Solar Eclipse Road Trip

As most of you know, there was a solar eclipse that went over North America on the 21st of August.

Now, I was not lucky enough to be in the Totality area of the eclipse, however, my father-in-law (FIL) and sister-in-law (SIL) were driving up to see it and invited us to tag along.

My husband and I were unable to road trip for as long as we would have liked, but we got in a few days of adventuring and I’d love to share it with you.

On our solar eclipse road trip, we went from Dallas to Memphis to Bowling Green Kentucky and back within three days. It was a lot of driving, but entirely worth it.

Our first day we met up with my FIL and SIL in Dallas to continue our drive up to Memphis. It was a beautiful drive with very little traffic. I don’t really have a lot of pictures of our drive, but when we got to Memphis we stopped at Central BBQ downtown and had an amazing meal.

Everyone got some kind of pulled pork, which was absolutely amazing. I’m not a huge pork person, but I read that Memphis BBQ revolves around pork, so I had to try some. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

I also had some dry rub wings that were amazing. I’m still unsure of what exactly the dry rub was, but it was still wonderful. My husband got the pulled pork nachos which is were also amazing. Everything was very filling for what it was, which was even better! If you’re ever in Memphis, Central BBQ is the place to go.

The next day we drove from Memphis to Bowling Green Kentucky to watch the eclipse. My FIL had a coworker who lived up there that invited him up to their property to watch the eclipse. It was about a four hour drive with minimal traffic. And it was gorgeous.

And so green! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so much green. And there was no cloud coverage near the sun, so it was the perfect place to watch the eclipse.

We set up in their front yard and watched the sun for about an hour until the eclipse happened.

Their dog also sat in the shade while we watched the sun. She had a wonderful time and didn’t really notice that anything had changed.

I don’t know if you can really tell from the pictures, but it slowly got darker before the full eclipse occurred. When the total eclipse did occur, it got as dark as night and all the crickets and cicadas started chirping like crazy. It was amazing.

My FIL captured these beautiful photos of the eclipse.

I know some people might be thinking, is it worth that much driving to see something that only lasts a couple minutes?

In short, yes. Absolutely.

For a longer response, it was absolutely mind boggling. I had a small existential crisis after seeing the eclipse. The indifference of the universe is crazy to think about. All these things happen around us and we just experience them and have absolutely no control. It’s just amazing to think about.

Anyway, enough of that.

After the eclipse, we ate lunch which my FIL’s coworker and wife prepared for us, and my husband and I were on our way back to Memphis.

The drive back to Memphis was pretty terrible. A lot of traffic and it took us two and a half extra hours just to get there.

We stayed at an AirBnB on the outskirts of downtown where there so many adorable cats. It definitely made up for the long drive.

The next morning, we prepared ourselves for another 8 hour drive from Memphis back to Dallas. Our AirBnB had a self-serve breakfast, and I played with the kitten pictured above and gazed at the chickens while waiting for my water to heat up for tea.

On the way back home, we made two stops for food. One at a place called Chesters in a Love’s gas station.

Now, I know it’s a weird thing to stop for, but it was nostalgic for me.

The last time I had Chesters, I was at school in West Virginia (2013-2014). They served it in one of the three food places we had on campus, so I had it fairly often. It was actually pretty good, and I’ve been wanting to get some again just to see if it’s any different.

We stopped, I got my Chesters, and the memories came back to me. Late night walks to The Cave (the name of the food place on campus) to get a snack because there was literally nothing else but the 24/7 gas station, which was too much of a walk if The Cave was open.

Afterwards, we stopped in Little Rock so my husband could get some food. He found this place online called The Root Cafe.

It was a small place, with not a lot of parking. There was a small dining room inside, but it had a lot of personality.

Everything served in the restaurant is locally grown or sourced, and in season. A lot of the menu revolves around in season food, which is great.

They also have a lot of recycled items that help the restaurant not only save money, but help the environment. Mason jars, coffee mugs, cloth napkins, and recyclable containers of different beverages.

My husband got a cheeseburger that came with a side salad. He said it was one of the best burgers he has ever eaten. And he also really liked the side salad with the house vinaigrette.

We will definitely have to go back to try more food next time we go through Little Rock and give it more time. If you’re ever in the area, it’s well worth the money and the wait.

The rest of the drive was filled with a lot of 80’s music and snacking. Nothing super exciting.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our solar eclipse road trip! And when the next one comes around, definitely take the time and effort to see it in totality.

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