Day 17 — Driving to Vegas, part two

I woke up in a bad mood because of the snow. We listened to the news and found out quickly that we had made the right decision when we chose to stop in Tucumcari. There were tons of accidents the night before between Tucumcari and Albuquerque. It would have been a LONG drive had we continued on. I’m glad, however, that I didn’t know how much further it was to Las Vegas, or I probably would have foolishly continued on. Finding out that we had over 700 miles to drive today — and that we weren’t leaving until after 8 local time — did nothing to improve my mood.

By the time we left, there was snow on the ground, but the roads were bare. They were sometimes wet, sometimes dry, and sometimes icy. I white knuckled it for half an hour or so, but eventually there was more dry than wet, and the icy patches were few and far between (except in Kline Corner, but we were warned about that). Then we got to Albuquerque and suddenly… no snow. We crossed the mountain and BOOM, nothing. Nothing except the first and only sign warning of winter driving conditions. Aaarghhh.

Once we hit Albuquerque and the winter driving conditions were behind us, my bad mood evaporated. The drive became easy from that point, and the skies were clear and sunny. I pegged it at 80, and we made great time.

The drive proceeded well until we were on 93 about 10 miles from Hoover Dam. We had been told there would be a 15- to 30-minute delay. Um, try an hour and forty-five minutes. Sigh. It wasn’t hard, but it did delay our arrival in Vegas (and we were hungry).

My first impressions of Vegas? Um, crowded. Overwhleming. In some ways underwhelming. The hotel is okay. I don’t love the decor in the hotel room, but oh well. Nice TVs though. (They charge $12.95 a day for internet access. <eye roll>)

I’ve accused Jay of not proposing to me, so in honor of our ten years together, he surprised me with a ring — a cool pink plastic ring! He wanted to buy me something special, but he knew I wouldn’t wear real jewelry. I’ll wear this though. For a few days anyway. Or a few minutes. We’ll see. I appreciate the thought (and his wisdom in not wasting money on a real ring).

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