flexie360 wrote:from albany ny. Im trying to decide weather to drive down or hop a plane
I'm from Rochester and drove out for 3 years now. I think it's a lot of fun (and the country moves by faster than you might think). It takes me about 40 hours to get to Denver (on my own -- last year my girlfriend and I went and we drove pretty much 24 hours, cutting the time to about 32 hours). I generally stop there because my brother and a friend live there. Then it's another 30 hours or so to Burning Man.
It's about 3,000 miles from Rochester to Burning Man (and a relatively inconsequential 200 more from Albany) and the 70 hours I do includes sleep, gas, breaks, and about an hour to buy booze and food in Nevada -- I've learned to love Smith's in Elko, NV on I-80: open 24 hours, and in NV you can get liquor at the grocery store.
Especially if you're planning to drive alone, skip the stimulants and just drive until you're tired then sleep in a rest area until you're not. Once you get halfway through Ohio it's pretty much given that people crash in rest areas. (Unless you're staying in hotels or with friends, I guess). I found it to be useful to learn my body's cycles so on the way back when I'm delusional and beyond tired â€” unable to even be aware of being tired â€” that I can remember to at least try and stop and sleep. Every year there's somebody who drives off the highway at 90 in the middle of the night in Nevada, which instantly transforms them into a tragic, gooey mess. Emergency services can take hours just to drive from the nearest town to whatever unnamed gulch they need to find.
As for regional information, there's the albany-troy-burning Yahoo! Group
and NY State Burners Tribe
. Our official representatives are from New York City ... I found the info on the New York list to be far too NYC centric, though.