BigPappaSmurf wrote:2-3 of my friends and I am hoping to find rides to the playa for the 2011 event, leaving hopefully from Edmonton or Red Deer.
Edmonton has a sizeable burner community that have gone down in convoy for the last few years. This is the group that puts together Fort Kanuckistan -- with folks from Calgary I believe. There is a Fort Kanuckistan Facebook page. There is also an Alberta-Burners mailing list that you can find with a little research -- I believe their Google group is http://groups.google.com/group/fortkanuckistan/
What else can I tell you. Yes, the border can trip you. My advice is to fly to SF with camping gear, having arranged a ride to the playa beforehand, and getting bikes at Kiwanis in Reno. Logistically tougher, but not by much, plus it is cheaper than you think to do it this way and it sidesteps the tricky car-based border crossing. And you cross individually, not as a group.
Regards from MontrÃ©al,