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Old 07-09-2008, 06:42 PM   #351
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Mountains and Travel

My wife has an issue with traveling through the Rockies on our way to the Burn. It seems we may have a problem avoiding them coming from Ohio. Can anyone attempt to set her mind at ease with a description of the topography? She has visions of tight switchbacks, precarious dropoffs just off the roadway and steep downhills causing travel pulling the Airstream to be overly dangerous. I pointed out that we will be on an Interstate freeway but that did nothing to dissuade her.

I thought she was joking because she was raised near the Smokey Mountain area and is familiar with driving in similar conditions and I was really surprised that she is so serious that I figure out a way to get to the playa avoiding the mountains.

I suggested copious amounts of alchohol, but she insist that would not be prudent as she intends to be driving!

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:42 PM   #352
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If you come out through Wyoming, (80), you won't see any mountains, just hundreds of miles of straight road. If yo look hard in the distance maybe. Maybe a few long grades but nothing to look at. Check that out on your map. Oh maybe a canyon coming into Utah. Then turn right at the second exit in Fernley NV and you are there.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:46 PM   #353
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Gotta have El wire. just punch in El wire in the web search, you'll learn more than anybody knows about it. If you find it less than dollar a foot, let me know please.
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Old 07-14-2008, 12:47 PM   #354
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Here's the 2008 map. I suggest we target the green area as first choice, then the yellow. If you're a late arrival, go to the intersection of Gremlin and 3:30 and start looking. Any other input? Does anyone know what the reserved rectangle to the SW of our target area is? Probably heavy metal bandstand 24 hours....

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Old 07-14-2008, 10:57 PM   #355
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Aloha Peeps,
I haven't rapped with you in awhile, been busy workin' and all. I started polishing the Bambi, lots of work that. Got me a nice awning too - 200 dollars all told. Lemme know if you want to know where and all. It's old school, not a zip-dee-do-da type. I had to take it to Oregon camping, check it out.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:04 PM   #356
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Donk

I took the Donk too...cause it is too cool with a big ole ghetto booty.
Admit it, its cool. I made some diamond plate awnings for it, and painted it with Rhino Liner so I could take it out into the woods fishing and exploring without messing it up. I figured this crew could appreciate it.
It also has the "girly girl kit" : a potty, power, and temper-pedic mattress.

Like Groove Armada's hit....the Donk
"I see you baby.....shakin that a--"
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:31 PM   #357
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AirCon performance on-playa?

Hey,

First time poster, five-time burner...

I've taken many RV's to the playa, but all new-ish. Now I'm planning on taking my newly-purchased '82 AS 280 (applause...) and am wondering how the original ac units are going to hold up in midday heat. Should I upgrade at least one of them to the Carrier 15,000 Btu unit that everyone seems to love?

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Old 07-14-2008, 11:35 PM   #358
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The original 13K BTU unit on my 1975 Sovereign did fine last year. Besides, you only need it during the dust storms. The rest of the time it's pleasant, even at 96 degrees (which is only for the mid-afternoon), if you're in the shade.

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Old 07-14-2008, 11:41 PM   #359
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Shade? Where, exactly, in the middle of Black Rock City do you find shade?? Unless you're talking about putting up an entire shade structure over your airstream. Which sounds like quite a project...
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Is there a consensus yet on where the early arrivals are going to meet prior to entering the playa? Or are we grabassn? I can work with either, just want to be able to help set up the perimeter if needed, should arrive Gerlach area mid day Sun barring unforseen (Burn or Bust!)
We are coming from the east on 80, should we go to Reno and turn North or get off 80 at Winnemucca and take the local roads due West?
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #361
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Grabassen (for now).

Since we can't seem to suggest a nifty meeting spot around Pyramid Lake (or other interesting boondock), it looks like we're coming in from Fernley. The problem with meeting anywhere closer is that no one seems to know what the traffic will be like and whether or not we could even get to a spot north of the Interstate.

It's an open question on when to get in line. I'm in favor of getting two or three Airstreams together Sunday evening and then heading up the road. We'dget stopped, of course, until the gate opened at midnight, but with all the comforts of home, who cares? The issue is, can we grope our way into Black Rock City in the dark and do a proper layout? Probably, but I'd like someone with experience going in at midnight to make the call. If we could get a calibrated map (we got any surveyors who can get me some lat-lons on the 2008 map?), my GPS mapping system could put us right on the spot.

(The issue with the map is that is appears the diameter of the Esplanade is significantly wider this year compared to 2007. In addition, Black Rock City moves around on the playa from year to year, so you can't rely on previous Google Earth images to create a map.)

The alternative is to group up at a truck stop on I-80 and then troop on in around 5 AM. I can do either. When Michael (ARTSTREAM) makes the call, either way, I'm there.

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Old 07-15-2008, 09:23 AM   #362
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Shade? Where, exactly, in the middle of Black Rock City do you find shade?? Unless you're talking about putting up an entire shade structure over your airstream. Which sounds like quite a project...
Naw, an awning is sufficient. Some folks bring simple 10x10 shade tents, which also work fine. Yes, you are outside, not in a shaded Airstream. But if you do it right, you are sitting in your little spot of shade, sipping margaritas, watching the parade pass by....

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The moon will be waning in the last quarter so it won't give much light. Too many stray lights for NV, although not that hard to see in the desert with starlight after the eyes adjust, co-ordinates would be great if available.
A mini caravan makes sense, nothing like a show of force (numbers only) to overrun territory and mark a claim.
I'm a noobie and don't know the area so's Is follow u folks dat know.
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