Fortunately, the next return bus was only 4 minutes away when we got the to bus stop, and the transfer off the southbound bus could be used to go the other way, so the total cost for the travel was only $3.50.
Lisa sent me back down to the table to do the "closing shift" until 6 PM and to give her a chance to decompress and rest a little bit. I'll then head back and we'll work on room set-up until I have to go to my 8 PM panel, from which I expect to leave early in order to be back in the room by our 9 PM opening. Again, with no internet in the room, I won't be sending any messages during the party.
We asked at the front desk about extending our stay for one more night so that Lisa didn't have to move all her stuff out first thing tomorrow morning, but they will only give us the standard rate of $145, and that's more than we want to pay.