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North Padre Island

Padre Island National Seashore has 65.5 miles of Gulf beach. the four wheel drive area is 55 miles long Camping is primitive and at no charge. (Big Shell and Little Shell Beaches) are open only to four-wheel drive vehicles. The four-wheel drive area begins at the end of South Beach near the 5 mile marker and its start is marked by a large sign stating:


WARNING!
4-Wheel Drive Vehicles Only
Soft sand and large debris ahead.
No driving in dunes,
grasslands or mudflats.

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Jack’s Disco can confirm the dangers of the large debris,Damaging a tire and rim durring a night run on a large log that had washed ashore.

I loaded up the Freelander with camping gear, two 2X8 carpet remenents,shovel,and tow strap which was not used. This was a fun trip, even with long trip down and back. (seven hours one way). We met Thursday Afternoon at 4:30 PM at whataburger and drove down to Austin that night.

We arrived in Padre island about lunch time Friday. We camped just past the 30 mile marker on the beach.The weather was on the skeptical side over cast with high winds and intermittent rain drops. Along with a roaring drift wood camp fire, we ate shrimp kabobs and tried to stay out of the wind. Some folks enjoyed some liquid libations. We made several fire wood runs with the 101 to keep the home fires burning.

The Texas Rovers Club volunteered to clean part of the beach in lieu of park entrance fees. Jack trailered down BABY, the 101 Forward Control, to haul the trash and play with, NPS (National Park Service) provided the trash bags. Along with a 101 load of trash, I found a kilo of cocaine that had washed up and was partially buried on the beach. Some on must have seen the Coast Guard and dumped it at sea. It as promptly turned over to the park service ranger.

Saturday the weather service forecast thunder showers, we did receive some large rain drops, but nothing to send us to our tents. after beach clean up and chores we headed down to the end of the island. There were many times when I wondered if the Freelander was going to make it. Pushing sand with the front bumper, traction control working full time. All in all we figure we drove a total of 110 miles of beach.

That night Roland fixed his famous fajitas. We all enjoyed them around another blazing camp fire. Sunday morning turned out beautiful, but we still had to return to our homes and back to the daily work grind.

The total trip from my house and back was 1045 miles, and the Freelander averaged 21.1153mpg for the trip. This included 3/4 of a tank going to the south end of the island and back…

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