A Night in Needles (Apr 30 2014)

Time to leave the Grand Canyon.

The road to Williams goes through Kaibab Forest. This forest is mostly ponderosa, douglas firs, pinyon pines and juniper but there is not much other vegetation so it looks sparse. As you descend, the trees give way to lower shrubs, mostly pinyon.

We take I-40 towards Bullhead City, then Old Route 66 for part of the way. It’s finally warming up down here, although it’s still as windy as can be. Most of it is a tailwind, fortunately.

Rte66-1.JPGRte66-2.JPGRte66-3.JPGThere are lots of trains rolling by, hauling miles of containers from China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, India… All filled with mass-produced non-essentials. These countries may have the edge right now, but when The End comes, it will be the countries that can grow food and have water that will have all the power. Unless we all get used to eating man-made, industrial “food.” And even that will require some real resources, plus we all need water, just as much as we need air.

Bullhead City and Laughlin are like a poor man’s Las Vegas mixed in with the River Rat Culture. What kind of people come to these places? We’ll soon find out.

Big Dog parks in front of his high school pal, M’s house. He’s got land right on the river.

M, his wife G and we all go to dinner – the buffet at Harrah’s in Laughlin. There are several huge tour buses in the parking lot and once inside the buffet, we see that the buses were carrying Korean tourists. At first I think they’re a group from Los Angeles, but Big Dog corrects me.

“No way. They’re lunar! Did you see the way they cut into every line? And how they pile their plates with food? They don’t understand the concept of a buffet at all!”



Author: ontheroadwithsprockets

I've been traveling since I was born -- the first big trip was before I was two, across the Pacific, from my native Japan to Los Angeles on a cargo ship. There have been many journeys since then, through many continents and cultures.

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