Hugh picked Jessica up at the hotel very early this morning and they headed to the Las Vegas speedway while I got a little extra sleep. After having some breakfast I headed to the track to observe my beautiful wife on a BMW S1000RR. It was fun to watch everyone race around the track and interesting as I listened in as the coaches work with each student.
There are about 20 or more of these bikes lined up for the students to use:
Jess is getting ready to roll out on the track:
Jessica is on the grid and ready for the green flag:
Looking very focused:
Coming around the curve and getting ready to roll on the throttle for the long straight:
Hugh giving a wave as he rolls by:
Jessica getting one on one instruction on how to be a faster, safer rider:
Hugh listens to his instructors advice:
After taking photos and seeing how everything operates I jumped in the rental car (a Mazda 2) for a trip out to Valley of Fire State Park. The place has stunning scenery and many great hikes that are just a short distance off the road. I spent about 3 hours at the park but could have easily enjoyed several days there. I am going to schedule a trip in the motorhome as part of our future plans.
A view as I entered the park:
One of the many places that were visually stunning just off the road:
A perfect place for us to bring the motorhome in the fall or spring:
One of the places to stop and take a hike. About 3/4 of a mile in there was a water oasis in rock at this particular stop:
One of the captivating vistas:
The road ahead, it just kept getting better and better:
This almost looks like a fake background but it is all real!
After spending a few hours exploring the park I headed back to the track to retrieve my wife and head to our new accommodations. We had booked an Amazon Local deal for $500 a stay at the Venetian that included $100 in dining credit, two nights in a suite and the Tim McGraw / Faith Hill “Soul to Soul” concert. The room was very posh and was a nice upgrade from the more basic lodging of the Hampton Inn. We met Hugh for dinner at an old school restaurant called The Golden Steer in a strip mall just a few blocks from Vegas strip. The food was outstanding and I can see why they have been operating for over 50 years.
Our place to call home for the next two days:
Soul 2 Soul: