My complimentary earplugs worked a treat in blocking out the howling winds of the Mojave Desert last night and we wake up refreshed and ready to go for the final leg of the drive through to Las Vegas.
Breakfast of waffles, maple syrup and a strong perculated coffee sets us up for the day of driving through the desert and parallel to Route 66.
With only a three hour drive today, we decide to take it easy and stop regularly for petrol, drinks and snacks. Whilst driving along the highway we notice advertising for Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, we decide to take a detour and come across an absolute gem on Route 66.
Peggy Sue’s is an original roadside diner, built in 1954 with nine counter stools and three booths. Located near the Calico Mountains it was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard and was reopened in 1987 with an attempt to restore and preserve it in its original state. Packed with 50’s memorabilia it’s almost overwhelming as everywhere you look there a photos, trinkets, advertisements and the attention to details for the 50’s decade is amazing.
We ordered 50’s inspired meals and again the size of the meals have us beaten … you literally can’t eat that much food.
There is also and souvenir shop which they call “5 and Dime” which has a little bit of everything, in fact it’s overwhelming with the pure volume of trinkets, t-shirts, clocks, movie memorabilia and souvenirs.
After lunch we power through to Las Vegas but make a shopping stop at a random retail outlet at a town called Primm, we find some bargains and then we head straight to a hotel, the Hilton Grand Vacation Suites in a drive up to find availability. We have found that picking a hotel and doing a last minute drive up is saving us heaps of money.