Craig's big road trip

Day 11 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
The starting point
Day 1 - Seattle to Yakima
Day 2 - Yakima to Bend
Day 3 - Bend to Mt. Shasta
Day 4 - Mt. Shasta to Oakdale
Day 5 - Oakdale to Tehachapi
Yosemite National Park
Day 6 - Tehachapi to Las Vegas
Day 7-10 in Las Vegas
Day 11 - Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon N.P.
Day 12 - Grand Canyon to Kayenta
Day 13 - Monument Valley
Day 14 - Kayenta to Telluride
Day 15 - Telluride
Day 16 - Telluride to Glenwood Springs
Day 17 - Glenwood Springs to Idaho Springs
Day 18 - Idaho Springs to Golden
Day 19 - Golden to Amarillo
Day 20 - Amarillo to Tyler
Day 21 - Tyler to Lake Charles
Day 22 - Lake Charles to Waveland
Day 24 - Waveland to Pensacola
Day 25 - Pensacola to Gainesville
Day 26 - Gainesville to Titusville
Day 27 - Kennedy Space Center
Day 28 - Titusville to Clearwater
The finishing point

Friday April 11, 2003.
I headed south from Las Vegas on highway 93, under cloudless blue skies.  After a quick stop for breakfast at Boulder City in a 1950's style cafe, I continued towards Arizona, via the Hoover Dam.  What I didn't expect, but in hindsight can completely understand, was the long delay in getting to the Hoover Dam.  There is a very tight security check prior to reaching the dam wall.  The purpose is to prevent any act of terrorism.
The Hoover Dam was America's largest construction project in its day.  It controls the flow of the Colorado River and thereby makes life easier for the farmers in California.
Once over the dam I was in Arizona, and the driving suddenly became easier and very enjoyable.  The route from Hoover Dam to the Grand Canyon is a long slow climb from the 1,200 feet of the dam to the 6,800 feet elevation of the Grand Canyon south rim.  The high altitude makes the air cool at this time of year, but the cloudless sky allowed the sun to warm my arms and shoulders.  The traffic was light and the roads smooth.  The consistent climb gave me an advantage over the trucks.
This part of Arizona is greener than I was expecting, but it made sense when I realised that the ground at this high altitude is covered by snow during winter.  The snow melts in spring, guaranteeing a good water supply for the springtime plant life.
I turned onto Interstate Freeway 40 East at Kingman, and enjoyed a smooth easy run up to Williams, with two diversions off the freeway to sample the nostalgic and historic Route 66.
I arrived at the Grand Canyon south rim at 5:00 o'clock, just in time to enjoy the good light at the end of the day.  I'm staying at Maswick Lodge tonight, a short walk from the rim, so I can get up early in the morning to photograph the sunrise.
Distance driven today:  281 miles
Total distance for trip so far:  1828 miles

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