RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Burning Man is coming to a close. Last night, the man was burned and tens of thousands are making the exodus from Black Rock City to Reno. It's back to reality for burners.
Ron Adair from Ojai, California says he’s “A little tired.” He adds, “It’s a little hard to have that many nights in a row and get by on 4,5,6 hours of sleep every night.”
“It feels good to be back,” says John Bacon of Seattle. “ Actually, I feel renewed faith in humanity.”
After an exhausting week, it's time to brush off that unmistakable playa dust and head back home.
Some 17,000 travelers from about 34 different countries will be funneling through the Reno-Tahoe International Airport this weekend.
"While other airports might be winding down for the summer season, we are at full speed," says Heidi Jared, airport spokeswoman.
It's the busiest week at the airport. Jared says they've worked closely with Burning Man over the years and provide special accommodations at the airport.
"No other time of year does our custodial staff put out large trash bins on the ticketing curb. "
Airlines are also providing large bags to keep dust from getting into the conveyor belt.
And for the first time ever, there is a bike drop off at the airport, through Kiwanis bikes.
The good bikes will be stored for next year. The bad ones will be turned into scrap metal. And the children’s bikes will go back to the community.
"we give away almost a thousand bikes to kids in the community every year," says Roger Jacobson of the Kiwanis bikes program.
It's a way to prevent waste both in Reno and in the Black Rock Desert.
The combination of burning man traffic and regular Labor Day traffic means a very busy terminal. Flyers are recommended to get to the airport at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departure.