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A Bike Trip to Death Valley
Sunday, 4 June 2006
Friday 2 June. Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon circuit.
We are saying 2 nights in Las Vegas. Today we started our routine of early morning rides to avoid the heat. After breakfast at a nearby all night restaurant we headed off at 5.30 am for a ride to Red Rock Canyon to the west of Las Vegas.

The route was quite strait forward as we headed due west on Charleston Blvd but it took 12 miles to clear the urban area. The reward was in a 13 mile one way loop road among spectacular scenery of banded rocks of different colours. The road had little traffic and intervening ridges hid Las Vegas from view.

Temperatures climbed from the low 70s before sunrise to 85F by 8.30 and 103 F by mid afternoon. We saw a lot of local Cyclists doing the same loop in the early morning.

We returned to Las Vegas by 11.00 and after a visit to a bike shop on our route back we stopped for an early lunch. After initially deciding not to have much an offer of an "All you can eat" buffet of salad and pizza got the better of us.

In the late afternoon we got a taxi to Freemont Street. After dinner in a cheap Casino Restaurant we viewed the Freemont Street Experience which is a free lightshow projected onto screens of the roofed over street.

We managed to keep our record going of not spending a dime on gambling during our 2 days in the worlds gambling capital.

47 miles for the day and 2936ft of climbing.

Edwin


remote Posted by Edwin at 1:23 AM BST

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