It seems wrong to leave the Black Rock desert without hiking on the playa, so we chart a loop with a leg on the surface. Distances here are always longer than they appear at first, and our simple little loop keeps us busy for a few hours. The cyclical bursts of wind continue, but the periods of sun in between are graciously longer today.
In places the playa feels great with bare feet, and other areas areas have a sharp gravel coating.
If you need a little breathing space, the playa has it.