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    • Day11

      Hotspot Needles

      April 18 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      Heute morgen falteten wir das Zelt schon bei ca 32 Grad zusammen. Weiter gings durch die Wüste Richtung Needles. In Needles waren wir dann schon bei 39 Grad.
      So macht Fahrradfahren nicht wirklichen Spass.
      Kurze Etappe, dafür ist Wäsche waschen angesagt!
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      Traveler

      ...also ich müsste nicht lange überlegen: links! 🤭🤗

      4/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      wäre auch gerne, aber......

      4/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir können so gut nachvollziehen wie es Euch geht🙄. Aber da gibts nur eins: Durchhalten👍🏻😁! Es wird noch etwas dauern bis es besser wird - aber letztendlich lohnt es sich dennoch😉. Weiterhin eine gute und gesunde Reise🤗🏔. Und denkt dran viel Wasser mitzuschleppen 😆

      4/19/22Reply
      Traveler

      Ihr habt den Abzweiger, den 95 nach LV verpasst!!! 🙄🙄

      4/21/22Reply

      Hoi Roger u Conny Super Bilder honder scho gmacht 👍🏻 Wünsche gut treten und ganz a schöni zit . An Gasgriff wäre auch super gell . Lg Karl Marlen [Karl]

      4/21/22Reply
       
    • Day14

      Day 14 - Route 66 into California

      September 24, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      After our spontaneous Route 66 Motel stay in Seligman we felt refreshed and ready to explore this part of 'America's Mother Road'. Brekky was had at the quintessential Roadrunner Cafe, which was also filled with Route 66 emblazoned knick knacks. We were happy to drive out (after blasting 'Life is a Highway' again and the rest of the 'Cars' soundtrack). We cruised Route 66, passing cactus trees, places where the road is often covered by flood waters during spring and many rundown old buildings. We detoured many times along the way, looking for Starbucks cups Cilla is collecting, getting coffee, taking photos... embracing the old/small town America.

      We decided to detour through Oatman, apparently the inspiration for many 'Cars' stories and characters. To get there we took the 'Arizona Sidewinder', a section of route 66 that snakes across steep cliffs, around cacti-studded hills and through dry valleys. It was a pretty speccy road. Not far from Oatman we slowly round a sharp corner and come face-to-bumper with 2 donkeys! Mama and baby have honed the art of begging and they nose their adorable faces right up to the car windows, snuffling expectantly. We find our last apple, take some pictures and enjoy the company of these unexpected furry friends for a good while before continuing.

      Oatman is to Route 66 what Las Vegas is to the US. Gaudy, touristy, packed and commercialised, but with a little more rustic 'charm' (if such words can be used together!) We enjoy slowly cruising down the tiny main street, with its higgledy-piggledy array of 'wild west' themed diners, souvenir stores and museums (oh, and regularly interspersed with donkeys being fed by eager, nervous tourists). Onwards we go.

      We are headed to California today, staying with old friends at their family's beach house. Cilla and I split the 5.5 hour drive, but she shoulders the LA traffic burden. We arrive in Ventura at the Robinson family beach house after supper but still they all came out to greet us. We received the grand tour, soaked in the smell and sounds of the ocean right next to the patio and immediately feel so welcomed and at home. We're looking forward to spending some fellowship and fun time together here for the next few days, GW!

      - Nomes
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      Traveler

      We’re the donkeys native to that area.? How lovely

      9/27/21Reply
      Traveler

      yes they seemed to be! we asked a local who the donkeys belonged to and she replied: "The earth! but we all look out for them!"

      9/28/21Reply
      Traveler

      Did you see Luigi's Tyres?🤣

      9/29/21Reply
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    • Day12

      Sitgreaves Pass/Zelten Montain RV Park

      April 19 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Und wieder war heute eine Bergetappe angesagt. Zuerst überquerten wir die Grenze nach Arizona, dann den Colorado River. Langsam aber stetig schlängelte sich die Strasse Richtung Oatman. Zum Glück war es bedeckt, so war es erträglicher hochzuradeln. In Oatman dann der Touristenhotspot. Eine kleine Westernstadt mit vielen zahmen Eseln. Conny sagt immer es seien meine Brüder. Nach einer Stärkung im Saloon begann der happige Teil der Steigung. Einige Goldschürffirmen lagen auf dem Weg. Genau in einer steilen Spitzkehre konnte Conny nicht mehr schalten. Nach einiger Zeit war das Problem gelöst. Eine freundliche Dame der Goldschürffirma brachte mir einen Eimer mit Wasser, Seife und Handtücher. Es gibt noch Engel.
      Nahe dem Einnachten fanden wir einen Platz um das Zelt aufzustellen. Dies bei heftigem Föhnsturm.
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      Traveler

      Das geht ja zügig voran! Wir mussten unsere Route (wieder) umkehren und starten in Canada. Unser Bus kommt voraussichtlich am 3. Juni in Halifax an. Wo seid ihr dann?

