California Dreaming: Cycling from Las Vegas to San Diego

Las Vegas. What a place. After returning our van we spent three days exploring the city, which was difficult if not impossible to do on a tight budget. We did manage to hunt out free activities to do though, which included watching flamingoes in the garden of a fancy hotel, taking a blackjack lesson (after which we decided to play a game, promptly lost $8.25 and announced the end of our gambling careers), and visiting the ‘arts district’ (which turned out to be a strip of abandoned buildings and dodgy drive through wedding receptions). We also went to a spectacular Cirque du Soleil performance and ate a gargantuan buffet, which was delicious, but by our last day we were ready to leave. Cycli

Further in to the red: Utah continued

A couple of days off the bikes were in order after our adventures on the Kokopelli trail. We took this opportunity to go for a day hike in Arches National Park and had our socks blown off! There was so much incredible scenery crammed in to such a small area. The Devils Garden loop took us through sandstone arches and buttresses, hoodoos and canyons, all interspersed with weird and wonderful desert plants. It was a real adults playground, and we had great fun exploring all the nooks and crannies of the hike. We were itching for more desert biking, however, and had our sights set on riding the White Rim, a 156km loop through the Canyonlands National Park. The trail, popular with fully-supporte