Lake Havasu City. Let's get the obvious out of the way:
|A bridge, yesterday|
Rewind to rejoining I-15 this morning. The stretch of said freeway from the Utah state line to Las Vegas is unremittingly dulk. Watch an episode of "CSI" where the victim is found out in the desert. It's like that. For about eighty miles. No thanks. Instead I turned off to follow NV-169, a.k.a. "Northshore Road", because it follows the North Shore of Lake Mead. Geddit?? Well, it follows the wet at a distance of about a Several of miles, but it's not the freeway and is pleasingly three-dimensional in places. Also the entrance station to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area was firmly shut, so I didn't have to pony up ten bucks to use it after all.
This brings you out close enough to the Hoover Dam as makes no odds, where much has changed since I was last here in 2010. For a start, They didn't want to search the Mudstang. And the dam is no longer part of US-93 as the bypass bridge opened to traffic about a month after my last visit. You can now get a much better view of the dam from the bridge, though those of a nervous disposition should be aware that the bridge deck is 880' / 270m above the Mighty Colorado.
|The Hoover Dam. Big, but not particularly clever.|
I couldn't be arsed to walk all the way down to the centre of the dam as while it was not yet midday it was still 100 of those Fahrenheit thingies, and the vicinity is full of people who park like fuds. No, Sir, you cannot stop dead in the middle of the roadway with your motor-car and collapsible caravan combo in the vain hope that someone is going to free up a parking space. Especially since all the spaces there are for cars. Cars with trailers, GBFO motorhomes, buses etc. will have to go to the Nevada side and pay up. Or go halfway across the dam, drop the clutch and turn sharp left. Your choice.
Also new is the fact that you cannot get out onto US-93 at the Arizona end. Emily had this sussed since she was purchased after the bridge was opened, but Idiot Boy here didn't pay attention. I made it out eventually, drove over the bridge, turned round and drove back. They've built the walls high enough that you can't see anything from a normal-sized car chiz.
So back towards Vegas and then south down US-95. There are a Several of reasons for going this way to Laughlin / Bullhead City.
- It's shorter.
- It may be less thoroughly dulk than US-931.
- It passes through the intriguingly named "Cal-Nev-Ari" which, in spite of appearances, is not a firm of minor-league villains from Finsbury Park2.
Laughlin is famous largely for the River Run Riot of 2002, and has a fairly anonymous bridge o'er the Mighty Colorado to Bullhead City. Laughlin has the casinos, Bullhead City the hotels and "gas" stations, since motor-spirit appears to be about fifty cents a gallon cheaper in Arizona than it is in Nevada. Bullhead City goes on for miles with a 45 mph speed limit and about a thousand sets of traffic lights, perfectly phased to ensure that you have stop at Every Single One. This is made of Fail, so it was a relief to cross back into Nevada on the Aztec Road bridge. I personally wouldn't have named a road after a notoriously bloodthirsty bunch from south of the Rio Grande, but back in Logandale there's a Yamashita Street. I hope it's named after someone other than the Tiger of Malaya, especially as the USA executed him for war crimes in 1946.
The Nevada side is only about half a mile long, though, because the road makes a discreet entry into California and runs parallel to the Mighty Colorado down to Needles. Very bumpy and with lots of dips to accommodate the flash floods coming out of the mountains to the west. Not today, obv., as it's 117/47 in Needles. Which has a bridge, but not a very exciting one.
Onto I-40 for a bit. I think I missed this part in 2010, but I didn't miss much. Then south on AZ-95 to Lake Havasu City and London Bridge. And a lizard in my room.
|Obligatory "Reptilian Overlords" nonse goes here|
I've also learned today that the Mudstang has a USB port and if you plug the iPod into it, you get a Ford logo on the screen and, I imagine, the ability to control it from the car stereo rather than having to prod the iPod itself. But I don't know, because in their infinite wisdom, Budget didn't supply The Fucking Manual with the motor-car, so I now have to peruse the downloaded version instead.
On The Lizard Alliance: It may just be a coincidence that a lizard with the longest ration of lizard:tail I have ever seen shows up in my room while outside are these:
|Entrances to the Lizard Alliance's SEEKRIT Bunker?|
- It wasn't.
- Cal-Nev-Ari looks like a trailer park with ideas above its station.