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  • Day9

    So here we are, we joined those leaving the tour for the farewell dinner and although we asked for a separate bill, the staff put our food on Eagle Rider's! We will try to sort it out later.
    So we said goodbye to Michelle and Stefano (Luxembourg, Greece), Broulio and Larissa (Brazil), and the three Cypriots whose names I never sorted out. So the rest of the tour will be two Brits, eight French, one Portuguese and one American!
    We went for a walk along Fremont Street where there were two stages with bands playing good rock music, all sorts of people wandering about with a variety of apparel, including street performers who wore only paint! It is definitely different!
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  • Day10

    Today is ours to mooch and see the sights, so after a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we booked tickets for the earlier showing of Cirque du Soliel Mystére at Treasure Island. We decided to use the bus and it took us to the strip. We've spent the morning just wandering between shops and casinos but were very taken with the art in the Vladimir Kush art gallery. There was nothing there that we could afford, but all would gladly be given a home. What really surprised us was the different appearance of the pictures when the gallery owner (very intense guy who never made eye contact) changed the lighting to a more homelike setting. All the the pieces drew the eye into the setting, but they also had so many little interesting items that I could have spent hours looking at them all and found something I hadn't seen before. Eventually we stopped for lunch at Planet Hollywood in Caesar's Palace having topped the 10,000 step mark.
    The excesses in this city are on a scale that has to be seen to comprehend and whilst it would be hypocritical to condemn what I am currently enjoying, how long can the world sustain such consumerism?
    On the plus side, I now have a nice collection of moisturiser samples!
    We have spent time in most of the large venues, and looking at the gondolas in The Venetian we heard good voices serenading the punters, only going to show yet again how much talent there is in the world, and how hard to make a living out of your passion and takent.
    We needed to kill a bit of time before the show and there was nowhere to sit in Treasure Island that wasn't in front of a gambling table or in a bar, so came back to The Venetian where we saw the white gondola in use. A couple were getting married in the gondola, celebrant and video recorder across from them and very happy they looked, kissing to the applause of the crowd! Not my thing but it takes all sorts.
    Cirque du Soleil was superb, entrancing and all the other descriptives so often used. We had good seats and perfect view.
    Stopped to watch the fountains at Bellagio's push water high in the air to music. Night time Vegas is a very different place to day time, crowded and filled with lights. Found the bus stop outside Paris, just missed two busses but only had to wait for about five mins before we were on our way. 26,000 steps walked today!
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  • Day11

    Overall Vegas has been a positive experience, walking mostly indoors for a day covered over eleven miles, people desperate to give me moisturiser samples despite saying I look gorgeous (who am I to disagree?), Cirque du Soleil. Quiet during the day, chaotic in the evening. Like all cities there are rough sleepers and people with nothing. Would I come back again? No, for me once was enough and people are welcome to stare at the money eating machines to their hearts content.
    It's a ride through Death Valley today and in to greener lands. I will be joining Eric in the much roomier and, more importantly cooler, van today.
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  • Day15

    Blendende Lichter, laute Musik, bunte Fassaden und Touris verschiedenster Kulturen. Las Vegas. Mitten im nirgendwo, umgeben von kargem,ausgetrocknetem, weiten Land, eine beeindruckende Touristenmetropole.
    Nach dem Frühstück ging es gegen zehn vom Campingplatz aus auf die Strecke. Heute war mal eine ganz andere Landschaft zu bestaunen, die auf ihre Weise wunderschön anzusehen sein kann, aber meist eher einen unwirtlichen Eindruck macht.
    Die Fahrt war lang, aber mit ein paar Rastpausen gut auszuhalten. Am Nachmittag kamen wir dann schließlich an und haben uns nach einer kleinen Pause auch nach draußen in die trockene Hitze gewagt. Wir haben einige Einkaufszentren durchquert und die zahlreichen unvergleichlichen Hotels bestaunt. Dann haben zu Abend gegessen und uns dann in ein paar Casinos gewagt, aber nur zum zuschauen. Doch schon allein in diesem riesigen Saal voller blinkender Automaten zu stehen ist ein spezielles Erlebnis.
    Las Vegas ist eben eine Traumerstadt, in vielen Hinsichten weit von der Realität entfernt. Hier einen längeren Urlaub zu machen kann ich mir nicht vorstellen, aber den Kurzbesuch war es auf alle Fälle wert.
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  • Day23

    Today was so full of amazing experiences it's hard to know where to start so let's kept it simple and start at the beginning.

