Exodus 2014 - how long did it take you?

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Exodus 2014 - how long did it take you?

Post by Canoe » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:07 pm

Monday morning, the playacam was showing Gate road and it's flowing nicely. Some for mid afternoon, but with a lot more dust stirred up.

https://twitter.com/bmantraffic had been saying Monday morning wait times on Gate Road around 1/2 to 3/4 hour, and averaging ~2 hours from Hwy 34 @ 8 Mile to Wadsworth. Mid afternoon Monday, and the Gate Road time was reported to be 1 to 2 hours, with 2:36 hours to get from 8 Mile to Wadsworth.

Every time I checked, the Gerlach webcam was showing nice flow & spacing through Gerlach. (edit: just saw some congestion in town on the webcam, but not packed bumper to bumper). In the distance, good spacing could be seen on the road out of Gerlach towards Empire. The cam also showed a huge cloud of dust being raised over Gate Road.

So what was your experience?
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Re: Exodus 2014 - how long did it take you?

Post by VultureChow » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:36 pm

Left camp on Sunday at 1 PM hit the pavement at 3:30 PM. Fernley by 5:30 pm give or take. Best ever. As far as I can tell, they were not pulsing lanes. Normal lane merges with pulsing onto 34.

Not sure why this is working so well, unless large numbers are waiting until Tuesday. Or God forbid, the ridiculous vehicle passes worked.
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Re: Exodus 2014 - how long did it take you?

Post by DrYes » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:10 pm

Left camp at 8 am on Sunday, was on pavement 45 mins later. Seeing reports of it only taking 2.5 hours to hit pavement mid-day, I wish I'd just slept in!

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Post by zorro sings » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:24 pm

Left at 10 am Sunday.Easy 45 minutes.
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Post by Sunbeam56 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:32 pm

Left about 5:15, wheels on pavement by 7:15. Pulsed traffic. Worked well until the train backed everything up. Worked well after train passed :)
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Post by AfricanFire » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:46 pm

45 minutes from camp to pavement. Left at 4.30am this morning.

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Post by Canoe » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:55 pm

Churning the https://twitter.com/bmantraffic tweets from Sunday noon to Monday 16:59, the worst time so far was right after the Temple Burn. Not a big surprise.
The times where. It let up to free flow ~3:00 am. As the sun was coming up, some waits, for the morning up to 3/4 hour waits to get on the pavement, with the afternoon extending to a 1:30 hour average.
Wait time to exit the playa to pavement:
  • Min time 0 minutes
  • Max time 3:00 hour
  • Average time: 1:07 hours
Time from Pavement to Wadsworth:
  • Min 1:49 hours
  • Max 2:40 hours
  • Average: 2:14
It would be interesting to know the numbers leaving per hour from the Burn on Saturday through Exodus.
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Post by RedHeaven » Mon Sep 01, 2014 7:57 pm

What do you guys think of this theory?

More early entry passes and Sunday arrival make the Sunday/Monday exodus more flowing because it spreads out the rushes and waves of traffic. Also, people being anxious about Monday traffic causing them to leave Sunday? I heard a lot of that (I didnt go, just from friends)
Seems like the event used to be more in the confines of Monday to Monday. Nowadays, its early entry/sunday >>>> more sporadic exodus times, easing exodus.

Just a guess?

I left Monday at Noon in 2012 and hit pavement in a half hour.

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Post by fernley1 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:25 pm

Left camp @8:20 Sunday night, hit pavement @10:20PM.
In fernley about 1:00 in the morning.
It was so nice Sunday night, and very cool to see all the tail lights for as far as I can see.

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Post by geospyder » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:29 pm

Left camp Sunday at 0900 and was home in the shower by 1230. Tomorrow will start clean up of my gear to be ready for next year :)
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Post by winterdream28 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:35 pm

Left camp Sunday night at 8:23pm
Pavement: 9:50pm
Reno: about 12:45am

Not bad at all:)
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Post by tatonka » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:52 pm

left 8:00 am Sun morn , drove right out as fast as allowed , no stopping. ")
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Post by pink » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:55 pm

Posting from the playa: there's still a lot of people here. Telling people they can stay til Tuesday really seems to have made Exodus easy. At least for Monday; I'll report on how Tuesday traffic is tomorrow!
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Post by Elorrum » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:09 pm

out of camp, Sunday 6:30A, hit pavement about an hour later. No traffic stalls on I-80 as in years past. Took a brief nap at the Donner Rest stop. Home and in hot shower at 3:30.
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Post by ACfromSAC » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:59 pm

Easiest exodus I've ever had. Left around 2:30am Monday morning and hit pavement before 4. Flowing traffic the entire time once on pavement. Entry and exodus were a BREEZE this year. I left camp around the same time last year and it took me nearly 6 hours to hit pavement. So excellent to have it go so quickly. Awesome burn year.

