Day 10: Flagstaff, AZ to Las Vegas, NV

Trip Start May 29, 2010
Trip End Jun 14, 2010

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Las Vegas Bound!

Today we head to Las Vegas.  We left Flagstaff at approximately 7:30 a.m. and jumped onto
I-40 until we reached the Town of Seligman.  Taking Sandra's advice (from Winslow, AZ.) we decided to exit in Seligman, AZ as we wanted to take the historic Rte 66 all the way into Kingman, AZ.  From what we learned, this portion of the historic Rte 66, which covers approximately 70 miles, has made significant progress in terms of preserving the historic look.  Historic landmarks include the Sno Cap Ice Cream Store; the Road Kill Cafe: Seligman Pool Hall; The Supai Motel among a host of other historic sites.

As you can see from the photo's that are uploaded, the Town of Seligman, founded in 1895, gets an A+ for preserving the past.  In fact, this Town, although not that large, had the most tourists on the main street taking photo's.  It was quite a place!  Of all the historic Rte 66 tours we made, it was clear that the drive from Seligman to Kingman AZ, truly represents what the historic Rte 66 was all about from its earliest days.

Upon departing from Seligman, we continued along the historic Rte 66.  What remained though was nothing more than prairie's and as heck, with little traffic.  The land was flat, although picturesque, and this route was certainly preferable to I-40.  We were happy we chose to take the side road (Rte 66).  Unlike I-40, this route has a maximum speed limit of 55 as opposed to I-40 which has a speed limit of 65, a far cry from the 75 mph allowed in New Mexico.

Following lunch in Kingman, NV and a stop at the Harley Davidson dealer, we learned that the ride from Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas was a challenge due to extreme heat and periodic traffic congestion.  This dealership, similar to the others, told Kevin that his bike would not make it any further, yet, the bike continues on.  We are hoping to get it as far as San Francisco by this Thursday or Friday.

Getting back to the ride from Kingman to Las Vegas, in the direct sun, while riding along the desert, the temperature topped 108 degrees, especially when we were forced to slow down in traffic just prior to reaching the Hoover Dam.  Understandably, vehicles are checked closely as they approach the dam under the watchful eyes of TSA and U.S. Park personnel, and all RV's and trucks receive an automatic inspection.  Getting through this area was a slow process, especially when I realized that Kevin was being watched closely by security personnel!  

As we passed/crossed Hoover Dam, we stopped to photograph Lake Mead, a beautiful lake on the west side of the dam.  From the highway, the water appears to be a bright blue, which presents a photo-op for people like us to pull over and capture the moment.  Lake Mead lays claim to being the largest reservoir in the world!

We finally arrived in Las Vegas at approximately 5:30 p.m. and the ride from the highway exit ramp to the Treasure Island Hotel took 25 minutes due to heavy traffic on the Strip, due mainly to roadwork.  We checked into the hotel, hit the pool, then had dinner.  We were tired from a long hot day and had dinner in the Casino....and retired early!  We were so tired we stayed away from the tables in the casino.

Today's Mileage:  284 miles
Total Mileage: 3102.4
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