Miles: 420 miles
Route taken: Interstate 15 south to Route 9 east through
The trip was now about getting home in two days and I knew
when I left Salt
Fortunately I had a discount card at the Stardust on the Strip so I wouldn’t have to worry about where I was going to stay and ironically, it was one of the cheapest hotels I stayed at during the trip.
During the week,
Why I don’t know.
I probably should have stopped in
One stop I did make was
This time I veered off of Interstate 15 and got on Highway 9 east and went to the park.
I am glad I did. It is spectacular and I think part of the reason I was so enamored with it was because there were no expectations. No one told me of its beauty. I had no idea what I would see. It was a completely fresh experience.
From the minute I paid the $10 fee I was mesmerized by the scenery. Large rock outcroppings and mountains worn away by time, colorfully majestic greeted every turn on the road of the park.
I was entranced by it all and stopped the bike several times
to just stare at the landscape, all the while thankful that I took the
By the time I got back on Interstate 15 it was getting late
and I had to make some time up. It isn’t really difficult to do because
is so little to see on that stretch of road, especially once you leave
I was surprised that Vegas had expanded north, though I guess
I shouldn’t be. I knew it had stretched out towards
The city is one of the fastest growing in the country and a
million new residents show up every year. Part of the charm is not
income taxes, but they might be in for a rude awakening. The
that allows that to happen, may be going away. Gambling is still
On this day, I supported the residents. I was exhausted but decided to gamble anyway and predictably lost. I went back to my hotel room a tired and beaten man, but was one day closer to home.