This was just one of the encounters that I've had along my way that are a lot of what this trip is about. Although I've taken this journey for selfish reasons, one of my hopes is that along the way I can help inspire at least a few of the people I meet to go on an adventure of their own. It's important to be selfish at times and just go out and have fun, explore, and be free; I want to remind people of that and be an example that it is possible. I've already heard a few people say that I inspire them to get out on a trip, hopefully they follow through and I hope to keep spreading the vibe. This may seem like an unrealistic goal, especially for those that I only meet briefly; however, the one who really gave me the courage an inspiration to take this trip was someone I'd just met and talked with briefly about his adventure. I believe that it can be a very simple, brief encounter that jump starts your wanderlust!
Back to my trip, the next day was riding in familiar territory. Last November, for the fire assignment I was on we worked outside of Pahrump and drove everyday from Vegas, making me very familiar with the road and pass ahead-didn't think I'd be back there. I arrived in Las Vegas earlier then expected, so remembered a park outside the city that I'd driven by numerous times and always wanted to stop at. So, that's where I headed and spent a few relaxing hours cleaning the mud off my bike and reading.
Lake Mead, you can kind of see the old water level.
Overton Beach and the boat launch to nowwhere
LONG flat streches
In the boarder town of Mesquite, I met a quirky fellow outside the grocery store. After telling me I needed to be carrying a gun (or two) or at least huge knifes, he said I should write a book after my trip and call it "Back to the Dark Ages," or something with "Dark Ages" in the title. He said how he doesn't believe in global warming, but that we're going into another ice age--I didn't get the chance to try and clarify what global warming entails for him, though I don't think he would have listened anyway.