Monday, August 21, 2017

OFF TOPIC. Total Solar Eclipse 2017 documented from Cherohala Skyway

For the special occasion of a total solar eclipse over the US in reasonable driving distance Py skipped this year's Vermont Challenge and the 11th D2R2 for a change heading far South visiting a friend at the foothills of the Smokey Mountains near Knoxville, TN - -just about close to the path of the totality zone. See map of the local area here -- the chosen observation region with a chance to get a little out of the hot humid air at lower altitude -- heading up on the Cherohala Skyway to almost 1600m:

As Py arrived in advance he took the change to go for a ride on this mountain pass on Friday with his bike.... to scout of the area in depth and to pick a good location to set up on Monday morning the 21st of August 2017. The actual observation point  picked (dot):

How the day went: a time lapse of the drama and gamble with clouds developing around noon time over the mountain -- Eclipse Total around t=6:40:

Looking "West": From t=15:21 -- watch the "shadow" or sun set like horizon change before the darkness:

And a fast forward of the whole Eclipse -- sorry about the dark and choppy frames, blame the clouds.

Are few results of all the photos taken:

After some HDR image processing of just two selected shots:

More photo's by Py here:

Eclipse 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tennessee Smokey Mountains Riding and Eclipse View Point Scouting

New Terrain -- visiting Marco!

Eclipse viewing site exploration on Cherohala Skyway ride from Tellico Plain Visitor Center:

Zoo Shop Ride:

Smokey Mountains Front Range Ride:

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Last Tour of the Catskills -- sadly

The last Tour of the Catskills. Even simplified to a singe day race, from the original 3 day stage race format, a pity to see it go.