I was nervous about time... I'd set my alarm for early, but one never knows how the exodus line is going to be... I checked (on twitter, actually) and it seemed short... which made me want to rush. Damn. I didn't want to be in a long exodus line because I figured that would use more gas that I didn't have.. so I felt a little panicky about getting out on time now that I knew it was a decently short exit time...
So I sweated and grumbled my way through the final packing, sorting and organizing and just under an hour later, I was pretty much ready to go. Shit. Now it might all go to heck... please let her start.
I knew once I was off playa, I wouldn't have cell service for a good few hours, so I texted Jason to let him know I was leaving. Last communication for a while and all. I don't think he was up yet, but at least he'd know I was heading out. I'd reminded him I'd need him over the next few days as my navigator and stress manager again, he had said he knew and would be there for me. I told him I was really really still very nervous about gas. (He got back to me before I lost service and told me to stop worrying and that I'd be fine, so I did... try to stop worrying.)
I was really really scared that the van wouldn't start. Really. But I took a deep breath, sat myself in the driver's seat and put the keys in the ignition.
And she started! YES!
I mean... she at least turned over. Which I'd been worried about. She turned over and I did my morning wakeup first start of the day routine with her and kept my foot on the gas extra long... and she died. Sigh.
No big deal, right? We know this drill. She turned over, so it's just a matter of getting her going.
Tried it again... and... stalled again.
It's ok, Jason says it takes three tries.
Someone else in my camp was awake by this point and came over to give me some hints. I've totally forgotten what they are now, something about timing of holding the gas pedal down, but it worked and she caught and didn't stall out this time. (But I was still nervous as bleep)
I thanked the gal and wished her safe journey home and started out on my way... tentatively.... but, she seemed (the van that is) to be fine and steady and so we started to make our way off of the playa... slow but steady, sun not long up, it was a nice, easy, steady drive to the pavement... and then? On the road, I'd made it, she'd started, I had gone to Burning Man by myself and was now heading home, yay me!