HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There are only a few ways out of Hopkinsville, and after the solar eclipse ended Monday afternoon, drivers quickly found themselves in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to get onto the Pennyrile Parkway as they headed home.

"(We're going) just as slowly and gently and as cautiously as we can," said Winfield Durst from Columbus, Ohio. "We made it down here in one piece, and we want to get home in one piece."

As of 10 p.m., drivers were still on the roads trying to get back to Louisville more than seven hours after leaving Hopkinsville.

As for the trip down, most people were pleasantly surprised by the drive. Our WDRB News crew left around 8:45 a.m., and the only real traffic we struggled through was on I-65 South outside of Elizabethtown.

But that congestion is mainly construction. After that, it was smooth sailing, getting to Hopkinsville in just over four hours. It's normally about three hours from Louisville.

In "Eclipseville," campers and cars could be seen from all over, including Ontario, packed in parking lots and side streets. Some families got here days ago and slept overnight in their cars.

Others drove down Monday morning and still made it with plenty of time to spare. But when it comes to the trip home, many have been forced to take it slow.

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