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Total Eclipse on The Homestead Trail

  • Roca Berry Farm 16531 South 38th Street Roca, NE, 68430 United States (map)

On Monday, August 21st, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, casting its shadow on the Earth's surface. A narrow section of the shadow's route will get to see a total solar eclipse - and Southeast Nebraska is lucky enough to have this opportunity. This doesn't happen very often! The last time a total solar eclipse passed over the area was 575 years ago, and it won't happen again for another 628 years!

Escape the city and experience a once-in-a-lifetime event with an unmatched view. Join the Great Plains Trails Network and the Great Plains Bicycle Club for viewing at Roca Berry Farm or a unique trek on the Homestead Trail south of LIncoln. 

Your entry fee of $15 includes special filtered glasses necessary to protect your eyes from the sun, and a souvenir shoulder bag. Lunch is also available for an additional $5. There is parking right at the farm, and a bike ride down Homestead Trail if you wish to ride. 

See all the details below and at GPTN.org. 

Get your tickets at the tickets link above and remember to print and bring your receipt to the event or you can show your receipt on your phone.

ECLIPSE DETAILS (times approximate)
Start of partial phase: 11:37
Total Eclipse: 1:02-1:04pm
End of partial phase: 2:30

Lights out 12:45 - 1:15 for viewing the Total Eclipse

LUNCH: 11:30am-12:40pm
Cheeseburger, Hot Dog, or Veggieburger. Chips and a cookie too. 
Water with the meal is free or soda for $1

BICYCLE RIDES: 12, 21 and 40 mile Eclipse ride distances are available. All three start and end at Roca Berry Farm. Start times listed below are suggested to get you back to the farm in time for lunch and to view the eclipse

- Riders taking the 40-mile route should start between 8 and 9 am.
- The 21-mile riders should start between 9 and 10 am.
- Riders taking the 12-mile tour should start between 10 and 11 am.

Choose any of the routes, or turn around at any point. This is not a race, so feel free to ride any of the distances at any pace that you find comfortable. All ages are welcome, however riders under 19 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This is a lightly supported ride. Riders should be prepared to fix minor mechanical issues on their own. Trail guides will be on hand to provide assistance.

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR HELMETS.

This is a rain-or-shine event. Registrations are non-refundable.

Earlier Event: August 20
Corporate Cycling Challenge Bike Ride
Later Event: September 1
Circa de Nebraska