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With all of these SLK's driving to Vegas I would have thought this section would be full of new posts describing some wonderful drives!

John - I'm sure you had some nice views driving withthe top down in Sedona! :tu:
 

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:tu:Taking three days off from work was all I was able to manage and driving 2300 miles one way was out of the question. My wife and I flew and have no driving stories to relay. The entire SLKWorld Retreat was a wonderful experience with great friends and many planned events. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised the first night with dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. I'm not big on german food but the company and atmosphere was fantastic. What a wild place. Besides the retreat, my wife and I met family in Las Vegas and spent time with them which required us to miss some of the evening SLKWorld events. We also saw Cher in concert on Saturday evening. Great show to cap a wonderful, fun, weekend.
 

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How's this for a story

I chose a less traditional route for our drive up to Vegas from Tucson. I thought I'd avoid Hoover Dam and construction. We took Tucson to Phoenix the usual boring way. However from there, instead of taking I-17 north to Hwy 93 through Kingman, AZ and up and over the dam, I chose to take I-10 West to Hwy 72 through the tiny towns of Salome and Bouse, AZ to Hwy 95 through Parker/BlueWater to CA-Hwy 62 West, to Hwy 95 through Needles CA, to I-40, back to Hwy 95, joining up with Hwy 93 and into Vegas. :biglaugh: Hwy 72 , 95, and 62 through this area were awful but had potential.

They were rough as heck, but had more blind dips and hills than a roller coaster. I could have counted the number of cars I passed on two hands, but of course it was the middle of the night. I had stretches of several miles that were straight as an arrow, but it was nighttime:td: I saw one coyote and an over-turned semi. :eek: The semi wreck was a bit interesting. It occured on one of the many sharp corners on Hwy 95 somewhere adjacent to Stepladder Mountains Wilderness Area. I'd say it was midnight or a little after. The driver appeared ok standing on the side of the road and holding what looked like a beer bottle on his forehead. There were two other semi's stopped and two other drivers standing alongside the road drinking beer! :Beer::td:This is a very remote area--had to be 40 miles from the nearest town. As I continued to Needles, I didn't pass a single emergency vehicle headed to the accident. Makes me wonder what the driver was doing prior to the accident and why he would be waiting so long to call for help.

Finally the roads got better after Needles and the rest of the way to Vegas. When we finally crested the hill just past Henderson and began descending to the valley, you could see all the lights of Vegas. It was spectacular. It might have been 3am but I was wide awake. Total distance was about 467 miles, 7.5 hours.

Here's a google map detailing my route. Enjoy!
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=117665291009072105350.00047236f29263353ea74&ll=34.151591,-113.211365&spn=0.544366,1.223602&t=h&z=10

 

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Excellent story Brian. Even that stretch of 93 out of Phoenix is remote so the route you took must have been way off the beaten path! I'm sure in the day light it would be georgeous.

There's no question that Texas has a lot of open space but I have to tell you, West Texas really doesn't have anything on New Mexico and Arizona. There's a lot of open roads for sure.
 

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Janie and I decided to make a loop out of our drive. Went through Idaho on the way down (18 hours and 1,200 miles) and came back home through California (16 hours and 1,000 miles).

We started out on I-84 heading to Idaho. As we crossed the Blue Mountains between Pendleton and LaGrande we came across a dead dear in the middle of our travel lane. At the time I was going about 70-75 MPH and passing a truck on a 4 lane highway with my low beams on. Big thanks to RacerCub68. I had just looked at his post on driving into turns about 2 days before hand. Normally, I would have hit the breaks and tried to turn. This time I looked were I wanted to go, let off the gas and turned smoothly around the dear (thank goodness for wide highway shoulders and a great car).

The rest of the trip was uneventful. Drove all the way down and back with the top down during daylight and most of the night time hours as well. Lots of bugs though going both ways. I now know what they must make super glue from.
 

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Bugs you say? How about these bugs from last year's road trip?

Note there are a bunch on the ground that I already scraped off.
 

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