Published: July 29th 2012July 29th 2012
We left Las Vegas early and rode from one end of the strip to the other, which was cool. Over the trip the sheer number of bikes in one group has always attracted attention where ever we've been, and the ride down the strip was no different. It felt a bit like we were in a parade!
It was desert and more desert for this ride - 250 miles of it from Nevada through to California. The heat was unbelievable, although no humidity which was a blessing in some ways. We would have drunk 10 litres each of fluid and still felt dry at the end of the day. We needed to wet down our jackets and head gear each break just to give us about 10 mins of relief when we took off. It dried almost immediately.
While riding through the desert sounds like it would be boring, it was far from it. We rode through lava fields where there had been an eruption many years before, there were also pockets of abandoned homes and businesses on the old route 66 - sad to see as the new interstate roads have replaced the old road. We have a lot of fun with the huge trains traveling parallel to the road, we all wave and try and get them to sound their horn. The landscape is incredible, and changing all the time.
After the ride yesterday we were all very tired. We've averaged about 11 hours a day on the bikes and 6-7 hours sleep, so people are starting to feel jaded now. We had our first early night last night after a fantastic dinner at a local restaurant in the small township we are staying at and feel much better for it this morning.
Another hot day planned today, and a couple of hundred miles and our last day on the road. We're going to savour every minute!