I'm no eclipse chaser, but I figured this would be a rare chance to see totality with a bunch of other weirdos who traveled hundreds of miles to do so. I have to say it was worth it, and I may be one now. The way the day gradually went from hot to cold as the light turned an uncanny gray like nothing I've seen before, and seeing the sun's corona with my naked eyes were incredible. The two minutes and thirty seconds totality lasted were by far the shortest I've ever experienced.
Madras was a destination for the eclipse, and the only reasonable accommodation I found was an ad-hoc campground a resident set up on her land. Fortunately, the country surrounding Madras is beautiful.
And as for the weirdos, they ended up being a bunch of curious gawkers like me (well, and one guy having a religious experience.) We enjoyed some beers the night before, and then the eclipse itself the next day. I even met a real #vanlifer, and got to compare our experiences.
People trickled into Madras over several days to view the eclipse, but when it came time to leave, everyone was ready to go at once of course. This created a traffic jam which I suspect eastern Oregon has never seen before. Several places I stopped at seemed to be open just for this, and sometimes for the first time in years. On the way, I got to see the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, which was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I didn't dare stop and risk an even later arrival, but I hope to go back.
I stayed a quick night in Yakima, WA, before heading on to Seattle.