Las Vegas Bound
Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
5Trip End Oct 20, 2008
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Once we maneuvered the Matrix through crowded Phoenix traffic the drive becomes very laid back as we made our way North through Wickenburg and headed towards Kingman, Arizona on Arizona State Route 93. The road is four-lane for the most part and there are plenty of desert vista to peruse as you cruise up the road.
For travelers who are not familiar with driving in the U.S., as a general rule stay within 10 miles-per-hour of the posted speed limit and USUALLY the police will not stop you for driving too fast in your vehicle.
We can almost smell Las Vegas when we slowdown for the tiny town of Wikieup, Arizona. Route 93 blends into Interstate 40 for about 22 miles. I-40 as it's also known replaced the mother of all roads in the U.S
Next stop Kingman, Arizona for fuel for the car. Kingman's main street is named after it's most famous resident Andy Devine an actor who played in mostly westerns. He's the raspy-voiced side-kick who was always screeching at the main characters in the movies such as John Wayne in the great western Stagecoach.
AzCelt presses the accelerator and Kingman is in the rear-view mirror. Las Vegas is a little more than 100 miles away. Hey folks watch your speed on this stretch the highway as we've witnessed and heard about some very deadly crashes. The road is very flat and straight until you enter the canyon that is home to the Colorado river and Hoover Dam.
You may want to go 100 miles-per-hour to reach your exciting destination but resist the urge and keep it safe.
There are security check points on each side of the Hoover Dam where a security guard will give you and your vehicle a quick look. You must drive very slowly over Hoover Dam because tourists flock to it during the day.
Ah we are in Nevada now home of casino's and bars that are open 24-hours. Another half hour of congested highway driving and we are pulling in to our destination in downtown Las Vegas. We park at the lot on Main Street, just past the Greyhound Bus Station, grab our bags and walk a couple of hundred yards to the Plaza Hotel and Casino a place Wifey considers her home away from home. In 2008 we spent more than 30 nights at the Plaza so maybe we should start having our mail deliver there.
Check-in went smoothly as always and we ended up with a nice view of the Main Street Station and California hotels. We have time for a quick nap and then it's off to the Fremont Street Experience as we casino-hop around downtown Las Vegas on the first night of our trip.