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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 13

10 October 2012 | News | Gary Inman

by Gary Inman

Day 13: Las Vegas, NV to Grand Canyon, AZ

It was unusual, but good not to wake up in Las Vegas with a hangover. The schedule allowed a rare late start, but most of the 14 bikes had left the car park, but the time I carried my bags to the Super Tenéré at 10am.

I rolled out of the car park with Alex and Jenny, the honeymooners, on their KTM Adventure and Stuart and Jim, both also riding Yamaha Super Tenérés. Despite having six, eight or ten lane roads, Vegas is often choked with traffic and the law that stops bikes from filtering through slow or stationary traffic seemed both cruel and pointless.

Eventually we escaped and hit the highway towards Hoover Dam. The art deco edifice is impressive, but the water level of the lake backing up to it gives fuel to the stories I’d heard about the problems this area is going to have if it doesn’t reduce its water consumption.

Back on the bikes we headed further into Arizona and took our first taste of the Route 66. I wasn’t that excited about riding on Route 66 and even my low expectations weren’t reached. The fading and peeling shells of the failed businesses were more intriguing than the kitsch tourist traps selling Made in China Americana to French tourists.

The late start, the regulars stops and the long lunch meant our group of four were still riding to the Grand Canton campsite as dusk fell. In England, it wouldn’t be a problem. But here, in the forested wilds on Utah, I was getting nervous. I’d been warned a dozen times about the wildlife emerging from the woods and colliding with bikers. Sure enough, ten miles from the campsite a huge elk starts to cross the road and Stuart and I thunder up on pair of 1200cc Yamaha. It looks directly into my eyes, rears up on its hind legs and turns to run back into the woods.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 13: Las Vegas, NV to Grand Canyon, AZ

It was unusual, but good not to wake up in Las Vegas with a hangover. The schedule allowed a rare late start, but most of the 14 bikes had left the car park, but the time I carried my bags to the Super Tenéré at 10am.

I rolled out of the car park with Alex and Jenny, the honeymooners, on their KTM Adventure and Stuart and Jim, both also riding Yamaha Super Tenérés. Despite having six, eight or ten lane roads, Vegas is often choked with traffic and the law that stops bikes from filtering through slow or stationary traffic seemed both cruel and pointless.

Eventually we escaped and hit the highway towards Hoover Dam. The art deco edifice is impressive, but the water level of the lake backing up to it gives fuel to the stories I’d heard about the problems this area is going to have if it doesn’t reduce its water consumption.

Back on the bikes we headed further into Arizona and took our first taste of the Route 66. I wasn’t that excited about riding on Route 66 and even my low expectations weren’t reached. The fading and peeling shells of the failed businesses were more intriguing than the kitsch tourist traps selling Made in China Americana to French tourists.

The late start, the regulars stops and the long lunch meant our group of four were still riding to the Grand Canton campsite as dusk fell. In England, it wouldn’t be a problem. But here, in the forested wilds on Utah, I was getting nervous. I’d been warned a dozen times about the wildlife emerging from the woods and colliding with bikers. Sure enough, ten miles from the campsite a huge elk starts to cross the road and Stuart and I thunder up on pair of 1200cc Yamaha. It looks directly into my eyes, rears up on its hind legs and turns to run back into the woods.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

Tags: Gary Inman, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Arizona, Route 66, Grand Canyon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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