I'm taking a road trip from San Jose, CA to Albany, OR during the eclipse weekend for the "Great American Eclipse" of 2017 - they make it sound so dramatic lol. Anyways, I have never done this before and have never travelled by myself this far. If anyone has any tips, anything at all would be greatly appreciated. I was super excited at the beginning and feeling quite adventurous, I still am, but as the date of my departure from SJ gets closer I feel a bit paranoid and scared though I have no intentions of backing down from this. I think seeing this total solar eclipse is worth it and it will really mean a lot for me to experience it. Plus, i think the solo travel is going to be a good experience too. My entire family has been apprehensive about this and I get where they are coming from but I think as long as I take the right precautions and am extra careful everything will be fine. I have never done anything this adventurous and risky before and have always been one to stay within my comfort zone but I think this is a good opportunity for me to grow and experience new things. I am already 19 and I know some people have done even longer road trips at a younger age. Any advice on this will be really appreciated, thanks!
+ also this trip will be approx. 9-10 and 1/2 hrs. at most so it's not like i would have to be stopping at a crappy gas station in the dead of the night. the sun will be up for most of my drive as I'd be leaving very early in the morning