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Post by xerg » Mon Sep 01, 2014 10:21 pm

It only took four and a half hours from camp to Reno. Not bad at all. I left at 2300 on Sunday.

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Post by maladroit » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:36 am

Left 6am Monday and rolled 10mph all the way to the pavement. No slowdowns or congestion to 447 north heading to PNW.

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Post by BBadger » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:04 am

Left Monday, from camp at ~1:15 PM, got through the gates onto the road at about 2:00. Waited about 20 minutes. The traffic on the road was actually slower on average than the gate line. :? At least I got to break from it to go on 447 (see ya suckers!). Overall, not bad!
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Post by tattoogoddess » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:06 am

WTF!!!
Left Monday at noon (2013) and it was ten hours from camp to fernley. No accidents as well.
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Post by Oldguy » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:18 am

Less than an hour 12:30 pm to 1:20, only bottle neck was where 4 lanes went to 2 but drivers were letting each other on line by turn left to right. Smooth transition to the asphalt. Slowing to 40 - 45 by Nixon, crazy passing motorists then risking all. Decided to turn to Fernley instead of Wadsworth or Reno for fueling. Gas was 3.45 at Pilot and the other spot. I80 traffic was heavy over Donner Pass from Labor Day trippers from California. I enjoyed waving to other obvious burners along the way. I took the 20 to Grass valley off the Ridge, easy sailing off of the freeway to Marysville and home. :coffee:
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Post by paulo999 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:38 am

In 2012, realising I needed a day more than planned to hose down the rental truck, and wanting to avoid a big line, we bailed immediately before Temple burn. Maybe 90 mins to pavement.

Sounds like exodus is getting sorted? Or is it a lucky blip?

(I have to say that the drive to Reno was, at a few moments, a bit 'disconcerting', despite having been well behaved for the previous 24 hours. First time burner, and no matter how much one reads, nothing prepares for that dark drive... :shock: )

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Post by Sham » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:18 am

Left camp at 9:00am on Monday morning--an hour later than we had hoped. Expected a several hour wait to leave and kept provisions and water handy. The vehicle never stopped until we got to Gerlach so we could say goodbyes to camp mates in other cars.
Maybe those vehicle passes and the burner express program did the trick! :D

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Post by skippy3k » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:54 am

We left Saturday night around midnight after the man (finally) burned. Took us about an hour to hit pavement and then was free flowing all the way to Fernley. I hear it wasn't much different in the morning. I should have slept in.
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Post by OUtback UFO » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:27 am

Left Sunday morning about 1030am... after packing up and picking up art up out in Deep Playa... took about 30-35 mins to get to pavement and then an 45 mins to get to Gerlach... some idiot was trying to pass everyone heading to town causing traffic to stop constantly. Then it was an easy drive at speed limit to I80... Lot of smoke and haze on US 50 coming across to Colorado from forest fires... lot of Hot Shots everywhere.
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Post by Bounce530 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:27 am

Left camp at 7:08am Sunday, did not ever come to a complete stop. Rolled at limit all the way to where the lanes merge from 4-2-1, where we slowed. Hit pavement at 7:41am. Pavement was slow until Nixon where the RV that was only going about 40-45 mph finally turned off. That guy definitely slowed the highway down. Nobody in front of him, but a snake of vehicles behind...
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Post by JayBobBoy » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:31 am

From DrYes...
Left camp at 8 am on Sunday, was on pavement 45 mins later. Seeing reports of it only taking 2.5 hours to hit pavement mid-day, I wish I'd just slept in!
I must have been in the short line with you on the way out. Smooth sailing on Sunday morning around 7:30-8:00 am!
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Post by Bounce530 » Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:44 am

The difference was the signal light at the pavement, and not "flaggers" who want to chit chat, and have no idea how to flag traffic.
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Re: Exodus 2014 - how long did it take you?

Post by Justice » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:30 am

We left camp at noon on Sunday, and hit the pavement 45 minutes later. Best exodus ever, but I was kinda bummed that we didn't have at least one "pulse", so we could get out and party with our fellow Burners one last time :(

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Post by onemandown » Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:27 am

Left camp at 7:05am Monday. Never stopped. 38 mins to the pavement. It was like a dream. Where did all the cars go? Last year same departure time gave a 7 hour exodus.

I hope it stays like this.

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Post by Mista_Zero » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:56 pm

Left around 6:30 on Monday morning. Only traffic snag was a guy on a moped who couldn't go more than about 45 on the highway back to Fernley, but I got a good laugh out how stoked he looked as he drove along.
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