The Journey Begins

Trip Start Jul 04, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Sunday, August 30, 2009

We're up around 5am.  Fortunately, yesterday's 104 degree day cooled overnight and the morning is almost chilly.

While the boys load the bikes, I head to the store to pick up dry ice for the coolers.  We have 3.  The refrigerator in the motorhome will only work with electricity (since we didn't fill the propane tanks in the motorhome.)

The boys load 2 bikes on the roof of the motorhome and put one inside the motorhome (despite my suggestion to put them ALL on the roof.)  We load the reflectix lined coolers into the motorhome and hit the road by around 7:15.

We head out I-80, but decide to take Hwy 50 due to reports of construction delays on 80.  We stop in to see Joe's dad in Folsom for an hour or so, then head up the mountain.

The Burning Beast rolls fairly well, but is pretty slow on the steepest grades.  I spend a lot of time pulling over to let cars go by while Joe & Vinny sleep.  (Though, to be fair, Vin did drive for a while between SF and Folsom after our first gas stop.)

We hit Reno and visit Target (which has no water and not many Burner supplies.)  We then head over to Wal-Mart where they DEFINITELY are set up for Burners.  The parking lot is full of RVs and packed cars/vans.  We pick up 32 (or maybe 34) gallons of water in addition to the 20+ gallons in the RV tank.  We plan to use the RV water only for filling the sun shower (as using the RV shower is advised against since it can get plugged up by dust/mud).

NOTE FOR FUTURE BURNERS:  we only used half the water we bought and virtually all the water in the holding tank.  A gallon per day per person is more than enough even with outdoor sunshowers.

We also pick up spare fuses, smoked salmon (i forgot to pack for bagels & lox for breakfast later in the week) and pesto for the partially prepared pasta salad.

After reading an email from one of my BMan Accounting comrades, we find there are electricity problems and he advises bringing a generator.  We decide to think about it.

We head to the El Dorado and park with a few other Burners spending the night in relative comfort.  We hit the pools first as the drive has been kinda hot.  We have no driving A/C in the Burning Beast, just a roof A/C that only works on electricity.  So we ran a cigarette lighter fan to keep the driver cool and everyone else relied on open windows.

The pool is cool and lovely, but the wind is fierce and Joe's shirt gets a wash when picked up in the wind and dropped in the pool.  We meet a guy from Idaho in the hot tub headed to his first Burn. 

We hit the martini bar and dinner after cleaning up and then head to bed.  No gambling for me, but Vin might have pulled a slot machine handle or two.

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