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BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A woman dances with fire during the final day of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada early 03 September 2000. The festival is a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Travelers en route to Burning Man parked more than 100 recreational vehicles at a Wal-Mart and the Grand Sierra Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, when a rare rain storm turned the Black Rock Desert, 90 miles north, into a muddy quagmire. Most were optimistic the access road to the counter-culture festival on an ancient lake bed would reopen on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
Jeff Difabrizio, left, and Jahliele Paquin of Yellowknife, Canada, load up provisions in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Reno, Nev., on their first trek to Burning Man. More than 100 recreational vehicles camped out at the Wal-Mart and a Reno casino Monday night when a rare rain storm turned the Black Rock Desert, 90 miles north, into a muddy quagmire. Most were optimistic the access road to the counter-culture festival on an ancient lake bed would reopen on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, Burning Man participants stand inside the Temple, a structure that will be burned on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 at the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
In this picture taken Wednesday, Sept 2, 2009, Burning Man participants climb on an art structure during the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
In this picture taken, Sept. 2, 2009, Burning Man participant Christina Hardinge of London, England, center left poses for a picture with Siberfi, of New Zealand, center right during the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
ZigZag, left, and Christ, kiss during a dust storm on the playa during the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at the Black Rock Desert. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, Burning Man participants on stilts stand outside the Temple, a structure that will be burned on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 at the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- A giant head, one of many art installlations dotting the playa at Burning Man, appears to emerge from the sand. About 35,000 are expected to camp out on the desert for the week-long party and arts festival, which ends Monday. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Suenos Del Agave performers dance on the playa during the Burning Man festival on Friday evening, Aug. 29, 2008, near Gerlach, Nev. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
A Burning Man participant watches fire at an art installation at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev., during the Burning Man festival on Friday evening, Aug. 29, 2008. Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
FILE -In this file photo taken Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, Burning Man participants walk on the playa at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev. A California man is appealing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's decision to increase the Burning Man festival's attendance cap in the Nevada desert. Christopher Brooks' appeal of the agency's increase in the maximum crowd size from 50,000 to 60,900 will be considered by the Interior Board of Land Appeals.(AP Photo/Brad Horn, File)
*** RETRANSMITTED FOR IMPROVED QUALITY *** Center Camp is seen from an experimental airplane during the Burning Man festival near Gerlach, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
'The Man' explodes during the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nev., on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
A Burning Man participant rides on the playa at the Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man festival on Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, near Gerlach, Nev. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
A Burning Man participant cuts metal on the playa at the Black Rock Desert during the Burning Man festival on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008 near Gerlach, Nev.. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
** RETRANSMITTING FOR LARGER FILE SIZE ** Burning Man participants get ready to ride in the Critical Titts bike ride event on the playa of the Black Rock Desert in Gerlach, Nev., on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, during the Burning Man festival. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
A rainbow is cast over the Black Rock Desert in Gerlach, Nev., during the Burning Man festival on Friday, Aug. 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
BURNING MAN FESTIVAL, NEVADA, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 28, 2012: This is a satellite image of the Burning Man festival in Nevada, United States, collected on August 28, 2012. This image is the winner for the 2012 Top Image contest. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN, BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA, USA - AUGUST 29, 2014: This is a DigitalGlobe satellite image 'overview' of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City Nevada. Imagery collected on August 29th, 2013. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Passersby stop to admire Twilight Anima Rising, one of over 150 works of art dotting the Black Rock Desert during Burning Man, a week-long party and arts festival. About 35,000 people are camped in the a temporary city. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Ed Joseph of San Francisco performs on the Black Rock Desert during Burning Man, a week-long party and arts festival. About 35,000 people are camped in the a temporary city. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, NV - SEPT 2: First-time Burner Sonja Lercer of Whistler, B.C., Canada, dances on the LOVE installation at last week's 25th annual Burning Man festival.

