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Old 02-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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2014 Travel Planning 1 Segment At A Time.

I/We are planning a trip around the U.S. this spring/summer and need help for different segments of our trip. We live in the Central Valley of California and have our route to Las Cruces NM...

I need help going from Las Cruces to Big Bend National Park, our plan is to travel about 300 miles a day. From Big Bend we will head east towards Huston.

Any tips on routes and places to stay will be greatly appreciated

We are driving a 2013 View with a Mercedes Diesel towing a Geo Tracker.

Thanks for your time.........
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Las Cruces to Big Bend National Park

How do I edit my post Title on the original thread? I see no edit box..
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I just made that exact trip.

Here's what I can tell you.

I40 SUCKS BIG TIME.

We live in Houston, and traveled to San Francisco. To get there, we travelled I45 north our of houston, to I20 in Dallas. We took I20 to Abilene and then cut up to I 40 via 84 through lubbock, clovis and into santa rosa. (ill fill in the details in a moment.)

From Santa Rosa through Albuquerque, into Arizona via gallup, holbrook, flagstaff to kingman. Kingman then to Bakersfield via the Tehachapi Pass where we cut up I5. North I5 we cut over to gilroy, then up to san fran.

Here's what I can tell you about it. The mountain pass between kingman and flagstaff is horrible. The road is terrible, rough, narrow, and packed with 18 wheelers who think it might be fun to crowd you on the grades... slow going. Also, i40 just on the California side before entering AZ is also torn up and rough.

Albuquerque is a lovely city! out side of that it's pretty yucky, and cutting through clovis down the old parts of route 66 is also pretty yucky. Clovis shouldn't even be open to through traffic. 10 MPH through there, it's like off roading. Once you make it back to i20 all is well from there, but if you try to cut through texas, it's slow. Narrow, rolling hills, and lots of fuel to do it.

SO when we came back to Houston, we smartened up. I5 to Bakersfield.. Bakersfield to barstow. I15 south to san bernadino where you connect with 10.

I-10 all the way was AMAZING!! Wide, flat, great surface, and once you make it out of cali... 75 or 80 MPH. We shaved a day the trip and about 300 in fuel on the return trip.

I hope this helps in any way.
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After a certain amount of time, you can't edit, just add on.
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to answer your question, take 1-10 to fort stockton, and then 385 south.
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How do I edit my post Title on the original thread? I see no edit box..
You can only edit posts for 60 minutes. I don't think you can edit titles at all , but the staff can. Go to " contact us " at the bottom of the page to request that.
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and to houston, just reverse up 385 to 10 and onward through San Antonio. I would guess 7 to 8 hours from big bend to Houston.
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I-10 all the way was AMAZING!! Wide, flat, great surface, and once you make it out of cali... 75 or 80 MPH. We shaved a day the trip and about 300 in fuel on the return trip.

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I assume that is $300 not 300 gal? I know...probably makes no sense for 300 gal but I thought I might be missing something.
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lol yeah $300 dollars. haha should have been more specific.
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Thanks for the reply's. Yes we have been I-40 many many times (used to live in Tennessee)
The reason for this thread is to find away from Las Cruces to Big Bend and tips on where to stay...... I am going to try and get the moderator to see if I can either edit the original post or delete it all together and start all over....

Thanks again
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Stay on i10' but it sounds line you want more campground reviews.

Use one of the campground review sites like rvparkreviews.com, there's not much along I 10 inside the west side of Texas, we usually just dry camp at walmarts And costcos. you should be able to egg all the way fort Stockton in one day, nice walmart there where everyone stays and I would think the second day you would arrive in big bend
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