An earlier start today but even so the temperature was 98F (36C) just after breakfast! We headed to Joshua Tree National Park to see the incredible rock formations.
Then a long descent towards Twentynine Palms across salt flats where the temperature soared to a brutal 110F (43C). Then we had our first taste of Historic Route 66 at Amboy were we stopped for water at Roy's Motel.
Frankie had brought his bike mascot "Animal" along on the trip so he introduced him to Route 66.
We stayed on Route 66 all the way to the gambling resort of Laughlin, a mini Las Vegas. The Tropicana Express hotel was our stopover for the night and the hotel's casino was packed with fruit machines of every kind. We had a drink in the casino bar and David bought us all a birthday drink. The birthday boy was then invited up on stage to be serenaded by Janit the resident entertainer.