Los Angeles to Las Vegas, The California Desert
Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
40Trip End Jul 25, 2010
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We met up with Anthony, Devi and Cerys for a good breakfast before beginning our six hour journey to Las Vegas. It would be across the California Desert so we made sure we were prepared with plenty of water and petrol.
Heading east through Los Angeles we hopped from one freeway to another to eventually leave the heavier of the traffic and emerge from the north east corner of the city. We passed through the hills and into the California desert where the landscape quickly changed and became drier and unpopulated. You would occasionally pass the occasional town but the environment here is not one that would attract large number of people
After driving for several hours we stopped at a rest stop for a bathroom break and before leaving the car noticed the temperature was registering at 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That translated to roughly 40 degree centigrade. We headed out into what can only be described as scorching sun. You feel like you are being grilled but with little to no humidity the shade seems to offer some good relief.
We swapped drivers for some time before swapping back and continued into Nevada. The road has been a two lane freeway for most of the journey and the traffic is still quite heavy, although the traffic is moving quite fast this is definitely not the "open road" I was expecting out here!
Once in Nevada the Entertainment theme becomes quickly apparent as you pass a few towns of increasing size with casinos, rollercoaster's and all sorts of other entertainment on offer. Continuing on towards Las Vegas still surrounded by desert and mountains we see miles of roadside advertisements for the best shows, Hotels, Casinos, and almost every form of entertainment you can imagine. You can even head to the local gun range and fire fully automatic weapons
We made it into Las Vegas and began to attempt to find our hotel. After an hour we found our way to it. Thirty minutes later we found the way in and fifteen minutes later we found the lobby and left our car with the free valet parking.
Let’s be clear about something. The MGM Grand Hotel is not a hotel, it a city. It has everything inside it you could ever want and need, it will take you twenty minutes to walk from one side of it to the other and our room is further away from the reception than our house in London is away from the closest tube station. They have a monorail station, casino, about twenty restaurants and food counters, at least seven swimming pools, about five theatres, screening rooms for new tv shows, a shopping arcade, two nightclubs, at least six bars, a spa, and the list goes on and on. It is exhausting just looking at the place.
Despite all of this on offer the first thing we do is head to the closest fast food place. It’s called Nathans, the sign says “Nathan’s Famous”, but no real description of what it’s famous for. We get chicken burgers with chilli fries, which were great! Then we head to the room to catch up on sleep after yesterdays late night and today’s long drive!