I’ve been in Las Vegas for the past few days attending CES 2014. With that over, I finally found time to rent a Harley and ride around the state of Nevada to get away from the madness of Las Vegas. I rented a Heritage Classic from EagleRider and decided to ride through the Valley of Fire State Park with a detour to see the Hoover Dam. I rode a total of 256 kms and did it at a nice an easy pace stopping multiple times to take pictures and sometime just stop the engine and pause to enjoy the breathtaking views along the way.
Here are some pictures I took along the way. Click the images for larger views.
My first stop was at the famous Hoover Dam, 55 kms away from the EagleRider outlet.
From there I started a 108 km ride to the Valley of Fire State Park. The roads were in impeccable condition with no heavy traffic whatsoever. I came across a few cars and cyclists and two kinds of motorcycle riders – laid back people like me cruising at an easy pace enjoying the scenery and people riding crotch rockets ripping away like they were in a Grand Prix.
The Valley of Fire sits in an Indian reservation and got its name from the flaming red color of the rocky landscape. It was hard to keep my eyes on the road and the rock formations glided past me.
You are not allowed to ride off road in this parts of the park because these rocks erode rapidly which is what gave them these shapes. The only off-road thing you can do is trek.
As I started riding back to EagleRider I suddenly realized that I was hungry. I looked at my watch and was surprised to see that it was 4 pm and I had completely forgotten to stop for lunch. Frankly, till today I never thought looking at rocks could be this fascinating. I’m glad I decided to do this. It turned out to be an amazing ride.