Welcome to Vegas
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
360Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
I had a better look at Primm Valley Resort this morning as I was a wreck last night, and it seems a pretty strange place. A gambling, fast-food and shopping oasis in the middle of a sandy desert – odd and already STINKING HOT at 6.30. I have no idea how people live like in places where the temperature is totally unacceptable apart from briefly between 5-6 in the morning!
On the road, our legs went into auto pilot and we raced through the first 11 miles to another small settlement – Jean. (We’re now looking out for Bobby and Bradley towns, but not sure we’re going to find them.) Here we were directed off the highway and to a bike path. We were nervous about taking it, but three separate sources assured us it was tarmacked and was in fact Las Vegas Boulevard, which followed the highway straight to the city. A puncture just as we were leaving (Mikey this time) delayed us briefly, and then we were back on the road, starting to feel pretty confident that we weren’t going suddenly meet a hill.
We’d been on a plateau all morning and as we continued it started to feel as if might cycle off the edge of the world
Our hotel is right in the heart of the action, and we cycled past the Pyramids, a sphinx, and the Statue of Liberty and had a cheesy photo taken by the Welcome to Vegas sign, before we found it. We knew straight away it was a great place when they told us to wheel our bikes into the lobby. They didn’t even question the fact that we were checking in at 10.15am, and the receptionist found a room on the 33rd floor for us so that we would have a really great view. The bikes were whisked off to the basement and our luggage to the bell boy and we headed straight up to the room.
It is INCREDIBLE! We took loads of photos before we messed it up with all of our dirty gear, but the huge Jacuzzi bath, sofas, balcony and kitchen with coffee maker and juicer got us pretty excited!
The rest of the day has been completely heavenly. After very long showers and some relaxing, TV watching/cool down time we decided to head out and find lunch. There is an air-conditioned walkway all the way from our hotel to the MGM Grand, where we found a massive mad casino/shopping place filled with completely crazy things
We thought we might be lost in the MGM forever, but just as we were getting a bit desperate, we found the exit to the strip. Once out there we discovered why everyone was inside. The heat is RIDICULOUS. No wonder yesterday was so horrific. We had to get back inside and found a mall which had a painted sky ceiling. Had a great time in there people-watching and buying me a me bikini, before heading back to the supreme comfort of the hotel room.
The best thing about getting up at 5 is that despite all of the above, which includes a 40 mile ride, it was still only 2pm. We started to fall asleep though, so went down to the pool. After some reading and swimming we started to fall asleep there too, and have come back to the room to settle in for a night on the sofa. We can see the entire city from our balcony so are not missing anything! Will venture out to the casinos tomorrow when we’re a bit less shattered.
Thank you Foos, a fabulous wedding present, arriving at the perfect moment.
Miles Cycled: 39 in total; 20 flat then 19 downhill all the way to Sin City