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July 8th 2008
Published: July 8th 2008
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Yesterday, we left Ely, Nevada bright and early to try to avoid the heat of our ride through the desert north of Las Vegas. As we headed south, the landscape became bleaker and the temperature reached about 48 Celsius by the time we were an hour north of the city. We decided we didn't get up quite early enough!! Small shrubs slowly changed to miniature palms and cactus plants, and the landscape looked more like the surface of an inhospitable planet than the earth. The temperature was about 46 Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) as we rolled along with the traffic in Las Vegas.

We are staying at the Sunset Casino and Resort in Henderson for a couple of nights and then head off tomorrow back northeast. One great thing about the hotels and resorts in this area is their low cost. They expect you are going to spend all your money in the casinos! Today we may go check out "the strip" in the main part of the city.

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