As I said in a previous post, we (me plus 3 other members of my club) will be at the Fairfield Inn in Jefferson City, MO. We are prepared to move up or down the eclipse path depending upon the weather starting early on the morning of the eclipse. We have not talkied about outright canceling our reservation in Jefferson City based upon weather just yet, however, being realistic I can see some scenarios where that could happen. While we have not discussed in length a firm limit to how far we are willing to travel, I have in conversation talked about moving 200 miles in either direction. No matter which way we go we will have to deal with major metropolitan obstacles with Kansas City to our west and St. Louis to our east. Assuming that we do have to move due to weather we will be competing for highway space and observing space with who knows how many other eclipse chasers.
The Fairfield Inn, which is a Marriott property, has a 24 hour advance cancelation policy. I am not sure how this might be affected due to the eclipse (change in policy). I am sure there will be a lot of disruption along the eclipse path by multiple cancelations wherever the forecast is not good.
At our club meeting on Friday night we had a returning club member who we had not seen in about 30 years. He is as obsessed by the eclipse as Captain Ahab was obsessed by the white whale. Over the past 40 years he has attempted to see 6 total solar eclipses and he is batting .500, having been clouded out for 3 of them. He is determined to see this one. He showed us his list of motel reservations made stretching across the west from Idaho to eastern Nebraska. For the night before the eclipse he has made 5 or 6 reservations. As he is spending a full month out west there are additional reservations for nights before the eclipse and nights after the eclipse. Needless to say, there will be many reservations that will be canceled. As we have already heard via other posts, there are others doing this, maybe many others. Clear skies in one place will result in canceled reservations somewhere else where the weather forecast is not good. Sunday night, August 20th, may go down in US history as the night with the most hotel/motel cancelations as the eclipse crosses the entire country from west coast to east coast!
Edited by BarrySimon615, 14 May 2017 - 11:12 AM.