Veggie Voyagers

Couple travelled 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces between 7/07 and 5/08 running their 1987 Ford truck on straight veggie oil. The blog continues with a focus on the natural world and energy politics from a personal perspective

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Padre Island New Year

Padre Island National Park is the largest undeveloped seashore in the (continental?) U.S. However, it has more than its share of urban problems, primarily in that the gulf coast beach is the only road down the 60 miles to an impassible channel that divides the island. With the beach access comes enormous amounts of garbage on the beach, some washed up and much tossed by the motorists and primitive campers.
The prestigious sounding Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Hemispheric Council designated this seashore as a site of international importance to shorebirds but the beach is impacted down to low tide line by a constant stream of RVs and trucks and the crabs and tidal food sources are ground under by their tracks.
There are no ORVs permitted in the dunes and there are lots of critter tracks back there but the beach itself is pathetic. We will mess with Texas and send letters to tell them that some of this beach should be off limits to vehicles, even veggie voyagers.
Here are photos of what I mean about the beach as well as a map of the US portion of our 12,000 miles thus far and the veggie oil processing system that has allowed us to run the truck on straight vegetable oil. Also, the cold front that greeted us in the New Year.
Precious New Year to you. All our relations!


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