RV to a Total Solar Eclipse

Why RV? The majority of RVers, no matter what they are driving, will answer “to get ….. back to nature, close to photo spots, to a special event.”  Feeling the thrill of waking up and stepping out into the mecca of activity you are passionate about whether it’s birds singing in a quiet forest or the noise of a NASCAR race… you are THERE!

Sometimes just traveling with your RV to a spot where others congregate becomes the event. RVer’s could make an event an RV phenomenon, such as the case with the self-proclaimed RV boondocking capital of the world, Quartzite, Arizona. We plan to cover Quartzite in January of this year so keep an ear out for that adventure 😉

Here is an event coming in August that is a one-time shot, well, at least for the next 100 years or so. In July’s RV Business, we learn about a scientific event that is drawing RVer’s by the thousands, a Total Solar Eclipse.

According to writer Bob Ashley, “Total Solar Eclipse is Becoming Major RV Event – Communities from Oregon to South Carolina are preparing for an influx of visitors Aug. 21 — many of them pulling or driving RVs — to experience the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. in nearly 100 years.

Some 12.2 million people in 14 states will be in the path of totality after the eclipse reaches the Continental United States between Portland and Salem, Ore., at 7:16 a.m. EDT, and concludes southeast of Colombia, S.C., at 2:48 p.m. Others to the north and south, in areas like Maine and south Texas, will see a 50% partial eclipse. The next total eclipse in the U.S. will occur in 2045, traversing from northern California to Florida.

The epicenter, where there will be total darkness for the longest period of time, is Hopkinsville, Ky., a town of about 32,000 people located in the southwest corner of the state that has aggressively promoted itself as ”Eclipseville.” To mark the event, Hopkinsville is planning a Friday-Sunday celebration before the sun disappears on Monday at 1:24:41 p.m. (CDT) for two minutes and 40 seconds.” You can read the rest of the article here.

Over 100,000 visitors are expected to drive in to get a ‘good seat’. Imagine the fun of having your own seat, your own bed, your own toilet and your own frig, AND be able to witness this spectacular event? And then be able to comfortably wait until the crowd leaves. Oh ya, there are definite advantages to Rving!~


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