      4/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Hoi John, freut mich von dir zu hören. wir müsste dann irgendwo vor st. louis sein. genau wissen wir es noch nicht. wohin schlägt es euch nachdem ihr in halifax angekommen seid. lieber gruss euch beiden, roger und conny

      4/20/22Reply
      Traveler

      Wir haben uns noch nicht entschieden, aber bleiben in Kontakt ;) vielleicht sehen wir uns doch noch 😅

      4/21/22Reply
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    • Day163

      Roadtrip off to a Rocky Start

      May 28 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

      We picked up another camper van to kick off our US roadtrip, this time one where we can stand up in! Unfortunately we are off to a rocky start, and not because we made it to the Mountains, James has tested positive for COVID. We made it to the first campsite just north of Joshua Tree National Park and after a rough night his symptoms got a little worse.

      The next day it was very warm in the desert, due to hit 40° so we ditched our plan to do a hike in the national park, cancelled our next nights campsites and headed to a hotel for some Aircon. We made it to a border town called Laughlin on the Colorado River, one side is Arizona, the other Nevada, one side is gaudy casinos, the other fast food and parking lots, classic America. The most striking thing about this bit of river is the amount of jet ski they are driving around! It is crazy!! We even saw on the road, a car towing 4jetskis, 2 adult ones and 2 kids ones! As Armelle doesn't have any symptoms she discovered this little town by doing life admin like...laundry! The nearest laundromat was a cross the river so we spent a few hours in two different states! This is the further apart we've been since we left London!

      2 nights later and symptoms are starting to look a little better so we headed to another hotel in a Grand Canyon gateway town so hopefully we can get out and see something of this national park. Just 3 and a half hours drive up the road and the weather has changed a bit, it's due to hit -2° tonight 🥶. The desert is a cruel mistress.
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      Traveler

      Laundry needs to be done, James feels 🤢. Laundry done James feels better. hmmmm? jk glad u r feeling better!

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      hahaha Strange indeed.... 🤔 I know who's going to do the next load 😂

      6/2/22Reply
      Traveler

      Not too boring !

      5/30/22Reply
      Traveler

      not too boring for a few seconds 😜

      6/2/22Reply
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    • Day12

      Joshua Tree Nationalpark

      September 23 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Auf dem Programm stand heute der Joshua-Tree-Nationalpark. Hier treffen zwei verschiedene Wüsten-Ökosysteme aufeinander: die Mojave-Wüste und die Colorado-Wüste.
      Neben den Joshua Bäumen, die auch Namensgeber für den Park sind, kann man viele Felsformationen bewundern. Auch alte indianische Zeichnungen sind dort noch zu finden. Eine faszinierende Landschaft von der man sich kaum trennen mag. Wir sind den Hidden-Valley Trail gelaufen. Es ist einer der beliebtesten und landschaftlich schönsten Wanderwege im Joshua Tree National Park. Das Gebiet ist auch ein beliebtes Klettergebiet.
      Auch der Cholla Caktus Garden hat uns sehr gefallen.
      Danach fuhren wir weiter nach Kingman/Arizona in Richtung Grand Canyon….
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    • Day60

      Das Hoover Damm

      May 23 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach Las Vegas. 🚗 An der Grenze zwischen Arizona und Nevada wird der Colorado River vom Hoover Staudamm zum Lake Mead aufgestaut. ⏰ Hier wird auch von der Mountain in die Pacific Time gewechselt - im Sommer ticken die Uhren allerdings in beiden Staaten gleich.Read more

      Traveler

      Da wird der Menschheit aufgezeigt, dass nicht alles machbar ist.

      5/31/22Reply
      Traveler

      Erschreckend diese Entwicklung

      6/1/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Day 2 - Hoover Daaaaaammmm

      September 12, 2021 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 41 °C

      One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the Hoover Dam was our first stop of the day. We woke early, our bodies still accustomed to eastern time and prepped for a hot day.

