I re-did the last update from our adventures in the breath taking National Forests 'Davy Crockett, Angelina and Sabine River'. This time more organized, with the pictures in order of travel.
Coming to you from Lufkin, Texas. We have been enjoying the tranquility and convenience of Davy Crockett National Park just a bit West of here. What a beautiful National Forest! I hope ya'll go on out to see it! Camp Hosts there let us onto another way of living free. National Forests let you stay free on their camp sites in exchange for 20hrs of work a week. There are many Americans who live in tents, trailers or RVs just cruzing onto which ever National Park strikes their fancy. We've even heard a rumor that they might accept foreigners for this job.
Tonight we hope to find a free camp site at Angelina National Forest. We have been trading the Park Rangers camping spaces for help cleaning garbage from trails and public areas within the Forests. We are happy to report that Fea the travelling Chihuahua was very free and happy visiting her first forest. She joined David, Milo and me on a 5km walk yesterday and is ready for more forest views and smells tonight.
David, Milo and I are relaxing along side the dam in Jalpan de Serra, Queretaro with a host from Warmshowers.org. After climbing up to 1600 metres in the last few days, my bottom bracket is ready to wobble my pedals right off. So we have 3 options. 1.expensive, 2.slow or 3.do without. We don't know what to do.
What we do know is that this is a nice place to wait. We have been touring around, seeing the sites and scoring kilos and kilos of mangos. What a beautiful state, Queretaro. I highly recommend a trip through the Sierra Gorda especially if you go by bike, just make sure to bring a small chain ring and pack light because there will be climbing involved!
The beautiful Huasteca, breath taking. Not just the views but also the climbs. We did 1200 altitude meters since yesterday morning. Hannah had her first crash of the trip after slipping into a shoulder on our way up to Xilitla. Reason enough to make it a short day we thought and the friendly paramedics of the Proteccion Civil offered us a room for the night in their base. We got a little disturbed in the night when the same paramedics brought in a handful of village drunks (mayors orders) to keep them out of the rain. We were awoken to drunken cries, screams and song throughout the night. I'm glad I had a shower in the night because one of the drunks rolled a huge turd in the shower, despite the toilet bowl right next to it. Maybe he hadn't seen the toilets because of all the rubbing alcohol he drank. A BIG thanks to Protection Civil in Xilitla, you guys work too hard! Below some more pictures of the spectacular ride.
David and Hannah - cyclists extraordinaire