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Old 05-13-2010, 04:46 PM   #1
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Highway 10

At the end of June, we'll depart central Florida and head to California using Highway 10 all the way. It's been a long time since we did this...12 years or so....and are wondering if there are any trouble spots along the way that you could share with us. We're taking about 10 days to make the trip from Leesburg, Fla. to San Mateo, Ca. Any and all thoughts on this particular road are welcome. Thanks.
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Assuming that you mean Interstate 10 (I-10), you should have a completely uneventful trip. If you want to make that trip in 10 days you are going to have to average 300 miles per day everyday as it is 2947 miles. That doesn't leave a lot of time for anything else!
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When you get to Slidell, LA, hop on I-12 to avoid New Orleans and save some mileage. See latest construction info embedded below.

PS - I drive 300 miles before DW even wakes up for breakfast!

Summary: 2834.1 miles (5 days, 2 hours, 9 minutes)
DAY 1

Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward


Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.


9:00 AM
0.0
Depart Leesburg on W Main St [Main St] (West)
0.6 mi

9:01 AM
0.6
Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-27 [SR-25]
32.3 mi

9:41 AM
33.0
Turn LEFT (West) onto US-27 [SR-500]
2.8 mi

9:44 AM
35.8
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-75
82.2 mi
I-75 / Lake City
10:54 AM
118.0
At exit 435, turn off onto Ramp
0.2 mi
I-10 / Jacksonville / Tallahassee
10:54 AM
118.2
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-10
423.6 mi
I-10 / Tallahassee
3:06 PM
414.3
Entering Alabama


4:03 PM
480.7
Entering Mississippi




Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.


5:00 PM
541.8
End of day



DAY 2


Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward
9:00 AM
541.8
Stay on I-10
21.6 mi

9:14 AM
557.9
Entering Louisiana


9:18 AM
563.3
At exit 267A-B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-12 [West Florida Republic Pkwy]
85.6 mi
I-12 W / I-59 N / Hammond / Baton Rouge / Hattiesburg


Road widening near Baton Rouge (WB) (September 1, 2009 - February 29, 2012)


10:32 AM
648.9
At exit 1A, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-10
4.5 mi
I-10 / Baton Rouge
10:36 AM
653.4
At exit 155B, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-10
272.5 mi
I-10 / Lafayette


Resurfacing between Iowa and Lake Charles (WB) (August 10, 2009 - February 17, 2012)


1:14 PM
809.2
Entering Texas


3:11 PM
926.0
Take Ramp onto I-10 Hov Ln [Katy Fwy Hov Ln]
12.6 mi

3:24 PM
938.5
Take Ramp onto I-10 [US-90]
94.4 mi



Construction between Flatonia and Schulenburg (EB) (May 31, 2009 - May 14, 2010)


5:00 PM
1033.0
End of day



DAY 3


Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward


Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.


9:00 AM
1033.0
Stay on I-10
69.2 mi

10:02 AM
1102.1
At exit 587, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 E
0.2 mi
TX-1604-Loop / Anderson Loop / Randolph A.F.B.
10:03 AM
1102.3
Take Local road(s) (RIGHT) onto SR-1604 Loop [Charles W Anderson Loop]
25.4 mi

10:26 AM
1127.7
Turn RIGHT onto Ramp
0.2 mi
I-10 / US-87 / San Antonio / El Paso
10:26 AM
1127.9
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 [US-87]
453.9 mi
I-10 / US-87 / El Paso


Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.


5:00 PM
1581.7
End of day



DAY 4


Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward
9:00 AM
1581.7
Stay on I-10 [US-80]
509.8 mi

10:39 AM
1684.8
Entering New Mexico


1:01 PM
1849.2
Entering Arizona




Road widening near Tucson (NB) (March 12, 2007 - July 30, 2010)


4:30 PM
2091.5
At exit 150A, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-17 [US-60]
6.2 mi
I-17 / Flagstaff
4:37 PM
2097.7
At exit 200A, turn RIGHT onto Ramp
0.2 mi
I-10 / Los Angeles / Central Phoenix
4:37 PM
2097.9
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-10 [Papago Fwy]
26.5 mi
I-10 / Los Angeles
5:00 PM
2124.4
End of day



DAY 5


Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward


Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.


9:00 AM
2124.4
Stay on I-10
316.8 mi

10:38 AM
2241.2
Entering California




Rehabilitation between Beaumont and Calimesa (WB) (May 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011)


1:27 PM
2441.3
Turn RIGHT onto Ramp
0.2 mi
CA-57 / I-210 / Santa Ana
1:27 PM
2441.5
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-57 [Orange Fwy]
3.9 mi
CA-57 / I-210
1:30 PM
2445.3
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-210 [Foothill Fwy]
44.4 mi
I-210 / Pasadena
2:08 PM
2489.8
Turn LEFT onto Ramp
0.6 mi
I-5 / Golden State Fwy / Sacramento
2:08 PM
2490.3
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-5 [Golden State Fwy]
202.2 mi
Autos


Interchange Reconstruction near Santa Clarita (WB) (November 3, 2008 - November 30, 2012)




Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.


