Today’s the day!
So there are two down sides to the location that I ended up at overnight. One – there are train tracks just to the west of the town and there is a constant flow of trains coming out of the Thunder Basin (Coal Creek Mine). My neighbor heard that they come through every 20 minutes – not sure if they were that frequent but whatever, they blow their horns coming through town. All. Night. Long… Two, there is only one route to the interstate and I’ve no idea how many thousands of people saw the great opportunity I did yesterday…
Of course, the most important points are that the path of the eclipse will go directly overhead and provide 2 minutes 28 seconds of totality and the weather is forecast as clear. So I’ll accept the down sides happily!
Anyway, I rolled out of my tent shortly after sunrise at about 6. The weather forecast had not failed me. There were some light clouds visible to the east with the rising sun, but otherwise overhead and to the west was nothing but clear blue sky. Made some coffee and oatmeal and got a little reading in while waiting for the event to begin.