Hi Cyrini and Schrada!
Both of you would do well to get in touch with your local Burners--make friends, share vehicles, talk shop. Add yourself to mailing lists in your area and nearby areas.http://regionals.burningman.com/
If you're on Facebook, google facebook burning man [city]
and see what you can find.
Closer to the event there is also a rideshare board, the "Burner Express" bus service from Reno will probably be back, etc . . . lots of info here. Read up! We love people who study. If you get really stuck, we don't mind answering questions, especially unusual ones.