In preparation for the apoceclipse, I set out on my motorcycle to scout possible eclipse viewing locations. I was looking for a spot that offered 2+ minutes of totality, parking for 3 cars--even if just roadside, and some kind of view to the horizon to see the "sunset colors" where the sun hits the earth outside the totality.
I mostly failed, but enjoyed about 200 miles of riding. The main problem I ran into is simply the popularity of the event. Even the tiniest towns have rumors of 25,000 people showing up on Monday. Another event-killer is the forecast now calls for cloudy weather during the 3 hour window.
If it were just me, I'd sit on a high point on a remote dirt road. BUT, I'll have 3 cars full of 3 generations of family and need of bathrooms if at all possible. In other words, it's going to be a disaster!
Anywho...some pics from my ride...
Probably the best eclipse viewing spot I found was this church cemetery overlook in Napolean, MO.
It will have 2 minutes and 5 seconds of totality and offers a fantastic view to the N horizon. It has some parking, but most likely will have 5,000 people trying to squeeze onto that platform. Yikes!
The day before heading out, I spent a few hours pouring over topo maps and satellite imagery and used the NASA eclipse map to find probably viewing spots. I was looking for high ground without too many trees to block the view. Here is one of my spots along a 2 track in the middle of a soybean field. It had long-distance views.
Unfortunately, the 2 track was rutted and muddy, and with rain in the forecast combined with the fact I'd have 2 cars of family following me...well, no-go. Oh, and I might have been trespassing--no signs or gates, and while the road was on my maps, it was not labelled.
I "discovered" a really nice general store in Dover, MO. I took this motorcycle for a test ride. It felt really "planted". Get it?!
The nice folks at the general store were offering eclipse parking for $20 per car, but they were located down in a low spot--not great viewing in my opinion.
Another unobstructed high ground spot I found is the Ebenezer Church Cemetery off MO Hwy H
just SE of Buckner, but the gates were closed. I assume the gates will be closed on Mon, too. It was on a relatively dramatic hill with a wonderful view to the East.
By mid afternoon, I was getting really hungry, so stopped at Misty's Cafe in Buckner, MO. It's a terrible place, but they did have an item I'd never seen before. I didn't try it, but it is tempting.