Tom was up early to get a couple more laps in before the finish of the race.
He really enjoyed doing it as the sun was rising, though it was cold!
The race finished up and we were pretty much ready to go. We treated ourselves to showers and then got packed up to go.
We got going on the road, heading towards a coffee shop we saw, called River Rock Roasting Company. Everyone seemed to head there at the same time, so it was quite busy, but we sat outside with amazing views whilst we had some coffee and snacks.
Valley of Fire
We have been to the valley of fire before, but Tom has not, so we decided we would camp there!
We drove all the way there after our coffee and got there at a pretty good time.
We didn’t really have plans for the evening, just have a look around, adventure a bit and then relax and play some cards.
Thisblog is up a lot earlier due to us being unsure if we will have any internet connection tonight at the campsite.
We were up to get checked out and have some breakfast.
We checked out via mobile and queued up to get our bags in storage.
Once we got our bags checked, we headed over to McDonald’s for a quick easy breakfast and a sit down.
Once we finished our food, we went to the check in counter to ask a few questions we had and by the time that was done, we wanted to go and grab a taco from the place we had visited list time in Vegas.
We took Tom to the Mexican place and each had a carnitas taco, which is delicious pork and vegetables, which was perfect to tide us over.
That took us to the perfect time to go and grab our bags and head off.
We got them and jumped in a Lyft up to a house where we were pickup up a campervan.
The couple we got the camper from were a lovely older French couple that rent out a few campervans.
We had a tour of it, they told us how to use different things and that was pretty much that.
It’s a perfect size for the 3 of us, too.
We got in it and hit the road, heading to rent a bike from Tom.
We got to a bike rental place but it seemed that there isn’t actually a shop there. We called them and they said that there is no shop and they only deliver to hotels, so we canned that idea.
We found another place that was en route, so we stopped off there instead.
Tom got a bike for a good price which was nice and easy and we went to grab coffees for the journey.
We set off and up to Utah Tom drove.We had an uneventful drive really, just drove through Nevada, Arizona and finally into Utah.
We stopped off at Walmart once we got into Hurricane, Utah and got a few supplies for our 3 day campervan stay.
We drove the rest of the way, figuring out where to go and then driving down into the gravel roads and finally out into the campsite.
We were greeted and showed our spot, where we setup and got ready to hunker down.
We got a bit of food in us, just some frozen pasta stuff we bought, and then relaxed for a bit before we went to sleep, as we have to be up relatively early tomorrow.
It’s actually quite warm at the moment inside our camper, so that’s a win!
We organised to meet with a friend, Alice, who we met in Rome around 2 years ago. She lives here in Vegas, so we had to meet up!We got up, had breakfast and then Alice was coming to collect us, so we got ready quickly and headed out.
We stopped off at the supermarket to get some drinks and snacks and then continued the drive up to Alice’s apartment, where we got ready to head to the pool.We went down to the pool and relaxed there.
The weather was hot but the sun wasn’t out, so it wasn’t too bad. We had a drink and chatted for a couple of hours and then got back in the car to go to Mandalay Bay.
We got to Mandalay Bay and went through to their beach/pool area. They have an artificial beach equipped with a wave pool.
We got ourselves some deck chairs, some how, and then walked down to the wave pool and chilled in there for a while.
When we got cold we went and sat in the sun and fell asleep!
We had a spot of lunch with Alice, which was at a Mexican place.
We had a pork taco each alongside some potato in a cheese sauce with jalapeños.
We relaxed at home for a couple of hours and got showered before we headed back into downtown so Kim and Alice could do the zipline.The zipline goes through Fremont Street and it is done in the superman pose.
Whilst Kim was queueing, Curtis got a beer with Kenny, who joined us for the day.
Once Kim finished her zipline, we walked around Fremont Street for a bit and then got hungry so we all got in the car and drove to In & Out for a delicious burger!
We got a Lyft home and then slept. We are up at a decent time to check out tomorrow but don’t fly until the evening.
We completely forgot to get anything for breakfast in last night, so we had to go out for some this morning.
We originally went to a place up the road but it was right inside a casino, which smelled of cigarettes, so we went to the next casino and found Denny’s, which was luckily hidden away out of the way of the casino.
We each got some food and drinks and filled outselves up before starting the day.
Interestingly, our ‘starting the day’ was heading back to the apartment and relaxing. We were both so tired for some reason, so we just relaxed and watched TV for a couple of hours.
Eventually, we drove out to The Strip, where we got to the Fashion Show Mall and parked there, as it was free.
Once we parked up, we headed into the mall to get a Starbucks to take with us on our 30 minute walk to the Stratosphere.
The Stratosphere is the tower of Vegas and is actually taller than a lot of the world’s towers, including Tokyo’s tower, which we thought was pretty tall. This tower is about 1149ft.
Upon the Stratosphere, there are 3 rides. Kim wanted to go on all of them, so she did! It was actually a pretty decent price, too.
We both went up the tower and went right up to the highest point, where Kim went on the Bigshot. This ride is a short one, but it takes you up and then throws you down, as seen below.
Next up it was the X-Scream ride, which takes you over the edge and back a few times. This one wasn’t great, to be honest.
We moved from here to the ‘finale’ – Insanity. This is a spinning ride which also hangs over the side of the tower. Pretty scary stuff!
We got some good views from the tower, which was nice. Contrasting both the mountains, downtown and the strip.
Drinks In Venetian
We left the Stratosphere and the walked down to Circus Circus where we met a former colleague of Kim’s and went for a drink.
He drove us down to The Venetian hotel & casino and walked through the maze of places to finally get to a replica of the canals and the main square in Venice.
We sat here for a couple of hours and had a drink whilst chatting about all kinds of things. Really lovely guy and was good for Kim to catch up with him.
Blue Man Group
We got a pizza slice after getting dropped off at Mandalay Bay and wandered towards Luxor, which is where we were seeing Blue Man Group.
We got in and it was a fairly small arena. We were given some tissue paper to ‘decorate ourselves’, too.
It was an odd show, with musical and comedic elements, but it was pretty good! We aren’t going to go into too much detail, but we would recommend going, for sure.