Post by jacktheripper1 on Feb 23, 2011 13:01:50 GMT -5
Being a Roo veteran myself, I feel like a dummy asking this, but I keep hearing about "taxis". Are they the golf carts I always see on the dirt roads to Centeroo?
It's usually the walk to centeroo that kills me and robs me of energy for the majestic late night sets which is basically the whole reason I go. Don't get me wrong, the walk is pretty fun with good friends and after 4 or 5 beers, I've always been a huge fan of a nice walk at night with a beer buzz, but maybe like once. Anymore is pretty rough.
Post by jacktheripper1 on Feb 23, 2011 14:24:56 GMT -5
I would have no problem forking over 5 bucks plus a tip. The walks to centeroo always take away my sea legs! It would be worth the cash to me because I only make one trip to centeroo per day around 12-1 in the afternoon and stay all day/night.
To me, the late night sets are just not worth missing and I've learned my lesson not to try and be iron man during the day.
Never taken one either but they are a great idea. Options are always a good thing. If I'm ever in BFE, I'll make use of them. That walk can be a killer in the heat or when you're feeling either too bad or too good to walk.
Post by wolfmanjess on Feb 23, 2011 16:22:48 GMT -5
I went VIP 08, and while I liked it I just did not feel a got good value for that kind of money. When I went GA in 09 one of the ways I justified no VIP was bringing an extra 60 for cab fare, and I told myself anytime I was tired that is what I was going to do. It was one of the best Bonnaroo decisions I ever made. I did not use them every time, but I sure did every time I felt like it.
I used them last year twice. I met up with my sister and her friend and realized that they were completely spun and left their tent in BFE with only a purse full of those little bottles of vodka. How they got them in to centerroo is something I'll never know. So I volunteered to go back and grab them water and other needed supplies.
It's a good thing I took the taxi there because when I got to there camp their tent door was open and car door was unlocked. There were party favors on the dash board and I don't think their cooler was closed all of the way. So after I took care of everything and had a bag of water, sunscreen, chapstick, ect. I hoped back on the taxi and was back with them only an hour after I left them.
My first taxi was friday night after the headliner.. split from the group for some downtime and did not feel like the walk half way to BFE solo. Grabbed my taxi when a group of eight started begging the driver for a free ride for the gent in the group that was going to go down hard and soon. No emergency cash on any of them or they were not parting with it for their bud. (and they were not 20ish young).
Made an executive decision for the whole bunch.. where to meet up again, who was taking green man home (no puking in the taxi's! they said they will throw you out on the spot) and getting a ride back, and paid the $20 for the 2 drop offs and a round trip. We dropped them off then the driver chatted up a storm and delivered me to my doorstep.
Then i drank the vodka! And settled in at camp with a fuzzy do good feeling. Seemed to me i had taxi karma the rest of the weekend - never had to wait for one after that. (But its still 5 dola' each seat each way.)
Tuck away a couple of fives in case you or a friend turn into a Toasted Cheerio.
One more suggestion.. keep a copy of the Roo site map in your bag/pocket with a big circle or x around your pod if you think you might have trouble remembering where home is. Hand it to the driver and let them figure it out.
From the driver chat, these folks travel from fair to festival all summer. If they are also first timers at roo, or if they have to take you outside of their assigned section, they may need your map to figure out where to go on their map.
I only used these last year to get from Centeroo to my campsite- after drinking and dancing around, that 30 minute walk would have taken me hours. They always dropped me off right by my tent. Definitely worth the $5 if you are wayyyyy out.
Post by dontthinkfly on Feb 25, 2011 15:26:19 GMT -5
these really are fantastic. the drivers are amazing and a lot of fun. and they're a life saver when you're in BFE, it's over 100* and you keep forgetting what universe you're in. ... i get distracted easily.
Post by tangerinetrees on Mar 21, 2011 3:25:18 GMT -5
They are glorified Golf Carts.....Depending on how much you are going $5 isn't that bad. Last year hauling our shit from the car to tent only a "taxi" gave us a ride and he just charged us $5 a head. On the way back some dude tried charging us $5 a seat!!! It depends on who you get. This one dude his cart was totally decorated ala Mardi Gras style. In another cart I was given a dayglow Native American headband, which I still have. Those taxi drivers are pretty cool