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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's 4 wheels to Las Vegas and the Mirage

The deal to go to Reno included a trip by automobile for both of us to Las Vegas and we wound up picking the Mirage Hotel for whatever reason.  No motorcycles were used or involved in this trip.  The ride up was largely uneventful, except for a van next to us on the road in Nevada experiencing an explosive blow-out of a tire that got my immediate attention, but all worked out well with no accident involved.  Arrived, checked in and got everything to the room which was quite nice compared to some of the motorcycle trip venues we have used in the past.  Of course we nearly had to pack everything back up and go home since there was no refrigerator or coffee/tea maker in the room.  After a bit of a fuss everything calmed down for a three day stay.

It was something to see all the new hotels and changing skyline on the strip

DAY TWO-The plan was to take a trip out to the Valley of Fire north of Lake Mead as a scenic trip to see something besides buildings and slot machines.  After looking at prices for meals in the hotel I headed for the Cannery Hotel out on Boulder Highway, location of a STAR-B-Q from about 3 or 4 years ago, which is on the way to the north Lake Mead road anyway. They serve a very nice breakfast here and much less than on the strip.  The trip around Lake Mead is interesting but not enough that we need to get out of the car except at our first stop where the red rocks start.  After paying to enter the National Park my driver side window jumped its track and I had to stop to get it to go back in place with a bit of pushing and pulling.

 The first batch of red rocks

 This is Echo Bay, there was a restaurant and motel here but now closed

 This is a side road into a canyon off the main highway past the visitor center

 Back to the visitor center/gift shop, now this is something to get out of the car to look at.

 Behind the check-in desk in the lobby

Wednesday and we take it easy with a trip to the hotel pool, and exercise room with very nice treadmills-free for guests.  Later on we go see the Donny and Marie Osmond Show at the Flamingo Hotel...can you tell.  It was a nice but loud trip down memory lane.  I was thinking I spent how much for this show?  Oh yes, there was a Rolex store in the Mirage that had more Rolex watches in one place than I had ever seen.  I went in and told them I just came in to breathe in all the rich Rolex aroma.  The sales person told me with a straight face that Rolexes do not give off any odor.

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