Waking in a desert wash to overcast balmy weather, the previous day's flight from Tonopah like a strange dream, we soon hit the road to polish off the last 80 miles to Las Vegas. In just three miles we came upon an alien rest stop, where we met people from both Seattle and Tucson. With a headwind developing and many miles yet to travel we left reluctantly, wondering what the south desert had in store. Ten or fourteen miles later, after a slow climb up a gentle hill, yellow roadside flowers called us to a stop. Discovering a butterfly, grasshopper, cacti, several mysterious shrubs, flowering creosote, and rocky ground warmed by sunshine, we were satisfied that we had found desert, at last. After cloud and sunshine admiring, the energy to push on was found to be critically lacking, unable to be restored even by 86% cacao dark chocolate. Maybe someone traveling south... with a pick-up... it is Christmas after all... Still in the desert brush, I threw my thumb at a passing white truck, and seconds later we had our ride. Manny, going to Las Vegas to visit his family, gave us a quick lift and a fabulous Christmas present. Thank you!
We spent the next few hours remarking on the city environment, eating at an amazing Thai restaurant, wandering around the lobby of the hotel, and planning tomorrow - a rest day!