Eureaka! USA generously provided us with a new tent, the Midori 3, slightly smaller and lighter than our previous Eureka! We continued our bicycle trek, from the Gulf shores of Texas, to our preferred camping spots in unstable Tamaulipas, in muddy underpasses of notorious HWY 101. Through our adventures in Mexico we would often gather crowds of curious locals and giggling children, intrigued at the sight of their first tent. They would watch wide eyed and with much feed back as we would build a home in seconds from a seemingly useless bag of cloth.
Our Midori 3 kept us dry in many a Norte (ferocious Mexican rain and wind storms) and protected us from slews of venomous snakes, spiders, crazy chickens and scorpions. Over time in the jungles of Veracruz, our mighty green tent was scouted by a variety of local ants. I guess they noted its dry properties and decided to call it home. Unfortunately, the holes the leaf cutter ants created for their entry quickly became access point for rain water. In the jungles of Veracruz Milo gained non sanctioned entry into our Midori 3 home so many times we lost count and simply stopped repairing the tears. It was about this time, with easy access doors on both sides of our tent that i was awoken one night with something crawling on my head. Eeiiikeeek!!! "David a mouse" the mouse turned out to be a fist sized red land crab. Nearly a year later, 300kms further north we had the same crabs scamper into our tent only this time via the ant holes and by the hundreds.
More recently, in Austonio, TX something more discomforting entered into our tent. It's quantity would have to be measured in litres or perhaps gallons. H2O.
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We want to get a new tent. We have been looking at two tent makers; Hilleberg and Tarptent. Both offer highest quality materials and craftsmanship to create a tent that is light, simple to assemble, small enough to put on your bicycle and strong as nails, all that goodness comes at a price so we are fund raising for a new home.
For a limited time we are asking for $20 donations on the Support Us page of our website. In great thanks, we will send you a hand packaged and bicycle transported Vanilla Bean from El Tajin, Mexico.