(Photo by Keith Carlsen For the Washington Post)
BURNING MAN -- 08/30/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- A Burning Man art vehicle drives on the playa. About 35,000 are expected to camp out on the desert for the week-long party and arts festival, which ends Monday. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Burning Man participants wait for a dust storm to clear near Gerlach, Nev., during the Burning Man festival at the Black Rock Desert on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Brad Horn)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Atmosphere at the 2003 Burning Man festival. Blackrock City, Nevada. USA.; Job : 16054 Ref : JHY (Photo by John Horsley/Photoshot/Getty Images)
377801 08: A man wearing an animal mask glances at the camera during the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 14: Madelaina Bolouc, of Boulder, CO, performs a dance of reverence to Orisha and Obatala, in gratitude for blue sky and luminous clouds, September 2, 2000 at the 15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 13: The 'Painted People' of San Francisco and New York, dance while wearing only paint for clothing September 2, 2000 at the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A fifty two feet statue of a man is set in fire during the final day of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada early, 03 September 2000. The statue was burned during performances such as fire dancing an a live opera. The festival is a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
377801 12: The 'Painted People', of San Francisco and New York, wear only paint for clothing at the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 09: People wearing illuminated costumes walk past the burning remains of a 52-foot tall wooden man September 2, 2000 during the15th annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
377801 04: Revelers dance around the burning remains of a 52-foot tall wooden man during the 15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. Despite high winds, dust storms, and a bit of rain, some 27,000 people camped out on a remote desert playa, or dry lake, for the week-long counter-cultural celebration of art and 'radical self-expression.' This year's theme was the body. (Photo by David McNew/Newsmakers)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Make-up artist 'Nambla the Clown' from the San Francisco Bay Area poses at Black Rock City's center camp during the Burning Man Festival in Nevada 01 September 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Dancers Priscilla Park (front) and Todd Jones (L) perform as musician Simram Gleason (R) plays a metal drum in Black Rock City during the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 31 August 2000. An estimated 30,000 people will attend the festival - a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators - where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during the week-long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector/MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A girl wearing three dimensional glasses enters a tunnel of lights during the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City desert in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators,where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. AFP PHOTO (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man looks at the Burning Man effigy as it is prepared for the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. The fifty two feet effigy will be burned at the end of the festival (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs a Mass celebrating the end of the millenium on the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA/hmb (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A woman walks near the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs a Mass celebrating the end of the millenium on the 'Tree of Time', a sculpture by San Francisco-based artists Dana and Flash, at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man looks at the Burning Man effigy as it is prepared for the Burning Man Festival at Black Rock City in Nevada 29 August 2000. An estimated thirty thousand people will attend the festival, a spontaneous encounter of artists, performers and spectators, where the audience is expected to interact and collaborate during a week long event. The fifty two feet effigy will be burned at the end of the festival (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A group of people prepare the fighters under the 'Thunderdome' for a performance inspired in Mel Gibson's saga 'Mad Max' at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Two men in costume walk on the desert at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man poses at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from its audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: An artist performs at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from the audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A man poses at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada 03 September, 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the anual event encourages a collaborative response from its audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/ HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: A group of artists perform at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 03 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from the audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A bagpipe player(R) and a belly dancer on stilts(L), participants in the 'Burning Man' festival, cross a section of the Black Rock Desert 06 September in Nevada. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: Dancers at the 'Burning Man' festival create patterns with fireworks in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada just prior to burning a five-story, neon-lit effigy of a man on the last night of the week-long festival 06 September. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/ (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: Mark, from Las Vegas, dressed as a blue faced Elvis Presley sneers near the Burning Man Post Office 05 September at the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada. Thousands of people gather at this spot each year and create a man-made city in the desert to celebrate freedom of expression and then they burn 'The Man' and other structures. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A woman lies next to paper mache aliens as they watch a television sculpted into a man 06 September at the 'Burning Man' festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Some 15,000 people attended the 1998 'Burning Man' festival, which reportedly began 13 years ago in San Francisco, and which always culminates in the burning of a giant effigy of a man. The festival has grown into one of the nation's annual premiere countercultural events, with the size doubling virtually every year and drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BURNING MAN -- 08/31/05 -- BLACK ROCK DESERT, NV -- Stilt walkers stroll along the Black Rock Desert after sunset. -- DIGITAL IMAGE -- JIM RANKIN/THE TORONTO STAR (Photo by Jim Rankin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK CITY, UNITED STATES: Two men in costume walk on the desert at Black Rock City's Burning Man festival in Nevada 04 September 1999. Founded in 1986 by a group of fine artists, filmmakers and photographers, the annual event encourages a collaborative response from it's audience and a collaboration between artists. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
BLACK ROCK DESERT, UNITED STATES: A woman dancing with fire on her fingers nails in front of the neon-lit Burning Man statue 06 September in the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada. More than 15,000 people congregated at this man-made town on the desert to celebrate freedom of expression and to burn 'Burning Man' statue on the last night 06 September of the week-long gathering. AFP PHOTO Mike NELSON/mn (Photo credit should read MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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BY SCOTT SONNER

