|Just north of Nashville, TN along I-65 is the town of Franklin KY. This is where we will be staying.|
If the weather looks good, we will see two and a half minutes of totality just before 1:30pm local time from the front of the hotel parking lot.
This location is not ideal, just convenient. Near the hotel allows bathroom breaks (during the partial phases), access to food and drink, and a comfortable place to be. The show is in the sky, so the surroundings are really not all that important if all you want to do is see the eclipse.
|Front of hotel car park area|
When we arrived at the site, the weather was not good. Fortunately for us, the next day revealed a very blue and transparent sky. We expect that the car park area will be full of cars so the chances of setting up on the pavement is slim. Instead we thought the grassy area in front might be nice.
|Grassy slope in front of Hotel. See is on ramp to I-65 South off of SR 31.|
|A chain restaurant common in this part of the USA, Cracker Barrel is across the street.|
Our plan is to arrive in the area a few days ahead and further scout alternatives for setting up. Kentucky and Tennessee are lovely settings for the eclipse and if the weather cooperates we will have a great time. We are not too far from Hopkinsville too. There is an interesting festival going on the weekend before the eclipse. Given the time, we will be stopping by there in the days leading up to the eclipse to check it out.
Oh, by the way, in our adventures we discovered a local distiller is ready for the eclipse selling Total Solar Eclipse Moonshine. More on this and other unique mementos of the eclipse later, that is a good subject for another blog entry.