|Driving thru Utah we saw lots of farms and thousands of hay bales along the way.|
|Our GPS 'Betty' got confused a few times.|
|Surprised at the name of the town considering it was very hot outside.|
|Now that's a steer, or is it a cow?|
Heading into Salt Lake City we saw what looked like a haze and thought it might be some type of pollution. As we got closer you could see the smoke up in the mountains and we realized there was a fire going on.
|In Utah and Nevada we saw the beautiful red rocks these areas are known for.|
|And homes built up in the hills.|
We stopped in Las Vegas for a few days to see my sister, Sandy, and decided to get the rig checked out again at a Cummins Service Center there.
|Vegas in the distance.|
|The traffic in this city is unbelievable.|
We made an appointment and got the rig into the shop. They checked it out and said our radiator and thermostat were bad and needed to be replaced. Because our rig is 11 years old they had to go through the manufacturer, Tiffin, to get a new radiator. Imagine our surprise when Tiffin told them it would take 45-60 days to get the new radiator to us. Wow! That really put a crimp in our plans. The Cummins place tried to find a radiator shop that might be able to replace or rebuild it but had no luck. After several days the Captain suggested they empty out the radiator and put some cleaner into it to see what would happen. They drained it and filled it with distilled water and a solution and let it run for a few hours and then drained it again. They completed the process a second time and noticed a green fluid coming out of the radiator. According to them, coolant for diesel engines should be red, not green. Nothing was leaking out so they refilled the radiator with the correct coolant and we decided to try and get home.
While we were in Vegas we visited my sister and in the evening we went to a show. We saw the Beatles show LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage and it was fabulous. The second night we went to Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Save your money. It was in a tent outside the casino, the chairs were old kitchen chairs crowded together, and it was very uncomfortable. The acrobatic acts were quite good but the rest of the show was not. We would never watch it again or recommend it to anyone.
The next day we were on the road heading further south to Arizona and then across to New Mexico and Texas.
|A beautiful sunset in Nevada.|
|Continuing south we touched on a part of California.|
|Arizona was very dry and the highway we were on wasn't the best.|
|Permafrost in Arizona?|
|Traveling through a barren desert.|
|I guess when you are young and there is nothing around for miles you find other things to do.|
|Finally a bridge....|
|and water ....|
|and crops. We knew we were back in civilization.|