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Old 12-09-2008, 04:24 AM   #1
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Going out to Arizona to visit our daughter for the holidays. The route is pretty straight forward except the the Texas portion. Got some advice from a local rv'er to head to Mobile then up to Jackson then across Texas on 20.
Is this the prefered route over 10?
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Old 12-09-2008, 04:24 AM   #2
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Going out to Arizona to visit our daughter for the holidays. The route is pretty straight forward except the the Texas portion. Got some advice from a local rv'er to head to Mobile then up to Jackson then across Texas on 20.
Is this the prefered route over 10?
thanks
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:13 AM   #3
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For me there is no difference. Time your travel, through the cities, to avoid the rush tmes. East Texas is as populated as any metro area. Once you pass the Dallas area, the rest of the trip is all wide open spaces.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:55 AM   #4
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I have driven about any possible route across that part of the country. According to MS Streets & Trips, Tallahasee to Phoenix distance is:
- Mobile to Jackson and across Texas on I-20 is 1,994 miles.
- Mobile to Jackson to I-20 to Dallas then US287 up to Amarillo and I-40 is 1,936 miles.
- Straight across Texas on I-10 is 1885 miles.

Why go 50 to 100 miles further when both the longer routes are further North and more likely to have winter weather? (The I-40 route can have some pretty nasty winter weather at times). Houston is the big curse of driving I-10 ...just make sure you don't do it before 10am or after 3pm (or do it at night).

I drove I-10 all the way across Texas less than a year ago and the only rough spot we found was in East Louisiana for a few miles in a area that had highway construction underway.

I would take I-10 all the way, except the the I-12 "bypass" to avoid going down to New Orleans.
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The good news regarding I-10 through Houston is that the Katy Freeway expansion project is completed, which opens up I-10 on the west side of Houston. The bad news is that you still need to avoid rush hours as much as possible.

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Old 12-09-2008, 01:56 PM   #6
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I-10 gets my vote, but like others said, beware of the rush hours.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:30 PM   #8
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I10 around Kerrville is calling for possible snow flurries tonight and possibly tomorrow. We are finally getting a little rain tonight- not much but anything is better than nothing.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:19 PM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jocat54:
I10 around Kerrville is calling for possible snow flurries tonight and possibly tomorrow. We are finally getting a little rain tonight- not much but anything is better than nothing.
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Well it's been snowing for about 45 minutes now here in Leakey (about 50 miles west southwest of Kerrville.
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:29 AM   #10
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We are doing the same trip as you, but a different reason.
This is the second year we have left Florida for heading west and used I-10 and have found no problem except for the on-going road construction.
We are now in the San Antonio area for a few weeks to visit with friends and then on to Quartzsite, AZ just after Christmas and it will be I-10 all the way.
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