Late February / Early March 2020My UK visa expires at the end of February so I must be on my way. I want to spend a week or two in Continental Europe visiting friends. And explore a bit in Spain and Portugal.
March 2020Fly to the Pacific Northwest to see my family. Hopefully Karen can get leave to come over, too. I'll make my way around to see friends all along the West Coast.
April / May 2020Cover most of the stretch of the trail that I have not done yet. That is in southern California, from Mt San Jacinto up to Mt Whitney. It should take several weeks. I would like to start before the crowd, perhaps in early- or mid-April. That will require some snow travel.
This should take maybe 9 or 10 days at 13 - 15 mi/day. One wants to start slow, you know.
Upping the pace to 16 mi/day covers this section in 7 days.
Upping the pace again to 18 mi/day covers this section in 6 days.
This section might take about 5 days.
If I'm really cruising at 20 mi/day this section needs 6 days.
Putting those rough numbers together gives about 33 or 34 days: about five weeks.
The next total solar eclipse happens on December 14, 2020, in southern South America. This is the start of summer there. There are two places I have in mind from which to watch it:
However, in case the weather looks poor on the west side of the Andes, the backup location is:
Using the free Stellarium Astronomy Software I made the following two predictions of how the sky will look from the summit of Volcán Villarrica at the moment of greatest eclipse: