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posted :: 15-May-2001

S T A T S
GERLACH:
12 miles from the man.
RENO:
Elevation: 4498
98 Miles from the Man.


C R E D I T S
MUSIC:
'Bach Mass In B Minor' performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

'Mozart Coronation Mass' performed by Camerata Academia, Salzburg.
MECHANICAL SERVICE:
Waynes Automotive Center, Reno.

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* Danger launched the Silver Seed from the Black Rock Desert at 8 PM, Friday, May 11th, 2001.
[05.11.01 GERLACH]
Harlan- DPW [BIGGER]

[BLACK ROCK to RENO] :: Running about 10 days late after repairs and adjustments to the on-board support systems, WE are on the road. Just before rolling up onto the asphalt of highway 34, I stopped and scooped up a shovel full of playa dust and dumped it into an aluminium cannister mounted outside on the starboard quarter above the rear bumper. It will give us that additional boost. And, if you are able to make it to a Road Trip docking station, you can help yourself to a pinch of playa. The cannister access code is 777.

[05.11.01 GERLACH]
Bill Carson- DPW [BIGGER]
[05.11.01 GERLACH]
Bill Stapleton [BIGGER]

Rolling into Gerlach, I stopped and said goodbye to Burning Man volunteers Harlan and Bill Carson. The Silver Seed fuel tanks were topped off at Bill Stapletons' gas station and then we headed South on 447. The fading signal from KDPW, the only playa radio station on the dial, let me know we were leaving the area. The big V8 pushed the Seed up the Empire grade without much strain. On the long, level strech near Limbo, I ran the pointer to 69 Knots to see how the high-end torque carried the load before settling into a more comfortable 52 Knots. It was a short run when I decided to pull over for the night, just at the edge of the Payute Indian reservation. The community of Burning Man is much like a tribe itself, and I feel we have much in common. A strong wind broad-sided the Silver Seed most of the night and it felt like at home on the playa. Rising early the next morning, I continued on and made a quick stop in the sleeping town of Nixon to score a point. It seems that Danger has an on-going game of counting coup with the Chief of the tribal council. The objective is to leave a business card on the other's territory. It is an old and honorable tradition, now updated and played with friendly humor by modern warriors.

[05.12.01 RENO]
Mark with that fluorescent hat. [BIGGER]

An hour later puts us into Reno, where most of the day is spent rounding up supplies for the journey and making last minute repairs. This Saturday night is also the monthly "beach burn" for the local Burning Man community and will be the first docking station for the Road Trip. Reno is an unusual little town that defies classification. It has a split personality. It is a little bit frontier and a little bit sophisticated. In spite of trying, it is not quite Vegas and not quite Levittown. It tries to preserve its' history while tearing it down. A classic example is the old Mapes Casino, a beautiful building with a colorful history. Unable to keep up with the modern gaming industry, it was abandoned for years, acquired by the city and then finally sold to a speculator who promised to restore it. After gaining ownership, he sold the building's water rights for a tidy profit and then walked away from it. On Sunday, January 30, 2000, at 6:00am, the city of Reno imploded the Mapes. Danger was there to watch it fall. All that remains now is a small, useless, vacant lot that nobody wants. That empty space is much like the playa of Black Rock. Yet, maybe there is hope. Someday, Burning Man will install art on this barren piece of land. It's Ground Zero.

[05.12.01 RENO] Elizabeth picks up the torch for the first time. [BIGGER]

Reno is also the last major outfitting point for participants on their way to Burning Man. One of my favorites is Long's Drugstore on Plumb Lane. It's a one-stop source for theme camp supplies. Where else can you find medical items, food, hard liquor, live plants, extension cords, hardware, sandals, mexican pinatas, rope, automotive supplies and ammunition for your Russian SKS?

[05.12.01 RENO]
Danger Ranger & Rocket Bob. [BIGGER]

On Saturday night, the Silver Seed docked at the Reno monthly "beach burn" & special fund-raiser party for Rocket Bob, art car aficionado and long-time burner, who recently had a stroke which incurred some high medical bills. The event was held at Interpretive Gardens, a beautifully landscaped garden spot with multi-level, rock-lined pathways located on the Truckee River. Several bands took the stage near the river while fire performers practiced their art in an open area above. An abundance of popcorn was supplied by the Popcorn Palace. It was a rousing evening, much in the spirit of Burning Man. The next day, a gift offering of a ceramic drum was found beside the Silver Seed. It will join the plush toy given by MonkeyBoy, who is still laughing, by the way.

[05.12.01 RENO]
Ceramic drum gift offering. [BIGGER]

-Danger Ranger

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