      The sharp, red rocky mountains punctured the azure blue sky as heat shimmered in waves across the dry landscape. We wound our way down to the dam's visitor centre, and geeked out with informational panels, interactive tables, informative movies and intelligent tour guides :) I love stats, so... The dam is 660 feet thick at its base (thats more than 2 statues of liberty, lying end to end!), and is built of enough concrete to pave a 4 foot wide pathway around the equator. Also, try this on for some hard work: the labourers were paid $4/day and had 2 days off/year!

      Afterwards we headed out onto the dam itself. Of course Becky 'shriek whistled' while we let off a few cooees into the 1200+ ft wide (and 726 ft high) dam wall. The inviting, turqouise water of lake mead was a stark contrast to the rust coloured canyon walls, but the drop to the water wasn't at all tempting. We're determined to swim in lake mead though, so stay tuned!

      It was hot. Like Nebuchadnezzar's furnace with a side of ghost peppers hot. But it's a nice reminder that underneath this Canadian PR label, I'm still a true blue Aussie because I revelled in the heat. Sure, I melted a little, but some things are worth melting for. Our resident polar bear was keen to walk in the shade and with nary a cloud in the sky and a temp of 43/44 (110 for the Americans among us :P), can't say I really blamed her.

      We drove the dam, crossed the ggggiiiiaant Memorial Bridge, took some pics by random sign posts (why not, we might forget we were here!), marveled at the view and the Creator who made the forces that shaped these canyons and headed back to the hotel. The pool is calling our names!
      - Nomes
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      Traveler

      Nomes...it so reminds me of Lake Itapu in Brazil!

      9/13/21Reply
      Traveler

      I was thinking of that the whole time, dad! That and the snowy river hydro scheme turbines!

      9/13/21Reply
      Traveler

      Wonderful experience the power of Creator's Hand!!!loved Aussie Tenacity

      9/13/21Reply
      Traveler

      so much power and might there, Gramma, that's for sure!

      9/14/21Reply
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    • Day81

      Hoover Dam

      April 29 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Südöstlich von Las Vegas (Nevada), im Black Canyon, befindet sich das gigantische Bauwerk. Erbaut zw. 1931 - 1935, ernannt nach dem amerik. Präsidenten P. Hoover.
      Der Hoover Damm ist eine Talsperre, welche d. Colorado River zum Lake Mead aufstaut.
      Höhe 221 Meter, 2,6 Mio. m² Beton und 43.500 Tonnen Stahl.
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    • Day2

      Day 2 - Resortlife, Redstone & Lake Mead

      September 12, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

      I can honestly say I've never quite looked so much forward to jumping into a body of water. The hotel pool was luxury after a hot morning. We lounged and swam and truly felt like we were winding down and rolling into 'vacation mode'. Super grateful to God we've been able to meet up and spend time together and immerse ourselves in His spectacular creation.

      We headed out towards our camping spot for the night... Somewhere on the Overton arm of lake mead (kidding, when there's a Nomes in the planning process, it's never just 'somewhere... figure out it later' :) More on that later). Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a huge conservation space surrounding the lake created by the Hoover Dam. As we drove through its winding roads we came across a gorgeous stream in the desert and collection of huge red boulders which were begging to be explored...

      Redstone was the name of this delightful landscape, and we turned a 40 minute loop into a 1.5 hr expedition. I mean, when there are arches and holes carved into the side of giant boulders they just need to be crawled through, right? Despite the heat and what felt like an already long day (we only arrived, yesterday, what!!??), we jumped and climbed, meandered and photographed our way around 'Redstone' (oh so imaginatively named) before heading onwards to our camping spot: Stewart's Point.

      Here's where we were grateful for our ever so slightly raised Rav 4 - jolting over boulders and the desert's version of moguls, even encountering sand and loose gravel that made it feel like we were 4wding. I sat out the window while Becky roared along, skillfully swerving around potholes with Cilla spying out potential camping spots. After touring most of the peninsula and much friendly debate, we settled on an overlook beside a steep, rocky hill leading down to the lake. Hangriness began to set in so we whipped up supper as it grew dark, deciding the 35C temp called for a swim afterwards so we'd be cool enough for bed. Thankful for our headlamps and the bright moon, we scrambled and slid down the hill and just about fell into the lake!

      The stars were shining brightly as we floated in the only slighty refreshing waters of lake mead, trying to avoid the squishy mud. It was all worth it to cool down a bit! The milky way was so bright and we enjoyed spotting few shooting stars before scrambling out and back up the hill (avoiding the spiders with their glinting eyes).

