Today was mostly a simple riding day. I left Flagstaff about 8:00 when the temperature was about 50f (10c) after a low of about 42f. A very cool start to a day.
Just west of Flagstaff you can get off of I-40 and go on the historic Route 66. This takes you through several of the old small towns that died with the building of the interstate highway. One town that did survive is Williams, AZ. This town has made the transition into a tourist destination. Everything is about Route 66 and they do a great job of catering to the travelers.
I crossed paths with the riders from Switzerland again and rode with the about 50 miles. It’s much harder to ride in a group than to ride alone.
This trip has been all about surprises, and I got a nice one. I have never driven to Las Vegas so I didn’t know Hoover Dam was on the highway from Kingman to Las Vegas.
I stopped at the dam where I walked across the new bridge to take pictures then drove across the dam.
The trip into Las Vegas was uneventful but hot. It was 99f (38c) when I arrived. “But it’s a dry heat.” I’m showing my age, after arriving I walked around the hotel (MGM Grand) and was overwhelmed by the whole thing. I got something to eat and went to bed without even putting a nickel in a slot machine.

Diner along the highway.

Diner along the highway.

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Remember these.

Remember these.

60 years this was the cross-country super highway.

60 years this was the cross-country super highway.

My Swiss friends

My Swiss friends

#14

#14

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

It will take years of rain like this year to get the normal water level back.

It will take years of rain like this year to get the normal water level back.

The new bridge

The new bridge

Lake Mead

Lake Mead