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After Burning Man, A North Texan Returned Home Covered In Mud But Unharmed

The accused, Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 45, was taken into custody without incident and is facing charges of obstruction of justice, transmitting threats across state lines, and witness tampering. (Photo: Youtube-NBC)
The accused, Hardy Carroll Lloyd, 45, was taken into custody without incident and is facing charges of obstruction of justice, transmitting threats across state lines, and witness tampering. (Photo: Youtube-NBC)

Two mounds of tan, gravel-encrusted mud were only partially discernible due to a few inches of laces that protruded from them.

What Happened?

They rented camping equipment that was supposed to return dusty but not covered in mud, and they sat in the back of a filthy pickup truck next to a bike that was also covered in mud on Tuesday.

It seemed only natural, according to Brad Trapnell, that he would travel to the desert and get trapped in a flood after spending the summer in Texas without any rain. Trapnell was among the first attendees to depart the event early on Sunday after organizers had issued a warning.

Monsoon rains flooding the makeshift city was a new issue and one that Trapnell hadn’t anticipated when he packed for the solo trip. The 80,000 annual participants knew to prepare each year for wind-kicking up clouds of fine dust. After learning barely a week earlier that he had been chosen to buy a ticket, he decided last-minute to go.

According to him, the first two days lived up to expectations and were “Mardi Gras meets Mad Max.”

Challenging To Move

Burning man

Source: ABC News

However, there was no warning of the approaching storms in the isolated area due to poor phone coverage, save for a text from his mother that got through. He claimed that as soon as it began to rain, two miles from his tent, it was obvious that the rain would be an issue.

Pictures and videos of the incident, he claimed, don’t adequately capture how challenging it was to merely move in the muck. Even the 10 feet it took to get from his tent to his truck proved difficult.

According to him, people who were present initially showed little anxiety due to the event’s overall communal atmosphere. Then followed the reminders to use less food and water, as well as the information that vehicles needed to deliver portable toilets would not be able to navigate the mud.

Trapnell started getting worried texts from her loved ones. On Saturday, he observed cars getting stranded while trying to leave, but by Sunday, he had made up his mind that he needed to try to escape.

But his pickup’s two-wheel drive encountered a mud hole it couldn’t quite cross. An hour later, he managed to spin his way out with the assistance of two bystanders and was back on the road, just ahead of large backups of people trying to make the same escape.

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