bigdane wrote:..........ok....I'm having some second thoughts about driving (from the FL panhandle-near Pensacola) to BRC. I thought it would be like very cool to beedebop road trip...but I dunno. It's like 2800 miles each way and the gas alone is going to run me about $700. I just wonder. I've read alot about renting a box truck, but also thought I read that there are some rental agencies that give burners a hard time - yada-yada. I also wonder how I handle gear; sleeping stuff etc. Then I wonder... do I fly into Reno or someplace else close but with a plethora of resale stores...I know some folks fly out and then head to Goodwill, Army Surplus, MamaHo's reSale, whateva..But like I don't know if these places get all picked over by other burners doing the same thing??? And what about after TTITD?? What if I find some cool stuff that I wanna use the following year?? Storage? or let the tides carry it off and trust the next wave? Aaaaarggghh...whats a guy to do??? I'm "hoping" that I can pull a budget together of about 2K inclusive - which seems like alot but perhaps its not.
Oh and what about fudge and bacon jam...????? how do I bring the goodies??? I mean if I fly...ya think they're going to just let me bring that shit on board...
I wonder a lot...maybe too much...
All this dithering and weighing of things is okay, especially at this early date; it shows you're a planner, so don't let it make you feel like a mess. Last year I literally had Plans A, B, C & D in a Word .doc. These were ranked by my satisfaction with them, based on my personality.
(I'm social, I'm anxious, I like a lot of gear, I like to shop slowly & pack really carefully.)
* Plan A
was ship 80% of my gear to Motskyroonmatick's house in July via a van headed that way, and take the train to him a month later with my clothes. Since Motz ended up being able to Burn, Plan A worked. I liked this plan best because Motzy is great company, it didn't involve me swerving all over the road as a new driver, and because I dig the roadtrip experience (particularly on the way down). Also--this method allowed me to bring a lot of carefully planned stuff, and split gas costs.
* Plan B
was take Amtrak (surprisingly generous baggage, btw! 2 carryons, 6 checked bags [some free, some for a pittance], & even a bike, depending) to the last decent-sized town on my particular route, pick up a rental, and drive for 5 hours. Even I can drive for 5 hours in quiet territory during the day. But picking a rental up that far from home--and yet 5 hours from the Burn--caused me stress. 12 hour train ride, pick up car, sleep in motel, shop the next day, drive. On the way back, stash stuff in motel, wash car, return car, walk to motel, taxi to return train. It could've worked . . .
* Plan C
was a solo rental car, even though I'd never driven 100 miles alone, let alone 680.
Scariest plan, pricey, but "simple".
* Plan D
was fly into Reno and shop. Amtrak doesn't get me to Reno in a sensible way, but a plane could. (I don't like flying, I don't like shopping fast, and I was scared to drive a box truck.) I didn't like this plan because I wouldn't have been confident enough for a small box truck & wouldn't have been able to use one as a house . . . but now I've done a little truck driving & Plan D might easily be Plan C.
So, do I know yet how I'm getting to the Playa this year? As a matter of fact, I do not
And the plans probably need to be re-ranked. But I've got my time off & my $$ saved, ticket comes next. I might reserve a vehicle at a place that doesn't require a deposit, & see how the rest shakes out.
. . . The burner-friendly entity that Junglesmacks gets his box truck from is Budget Truck Rental on Gentry Way in Reno.