Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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I woke up soon after dawn. In the dim light, I noticed spots on the pillow. I turned on a light and discovered they were blood spots. After more checking, I discovered that two of the spots were bed bugs.
Unfortunately, I've found bed bugs in a hotel room before but, on the plus side, at least I already knew how to deal with the problem. I called around to find an auto body shop that had a paint oven and that would bake my car. Since it was Saturday, it wasn't easy to find one but I eventually one agreed. Then I got a change of clothes out of the car, packed them in freezer bags, took a shower, packed the clothes I had been wearing into freezer bags, loaded everything from the room into the cargo box I have mounted on my trailer hitch, went to the motel office and demanded my money back and headed for the body shop.
Bed bugs die at around 110 degrees. I took everything out of the cargo box, spread it around the car where it would get good airflow and had everything baked at around 150 degrees for a couple hours. This was probably overkill, since I'll be heading to the desert shortly but at least I don't have to worry about spreading them myself in the mean time. It cost me $200, which the motel didn't help cover, and several hours to take care of the problem.
I then drove to Keystone, CO, where I have a reservation for the next three weeks at a condo at the base of the Keystone ski area. It was warm and there was very little snow until I got into the mountains in Summit County, which are fairly high. It didn't look encouraging for spring skiing.