Arizona State HOG Rally 2004 - we planned a couple of state rallies for this trip. I was a bit anxious as we wouldn't know anyone but I needn't have worried, everyone was so friendly. Registration was soon sorted and a programme for the weekend gone over. As we were staying a couple of nights in Williams, we got in some supplies, Peter got another haircut, took a look round, had dinner and a few beers and checked out what we wanted to do and see whilst in the area.
Friday 18th June - Another visit to the Grand Canyon was on the cards, we got up early so that we could walk the rim trail, then we headed out to Valle to start the Poker Run which ended at the local dealership - more t shirts bought. They laid on a cook your own BBQ which was good. We arrived back in Williams in time for the on-street entertainment. They had basically blocked off great areas of the town for live bands and disco. If I tell you my diary of this event ends here and doesn't start again til Sunday you will know I had a great time. We met with a couple from Flagstaff and far too much vodka was drunk. Apparently Peter had to guide me home past the police station trying to keep me quiet! I think he was telling lies. Saturday was a haze of sickness (I was very sick) and a sore throat (from trying to talk over the band)! The events for Saturday were at the Rodeo Ground, Peter went on the Harley, I walked..... very slowly. I spent the day trying to find shade, Peter ate two free lunches. There were the usual rally games, parade etc, to be honest once you've been to one Harley Rally you have been to them all. We had a good time but ended up having an early night as Sunday was meeting the girls in Vegas.
Sunday 20 June - left at 5:45am - very cool we even had to stop in Kingman for a hot drink to warm up! We got pulled over on the Arizona/Nevada border for a check, the troopers were really nice and it turned out one of them had been stationed at Alconbury which is only 15 miles from us, small world. Stopped for a few pictures at the Hoover Dam.
Arriving in Vegas at 9am - met the girls for brunch, then once we had checked into our room at the Luxor we spent the afternoon around the pool where the girls napped (jet lag). Dinner at the Harley Davidson Cafe, then watched the Bellagio Fountains, played the slots (not my idea of fun) though I love to people
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Monday - Breakfast at the Treasure Island and then we hit the shops. Beck and Peter spent the afternoon in the cinema seeing the latest Harry Potter. Rachel and I wandered back to the hotel, you cannot imagine how far the Luxor was, it never seemed to get any closer especially as we had all the shopping We spent a quiet afternoon then met the others for dinner. I actually don't like Vegas its too hot, too busy and too trashy.
See the brown arms and white legs!
Tuesday - Buffet breakfast with the girls at the Luxor - goodness they did justice to it. Then on to Excalibur so they could play the kids slots!! The last time we went to Vegas they were 10 & 12. Another afternoon at the pool, shade for Beck as she was sun burnt! A quiet dinner at a Mexican restaurant - everyone was a bit subdued as no one wanted to say goodbye, neither of them wanted to go home, and seeing them had made us very homesick. It was lovely to see them even if it was a short visit, but it made us realise how much we missed them.......