OK, trying again. This crappy system just ate two paragraphs.

Pre-vegas, we passed through Death Valley. Unbelievable heat – 40 degress C in the shade at 10am, and hotter after that. The air was a struggle to breathe, as in a dry hammam. A real sense of impending doom as our bodies just failed to deal with heat on this scale; we drank three litres of water each.

Utter silence in the still heat.

Before that, a motel in Lone Pine, a pool with a nice view of the Sierras, and a fine hand-tossed pizza from across the way. And before that, Yosemite. More next, ie. further up the page. I hope you’re all reading backwards.