Aug 222017

Looks like for once I made the right choice: yesterday after the eclipse I launched directly out of Mackay, Idaho, and headed south on 26/84. The traffic was heavy, but not so much so that it stopped things from moving at highway speeds and I managed to get home in about 4 hours. I didn’t take the shorter I-15 route because I figured it’d be swamped. I later heard that other folks who *did* take I-15 made decent time; it wasn’t too busy.

It looks like what happened was that everyone in eastern Idaho also assumed that I-15 yesterday would be a nightmare and decided to wait till today to head south. With the result that I-15 became the parking lot the media had promised, just a day late.

Note that the northbound lane is *empty.*

 Posted by at 7:36 pm
  • Tango_Charlie

    It took 7 hours to cross Kentucky from south to north the day of the eclipse – normal traffic would put that at just 4 hours, and my group didn’t get away from the eclipse traffic until we were on the loop around Cincinnati.

  • Doug Pirahna

    I-85 in SC was the same, traffic added over an hour to the trip. It was easier to go back through Asheville and eastern TN than the way we came.

    But I got to see a total eclipse so it was worth it!

  • Ed

    I was in the I-15 jam on Monday afternoon, from Rexburg to Pocatello, about 5 hours. I would probably have stayed a couple of days more but the person I was with needed to get back to work on Tuesday in Reno.

    Best behaved crowd I’ve ever seen. Not so much as a horn for five hours. On the I-5 in California we have people passing on both shoulders after a half hour….

    The I-15 crowd was mostly heading back to Utah – after Pocatello when we turned west the road traffic was essentially normal (i.e., empty to a Californian). I ***like*** 80mph limits.

    Awesome sight. I deliberately didn’t bring anything but a cell phone, didn’t want to spend totality watching my electronics instead of the sun.

    • Scottlowther

      I noticed the well-behaved nature of the I-15 parking lot… no honking (though i never hear that around here anyway, and often wonder how much of that is actually just a movie/TV convention, not reality) and no shoulder-passing. I suspect a lot of it had to do with the fact that everyone involved *knew* that it was going to happen and probably planned for it, and since it was a one-time thing, it wasn’t a source of great annoyance.