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Will traffic counts on I-93 north of the city eclipse past records?

Traffic on I-93 in New Hampshire

Rob Adams reports northbound traffic on I-93 in New Hampshire earlier today was not too bad until he hit Concord and then, blammo.

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"There are plenty of ways to watch the eclipse unfold in real time via broadcast and cable TV as well as streaming, with many options tracking the eclipse across the U.S."

https://theeyewall.com/your-complete-eclipse-viewing-guide-from-texas-to...

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You can probably youtube the 2017 eclipse. Watching on a device is … not worth it. Just go outside.

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or possibly a moose stampede

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That's going to be quite a sight.

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All moose go to heaven!

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If you don't want to watch it online, then don't. Some people will find it worthwhile - I'm sharing this info for them.

A lot of people won't find it worthwhile to go outside for a partial eclipse. Does that mean no one else should view it if they aren't in the path of totality?

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I've seen eclipses before, with over 90% of the sun covered, and they were interesting, but basically nonevents. Even just a sliver of sun looks like a slightly darker day, with stranger crisper light than usual, but still sunny. Partial eclipses are more akin to a lunar eclipse. What I saw in the path of totality on Monday from a hilltop farm in Albany, Vermont was absolutely one of the most spectacular things I've ever witnessed. And not just what we could see in the sky. As totality came closer, everything slowly got bluer, like a cold filter was put over the sky, and the temperature dropped. In the minute or so before totality, rippling shadow waves began to sweep across the snow covered ground in front of us, the horizon above the mountains in the distance turned yellow and red, and just as totality came, the skies suddenly darkened, like someone had flipped a switch, stars and planets became visible, but light remained on the horizon in all directions. And of course, the silver fiery ring in the sky. Just spectacular. Over in the farm's pond, the geese and ducks called it quits and went to bed, the chickens roosted under a picnic table, and some of the cows and goats walked away and laid down. After those few minutes, the sun came back as quickly as it went away, and no one cared to look at the moon finish its transit across the sun, because it was almost as bright as a normal day after a few minutes, even though 95% of the sun was still covered. The drive from Albany, VT to Haverhill, NH, which normally takes a little over an hour took almost three hours, and from Haverhill, I had to drive home to Boston. My normal route via the Lost River Highway (NH 112), a very lightly used remote mountain highway, was backed up for over ten miles from North Woodstock, over Kinsman Notch, to NH 116, which is unthinkable, even in the height of fall foliage season. Instead I took NH 25 and got on I-93 in Plymouth. Both NH 25 and I-93 were very crowded, well into the evening, but mostly moved quickly.

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With any traffic there's a queue approaching Concord when five lanes of traffic merge into 3, and then people have to sort off onto the 89 exit. This happens every Friday in ski season, summer and leaf season, plus other busy days in the summer.

(You can get around it on Route 3A or Logging Hill Road pretty easily.)

Let me know when there's a backup at Franconia Notch or something weird.

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At 0927, Google Maps is showing very slow (dark red) traffic on 93N from Lincoln to the Notch.

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For most people, the week-end started on Friday evening, and continued through Saturday. Shouldn't those times have had the most traffic? I mean, that's how it goes every week-end between Memorial and Labor Days.

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That doesn’t exactly fall on a weekend

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You are basically doing Memorial Day 7 weeks early.

Now, if you are going to claim that something was happening in the Boston area on Saturday that required people being here, sure, but again, these folk weren't all hitting the Mall of New Hampshire for the day.

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I suspect today’s traffic is everyone who didn’t book a place months in advance. My coworkers only started planning maybe two weeks ago when media hype caught up, but found no rooms available in northern New England. Many of them are now planning on driving up this morning/early afternoon. We on the other hand booked our place in November, had a leisurely Friday night drive, and am enjoying the area.

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Also, a lot of people had plans to be elsewhere to watch the eclipse, but the forecast was for clouds, so they made a gametime call to go to VT.

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People decided to make the trip from further west in Ontario to Quebec on short notice.

Mohammed Mubeen (https://www.instagram.com/mohammed_astrophotography/) was next to us for the event and has some spectacular shots to show for his 9 hour overnight drive.

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I passed the I-89 exit at about 5:30 this afternoon and it was free and clear. There were no slowdowns at all between Boston and Mountain Lakes (a rarity in the 38 years I've been coming here). I met up with my parents and two of their longtime friends here, their friends came up a few hours before me and said for them it was stop and go for about eight miles between Manchester and I-89, they assumed due to eclipse viewers heading to VT. One plus: the house pianist at the Bow rest area/State Liquor Store was playing Total Eclipse of the Heart. Tomorrow we're meeting up with my brother and his four kids (who live nearby) and crossing the Connecticut River and going to a farm near St. Johnsbury owned by one of his friends... I'll try to remember to tag Adam to my Instas, FB, and Platform Formerly Known as Twitter posts (if I bother to post anything there).

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When we needed to regroup about 2 weeks out I decided to think outside of the country. I easily booked Saturday and Sunday nights in Montreal (barely in the path of totality), and had to work a little to secure a room in the Eastern Townships for Monday.

No problems at all getting through on Saturday. We experienced very little traffic aside from an accident scene on the A15 in Montreal. We baled early Monday for Lac Memphramagog and hit zero traffic getting there and getting a prime viewing location for the Great Gig in the Sky.

We took our time getting home today. Roads were busy, but not gumming up.

I still can't believe the absolutely cloudless sky and what 3.5 minutes of totality was like.

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