Viva Las Vegas... We get our kicks from route 66

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Sunday, July 1, 2007

We have left LA with a sad heart we had planned to stay there a good number of weeks. We give LA - 6 out of 10 - there's lots to do, but if you want to go, book a package holiday or stay in the hotel area it's much nicer and you get to visit the crappy areas if you want to. Muscle beach is a section with weights were you can watch muscle men working out, Venice beach is full of graffitti and tattoo parlours where you can jog, blade, skateboard, play basketball and cycle oh and surf, Long beach is very long with surfing waves. Hollywood needs to be experienced

Seattle gets 5 - it has good shopping potential
Monteray/Carmel get 7 - nice and quaint
San Fransisco - gets a good 7 - loads of shopping, sight seeing and is nice

We travelled from LA early towards LV, the countryside soon becomes desert and the heat just escalates, the roads are not that good in places cracks and holes but there wasn't a great deal of traffic, there were lots of warning signs for wild life but we didn't see anything.  We made LV in about 5 hours.  Booking a hotel room is cheaper by the internet, if you just turn up at the hotels you will be charged full price and its well worth booking by net because there are some really good offers.  The motels are also cheap.  We stayed at the Tropicana which is next door to the MGM Grand treating ourselves to three days in a hotel room, IT WAS GREAT. but the heat!!! We thought we could stand hot weather but we are so wrong.  It's a dry heat and goes to temperatures of 110 when it drops to 85 - 90 it feels so cool.  We have been told this heat is nothing yet.  We wanted to visit Death Valley, but we decided against it, it might have just been the death of us!!!  We gambled a bit, almost won a car and I made $6.70 and lost it all on the slot machines.

Hoover Dam is tremendous and is well worth a visit, the area is suffering from drought and the water was very low. The engineering is spectacular and at present they are building a new road and bridge to it so it will take many more tourists. Still no wildlife! Chris has done his motor bike visits and wanted to buy one or two, or was it three or four, if anyone knows about shipping over a bike, the laws and the tax, we would be very glad to hear from you.  He has seen hot rods, Harley,s and custom bikes, so that should keep him happy for a day or two.

We chilled out a bit in LV, there are shops but it is mainly gambling, there is a long strip with hotels etc, and lots of shows, we missed out on a show and went to see the opening of "Live Longer Die Hard," it was good.  It's easy to see why they call this place Sin City.  Chris avoided such shows and places!!! LV gets a good 7, you just have to experience it!

We went Route 66 way to the Grand Canyon, it took about 4/5 hours, but it is spectacular, it looks so deep and the colours of  rock formation changes, it's like how films show us other planets look like in sci fi films.  Again not to be missed.

We have had to re think our plans, at the moment Central America is being attacked with hurricanes, flooding, fires and rain parts of Texas for instance received 18 inches of rain in one night, so we have decided to stick with Route 66 for now taking each day as it comes and closely watching the weather reports ( sounds like England doesn't it)?

So the ROUTE... it's known as Route 40 and other numbers, there are new bits of road and some of it has been maintained other bits are rough.  There are a good few bikes on the route and I think Chris is longing...

We are on our way to Albuquerque and then who knows... talk to you soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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