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Abandoned car at the Painted Desert at the site of the old route 66 parallel to Interstate 40

Road Trip in the South West United States

This, dear reader, is a small summary of a road trip in the South West United States, a few photos from our driving holiday.  Travelling the tourist traps including Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. A couple of hints for you not found in any tourist book…

  • Romantic visions of driving on Route 66 have been completely dismissed by how mind numbingly boring it was to actually drive a part of it.  Even the signs on Route 66 urged you not to stop but just carry on.
  • Gas stations in America are the greatest source of food and fizzy pop.
  • Friendly dogs at gas stations will follow you across 6 lanes of main interstate traffic, mainly because you are the greatest source of food.
  • Americans cannot make tea but make up for it with corn dogs.
  • It is easy to get particularly sunburned in Monument Valley where there is no shade.
  • American customs, immigration and TSA officers obviously think a pasty faced sunburned Englishman looks like a terrorist and should be searched at every opportunity.
  • Flagstaff (Lowell Observatory) has great dark skies.
  • Las Vegas is over rated.
  • Meteor Crater is better than expected.
  • The Grand Canyon is big, really big.
  • The Hoover Dam is an impressive engineering marvel.
  • British Awfulways, formerly known as British Airways, will forget to feed, water and entertain you, either that or they just don’t care.  I am not yet sure which it is.

Saying that, the South West United States has a lot to offer and absolutely should be on your travel bucket list.

Nick Cook

Amateur astronomer, space, history, nerd, extreme dog walker, cat slave, doorstep daytripper, severe tinnitus sufferer. 13.7 billion years in the making - not that much better for it. Knows more about swords than is probably healthy for a man.

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