Leaving Las Vegas

1 04 2009

A little delayed, but as you read thru the nest few posts you will understand why.  Day 4 took us from Las Vegas to Area 51.  It was our longest day at 132 miles.  Both Phil and I were dreading it.  My in-laws stopped by the GNC event to see us off.  As usual we were a little late hitting the road as there are lots of people who want Phil’s time.  Our ride started down the Vegas Strip with a few guests rolling along with us.  I spent some time with Laurie who does many MS Rides in support of her mother who was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago.  One of the beautiful things about this ride is meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their stories.  Although it is great to have guests along, rolling along at 10 miles per hour tends to put us behind.  It took us nearly an hour to get to the end of the strip, leaving us with about 7 hours of light to complete the final 125 miles.  We were cruising along slowly out of the desert when we hatched a plan to make up some time.  No, we didn’t jump into the van and fast forward ahead.  Instead, we got behind the Airstream trailer and drafted for a couple of hours at 30-35 miles per hour.  We entered a small town and met a couple of men who said that they had heard about the ride in their local paper.  We rode on into Area 51, looking for aliens.  All of a sudden we heard thunderous roars overhead.  Nervously excited, I looked into the air hoping to see my first UFO, but instead we saw about 6 fighter jets practicing dogfighting right overhead.  It was an amazing sight.  We marked a spot in the road where we would begin day 5 and buggered off to Caliente, NV to get a bite to eat.  Again another late night, getting into town around 8 pm.  No GPS data for today as it ran out of juice part way thru the ride.

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