IMPORTANT NOTE: This trip was originally blogged on TravelPod.com, which has since shut down. Due to the amount of information from this trip it may take a while to get all of it transferred over to BackroadTraveler. Check back in the future to check its status.
I joined my parents to revisit some of the special places they visited on a motorcycle after they retired. Dad is now 77 and Mom is 75. Both have travelled across the USA several times on their Honda Goldwing trike.
We met in Las Vegas May 28th, 2015, rented motorcycles from EagleRider (me an Indian Chief Vintage and them a Honda Goldwing trike). Our trip took us through 8 different states and on some of the best motorcycling roads in North America, including the Million Dollar Highway, the Beartooth Highway, Utah’s Highway 12, and a portion of historic Rt. 66. In all, we logged over 3,200 miles over a 15 day period.
May 28, 2015
After months of planning and waiting to take this trip the day has finally arrived! I’ve been able to whittle down the clothes I need to take into a qualifying size carry-on bag. I still need to swing by the drug store to pick up some travel size anti-perspirant and toothpaste; TSA regulations make it a little more challenging than just grabbing out of the medicine cabinet. Next stop, the airport!
Just arrived at HIA. Got expedited entry and didn’t even have to take my shoes off. The place is a ghost town – as has often been the case when I fly out of HIA. Waiting to depart at 1:40. Now to catch up on some reading…
an email from my mother while sitting here. Apparently the unusual cold spell the area we will be riding in (10 – 20 degrees below normal) has rebounded with a vengeance. Temps in the areas we will be riding on Saturday are, again, reaching as high as 100 degrees.
After one of the most turbulent flights I have ever been on and a true cowboy landing (felt like we came in sideways), we are finally in Vegas. Paid $14 for a shuttle to the Mirage. Have read that some say it’s better to take the taxi, but have also read that some cab companies put pressure on drivers to do a long haul (taking the long way to jack up the fare). If you’re leaving the airport and you head to the tunnels, you’re being taken on the long haul.
On today’s To-do list…
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Go to EagleRider to get things in order for an 8:30 departure tomorrow.
- Get a couple more things at Walgreens across the street.
- Lunch buffet
- See Las Vegas
After taking care of the to-do list for the day, I can honestly say Las Vegas is NOT my kind of town. Too many people, too much commotion, buildings unique on the outside but all with huge gambling areas inside. And EVERYTHING is overpriced. If you have money to throw away, Las Vegas will be happy to take it from you!