I called the airline & changed my flights to a week later. This way I don't have to rush the last part of my trip & I can get to see Zion, Bryce & Joshua Tree national parks.
I drove west along the 40, but then when I could, I turned off onto Route 66. It seemed to run alongside the railway line, through a valley. There was grasslands on either side of the road. I spotted two lads, parked up against the fence, in camoflage gear with guns. Weird as I do not believe there is a military base anywhere in the vicinity. Further along, I spotted another lad in camoflage, but I did not see a gun. I did spot a lone deer - massive set of horns wandering the grasslands. He was very impressive & I stopped to take a photo of him. I have to say, this route is fairly boring.
We joined the main road again at Kingman, and then I headed north on the 93. The weather was incredibly windy, but in the shelter, it was very warm. I was not going into Vegas as they had the Nascar rally & town was going to be packed out. I stopped at the Hoover Dam and almost got blown away. I dropped down into Boulder City and checked into the Sands Motel.
Boulder City is somewhere, like Flagstaff, that I have really wanted to go since I read the Stephen King book, The Stand. I can't remember the whole story, I just know that it was set in this area and these two towns were featured. The town itself is rather cute. It looks a little village like, cute shops & village green. There is a beautiful old hotel set in the centre. I went into the local brewery which is pub-like and they even advertise Shandies (nowhere else knows what this is!). I sat in the sun reading my book & had beers & a tuna sarnie. This is the life!!