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Sunday, March 11, 2012

3-11-12 Sunday day 3 of New Calizona Vacation

We are up and heading towards the Grand Canyon this morning.  Clear skies, and windy.  We have a little over 50 miles to ride to get to the Canyon. The entrance to the Grand Canyon isn't real busy when we pull up to pay our $24 to enter.  The guy taking the money was a very friendly chap, not!!!  I nick named him "smiley". By the time we get parked and get ready to walk to the observation area, we realize it is pretty darn cold, and the wind is blowing like crazy.  Chris still has on his one piece riding suit, and Diana and I start laughing because when he walked he makes a swishing noise.  He proceeds to tell us his bikes hisses, and he swishes.  Well, alrighty then...guess we have that all figured out.  Well, it didn't take too long for us to decide we have seen the big hole in the ground, and it is time to get out of this place and head somewhere warmer.  Not sure if we can find it  but we are sure going to try.  At least it is dry today.

 We make it Seligman, AZ and pull into the Roadkill Restaurant.  It is right across the road from the place Chuck and I ate a couple of years ago.  Lunch finished, it is time to ride some Rt 66.  We take 66 to Kingman, AZ.  Was a really pretty ride.  So glad we got to experience it.  We make a gas stop as we get to Kingman.
Our next stop is the  Hoover Dam. 
The new road is really nice, and we get to see some very pretty mountain ranges.  Chuck points up and I finally see what he is pointing at.  It is a big horn sheep, and he is loosing his footing on the side of the mountain, and he is kicking up dirt like crazy.  Never saw one of those guys so closely.  Of course I didn't have my camera out.  :(  The new highway is really nice, and the new bridge going over the dam is nice as well.  Only thing we can see wrong is you can't see over it, to get a look at Hoover Dam.
 We pull off at the entrance to the Dam and ride the old road down to the spillway.  There is a check  point that you have to go through , so we pull over.  The officer ask us to open the trailers.  They didn't even really check them, and we were on our way.  Lots of people and we find a parking spot and get off a few pics of the dam.  Photos have been taken and venture towards Las Vegas.  We are there in no time.  We are staying at the Stratosphere this time.                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                              Our rooms are on the 18th floor.  We are looking down the strip from our windows.  Very nice rooms, and we can watch the people repelling down the tower.
Unpacked and ready to explore the casino, we venture downstairs, and have a nice buffet dinner and feed the slots a little.  Nice day, and the weather is getting warmer all the time  We will explore the strip more tomorrow. Daylight savings time is great!!!!