Biking Vegas

Page 1 2008/12/28 – Departure – Arrival
Page 2 2008/12/29 – Cottonwood Trails
Page 3 2008/12/30 – Bootleg Canyon
Page 4 2008/12/31 – Bootleg Canyon New Years Eve
Page 5 2009/01/01 – Tucson Titan Missile
Page 6 2009/01/02 – Tucson PIMA & Fantasy Island
Page 7 2009/01/03 – Tucson 50 Year Trail
Page 8 2009/01/04 & 05 – Phoenix
Page 9 2009/01/06 – Sedona
Page 10 2009/01/07 – Sedona Day 2
Page 11 2009/01/08 – Back in Vegas, Bootleg Canyon day 3
Page 12 2009/01/09 – Departing Vegas, Departing Thoughts

Full album of entire vacation


Saturday afternoon Steve and I left for Vegas with our bicycle’s packed in luggage, not oversized.

This was the trial fit:

It’s a 25″x27″x10″ double wall cardboard box my buddy had made for me (max luggage size is 62 linear inches), bike fits real easy in there. Disassembly is about 15 minutes, assembly the same. I’m stunned how easy mountain bikes come apart and goes back together.

Well the trip was pretty easy. We checked in our luggage but had to drop them at the oversized booth, even though they weren’t oversized. Not sure what that’s about. Carry on was uneventful too. I had taken all my shifting and brakes on my carry on along with my lights and pedals. The guy asked what it was after seeing the shoes in the x-ray but didn’t even open the bag. Then he said some lady tried to take a case full of raw chicken legs on a flight once, ha. Flight was fine, anxiety waiting as our luggage came out into the carousel. It came, and we made our way to the rental.

National car is AWESOME as an emerald member. Walked right out into the lot and selected whatever car it is I wanted. There was a mustang there but we made the wise choice of the kia micro minivan thingy. We loaded up all our crap into our car, showed the lady at the exit my info and drove off. Cheapest rates I could find too out of everyone. Super awesome.

We checked into our motel room at the Wild Wild West. It sucked balls. Small room, unattractive, and NO INTERNET. We called our booking agent the next morning ( and they arranged a refund for the remaining days. One night was fine there. We spent a few hours the next day trying to figure out wher eto stay. We settled on the Best Western Mardi Gras. We drove pas the other Best Western locations only to find them in the most ghetto ghetto’s on earth. Seriously ther were a hundred homeless people just laying in the street! These were up near old Vegas.

We got some lunch at Bonita’s and it was great! I got a taco/tamale/enchilada platter. Everything ruled.

Wechecked into our hotel and started unboxing and assembling the bikes.

Layed out with my creative padding.

All the parts


Looks like a bike again

It’s taking extra long to do this since I decided to remove all the controls and take them on the plane with me. I wanted to minimize the value of my luggage just in case.

Almost done


After test riding the bikes, we headed out to old Vegas since we never saw that before.

The covered street was damn cool. The hourly movie shoe things on the roof was awesome.

There is a collection/museum of the famous neon signs down there too. Really cool

We headed back for bed after this. I have some possible cool HDR images to add to the post if they come out well, I’m still processing the images from today first though.

7 Replies to “Biking Vegas”

  1. Luke and Steve,

    I’ll try to find out my relative own restaurant in las vegas, dont worry hes a 4 star chef … chef Lani peace be safe guys
    P.s. man i want to ride my bike now cant ice and snow still on ground weather here stinks

  2. You literally rode right by my Aunt and Uncle’s place. They live on the south side of South Mountain. I’ve hiked up that trail to that old gazebo up on the hill several times in the past year. Extremely steep stuff!

  3. You sissies, that cactus was just trying to be your friend. Next time pack some needlenose pliers and don’t try to pull them out with your hand or you will end up with 2 hands full of cactus. 🙂

    Thanks for calling when you were in town!! 🙁

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