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Total Eclipse Iron Butt

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  • Spedway Gas Station

    1425 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem, NC (map)

    36.066486 -80.259384

  • Take a ride to Hopkinsville KY to observe the August 21 Total eclipse of the sun (Hopkinsville is directly in the center of the path with a full 2min and 20 seconds of totality.) 505 miles each way for a nice total trip of 1010 miles. We'll be traveling part of the trip both directions in partial darkness as the moon is eclipsing the sun.
    Thanks to Thom for the info on the eclipse and the Hopkinsville destination idea.

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  • alyse

    Yes for now. I'll know more closer to the actual date & more after details are available.

    1 · June 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those seeking more information on this

    http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21

    After this, the next total solar eclipse within the CONUS will several decades away. So, if this is on your personal bucket list...this is your chance.

    Incidentally, this eclipse WILL be visible from Winston Salem. Indeed, the local coverage will be something in the neighbourhood of 97 or 98%....quite impressive in and of itself. Especially if you've never seen totality or near-totality before.

    Also...if you want to go see it in a less hurried fashion than Brian has proposed (i.e. NON-Iron Butt) and intend to find lodging....better look into it now. Most, if not all, of the hotels in and anywhere near Hopkinsville are already booked and have been for quite some time. I made reservations quite awhile back and had a tough go of it then.

    I doubt I'll be joining the ride. My brother and I will be driving out. If the wx goes south, we've other points in mind along the path of totality.

    1 · June 2

  • Brian F.

    Also, this will, of course, be cancelled in the event that cloudy weather is predicted for Hopkinsville, in which case we'll try to find a closer spot to ride to that is in the direct path of the eclipse that is not predicted to be cloudy.

    May 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    we have a little time to plan for this lol

    May 31

    • Brian F.

      A LOT of time... It's also possible for someone who wants to split this into a 2 day event to go down the day before, meet anyone doing the Iron Butt 1000 there and ride back together... (Although it will be a fast-paced return, so if someone wants to do this on the return, be prepared for few (150 miles or so. 7 minutes to fuel, drink, relieve self and move on immediately, depending on how many miles the "shortest tank" person has who is doing the Iron Butt. We will be losing about an hour or so at the eclipse site, and since this particular town has been "advertized" as one of the best viewing sites for the eclipse, traffic will likely be a bit heavy, so we won't be able to dally around on stops on the way back, as we need to complete the full trip in less than 24 hours.

      May 31

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  • Brian F.
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    I've been riding motorcycles for 30+ years. My current bike is a 2007 BMW R1200RT.

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