The moment we had been working for. After spending hours stranded in the middle of nowhere, after many hours spent working on the truck late into the night before, after the last leg of our drive, we finally made it to Roswell. We met some great people while watching the eclipse unfold, and if it wasn’t for a certain gentleman I probably would not have been able to capture early photos of the eclipse. Ralf, pictured below sharing his welders glass with another photographer, allowed me to use his filter for some of my images. We couldn’t have had a better time viewing the eclipse. All the struggles and challenges didn’t ruin the trip, it only made us appreciate what we had.
After being stranded in the middle of nowhere for three hours, we finally made it to Fort Stockton via a tow. After purchasing a new oil pump, we walked to our hotel, checked in, then went to go eat. I had the best chicken fried steak ever. It might have tasted so good because we hadn’t eaten in hours. We were on the side of the road since 3:00pm, it was now 9:00pm. This was only the beginning of our night. After dinner we walked back to our hotel and began working on the truck. By 2:15am, the oil pump was replaced and we were finally off to bed. The next morning, we prepped the truck and hit the road. We weren’t going to let a little oil pump ruin our trip. We made it to our destination, Roswell, a few hours before the eclipse.