The tour finally got underway yesterday, as the rest of the group picked up their bikes from the Arlen Ness store on Boulder Highway. We all met properly over breakfast and said hello to those we did not know. In total there are 9 bikes and 13 of us including Gary our tour guide and Gladys who drives the support vehicle. All of us have done other tours with Gary and that’s the connection. Later in this Blog I will find out more about my fellow travellers and post some pics and info!
Anyway amidst threats of heavy thunder we set off to see Hoover Dam, after a nice ride in the sunshine down the Las Vegas Strip. The temperature is about 90 degrees F and so I was wearing jeans and T Shirt, which when the rain started an hour or so later was maybe not the best idea. It’s the first time I have seen large hail balls coming down and the temperatures is in the 80’s –and yes they hurt – but you soon dry off as you ride at speed in the heat. These storms caused flash floods and some roads had to be shut, so after a surprisingly nice lunch in Panda Express (like a Chinese McDonalds – “all our food is cooked in 100% Soyabean Oil with no trans-fats and we don’t use MSG”) – we decided to blast the 100 miles or so across the desert and mountains to Laughlin.
Laughlin is a mini-Vegas on the banks of the Colorado river, but like going back in time to the 70’s which is why this post is so late as I couldn’t get any internet!
Today we head to Sedona in AZ via, Oatman, Kingman, and up the mountains to the old mining town of Jerome – from Kingman onwards its all new territory to me and I am really looking forwards to it.