Las Vegas Bike Trip – April 8, 2014

This morning we were transported to the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center to start our ride. Red Rock Canyon is located in the Mojave Desert 15 miles west of Las Vegas. It was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than a million people a year. There is a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. The ride began with an uphill climb for about 6 miles. This was Debbie’s first day of riding. Like me, she had not been on a bike in months either. She said they still had about a foot and a half of snow on the ground at home. So it was pretty slow going for us both with frequent rest stops. Chan was waiting at one of the overlooks and we loaded our bikes up and enjoyed the air conditioner in the van up to the high point of the scenic road. We got out and enjoyed the view and I took quite a few pictures. I unloaded my bike and rode the rest of the scenic loop road. Debbie ended up just riding with Chan the rest of the way. I waited for the rest of the group to exit the loop. Tom, Judy and I loaded up our bikes and joined Chan and Debbie for the ride back to the hotel. The rest of the group decided to ride back.

After we cleaned up, Debbie and I walked back over to the strip. We went to the Nine Fine Irishmen Pub in the New York, New York Casino. We both had the Colcannon soup which was a potato, cabbage, leek blend topped with bacon. We played slots again at the Aria before walking down to the Bellagio. The Bellagio is a very luxurious hotel. The lobby is huge, dominated by an unusual glass sculpture on the ceiling. The sculpture is actually a chandelier made of 2,000 hand-blown glass blossoms. The Bellagio also contains a Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They change the gardens and displays to coincide with the current season. They were celebrating spring with more than 8,200 flowers. They included tulips, daffodils, lilies and some I did not recognize. Of course the most popular attraction the Bellagio offers are their fountains. The fountains are set in an 8-acre lake in front of the hotel. Over 4,500 lights and more than 1,200 water nozzles combine to create a show choreographed to music. Different types of nozzles produce different effects with some of them shooting water as high as 460 feet into the air. It was similar to watching a fireworks display only with water. After seeing the sights at the Bellagio we wandered back down the strip and went into the Miracle Mile Shops. There are 170 stores and 15 restaurants inside. You would think with that many stores one of us could have found something to buy, but we left empty handed. We decided to try our luck on the MGM slots before heading back to the hotel. Again, we left empty handed.

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