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Old 03-28-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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Route to Burning Man

Ok so I'm taking Pablito (my skoolie) to Burning Man. I will be driving from Alabama to Nevada.
I'm looking for the best route west. My number one concern is to go over the least amount of mountains.... sooo....

My choices that I see so far are getting on Interstates 40, 70, or 80 for the ride west.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2018, 05:21 PM   #2
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Ok so I'm taking Pablito (my skoolie) to Burning Man. I will be driving from Alabama to Nevada.
I'm looking for the best route west. My number one concern is to go over the least amount of mountains.... sooo....

My choices that I see so far are getting on Interstates 40, 70, or 80 for the ride west.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Genghis sends.

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I'd go I-40 to US95N then NV 447N to Gerlach ... then follow the crowd

Either way, do not follow your GPS from Winnemucca. If you do that you will end up on Jungo Road, and you do not want to be there (Google it).
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Old 03-29-2018, 01:51 AM   #3
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Ok so I'm taking Pablito (my skoolie) to Burning Man. I will be driving from Alabama to Nevada.
I'm looking for the best route west. My number one concern is to go over the least amount of mountains.... sooo....

My choices that I see so far are getting on Interstates 40, 70, or 80 for the ride west.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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I-10 is below all mountains...

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Old 03-29-2018, 09:41 PM   #4
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i-70 thru colorado is the stretch to avoid. steep grades and heavy traffic are no fun at all.
i-80 is an easy hill thru wyoming.

i-70 would be ok if you have any transmission except the 545. if you have the
545 then any other route is better.

if you do cross thru colorado, i like going thru rocky mountain national park. the park speed limit is slow enough to navigate the bus up and over the mountain without issue.
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Old 04-03-2018, 02:48 PM   #5
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FlattestRoutes.com can help you map out your road trip to avoid mountains.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:09 AM   #6
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FlattestRoutes.com can help you map out your road trip to avoid mountains.
Hey..that link is wrong.
Should be https://www.flattestroute.com/
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Hey..that link is wrong.
Should be https://www.flattestroute.com/
Also, be aware that the Reno big box stores suspend their normal return policies during burning man so do not plan to buy something and use it for burning man and then return it afterwards! The playa dust is corrosive so you need to wash your bus well after driving on the playa. Please do not leave your trash on the playa. I live about 45 min from Reno and while I have never been to the burn, I have shopped at HD, Lowe's and Walmart during that time and the signs go up about returns then. My son wanted to try to finish the bus this summer in time to go and I said no way, if we get it nice you are not taking it onto the playa and trashing it immediately!!! The dust gets into EVERYTHING. Consider a special door covering to help keep it out when you are opening and closing the door. Make sure your bus is well caulked/sealed/undercoated BEFORE you go! Plan to change your air filters immediately afterwards. Also plan on it taking a day in traffic to get in/out unless you go significantly before or after the crowds which means more fuel consumption so go out full of every possible liquid you could possibly need. I don't like sun, heat, dust, crowds, nor drugs, nor naked people near me (except my husband) so I will not be there. I will be in the mountains nearby in the shade where it is at least 20 degrees cooler. I do enjoy looking at the pictures people take there of the art and costumes and wild bikes and art vehicles. Good luck! If it is your first time, DO read up on line about it to make sure you have what you need - like well-fitting goggles! Test them BEFORE you get out there!
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:35 AM   #8
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Once you get on the playa and park, you are not moving for a week.

Seal up everything. Tape the window seals, tape plastic sheet over all the inlets .... air, engine cover, everything. Leave the only thing exposed to the dust the sheet metal and the glass.

Create an air-lock inside the entry. Drape heavy plastic sheet that allows you to get in the door, close the door then open the sheeting to get in the bus.

Take home everything you brought in, and have a great time. You will be more comfortable than about 90% of those there but you'll still need a big clean-up when you get home.
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:02 PM   #9
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Yep this is my first time. Thank you all for the great advice. I will have to work on the sealing of the bus and "airlock" system. My son has been a few times and has pitched in on the bus. We are having a painting party in three weeks with all of our friends and family. I retired over a year ago so I have nothing better to do than work on the bus and ride my motorcycle. Fun, Fun, Fun!

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How was your first burn!?
2018 was my second burn. I wish I had a skoolie to make it easier on myself. So that is my plan this spring. Build my skoolie and go in comfort! Message me.
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