After our good friends Chad and Jenna saw us off, we started heading west and unfortunately had to do some freeway riding to get out of town quickly. Sunday traffic was light so it wasn’t too bad though US 60 and US 93 were busy since it’s the shortest route from the Phoenix area to Las Vegas.
The route includes a section of high density Joshua trees known as the Joshua Tree Parkway. Though picturesque, we struggled with increasing winds by late morning which only grew stronger as the day progressed and we approached Lake Mead. By the time we made it the Boulder Beach campground wind speed was 20-30mph, making for an interesting time pitching our tent ;-).