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Old 01-14-2020, 04:00 PM   #11
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Just keep to the "Blue Roads" and you will be fine. If there is enough rush to have to use the interstate system in a camper, then you should just park it and fly again. Life is too short to travel the slab.

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Old 01-14-2020, 04:21 PM   #12
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Laura and I did I-10 all the way from FL to West Texas and then ducked up to Carlsbad NM to Show Low. It was easy, boring, driving! When we are in a hurry to get someplace the slab is fine but generally, per BoneHead, avoid whenever possible. Liked the recommendation to do Big Bend loop and maybe then hug the Gulf coast the rest of the way across TX. The first milepost on I-10 when you enter TX from the east is something like 850. That's like driving through three normal states (or six if you live in the NE!).
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:39 PM   #13
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Frankly..... it depends a whole lot on the weather. Sure 40 sucks. I10E isn't a clear winner sometimes. For sure, you don't want to be out in the 'Tuiles' dodging torrential rains, tornadoes, ice storms, or blizzards. Were a Crow taking that route (which he had flown several times.... Time, distance, traffic clusters, roads and good camp grounds in a day's drive of each other.... Sometimes there is no 'best' way..... just a way with less hassles and places to stay and amenities. I'd go this way: Ft Stockton Tx > Ozona > Sonora > Junction > Kerrville > Fredericksburg > Marble Falls > Burnet > Bertram > Liberty Hill (skirting AUSTIN, ROUND ROCK & TEMPLE) to Rt 29 through Georgetown and E of I35 >>>> 130 S to Hutto >>>>>> 97 NE from Hutto DIRECT to TYLER. From TYLER >>>>> Gilmer >>> 271 N DIRECT Mt. Peasant >>>> I-30 E CLEARED DIRECT to Little Rock and points EAST on I40/I81 Catch I 81N vic. DANDRIDGE east of Knoxville.

That course lays out an almost direct line from West Texas (Ft Stockton) to east of Knoxville. All the Texas roads are good. Generally low traffic. You skirt the big city traffic for the most part. You stay off I35 and I10 east of San Antone.

Jump on the internet and get the Good Sam trip planner. Easy to use.

A FINAL SUGGESTION: From El Paso to Junction TX (or anywhere in west Texas!!!!) WINDS ARE A POTENTIAL HAZARD for vehicles, especially large ones. Check the weather and I'd park it and lagger in if the winds are 30-35 gusting more than that.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:57 PM   #14
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This Forum is amazing with all the great suggestions. I have some planning to do. I can't really just park it this time. I need to get it home and hunker down awhile until my life settles down. Odds are, I'll do all this - jinx the home sale - then have to start touring the East Coast, anyway. I have not been up to the real Northeast except one day trip many years ago. So there will be plenty of adventures, I'm sure.
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Old 01-15-2020, 02:38 AM   #15
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Scarecrow....Sorry Bud! It is Rand McNally trip planner. Good Sam had some crazy change about a year ago. The RMCN planner is the improved version of the old GS planner.
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Okay, I will look into it. Thanks.
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If you have time, the hill country of TX west of San Antonio is beautiful (Abilene to San Antonio via 283 / 87 to 16 is nice - all around the Fredricksburg to Austin to San Antonio is the hill country - very scenic with touristy and not so touristy towns). If you go in the spring when the Blue Bonnets are blooming, from there east and south of Waco is really special! They even have a website to predict the best bloom times and locations (like a Autumn leaf change predictor). The secondary roads in west TX are in bad shape due to oil industry truck traffic (especially 652 and 285 from Guadalupe NP to Pecos) (from Clovis, NM to Sweetwater on US 84 is not too bad - just open and prone to winds). However, the farm roads of east TX are some of my favorites to drive - well maintained, low traffic, speeds of 60mph, and nice scenery! I would avoid Houston if you can, traffic can be really bad! We took the ferry out to Galveston and followed the coast back to Louisiana. If you have time, you can follow the coast back to New Orleans and see some nice swamplands. If not, I-10 is not bad from there to Mobile. There are some nice back roads across MS and AL if want to see old plantation homes, lots of farms, lots of poor farmers, and LOTS of pine trees! Gulfport to Hattiesburg to Selma to Montgomery is not bad. You can go farther east, then turn north just west of Mobile up 43 to 22 to Selma to Montgomery.

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