Leaving Las Vegas

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
Trip End Jul 25, 2010

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

We were leaving Las Vegas today. Leaving the dry desert heat and heading to the humidity of Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico.

We packed up and checked out and a short taxi ride took us to the airport. Las Vegas airport is very close to the city, so it took maybe ten minutes in the taxi.

After a long relaxed breakfast in the airport we realised we had not passed through security yet and a frantic dash got us to the gate just on time.

After a three hour flight and losing two hours because of the time zone changes we arrive in Houston around 6pm. As we left the airport and caught the bus to the car rental centre it immediately felt tropical and humid. This was a very different climate we had entered. We had arrived in the wake of Hurricane Alex which fortunately hit land in Mexico but had swept a final lashing of tropical storms along the gulf coast before doing so. The temperature was lower and it was overcast, however the humidity was an unbearable contrast to Las Vegas. It is the perfect climate for Van.

We collected our car after much wrangling to find something decent. The last Mustang had just gone, again! And we narrowly avoided getting stuck with a Grand Marquee for a second time. The best description I have heard for the Grand Marquee so far is that it is comparable to a boat. It's a fairly accurate comparison. Anyway we head away from the airport in a Chrysler 300 which from the inside you would swear was a Dodge Charger if someone hadn’t swapped the badges on the steering wheel and added an analogue clock. It’s a nice car and will have to do us all the way to Key West. It only has 400 miles on the clock so should be ok for a few more!

We head towards Galveston and turn off to have a quick look a Houston on the way. In 20 minutes trying to find somewhere to eat we witness the police at the aftermath of a robbery of some sort and our sat nav sends us down a one way street. After a quick correction we find a Mexican Bistro and with Houston being so close to Mexico this seems like a good bet, and it was!

We head out of Houston towards Galveston along the freeway. It’s dark now and we get the occasional stormy downpour of rain. In the forty miles of driving we spot fifteen McDonalds before arriving at Galveston Island on the gulf coast. We check in to our room and turn in after spending an hour camped outside the closed lobby to get the free wifi!
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