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Williams to Laughlin via the Mohave desert

We rode 145 miles in extrem heat

sunny 39 °C

We are writing this a day late as we couldn't get internet access yesterday evening when we finished in Laughlin.

We left Williams at 0810 this morning which is the earliest we have managed to leave in the morning. Our first stop was Seligman. A real quirky town on Route 66 the pictures speak for themselves. We ate our breakfast in the Roadrunner café and gift shop spending and hour wandering the streets and shops before continuing our journey to the Grand Canyon caverns.

The caverns were really good and were 21 stories blow ground. They are called the Grand Canyon caverns as, in the 50’s they wanted to know where the fresh air came from so they set off smoke bombs in the air chamber expecting them to raise in the grounds above. After 72 hours with no smoke rising they aborted the test. 18 days later they were contacted as pink smoke was emitting from a hole in the bottom of the Grand Canyon which is 2 ½ hours away! So the air we were breathing was over 2 weeks old but it is filtered through the lime stone and is pure.

The caverns are used as a bomb shelter that can hold 2000 people for several weeks and is stocked with water, medicines and provisions.

We continued our journey to Laughlin through Kingsman. Laughlin is in Nevada and we rode approximately 20 miles through a corner of the Mohave Desert. We have never experienced such hot temperatures. In Laughlin it registered 104 degrees F (approx. 38 degrees) and in the desert it was a lot hotter. But due to our spf 50 we still rode in T shirts all day.

We are in a casino resort tonight which has an Outback steak house restaurant, one of our favourites.

Laughlin is on the Colorado river in Nevada but near the borders with California and Arizona and is a gambling mecca in the desert. It attracts several million visitors every year, but alas, not us, we are very boring.

Ash Fork

Ash Fork

Seligman Route 66 shops

Seligman Route 66 shops

Seligman Route 66 shops

Seligman Route 66 shops

Grand Canyon Caverns, you can stay there for a night at $800

Grand Canyon Caverns, you can stay there for a night at $800

Grand Canyon Caverns provisions stock

Grand Canyon Caverns provisions stock

More stunning road views

More stunning road views

Posted by RickAdderley 16:13 Archived in USA

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