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Hundreds of travelers on the road to Burning Man in their quest for oneness with nature and celebration of self-expression on a peaceful playa in northern Nevada's desert didn't expect to spend their first night in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart or Reno resort casino.

But most were taking it in stride and were largely optimistic - as so-called "Burners" are apt to be - that the gates to the counterculture event would reopen Tuesday after rare rain showers in the Black Rock Desert turned the ancient lake bottom to a muddy quagmire the day before.

"You take it as it comes," said Mark Vanlerberghe, who left San Jose, California, in an RV that he ended up parking Monday at the Wal-Mart for the night when he heard the access road to the remote festival site was closed.

"You're going to the desert and you know there's weather to deal with," he said. "I guess that's part of being a Burning Man. Don't get stressed about it."

Dozens of RVs and vans bound for Burning Man were parked at the Wal-Mart at the Three Nations Plaza, and nearly a hundred more across the street by sundown at the Grand Sierra Resort along U.S. Interstate 80 just east of downtown Reno.

The blinking casino lights and video billboards gave off a pink twinkle not unlike the various light shows at the weeklong desert gathering that culminates with the burning of a large wooden effigy the night before Labor Day. A record 68,000 people attended last year.

But the yellow stripes on the blacktop pavement with "Wrong Way" signs weren't exactly what the seekers of paradise on the playa had in mind on their way to soak up the various theme camps, art exhibits, all-night music and guerrilla theater, along with a decent dose of nudity and a bunch of other stuff that's just plain weird.

"We're just trying to stay positive," said a woman from Oakland, California, who identified herself only as "Driftwood" while hanging out in the Wal-Mart parking lot with a group of first-timers from Texas. "Positivity can raise everything up."

Barbara Quintanilla of Houston said the rain delay was the least of their worries in an RV with friends who didn't initially know whether the camper used diesel or regular gas, made a wrong turn out of Texas and ran over a sign post. Their destination is "Planet Earth," she said, "The Eighties' Camp."

"My friends believe that making it a longer trip will make you better," Quintanilla said. "We have a list of 27 things we need to get at Wal-Mart."

Traveling companion Bill Sanchez of Houston said the voyage so far "has been brutal."

"We made a 2,000-mile trip and none of us had ever driven an RV before. It would only go 35 mph up hills," he said with a smile at the plaza on land owned by a Nevada tribe. "But through hard work and dedication, we will achieve our dreams."

Jahliele Paquin and Jeff Difabrizio were in their third mode of transportation on the way to their first "Burn" from their home in Canada's Northwest Territories. They flew from Yellowknife to Regina, Saskatchewan and bought a van they drove to Reno, where it broke down Monday and they rented a car for the rest of the trip.

"We're kind of thinking like we'll get there when we get there," Paquin said.

Jeff Cross of Orange County, California was in a different group with Texans Adam Baker and Chelsea Coburn making their second trip to the Black Rock and were determined the weather wouldn't deter them.

"It's the best festival in the world," he said while unloading provisions at their RV outside the Wal-Mart Monday night. "And there's no cellphones, no internet, no money or corporate sponsors."

"You have to have a lot of supplies," Coburn said. "It's a lot of work, but it makes it more gratifying, more fun."

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