    Our day began at Maverick Helicopters where our tour group of 6 embarked on a 50 minute helicopter ride across the Canyon. This was nothing short of amazing. The moment where we crossed the rim at 50ft above the trees to 5,000 ft above the bottom of the Canyon took my breath away. Our pilot, BJ, was an excellent tour guide and from the outset told us his job was to help us appreciate the sheer scale of this natural phenomenon. To help you, the depth of the Canyon is so deep that it is over 3 times the height of the Manhattan skyline. If you wish to get from one side of the Canyon to the other by car (around the rim) - it will take you over 5 hours. Finally, if you drifted downstream on the current of the Colorado River - it would take you 21 days to get from one side to the other. Seem pretty big?

    After our helicopter flight we headed to Seligman- a quintessential Route 66 town which claims to have inspired 'Radiator Springs' in Disney Pixar's 'Cars'. We enjoyed a great lunch here at Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In where I left an 'Old Flying Club' business card on their wall of cards by the order hatch. It was nice to leave a little piece of home here.

    The trek involves several hours of driving each day and it is therefore only fair that we took it in turns to keep our leader Michael company in the front of the van. Today was my turn. Being up front comes with the added responsibility of being DJ. After running out of suitable playlists Michael introduced me to 'The Moth'. This is a grandslam competition in the US whereby people get up on stage and tell stories. The topics varied - some funny some very sad. After one particularly moving one we realised we were both a little teary eyed. We thought the rest of the van were sleeping but in checking the rear view mirror, a tear streaked Kate peered over the seats like a meerkat saying 'what are you making me listen to?!' Being up front also had the added bonus of being able to take some fun shots out the windscreen. We even crossed the Hoover Dam.

    The heat in Vegas was insane - reportedly 45°! We were surprised to discover that we were staying in a true Vegas hotel - The Golden Nugget. Not only did it contain its own shops and casinos but it contained a shark tank with a water slide that ran through it. Kate and I were sharing a room with not one but two king-size beds. This was quite a treat having come accustomed to sharing beds the past 3 weeks!

    We had take-out in one of the hotel rooms with the rest of the group and the drinking began. We had stocked up at Walmart en route and I had bought 8 mini bottles of Sutter Home's White Zinfandel- one of my favourites and so cheap here! Needless to say we all got a little tipsy rather quickly. By the time we reached the Party Bus at 21.30 we were definitely ready to dance the night away. The bus took us to the infamous sign and down the strip past Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Let me tell you now, dancing on a moving bus is not easy but is very good fun! Our final destination was a nightclub which our group was not particularly interested in entering. We had other ideas on how the remainder of the night was to be spent.

    Two of our group Dee and Kev (who lived in Leicester) had decided it would be fun to have a Vegas wedding. They were already married so this was pretty easy to arrange. Believe it or not to have a Vegas wedding you still need a licence so turning up to the chapel and asking to get married isn't as easy as everyone makes out. Naturally we were all very excited about attending our first wedding in Vegas and despite my inebriated state (5 mini bottles of Sutter Home) I automatically took on the role of wedding photographer. Kate and I ensured Dee had her something old, new, borrowed and blue by lending her two old hair bobbles (one of which was blue) and I found a crisp new dollar bill which we all signed and gave to her as a momento.

    The ceremony was short but very sweet and I was astounded to find the next morning I had a nice selection of photographs for the happy couple to treasure the evening with. I've attached a collage to my post.

    After the wedding we headed back to our hotel for more casino fun. I placed a couple of dollars in various slot machines to no avail. I'd have loved to play roulette but was too tight for the $15 buy in. It had been an expensive day after all what with helicopter flights and such like.

