Route66 and Vegas

 

Along route 66

Along route 66

 

Heading out from the Grand Canyon we made one more stop before heading to Los Vegas. We stopped to visit the famous Snow cap diner along route 66.  After a brief exposure to such snow cap humor as the cheeseburger with cheese or dead chicken, we took some group photo’s and then hit the road for Vegas.

Route 66

Route 66

 

Group photo

Group photo

 

Dave and Jimmy warned us about just how big Vegas is, and I’m glad they did.  Starting out at the Excalibur we went south to Mandalay bay and the Luxor where we ate at the buffet. We then hiked along the strip going North as far as Caesars palace. By then it was getting near time to get back on the bus and we’d had more than enough walking for one day so we headed back to the Excalibur.  We did stop to enjoy one more song as the fountain in front of the Bellagio danced. At the bus once more We discovered that Matt and Phillip were having so much fun they decided to stay in Vegas another night or two. We began to worry though when it was time for the bus to leave and Elsa still wasn’t there, just then she came running up with a napkin clutched to her face and blood all over. Turned out the dry Arizona air had finally gotten to her and caused a spontaneous nose bleed. She explained that she’d called the Green tortoise office to let them know what had happened, just then Jimmy’s phone rang and it was the office calling to make sure she made it alright. With that we were all loaded up and we headed out on the final leg of our journey.

Bright lights on the Vegas strip

Bright lights on the Vegas strip

 

I had already got my bags stowed separately as I was getting off the bus early in Bakersfield to visit Family that lived there. At 430 or so in the morning I left the big green bus that had been like home for the last week and headed into Denny’s for some pancakes before calling for someone to pick me up.  I was glad to have had such a great experience, though also sad to be leaving all these wonderful people. I look forward to riding the Green tortoise again.

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