      We'd decided to sleep under the stars. No bugs, no bears, no tent, no worries! We floated to sleep (a little restlessly with the intense heat and the occasional donkey braying in nearby homesteads) but blanketed by the stars.
      - Nomes
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      Traveler

      ohhhh i like!

      9/13/21Reply
      Traveler

      Love the towel Nomes😅

      9/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      It's soooo good!! Thank you!

      9/14/21Reply
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    • Day3

      Day 3 - Valley of Fire

      September 13, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 44 °C

      After a lovely night under the stars, we awoke to a clear sky: the morning light quickly erasing the brilliance of the stars. Donkeys continued to bray in the background. We took down our meagre camp while the sun slowly peeked over the mountains behind head Lake Mead, and on the road before 7am. Today we are off to the 'Valley of Fire' (VoF). Temperatures were certainly fiery and we hope to beat the heat! After hitting up the fee station, we drove over a short hill and staring us down on the road was our first bighorn sheep: nonplussed and quietly chewing the cud!

      This week has an 'excessive heat' warning. Some of the longer hiking trails including two we were hoping to do were consequently closed. Too dangerous. Even the shorter hikes had posted signs: 'hiking not recommended'. We promptly ignored them, slathered on sunscreen and set off with our packs carrying a combined 8L of water in bladders to stay hydrated.

      Our first hike was called Rainbow Vista. We couldn't find the pot of gold, but we did see some petrified wood, amazing bush cactii, valley views and an awful lot of red sand (still figuring out why sandals were named thus, they're no good for sand at all!) We tried to 'shade - hop' as much as possible, more than happy to pace ourselves and take in the sites in one piece. The most impressive thing on this hike was the view over the red boulders of the valley of fire.

      Our second hike for the day was called white dome. More elevation with this one and a popular spot for commercials, TV shows and movies! Nomes quickly shot up the huge rock, practicing her ibex manoeuvres (Nomes' correction: yellow-footed rock wallaby). The main feature on this hike was aptly called the 'Narrows': our first slot canyon! Every angle was gorgeous, and even better, it was much cooler! Cilla couldn't put her camera down in this section: a photographers dream!

      By this stage it was only 11am but we were hot and past ready for some AC. The rest of our VoF adventures consisted largely of driving tours around this spectacular park (while drying our T-shirts out the windows as we drove 😂). We stopped in at the visitor centre for a water refill and encountered a whole herd of bighorn sheep enjoying some shade. I found a VoF badge to add to my ever expanding collection (yet to choose the backpack I want to attach them all to!). There was a lot of info about early settlers, archeological digs and geological info that we again geeked out over, before we looped around the west end of the park - with strictly phones/ faces and cameras out windows and sun roof...the rest of us was done with heat for the day (yep, even the Aussies :)) Cilla and I did make an exception with an 84 stair climb to see some ancient petroglyphs carved into 'Atlatl Rock' (actually really cool!!). We spotted some other rock structures: arches (teency) and 'beehives' before driving onwards.

      VoF was a truly wonderful and largely underrated park. I'd love to come back in cooler weather. A park ranger said they had hoped to open all hikes by Sept, but but it remained too stinkin' hot. This is the first year they have closed hikes, and also the first year they haven't had any fatalities... a coincidence? Methinks not!

      Off to Kabab, South of Zion National Park for the next two evenings.
      - Becky
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      Traveler

      Behold a wonder in heaven...🤣

      9/14/21Reply
      Traveler

      This made me laugh so hard 😂

      9/15/21Reply
      Traveler

      Yep I’m seeing Revelation 12 too 😂

      9/14/21Reply
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Mohave County, ሞሃቬ ካውንቲ፥ አሪዞና, مقاطعة موهاف, Мохаве, মোহাবে কাউন্টি, Comtat de Mohave, Condado de Mohave, Mohave maakond, Mohave konderria, شهرستان موهاوی، آریزونا, Mohaven piirikunta, Comté de Mohave, מוהאבי, Mohave, okrug, Mohave megye, Մոհավե շրջան, Contea di Mohave, モハーヴェ郡, 모하비 군, Mohave Kūn, Hrabstwo Mohave, موہاووے کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Mohave, Округ Мохаве, Mohave Kontluğu, Могаве, موہیو کاؤنٹی، ایریزونا, Quận Mohave, Condado han Mohave, 莫哈維縣

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