Today is the total eclipse day. I have been toying with the idea of catching a ride to where the 100% epicentre is, but I drop it, deciding that 95% of a moon shade is just as good.
A quarter before the climax I pull into a tiny town and ask a couple sitting on the porch whether I can join them for the event. I really didn’t want to spend it on my own in the middle of corn fields, so am really happy when Joyce & Nick agree.
They let me use their wielding mask to observe the Sun and we take turns. The hue of the sky gets eerie. I don’t have the words to describe it: you have to see it to understand it. The shadows of the trees seem pretty amazing, but I think it’s because of the specific type of the plant in the couple’s garden. It is only AFTER the fact that I am told by someone that the hundreds of crescent-like shapes were indeed the result of the eclipse. Aaaghr! On tops, the sky didn’t get as dark as we’d all expected, so I can say that there’s a bit of a disappointment. It’s then that I realize that it was, in the end, a wise decision NOT to travel for hours to see a two-minute switching off of the Earth’s main lamp.
Also, can you imagine that with the 95% eclipse, the 5 remaining percent of the Sun does a perfectly satisfactory job with providing us with the necessary daylight? With BETTER, upgraded shadows on top of it! What energy-efficiency!
Anyways, after a bit of an additional rest, I am back in the hot, humid and hilly land of Missouri. I make it to Ash Grove where the city council lets cyclists occupy an entire building in the city park. I occupy it well and up until 5 o’clock in the morning, for I simply cannot sleep. I’m afraid it’s the medication I had to start taking again because of the sun rash (could this ALSO be yet another effect of the eclipse?). But tomorrow’s supposed to be all rain and lightning all day, so I’m staying in anyways. I’ll sleep in. I'll be fine.