We had originally planned to take a more northern route, collect some more high-point summits and take our time getting back.
However, because of some changes regarding the road-trip back across the country to Burning Man, specifically that for a number of reasons I would be driving the RAV and the trailer back and sort of on the way dropping Skye off at Yellowstone National Park.
We could hit some of the high-points that we were going to do as well.
Honestly after two weeks of camping and managing to summit 3 high-points, all over 13,000 feet elevation, we were kind of burnt out on high-points and ready to get home.
July 31 at 7:41pm ·
After we came over a mountain range near Nevada/ California border, we drove through this the rest of the day;
Dust from Arizona storms blankets Las Vegas Valley, rain threatens to move in
I was born in Las Vegas with 3 sevens in my birthdate. My family moved when I was 2, but we still had family living there so we ended up driving out there a few times a year.
My brother and I were routinely dropped off at the Mid-way in Circus-Circus with a roll of quarters to keep us entertained.
For that reason and my subsequent fascination with circus, we often end up there on our cross-country road trips. And it's one of the cheaper big hotels on the Strip that always has vacancies.
I wanted to see the last Bourne movie in Vegas because one of the climactic scenes takes place on the strip. in fact, he crashes into the Riviera which just so happened to be across the street from us.
We had also been listening to Hunter S. Thompson's audio book, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", so I wanted Skye to see where and how the action played out or at least where the casinos were that they were rampaging through.
I have had many crazy times in Vegas, some of which I'm surprised I survived.
This was not one of those occasions. I was back in the room before mid-night. Still, we were exhausted, so we slept in and barely made it out before check-out time.
This, of course set us back in regards to our expected travel time. Which invariably means, I'm not getting enough rest stops and I end up messing with my lower back, hamstrings, etc. etc.
When In Rome....When Out West
Pulling into Flagstaff, Arizona for a nice sit down lunch/dinner, I kind of figured we'd go into their historic main street area and end up in eating steak or a hamburger. Instead we found this nifty little alley way with hippy-dippy shops and a groovy pan-Asian noodle shop.
It was delicious and the perfect change of pace, particularly knowing what the next couple of days food probabilities would likely be.
Jon Danniells checked in to Sosoba.
July 31 at 6:39pm · Flagstaff, AZ ·
Refueling; was thinking we'd end up at Western or mining themed steakhouse; however we came across this very groovy noodle shop;
Jon Danniells checked in to Holiday Inn & Suites Albuquerque Airport + University Area.
August 1 at 1:06am · Albuquerque, NM ·
Sort of on schedule; a little over 3500 miles so far on this road trip only 1400 miles to go
We got in quite late and had a bit of a time finding the hotel. My body was killing me. The sciatica was in full effect. I saw that they had a little bar in the hotel, so I grabbed a barstool and ordered myself what I thought and had planned on being a quick night cap.
A couple of hours later after conversations about aliens, the afterlife and film-making, I left the bar with a plate of home-made Bangladeshi food that the lovely bartender had so nicely given me and headed back to my room.
Skye and I woke up later than we hoped but not as bad as the morning before, enjoyed our breakfast of rice and chicken from the left-overs from my late night snack and hit the road.
August 1 at 2:19pm ·
Skye's first border crossing as the driver
Skye to the Rescue
We would never have made as good of time as we were had Skye not been willing and able to take some turns at the wheel.
She got several hours of open road highway training and I got to rest my body.
I have a feeling that question is going to be a theme for the next several months.
I have always enjoyed stopping at the Cadillac Ranch and well.....
Every so often I will check out one of the tourist traps that there have been billboards trying to lure you in for the last couple hundred miles.
The Big Texan Steak Ranch and Brewery was going to be one of those adventures.
They offered a free steak of some ridiculous proportion to anyone who could finish it and whatever else happened to be part of the plate. I think it was a couple of rolls and a side of beans and who know what else.
They had a table set up on a stage with several clocks so that everyone could enjoy the show. Two people tried while we were there. They both failed miserabley and we all ended up with an expensive stomach ache.
We'd had our fill of road-side distractions and were ready to be home. So for the next couple days it was all about driving.
Jon Danniells checked in to Oklahoma State Line.
August 1 at 6:59pm ·
4100 miles down another 999 till we get home
Jon Danniells checked in to Sleep Inn & Suites Van Buren / Fort Smith, AR.
August 2 at 12:29am · Van Buren, AR ·
A long, long day on the road, but almost home
Jon Danniells added 2 new photos — checked in to Mississippi River.
August 2 at 1:29pm ·
August 2 at 6:42pm · Tallapoosa ·