Knowing that the drive to Las Vegas was a mere 3 and a half hours, including the 20 mile detour to the Hoover Dam, we decided to sleep in a bit at Lake Havasu and take the day easy. This decision was helped by the fact that check-in at our hotel was at 3, so the earliest we realistically could leave was around 10 — the downside of taking a pickup truck on a road trip – security of your luggage. So after everyone woke up and got their stuff ready, we got back on the road to Las Vegas.
GPS will tell you to go back towards Kingman and take US 93 up, but one of the places I have always wanted to visit, even if it is just a small corner of the state, was California, so we decided to get back on the Route 66 and head into Needles and then up US 95 to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam. The drive itself, after a weird check-point at the California Border (I’m still trying to figure that out) was pretty uneventful. Once we got off the Interstate and onto US 95 the landscape was flat, barren and you could see for miles — well, you could if there weren’t mountains on either side of you.