Before “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”, there was a push to create a more family friendly image of Las Vegas. As part of this “amelioration”, oversized replicas of two moai, typical Easter Island statues, were installed in front of the Tropicana Casino. Ever since I saw them, I’ve wanted to see the real thing.
My trip began in Puymule, France. 15220km and 8 time zones later I landed in Rapa Nui a.k.a. Easter Island.
The day after, I rode up Rano Kau, one of the three volcanos that formed the island. The view from the rim was impressive.
That was it. Three days passed by quickly. I wish I would’ve had a bit more time there.
Easter Island in numbers:
82km – distance cycled
887 – documented moai on Easter Island
37 – of them are restored and re-erected on platforms
4m – moai’s average height
86 tones – the heaviest moai
324m – the height of Rano Kau, the extinct volcano I rode up