Day 31: Back to the lights of Vegas
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
51Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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Kilometres: 461 Km
Happy Canada Day!! Thanks to the early-rising neighbouring teenage church group (and not the Grand Canyon sunrise), I woke up at a ridiculous hour and couldn't go back to sleep... Cam did just fine, and I just read until it was a more civilized hour to get up and pack down the tent. Let’s just say it was a lot easier after a dry couple days in the desert! We drove south out of the park, into the nearby town of Kayenne for a cuppa joe, and then made our way back towards Route 66 in Williams, Arizona. This is a town that definitely plays on its stop along the Route, and apparently every night they have a mock-showdown in the street! We called into a couple touristy shops, and even a local thrift shop, to see if we could come across any old-school mementos – alas, no luck, so we hit the road again
The decor of this cafe kept Cam amused (to say the least) – the entire place is covered in deer heads, moose antlers, stuffed mountain lions, jack-o-lopes, other random preserved cats, and we have to add in the 2 older gentlemen who were quite amused by counting the hundreds of dollars worth of quarters they just extracted from the restaurant’s toy machine. The menu is mostly word-play on animals, although it was possible to have them grill any road kill we may have brought in! (we stuck with the local favourites of the BLT and Buffalo) Another great stop along the route.
We could definitely feel the difference in heat as we wound our way towards Nevada and the temperature gauge in the car reached a high of 45C! We were slightly disappointed to not be stopped at the security gates to the Hoover Dam, but it was quite cool (even with all the traffic) be able to drive over this famous landmark (although we weren’t able to see the front side of it). We made our way to the lights of Las Vegas, and it was quite cool to see the entire strip as we were driving into town. This time we decided to stay off the strip, so we checked into our 5-star South Point Resort & Casino – and glad to finally have a really good shower and attempt to get the layer of dust off us! Since we’d already explored quite a bit of Vegas in January, we were happy to wander through this hotel and just grab some good Mexican kai and cheap drinks and call it a night – long day of driving through a serious desert tomorrow and time to soak in as much air-con as possible ;-P