The dark wad mentality extends here in Austin, which is about 1,800 miles from Black Rock City. I don't get it, it seems like a strong majority of people don't ride with lights at night (or stop at red lights, et cetera)
I couldn't make it to the playa in 2013, but the two years before I almost hit a few illumination-challenged people. I think the darkwadier people are, the more aimlessly and zombielike they stumble.
I used a headlamp to ride or walk around and a BRIGHT red and amber blinking light on my bike or water pack and a bright blinking white light on my handlebars (the one I use for riding the rest of the year), but I was still able to see in the dark beyond my little sphere of illuminated darkness. Maybe it's from actual bike riding at night, I don't know. I found (or was given) some finger lights, which illuminated the ground under the center of my bike as I rode. I still have them and may do that again.
Also, I think many of the burners only ride a bike on the playa and not the rest of the year, so they're not very good at it and don't know how to ride in crowded places. That adds a layer of entertainment or difficulty.
"I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway."
Jesus fuckhole, what the fuck was that?
"Playa dust might be the cleanest, most corrosive filth you'll ever love," Savannah said.