Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore is one of the longest barrier islands. After finding out this area is 60 miles to the Mansfield Channel I want to see if it’s possible to make it in and out in one day. Much of the beach is drivable however the automobile traffic breaks up the sand and creates balance issues for riding on two wheels.

The last fuel stop. I did make it on one tank without using the extra fuel I carried. I would later find that the round trip logged in 152 miles to get back to the fuel stop.

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Thanks to Geni from Houston for snapping this pic. I call this “Point A”. The skies are cloudy and a slight chance of rain is forcast. Due to the shifting sand the helmet and armor will stay on all day.

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Warnings and Rules

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The first 5 miles were easy enough. I kept my speed to near 20MPH. A few times the sand caused the front wheel to wabble however it is easy to spot the loose sand and reduce speed.
There are nautical debris scattered along the way. I choose not to post pics because it might make your ride less interesting.
However; this is the wreckage of the Nicaragua, ran ashore in a storm in the early 1900s. The firebox is visable and the locals say it’s possible to see more at low tide.

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Debris…

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I have made it to the Mansfield Channel. The milepost reads “60”. Time from Point A is 3 hours 15 minutes with a few short breaks.
My wife Lisa has packed lunch and i’m famished.

The channel ahead is 50 feet deep and there is now way across. The wreckage of a Spanish ship was found during the trenching of the canal.
On the opposite side I see fishermen that have come from South Padre Island. Most of the ride in there were only a few fishermen scattered along the beach and here at the end I see there is a couple in a jeep having a picnic and one fisherman.

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Ricky has been here for several days camping and shark fishing. He has pics of sharks he caught up to 6 feet long.

Ricky

After a bit of sightseeing it is now 3:30pm. The wind has calmed somewhat and the tide is low. The low tide has exposed a hard packed surface than enables me to ride faster and with much less difficulty. Average speed now is near 35mph. This frees up some time to scavenge. There are rules against removing items but im taking my chances with a few floats I want to use for decoration. The basket makes it possible to carry more. There is alot of debris, mostly plastic bottles and rope. But I want to return some day just to scavenge thru the dunes.

By the way, the mosquitos are thick here. *Bring repellant*

Scavenger

With the sun on the horizon and 30 more miles to ride I decide to ‘set sail’. Around the 20 mile marker I notice a trophy buck.

Buck

By the time I exit the park it is dark. The guardshack is closed. There were only a handful of people scattered along the 60 mile return. As I pass the fuel stop the odometer roles to 152 miles.

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SEA TURTLES

Extreme cold weather came to south Texas two weeks ago. During that time many sea turtles had to be rescued. They were found on the beach around Laguna Madre.

Today the turtles are being returned to the water. They are being released on the gulf side because the water in the lagoon is about 50 degrees but the gulf water is near 65 degrees.

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The Sea Turtle Rescue Team is educationg the public. Children want a closer look.

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This man operates ARK – the Animal Rehabilitaion Keep. This organization rescues the turtles and then returns them to the water when they are ready.

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Time to release the turtles. They held them for us to see, then walked into the water and released them.
There was some disappointment that the turtles were not released on land so that everyone could watch them crawl into the sea…oh well!!

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Many people came to the event.

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Because of the special event the entry to the seashore was free today. I thought to ride to the end of the beach however the speed limit is 15 MPH. At that rate it would take 4 hours to the end, then 4 hours back. I will save this for a time that i’ve packed a lunch.

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Thanks for reading. Ride safe…always wear a helmet.

Los Ebanos Ferry

I left home at 8:30. It’s 180 miles to Los Ebanos.

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The ferry operators are at lunch. This is a hand drawn ferry.
To walk on $1.25, motorcycles $3, cars $4.
My registration is out of date. No crossing today.
A group of riders came to take pictures. We talked about someday getting together and ride to Monteray.

The Ferry

Roadside lunch of tamales. Cold cantelope fresca was great.

Roadside Tamales

The blimp in the sky is for the border patrol to view down on the river.

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It’s….different…

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The last stop was in Progresso Texas.

Progresso, Tx

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Around the Bay

Great day to ride. Started at N.A.S. Corpus Christi and rode onto the causeway.
This looks like a popular place to fish. I like the benches.

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I crossed the bridge to Padre Island and turned east onto Mustang Island. Access Road 2 leads to the beach. Anyone can drive the beach like a city street but if you stop and park a permit is needed.

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After about 8 miles I turned back to the highway and rode to the Ferry. It’s free by the way.
The ferry runs fro Port Aransas to Aransas Pass.

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Then back into Corpus. The people here love their Salina (Salina Perez). This monument is along the seawall downtown.

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Back at N.A.S. the milage was 70 miles.

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Changing the Tire

The front tire on the KLR has little tread. A new tire arrived today; ordered online and saved.

I want to know if the tire can  be changed using only the tools from the factory tool kit.

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There were tools to remove the tire and I used the handles to pry the old tire off the rim.

The tube valve stem has rust so it also gets replaced.

 

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The new tire is on.  I used only the tool kit and a small hammer.  This is good to know that I could change the tire or repair a flat even beside the road.

 

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