    Tiredness hit me like a wall around 1am. I was feeling my age all of a sudden! I left the group and in true Vegas style got sidetracked on my way back to my room. Initially I wandered into the pool area and found myself sat on the edge with my feet in the water (still wearing my jelly shoes I hasten to add) and watched the sharks in the shark tank whilst Stereophonics 'Have a Nice Day' played through the speakers. Possibly one of the most surreal moments of the trip so far and one I shall always remember.

    The journey back to the room finished with a pit stop in the hotel shop for a giant cookie which I enjoyed in a bubble bath back in the room. Don't ever tell me I don't know how to do Vegas. Whichever way I did it, it was definitely MY way.
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  • Day32

    Las Vegas baby!! How do I explain Las Vegas. Wow this place is out of this world! The structures of the different casinos are amazing and the lights at night are beautiful! Such a crazy place though, you can walk around through the streets with alcoholic drinks and everyone smokes cigarettes inside the casinos. The streets and casinos are packed with people at night time and then empty in the mornings until about lunch time.

    We stayed in New York New York and loved it, out of all the casinos we would choose this one again. There are definitely newer casinos but for what we were looking for this was perfect.

    While in Vegas we experienced all the Vegas must do's, we hired a Mustang and drove to the Grand Canyon Sky Walk - driving through the desert was unlike anything we have seen before and the canyon was amazing to see in person, and of course the Mustang was fast and very comfortable.

    We also went to a shooting range and shot a few guns! Jay had the full package shooting 5 different guns while I shot 3. This had our adrenaline pumping!!!

    One night we also went and saw Cirque Du Soleil show 'O'!! Both Jay and I had never experienced a show like this before, it was breathtaking and beautiful! We both walked out afterwards feeling like we hadn't blinked in 2 hours! I would highly recommend this show!!
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  • Day13

    Two nigjts in a great apartment in Vegas, and we were able to recharge a little after our hectic schedule.

    The first night we headed to the Rio resort to see Penn & Teller. They were great, as expected. Dinner was late, after the show...and filling as always.

    The next day, we had a very relaxed morning, then headed for The Stratosphere to go up the tower for some good views of this big city. We were going to walk the strip, but at 41°C, it was just too hot! We did a little select stops, and I've never seen the fountain at the Bellagio so deserted - it was just too hot to stand in the sun.

    We wandered througj a few casinos, picked up some Mets sock for Ben, and heafed back to the apartment, to make ourselves beautiful for dinner and a show.

    We headed out to the M resort for what was billed as the best buffet in Vegas. It is very popular and we had to queue for half an hour to get in. Wow, the food was plentiful and varied. It was seafood night, and i was astonished at the volume of crab that was served and consumed!

    After dinner, we heafed back to the Mandalay Bay to go to see a Cirque du Soleil show, Michael Jackson's One. What an amazing tribute. The show was fabulous, and i highly recommend it if you get to Vegas.

    Today we leave Vegas, heading back to LA to start our trip to Alaska, via Seattle.

    Stay tuned! I'll post some more pics later...
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  • Day20

    Today we head to Las Vegas to meet the 4 Foxes.

    We flew over the snow capped mountains of the Rockies it was a truly beautiful sight they stretched far into the horizon.

    Arrived at Las Vegas airport and there were slot machines everywhere.

    After checking in had a quick look around casino.
    Finally decided to try a shake at The Shake Shack a very popular chain in USA.

    Last minute decision Stephen and I decided to go to 7pm The Beatles Love Show by Cirque Du Soleil and meet the rest of the Australian Rat Pack for dinner afterwards.

    Show was a absolutely fantastic works every penny.
    Can't described how visually amazing it was really worth while seeing if you get the chance.

    Ubered to dinner Mexican at the Cosmopolitan to meet the rest of the gang for dinner.

    Walked past Bellagio Fountain after dinner fantastic water fountain performance to Billy Jean. Very impressive.

    Left others then back to our hotel for coffee and bed.
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