So far the trip is going great. Stopped in Prescott the first day to visit my parents. I left the following morning (Friday) and headed up 89 to I-40. I headed west on 40 and then took the first route 66 exit and followed 66 all the way to Kingman. Its great because of the lack of traffic and leisurely pace. I was very happy to find Diesel for $3.49 at the TA at the Hwy 95 exit. Headed north again towards Hoover Dam. About 5 miles before the dam I turned on to a dirt trail that headed east in to the hills. I was surprised how good my Van did but I have a massive rear over hang. My Van is the extended body plus my M/C rack hangs off the back. Finally I came to a ditch that was not going to be possible so I turned around and then unloaded the TW and followed the trail the final way...which was about a mile. Nothing really to see but it was a great view! So, got back on the pavement and made it through Vegas with no problems. Back on Hwy 95 I was headed north to Reno. I was really looking forward to this part of the drive. When possible I really liked having the window down, sunroof open and listening to my I-pod that I finally got working. Instead of wearing the ear buds that fall out of my ears so easily, I wear my sony head phones which stay on just fine albeit maybe a bit goofy looking. The added benefit of those is while the window is down it saves my ears from all the wind noise. There are plenty of neat things to stop and look at while traveling this road, so many that I won't even list them. I sure do like finding all the dirt runways though. There was one at Scotty's Junction with an, what I believe, a brothel that is abandoned. If my back wasn't still mending I would have jumped the fence and investigated. But I did drive on the runway, very cool with the setting sun. I ended up making it to Tonopah that night and pulling off behind the casino where they have RV hook ups. I have an ARB cooler in my Van but have not added the "house batteries" so I have to be careful of running my starting batteries down but so far so good. I ate at the casino and was going to spend a quarter on a slot machine but the 'quarter" slot machines require a dollar. ?? I hate that stuff! Well, such an awesome first day.