Pat and I went to Vegas for a week because we had a cheap place to stay and we heard the biking there was pretty good… it was. Yes, we did a few “Vegas Things” like a show and a couple of outrageous meals on the strip. The rest of the time we played daytime tourist at places like Lake Mead and Valley of Fire… beautiful. Hoover Dam was impressive. Anyhow, what about the photo above? Well, we had a mountain bike guide at Cottonwood Canyon outside about 20 miles outside of town. It was very pretty and more desert-like with the flaura and fauna found over there.
I have to tell you, it was wonderful having a guide. The dude in the photo is Merrick and we ran into him at a local bike shop when we went in to ask directions. He said, “Dudes, I came to Las Vegas to ride bikes! C’mon, I’ll ride with ya!” Well, his was the nicest guy and boy, could he ride a bike. I’ve seen riders that good before, but they are far and few between. It was such a pleasure to not have to search for the trailhead and all the other details that frustrated us on this trip when we were self-guided. What a pleasure! Need I say with our very strong bias… it’s better with a guide for so many reasons and it’s worth the money!