others have events, but are booked. My plan is to ride to a small park, west of here; should have 1-1/2 minutes of totality. The website for the park doesnt say anything. I figure, worst case, they could close the place, but not if youre on a bike lol
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Unfortunately we've had over 30" of snow in Jackson NH in the past two weeks so I'm not cycling anywhere! My location will have 98.7% totality with clear weather predicted ...



There are towns a short drive north with totality (Colebrook & Errol NH, Rangeley ME), but there are predictions of Woodstock levels of traffic gridlock from the throngs of eclipse chasers invading the small towns. I wish this event was happening in the summer. It would be the perfect excuse for a short local bike trip. I think I'll stay home and be happy with 98.7%!
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I’ll likely be driving somewhere in WVA at the time it is taking place. I have no interest in it, I only hope it does not affect traffic where I am. I won’t even pull over for a quick look. It is nothing more than a circumstantial, spacial occurrence. There are likely uncountable eclipses taki
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It is nothing more than a circumstantial, spacial occurrence.
Yes, but so is pretty much everything...
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We're in the path of totality, 3 minutes 40 seconds or so. Lucky part is that it's looking to be clear and sunny, in the 50's, not common here in April, snowed like hell here 2 days back. Small Town of 650 or so, predictions were Armageddon like. Hugh influx of people, traffic jams etc. Doubt that will be the case, thinking they'll all be up around Lake Placid or larger Adirondack towns, or in Vermont. Noticed a few strangers jogging by this morning but no big influx so far. I'll ride in the morning but plan on watching the event with wife and neighbors, they're closing off main street here, all 200 ft of it. Got my glasses, a beach chair and one tallboy as I have to walk home. A few weeks back I was not so excited but am now thinking its going to be a real cool event, looking forward to sharing it with others. Here in the ADK park, its being referred to as a total eclipse of the park.
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Originally Posted by BobG
Unfortunately we've had over 30" of snow in Jackson NH in the past two weeks so I'm not cycling anywhere! My location will have 98.7% totality with clear weather predicted ...



There are towns a short drive north with totality (Colebrook & Errol NH, Rangeley ME), but there are predictions of Woodstock levels of traffic gridlock from the throngs of eclipse chasers invading the small towns. I wish this event was happening in the summer. It would be the perfect excuse for a short local bike trip. I think I'll stay home and be happy with 98.7%!
keep in mind that 98% eclipse is nothing like total eclipse. Itís like a cloudy day or dusk. Whereas total eclipse is of course total eclipse . If you are at all close to where total eclipse is, go there.
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee
If you are at all close to where total eclipse is, go there.
I'm tempted! Just 58 miles north ...



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Currently in Ohio for it but brought a fishing rod not bike for the Maumee river walleye run.
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In RI weíll get about 91% totality. Iím planning to be out on the bike during it to bathe my bike in eclipse sunshine.

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supposedly the view is expected to be possible, but meh. Doesn't phase me.
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If you can get to totality, it is well worth the trouble!

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If you can get to totality, it is well worth the trouble!
.....second only to, "at the moment of your death you will receive total consciousness".
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If you can get to totality, it is well worth the trouble!

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I'm planning to bike to a secluded spot just outside the totality zone for a unique view of the April 8 eclipse.
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Originally Posted by Champlaincycler
Here in the ADK park, itís being referred to as a total eclipse of the park.
I hope Bonnie Tyler is going to be the celebrationís grand marshal.
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Unfortunately we've had over 30" of snow in Jackson NH in the past two weeks so I'm not cycling anywhere! My location will have 98.7% totality with clear weather.
I think I'll stay home and be happy with 98.7%!
You will experience absolutely nothing, as I would, here in LA with about 50% partial eclipse.
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Iím locking myself at home, forget Niagara, what a zoo there. I donít even trust those glasses. Too many counterfeits out there now sold on Amazon.
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70-80% gets you cool crescents filtered through tree leaves. It helps to find a very flat surface like this pic from 2017 when I'm on our deck under a dogwood tree. In grass or even a road surface the unevenness makes them less sharp.


EDIT: upon comparison, I guess the 2017 eclipse was closer to 90-95% here

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Going to ride to the main branch of the Free Library, where they will be handing out free glasses.

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I really don't think it's a big deal, but I respect the opinion of others. So, I'm not going to throw any shade on anyone else's celebrations.
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We are located right on the edge of the path of totality, so the total eclipse will only last a few seconds here. good enough for me. I could get a longer look at it by travelling an hour and a half to the border across from Buffalo, but the traffic and crowds will be nuts, and looks like partial cloud cover anyway, so I will settle for what we can see in our back yard.
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I am not an Eclipse enthusiast.
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If you can get to totality, it is well worth the trouble!

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I will just have to walk out my front door
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this is from 2017 in Idaho. a parital is nothing like totality. and a cell phone image like below does not do it justice.

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I am not an Eclipse enthusiast.
What about the Talon and Lazer?
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