The East Coast van launches

Ryan and the van left Baltimore at 19:30hours, picking up Mindy in Lonaconing and departing at 23:00 hours for a short stint to Ohio, stopping at 02:30.  Map to come!  But look at how much stuff they fit in the van!!!!

The Mars Rover, Chewbaca, and a Hippo are our co pilots!
The Mars Rover, Chewbaca, and a Hippo are our co pilots!”

Mr. Dingus Goes to Burning Man (almost)
Mr. Dingus Goes to Burning Man (almost)

How much can we squeeze into one van?
How much can we squeeze into one van?

A lot!
A lot!

5/26 Meeting Notes, Vehicle Rented, Flight Booked, Surprise?

Meeting Notes
I kinda hate digging through email, so I am adding a link to Weaver’s lovely notes for the May 26 meeting, along with Bort’s important responses. For those of you not in attendance, we have proven worthy of technology by hooking up the west coast, ‘Coney, and our house in NoVa via Skype and a collaboration tool called Adobe Connect. We rule. Also, we’ll likely do this at least once more before launch in August.

Vehicle Rented, Flights Booked
Herb and I have rented an SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee or equivalent) from Sunday August 24 to Tuesday September 2. This means we can haul people and stuff, run errands, and help the RVs park away from the hotels if the lots are full. Oh yeah, and if you are flying and arrive and leave around the same time as us, we can take you to and from the airport (there are free airport shuttles if not). Total cost $408 for the week. We are flying BWI to Reno on Sunday, arriving in Reno around noon, and leaving Reno on Tuesday around 9:00 am.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2008

Maybe, just maybe we’ll get our one camp enhancement that happens to be human? Details to come…

Art Car in ’08???

OkiesEric and I have been talking about our desire for motorized transport on the playa. Arguments against this idea can be made, for one our Evolve Revolve was a major PIA POS and consumed much time on and off the playa. We both feel that a simpler quieter vehicle could be very beneficial to the camp. Certainly ice runs and the Sunset serenade would be difficult with bikes alone. I’ve been shopping for a golf cart lately and feel that we can get one at a reasonable cost(~$400) that we may even be able to partially recoup after the burn.

Eric has come up with a most ingenious and creative art concept that fully embraces the American Dream theme. He would like to see a recreation of a Model T piled with Okies and all of their worldly belongings. I think that would rock. I’ve even considered a covered wagon with fake horses(covered bikes) ahead of it.

While searching for images of the real deal, I came across pics of the Hancock MD “Barge Bash”, I will NOT miss it this year. Check out the Beverly Hillbillies barge!!!

Mr.B Rides Again

As some of you may know MrB (the 34 y/o RV that has been to BRC twice) hasn’t traveled any significant distance since 3/06. His archaic and complex(read EXPEN$IVE) brake system which had been ailing for quite awhile finally failed. After tracking down some very rare($$) brake boosters, unusual inverted flare fittings, bending tubing and crafting a tool called a Power Bleeder I’ve finally got it working decently. MrB can be an obstinate old bastard, often doing the opposite of what you expect, I imagined it would be a difficult start but no he started right up, it’s been months but spiteful he is. I drove him around town, felt great! I will be taking him to the shop for new brake pads and after that he should be *almost* as good as new.
OH and the new starter, which required dissasembling the old one in place to remove it AND having extreme faith in Chrysler engineering that a starter for a ’95 Dodge truck would fit, works awesome! Starts easier and faster than ever.
PS-how do I set pics at the bottom of the post? (put them after the text — I did it for ya — ac)



Bike Art Vehicle

I have a vehicular idea, fueled by grapes from the Loire valley (God bless them). That is, the idea is fueled by said grape extract… not the vehicle.

How about a modular art bike. By this I mean one easily configurable as a single, double, or quadruple. The single is self explanatory, the double could carry supplies/ice in between, and the quad coule be… whatever! We could also possibly add a motor assist, especially to the quad. Perhaps in the form of a powered “wheelie bar” using my salvaged motor from the purple baron?

First Meeting – Sept 9, 2007

Hooray! We successfully gathered the following people at Ryan Wilkinson’s house this past Sunday:

Herb, Alison, Mindy, Eric, Ryan W., Will, Fitz, Meredith, Sean

In case you don’t believe we managed to get that many people together at the same place at the same time, I have photo proof. Click any image to view the larger version.

Meredith, Ryan W., Sean Sean, Eric, Herb
Herb, Mindy, Will Fitz, Alison

Meeting Notes:
At this first meeting we dusted off our notes from 2006 and reviewed what needs improvement in 2008. We worked off a list of handwritten notes that came from the return RV trip to the east coast. We also have a fantastic starting point in this list for improving the bloody mary bar, provided by Dave just after the ’06 burn.

We talked about who would be driving and who would be flying, and how many people we should bank on making it to ’08. For planning purposes only, we estimate that we will have 15 campers. We’ll have more of a definite idea when people start buying their tickets.

Definitely driving from the east are:
Will, Fitz, Mindy, Ryan W., Sean
This is important, because if there are too few drivers, we don’t have an RV coming from the east coast. Ryan S. and Meredith may also join the drivers in one direction.

We will also have an RV from the west, captained by Weaver. The remainder will be flying into Reno. Logistics of getting the flyers to the playa are yet to be determined, but should there be too many to squeeze into the west coast RV, there is always the rideshare option.

We started in on the handwritten notes and made these additional comments:

  • we need more chile for the cowboy sunset
  • we ran out of drinking water last time. more needed.
  • gallon jugs of water should be labeled on Monday, first thing, to be sure everyone has and is drinking their alotted amount. no more labeling as you go.
  • presume you will be responsible for your own breakfast. bring breakfast bars or whatever it is you like to eat that requires little preparation
  • more premade food, like the frozen chile, or boil in a bag meals, would make our lives easier, and create less mess.
  • we need to be better about reducing the amount of trash we produce. it is hard to haul out all those bags. bring CANS of tomato juice instead of plastic, because we can flatten them more easily
  • bring a can crusher
  • we need trash and recycling bins, with large openings and easy to identify
  • the bloody mary bar needs shutters or something to indicate it is closed
  • the bar needs to be longer, to fit 3 people behind it and in front of it
  • let’s try to keep the ice we put in drinks dust-free (TRY, at least)
  • make it easier to identify our group’s bikes at night

Herb – windmill power research. get the specs and supply list. start figuring out where to get parts.
Sean – shade structure research. tell us how to build the tension structure you were talking about
Eric – grey water evaporation research. can we make this work better than the pond we built previously?