Start Time: 6:16 AM MDT
Stop Time: 4:08 PM PDT
Start Location: Winslow, AZ
Stop Location: Las Vegas, NV
Lodging: Spring Hill Suites
Breakfast: Cinnabon (cinnamon roll)
Lunch: Subway (meatball sub)
Dinner: Le Village Buffet (more food than any human should ever consume)
Miles Traveled Today: 466
Weather: 59-98, Sunny, Clear Skies all Day
Route: I-40, US-89, US-64, I-40, US-93, NV-582, Paradise Road.
Here’s a really good way to start a perfect riding day. Get an early start for the two hour ride from Winslow, Arizona to the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon and go from there to the Hoover Dam.
The anticipation of experiencing God’s creation cowboy style (riding a bike is as close as it gets to experiencing the sights, scents and sounds of our Creator’s creation, and the marvels he inspires men to create as He intended them to be experienced). Unless you ride a Harley, because the sounds and intense heat coming from and off the V-twin engine drown out all the sights, scents and sounds.
I pretty much agree with everyone I know that has been to the Grand Canyon, that it is indescribable. My best attempt is a great big ditch, but there are no words that are adequate. A description is necessary, but simply insufficient.
It was another cool morning, 59 to be exact, and at 80 MPH on a motorcycle, that’s pretty cool.
Put on the Gerbing Heated Gear just to make sure I didn’t get chilled, and ultimately had to turn it on to keep from getting frozen hands.
I was really looking forward to this day for the entire ride up to this point, and the Grand Canyon did not disappoint, and then it was on to the Hoover Dam.
You know, I’ve seen pictures of the Hoover Dam all my life, and I’ve even seen TV specials about the dam, but none of that prepares you for how massive it really is, or how awesome the engineering was.
On the west side of the new US-93 bridge, you are welcomed into Nevada. You guessed it, knocked out another state (that won’t happen again until 08/25/2015 since I have a 4 day woodworkers trade show to work).
After arriving at my Hotel, I had to find an appropriate parking place for the rig and fortunately there was an entire section of extra long parking places. Thank you Spring Hill Suites for anticipating my needs. Rest well Sweet Baby JIL, for in just a few short days we have three weeks straight of incredible riding to experience, and a whole big bunch of miles to cover.
I met up with Brad Hutchings (my Business Partner business partner), and his son Michael. I know that sounds wrong, but he is my business partner for a piece of software we sell to cabinetmakers called Business Partner Estimating Software.
We went to the Le Village Buffet at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel for dinner. No words.
The ride today was awesome, the company this evening was engaging, so another great day on this great adventure.
Lord, thank you for not allowing my brains to be cooked like scrambled eggs as I rode to and over the Hoover Dam (as cool as it was this morning, the heat was intense this afternoon).