We made much better time than expected driving from San Antonio to the Phoenix. How did we do that you ask? Well, Ryan manages to pin the cruise control at 100 for about an hour with no problem through Texas. We get into New Mexico and he gets nailed for going 10 over… Poor guy gets a ticket the day before his birthday, which brings me to my next point – Happy Birthday Ryan! Looks like we’re gonna make it into Vegas in time for him to spend it on his birthday, so hopefully that makes his day a little better. Great quote though from Ryan. Duecker and I were watching Blow in the back seat (a movie that Ryan loves), so he turns the rearview mirror to watch the movie. Dan and I see the cop lights and say “Ahh, Ryan, you’re getting pulled over”. Ryan responds with “I didn’t even see, I had the mirror on the movie”. HAHA!
The drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff was awesome as advertised. Even though we did it early in the morning, it was pretty cool to see the elevation and temperature change so much over a short distance. We arrived at the Grand Canyon right at sunrise, just as we had hoped. On the way from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon, we saw Jack Rabbit, Fox, Elk and Deer. Needless to say, it was a pretty scary drive considering the fact that the elk we saw were bigger than our car. We’ve got some awesome Pictures that will be uploaded next time we get some Wi-Fi access (probably around 5PM EST).
We’ve got a hotel booked in Vegas for tonight at a rate of $23.04. Not too shabby if you ask me. We’re going to be passing over the Hoover Dam on the way. Just to give everyone an idea, of what we’ve done so far, as I write this, we have travelled 2926 miles in four days and been in seven different states. Just got searched to cross the Hoover Dam. Having a roof bag surely didn't speed things up. At least the dudes there were cool.
By the way, if anyone reading knows anyone in California that would let us crash, please let us know. We don’t care if they’re strangers to us, we just need places to crash because we plan on spending a good amount of time there.