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With hot showers, a beautifully-decorated main events tent, views of the fantastic Nevada desert, and a wonderful meal prepared by Michelin-star chef Drew Deckman, it would be hard to imagine a better place to start the rally.

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Rain threatened basecamp, adding a gloomy, moody look, but luckily the moisture never fell.

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The artichoke-themed LR4 from Hoehn Motors driven by Karen Hoehn and Dana Saxton speeds down a lonely stretch of desert trail.

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Cora Jokinen and Melissa Fischer pull into basecamp after driving from South Lake Tahoe.

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Teams line-up to check into basecamp before the deadline.

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It was windy when we arrived; adding some complexity to teams trying to set up their tents in the gusty conditions. Luckily Nena Barlow of Team Squirrel Girls knows what she’s doing.

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Wood-fired cornish hens in the middle of nowhere, not bad if you ask me.

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Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe of Team 11th hour head to camp after putting their Chevy Colorado in impound.