Thank you to everyone who gave me positive feedback. I was just basically asking advice because I am new to all of this... No need to cuss
You barely got any cussing at all, compared to most.
People give flak to those they are worried can't take care of themselves. You can probably do it; start feeling it.
I like the idea of the train, I think I am going to discuss that with my friend. If not I will probably just take my car and sell it when I get to the city for what it is worth (I've never really liked insurance anyways ;D) We are going to be leaving here from Maryland, so I will check out rideshare and see what's up. Do people meet and caravan and stuff? I bet that would be a blast.
Amtrak has a luggage allowance way better than any airline, but you will still have to shop food, water, etc in Nevada, and as a virgin, shopping quickly can be overwhelming. Driving's far better--if it's feasible for you. If you drive, you can shop and pack starting now, and do a test pack of your car. It will be stuffed as hell.
People do meet and caravan, but there are almost as many Burning styles as there are Burners themselves. If you were even partially considering taking your own car and selling it in SF, seriously--think about it. The bad thing about counting on other people to help you Burn is that when they change jobs or have family issues or health issues or get nervous and cancel . . . you are suddenly three weeks out without a ride, and don't know what your contingency plan is. This happens a lot in June and July. And then if you decide you're too scared to go, because you were counting on someone else, it might be hard to sell your ticket. Right now, tickets are very much wanted, but last year people were selling 'em for half price in August because 2-3 weeks before the event, most seekers who are still looking actually give up.