Literally thirty-five and a half hours after we walked in the door of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, we walked out the door at Denver International Airport. We made it! Three anonymous good samaritans volunteered to give up seats on the Phoenix-Denver flight, so we got on. We were the only three standby passengers that got on.
As I suspected, our luggage beat us to Denver! We got it all, and we're in the conference van en route to the hotel. Phew!