Hoover Dam | Williams

Monday 2nd July, 2018

Heading to Hoover Dam

We left the hotel this morning and headed to Treasure Island to pick up our hire car. Once there we were directed to the fourth floor to pick up our Nissan Versa (the US version of the Australian Pulsar)

We hit the road and headed for the Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam and Williams, which is about an hour south of the Grand Canyon.

About halfway to Hoover Dam I looked at the fuel gauge, after being alerted by the low fuel light, and realised we were nearly out of fuel. We had no idea where the closest towns were, so decided that we had better turn around and go back to the town/suburb we had passed about 25 minutes previous.

Apparently hire cars in the US are hired out with whatever fuel they have in the tank at the time (3/16 in our case) and need to be returned with the same amount of fuel. In Australia we hire with a full tank and return with a full tank.

It put us back about an hour but we learned a valuable lesson…

Hoover Dam

We arrived at Hoover Dam and got out of the car and almost melted! It was over 40 degrees celsius and was the dry, desert heat devoid of moisture that literally takes your breath away. 

We wandered down to the face of the dam for some pics and to marvel at the 1930’s engineering…

Travelling to Williams

We left Hoover Dam and had a lovely drive with 65-75mph speed limits (105-120 kmh) and peace and quiet after the noise and full on-ness of Vegas.

Ah the serenity!

We stopped in at KFC for some dirty bird on the way and I received my first ever Senior’s Discount from the cheeky bastard cashier.

And here I was thinking I still looked 30…

The scenery of Arizona is pretty stark and devoid of much vegetation.

Williams accommodation and first look

We arrived at Williams at dinner time, so dropped our belongings in at Motel 6 and searched out pizza and wine for dinner…

Trip progress
Day 3: 10%
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