Mark Stine rolled into Nacogdoches this week, nearing the end of his 600-plus mile trek along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas
. Pedalling a rig that weighs about 70 pounds, Mark is retracing the route that connected the United States with New Spain and later Mexico, when Texas was part of those countries. In our neck of the woods, that route is typically along State Highway 21, which goes through Nacogdoches as Main Street, and includes the famous red brick pavers surrounding the town square.
Heritage cyclists Mark Stine
, Frank Barrow, and Mikail Davenport
started on October 21, 2005 beginning in Eagle Pass
, winding their way from the Rio Grande crossing near Guerrero, Mexico to San Antonio, and through San Marcos, Austin, Cameron, Crockett and Nacogdoches. After Nacogdoches, they plan to ride to San Augustine, ending at the trail head in Natchitoches
(nack-a-tish), Louisiana on or about November 6th. They invited cyclists to join the ride anywhere along the route. Contact Mark Stine via email
. Here's Mark's web discussion
on the Nacogdoches portion of the ride.