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Best Burning Man, ever!

Story and photos by Chuck Grooms
Special to the Sun
Chuck Grooms/via aedgett@sierrasun.com
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BLACK ROCK DESERT and#8212; We were up at 3 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30 to be on the road at 4 a.m. The weather was still cool from the front that came into the area. We hit Gerlach at 7 a.m. and spent about three hours in line. We found a great spot at 7:37 a.m. and got set up. The afternoon was cloudy and a little windy, not bad for riding out to and#8220;the man.and#8221; Then we had the first rain storm I have ever seen on the playa. They tell you to stay where you are if it rains and boy, did it rain. The playa turns into sticky gumbo when it is wet. The mud packs in around bike wheels and locks them solid to the frame. From camp, we watched as several riders were trying to maneuver, finally abandoning their bikes and walking away on shoes that were inches taller from the muck. The rain stopped and a double rainbow formed. Cheers went up all over and you could here people yelling and#8220;What does it mean?and#8221; A glorious sunset and the next four days were perfect. Warm, sunny, calm days, balmy evenings and thousands of things to do and see. and#8220;Bliss,and#8221; a 40-foot tall steel dancing female figure was a favorite. and#8220;Towering Inferno,and#8221; a steel cage loaded with firewood, turned by hand, let the wood slide from end to end and so created a billion sparks that flew in the wind. The first major burn was Megatropolis. As it went up a huge wind storm started that left thousands stranded on the playa. Saturday was hot and windy and people started to leave, not sure if the man would burn at all. But he did, with an amazing fireworks display, huge explosions and finally burned to the ground. Up early Sunday to beat the mass exodus and home safe. The overall feeling was that this was and#8220;the best burningman ever.and#8221;

and#8212; Submitted via aedgett@sierrasun.com


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