Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Las Vegas

7 hours on the open road. Me and FLMNG1 rolling down the highway with the Ipod pounding out the theme from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (credit Erin O'Brien). I'm not at work. For the moment, I am completely free. Even if my phone rang, I couldn't hear it. Nobody can get me to do anything for them that I don't want to do. My only task is to turn my wrist and roll.

Earlier in the morning, I stopped for breakfast in a small Arizona town that barely shows up on a map. Wickieup, Arizona is 60 miles from anywhere. There are ranches scattered throughout the area, but little else. The town is comprised of gas stations/convenience stores little else.

One of the gas station/convenience store combos contains the added bonus of a diner. I stop for breakfast and chat with Bill. Bill is probably in his mid-70s. He is headed in the other direction - to Phoenix. His best friend just had by-pass surgery and his stay at the hospital is coming to an end. According to Bill, his buddy hates hospitals and is expecting Bill to be there today to take him back to Kingman, Arizona. I can picture Bill's crusty old friend impatiently waiting his arrival while we sit and chat 90 miles away in Wikieup. I finish my greasy eggs and sausage, say good-bye to Bill and hit the road hoping that I have someone like Bill around to pick me up when I am 70. Bypass surgery is a certainty after this breakfast.

I have two buddies waiting for me in Vegas and I know that they would pick me up from the hospital...if they live that long.

The very first picture in this post was a little more than half way between Kingman and Hoover Dam. People, there is NOTHING out there. So my one photo op was at the sign reading 50 miles to Hoover Dam, 80 miles to Las Vegas. What choice do I have...I make the stop and snap the photo.

I have to say that crossing the Hoover Dam on FLMNG1 kicked ass. This picture was the primary reason I wanted to ride instead of fly. It wasn't quite as exciting as the Golden Gate Bridge, but it was pretty damn good. I'd place it a couple of notches below crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and several notches above crossing the Cedar River.

I stop. I am a tourist. I take the dam tour.


Blogger garrett provided this enlightening comment...

Did you ride close to the edge?

6:16 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger garrett provided this enlightening comment...

(I know you live there.)

6:16 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger The Velvet Fog provided this enlightening comment...

At any point during the tour did you ask the guide: "Is this a God Dam?".

that would be cool.

6:53 AM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

I did not ride close to the edge.

I do live on the edge.

I did not ask whether it was a God dam.

I did say "Did God dam it?" but I was told, "No but about 16,000 men and women using 4,360,000 cubic yards of concret dammed it."

I took the dam tour because my dam ass hurt from riding FLMNG1 for 6 dam hours.

5:22 PM, June 05, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

Hoover Dam on a bike.

Nice, baby. Even worth a ...

... purr.

2:53 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger FLAMINGO1 provided this enlightening comment...

So far, I can check off my list the following:

1. Hoover Dam
2. Golden Gate Bridge
3. Yosemite National Park (a little foreshadowing of PCH chronicles to come).

I missed my shot at driving through the middle of the redwood tree (crap!).

I have been to the Grand Canyon many times, but never on FLMNG1. I will someday make that trip.

Other goals:

*Baja to Cabo
*Million Dollar Highway to Denver (including stops in Ouray to see where True Grit was filmed)
*4 Corners (NM, AZ, UT, CO)
*Monument Valley
*U.S. Highway 1 from Lincoln City to Canadian border
*U.S. Highway 1 (or equivalent) from Santa Monica to Mexican border.

3:30 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger jamwall provided this enlightening comment...

those hoover vacuum people make incredible dams.

5:54 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Erin O'Brien provided this enlightening comment...

There is at least one destination on your list that I find simply fascinating, darling.

6:13 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger The Phoenix provided this enlightening comment...

That's a DAM good picture, buddy.

6:53 PM, June 06, 2006  
Blogger Jim Crall provided this enlightening comment...

Cleveland??? Huh....

6:23 PM, June 07, 2006  
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3:21 AM, February 22, 2007  

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