This is annoying, but not a complete disaster. It's possible there may be a way to get at the data on the drive, but I won't know until I get back home where I have more things I can try. For now, I can use the spare machine for basic connectivity.
Speaking of basic connectivity, while I could get my machine to see the hotel's free wi-fi network, the network refused to issue an IP address, and thus I couldn't access the internet. I don't think that's anything I can fix. Lisa suggested that I take the computer to downtown Leadville, which proudly boasts on a sign outside the city that they have free wi-fi downtown. I did so, and it worked. And thus I am sitting in a nearly-deserted downtown at 11:15 at night with a county sheriff coming up to ask me if anything is wrong. And I'm not joking. I just explained to the deputy what I said above, told him where I was staying, and that it didn't seem worth waking up the hotel office people, and that seemed to make him happy enough.
I'm not sure I'll necessarily get back online again until the day after tomorrow, where we currently plan to stop at Grand Junction. It's a pity, really, because we had a lovely day at the Georgetown Loop, and have a number of pictures we might want to post, but I'm less willing to do so if it requires me lugging the computer back and forth like this.
We did spot a laundromat in town, so we'll have a chance to do laundry tomorrow night. And since we are staying here two nights, we can sleep in and catch the 2:30 train rather than having to rush to catch the 10:00 train.