Americas Best Value Inn - Needles
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Very Nice Motel right on "old Route 66" Clean and comfortable
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We were up early on a grey and overcast day. The morning's important 'to-do' list included disconnecting the hook ups and ensuring the RV left the campground in one piece. This was successfully negotiated and we set off for a 300km hike up to Needles.
Via the I-5 and I-15 we moved from the coast into more mountainous terrain culminating in the very exciting I-74, a scream inducing monster of a road with rock slides, ...
... at one of the shops.
From here we went to Grand Canyon Caverns which Chris McAuliffe had suggested. It is a huge underground dry limestone cave which is the equivalent of 60 stories underground and one of the largest in America. Fortunately, they have a lift to go down & return!! They had 3/4 hr tours going every half an hour. There were 4 of us on ours with a great guide who made it very interesting.
Because it is a dry cave (with a constant temp. of ...
... 66. On the way we stopped to eat at the "Roadkill Cafe" - I had the chicken that wasn't fast enough crossing the road.
Finally, just south of Needles we pulled into the Pirate Bay Resort on the Colorado river (I'm not convinced that pirates ever navigated the Colorado but who am I to argue?) The lady at the front desk gave me rather circuitous directions to our ...
... from Ridgecrest to Las Vegas which took us through Death Valley, which is a 3000 sq mile area of the Mojave Desert noted for being the lowest (200ft below sea level) and driest (less than 2 inches per yr) place in North America, and in July 2013 it 'achieved' a world record temperature of 56.7 celsius, so, flat though it was, it didn't exactly remind us of the Somerset Levels. The surrounding higher elevations effectively trap the rising hot air as the sun heats the ground, rendering ...
... but it was oh so invigorating!
We decided to take a quick drive into town and get some hotdogs and stuff to make s'mores. Then Dave gathered some dry wood and built a fire in no time by the water. It was the perfect ending to an awesome relaxing day.
If you want to know more about Lake Havasu City, here is the website which has some interesting facts. http://www.lhcaz.gov/