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The Sun was setting on Cameron Corner as Mike and Jos Le Voi enjoyed a cold drink at the end of a long hot day. Looking around, you wouldn't have known that in less than 24 hours, the total eclipse Australia had waited 26 years for, would pass overhead.

In stark contrast to the large crowds now gathering at Lyndhurst, the Stuart Highway and Ceduna, the Corner was only populated by relatively few vehicles and a handful of people. Thick cloud covered the sky.

More than a year of planning still had us sitting under a very cloudy sky. Mike and Jos told me that the last eclipse they attended in Bombala in 1976 was clouded out and they were here to defend their "perfect" record. I remained optimistic. I told them I'd never been clouded so I have a different type of perfect record to defend. Just to make sure, I went for my lucky hair cut a few days before departure. Read the Zambia eclipse report for an explanation of this superstition.

 

 

A tired Bengt Alfresson looks despondent as he leans
on the car while ominous clouds loom overhead

 


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