On the path of totality, Osage County trekkers bask in moon’s shadow

Eclipse watchers at Benedictine College stadium look to the sky to try to see the eclipse through cloud cover.

While cloudy weather caused the solar eclipse to be elusive for people in Kansas, a busload of Osage Countians had fun traveling to Atchison, Kan., to try to view it from the moon’s shadow’s path.

As a special trip offered by Osage County General Transportation, the group of 10 riders and driver John Camarena headed out of Osage City early Aug. 21, 2017, to head to Benedictine College at Atchison.

Erin Auman and Sterling Hughs, owners of Eclipse Computer Solutions, Osage City, had proposed the trip to the county transportation service, in part because of the fun connection to the name of their business. Auman checked for places to view the eclipse from its path of totality, and found that Benedictine College was inviting people to the college’s stadium for the eclipse.

“It was all free,” she said of the college’s eclipse event. “They gave us free viewing glasses and everything.”

According to Auman, the trip was fun but the eclipse crew did not get to see the total eclipse because of cloud cover and light rain. She said that traffic was not heavy on the way to Atchison, but the bus got stuck in the predicted traffic jams for a while as they headed back to Osage City.

“That’s one reason I was glad we took the bus,” Auman said. “We didn’t have to worry about the traffic – only our driver did.”

Traveling on the trip were Bill and Peggy Rezac, Kathi Webster, Tara and Dave Azwell, Cindy Grissom, Shirley Ormsby, and Nancy Hinkle, Auman, Hughs, and Camarena.

Osage County General Transportation riders anticipate a remarkable experience as they embark toward the path of the moon’s shadow, Aug. 21, 2017.

The trip was scheduled as one of the regular fun day trips offered by Osage County General Transportation. For more information about the bus service and its destinations, contact the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, or call 785-528-4906. For more information about the 2017 eclipse, see eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how.


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