5:00 PM
2692.5
End of day



DAY 6


Time
Mile
Instruction
For
Toward
9:00 AM
2692.5
Stay on I-5
40.2 mi

9:33 AM
2732.7
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-152 [SR-33]
38.4 mi
CA-152 / Gilroy / Hollister / San Jose
10:13 AM
2771.1
Turn LEFT (South-West) onto SR-152 [Pacheco Pass Hwy]
2.6 mi

10:17 AM
2773.6
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-101 [SR-152]
58.5 mi
US-101 / CA-152 / San Jose / Watsonville
11:06 AM
2832.1
Keep RIGHT onto Ramp
0.2 mi
CA-92 / Hayward / San Mateo Br / Half Moon Bay
11:06 AM
2832.3
Take Ramp (LEFT) onto SR-92 [J Arthur Younger Fwy]
1.2 mi
CA-92 / Half Moon Bay
11:08 AM
2833.5
Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-82 [S El Camino Real]
0.3 mi
CA-82 / El Camino Real South
11:08 AM
2833.8
Turn RIGHT (West) onto W 20th Ave
0.3 mi

11:09 AM
2834.1
Arrive San Mateo




SUMMARY
Driving distance: 2834.1 miles
Trip duration: 5 days, 2 hours, 9 minutes
Driving time: 42 hours, 9 minutes
Cost: $1,062.90

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Old 05-13-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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I-10 from Baton Rouge to Lafayette has uneven concrete slabs for a road surface that are uneven, the constant thumping can be tiresome. Cajun palms RV Resort is at exit 115. Take a right at the end of the ramp and is on your right about a mile down the road. There is also a Walmart at the Breau Bridge Exit 109(I think). take a left at the end of the ramp and it's just past Pilot. Have a great trip.
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You might want to consider angling up to I-20 and then hooking back up with I-10 where the two merge in West Texas.

Why? I-20 is in much better condition than I-10 across Louisiana and you miss driving through the heart of Houston. I-20 skirts the south Dallas suburbs and the traffic is not too bad.
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:20 AM   #6
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  1. There is a really nice rest area in Louisiana on I-10 at about mile marker 120 ... nice parking for RVs (overnight with security) ... free Community Coffee ... there is a display of the local wildlife ... worth the stop
  2. All the rest stops on I-10 in Texas have free wifi ... there is a really nice rest stop just west of Columbus ... you can avoid San Antonio by using a bypass around the north side of the city
  3. The welcome center at the New Mexico state line has really nice RV parking ...
  4. You probably should check your fuel gauge at Junction, TX ... the fuel stops between there and El Paso are not plentiful ... I suggest that you check out the fuel prices on the internet to prepare a refueling strategy ... one of the sites I use is ...
======> Fuel Price Site
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We just made that trip in reverse and all of the advice you've gotten is spot on. Be aware that you'll find the VAST majority of rest stops in Az and Calif closed due to budget cuts. It's quite a contrast to the beautiful rest stops in the south. Just have to love our interstate hwy system when you can make a 3000 mile trip by getting on I 10 and turning right at L.A.!
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:45 AM   #8
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and STOP for a STEAK

sounds like a great trip. Without a stop to eat you can't make it to LA!!!
Just b4 El Paso is
FABENS (Exit 49) and the Cattleman's Steak House just 5 Miles off I-10

www.catlemanssteakhouse.com

The best Steakhouse in the good old USA

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sounds like a great trip. Without a stop to eat you can't make it to LA!!!
Just b4 El Paso is
FABENS (Exit 49) and the Cattleman's Steak House just 5 Miles off I-10

www.catlemanssteakhouse.com

The best Steakhouse in the good old USA

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you left a T out of cattlemans.
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Was too hungry, couldn't eat 2 steaks or I drove too many miles.
Thanks for letting me know.......

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Hello Reenieanne, By all means take I10. when you get to Slidell, La., take I12. This bypasses new orleans and takes you to Baton Rouge and back on I10. By all means, when you get to Breaux Bridge, Henderson or the Lafayette, stop to enjoy cajun cooking and our hospitality. If you see a grocery store that advertises Boudin and Cracklins, try it .The best place for this cajun delicacy is the Best Stop, at LA.hwy 93 exit just west of Lafayette.
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Hi Maureen,
I took I10 west bound last year. The road conditions are quite improved over what you may remember from 12 years ago. I used to hate driving I10. The 2009 trip was quite acceptable. I would take I10 again, west bound.
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I have also driven that route from Houston to Florida and back. Do use I-12 as a by pass of New Orleans unless you plan on stopping there for a view of the French Quarter. If yo do go into New Orleans, do not use the I-10 on the east side. It is a YoYo and will bounce you to Hades. Use the Ponchatrain or go in on the West side I-10. I-10 through Houston is like any other city. I have driven it, the Beltway, I-610, and they are all the same. I-10 straight through is the shortest way to get through Houston. Try to arrange it for mid morning, after 9 a.m. before 11:30 a.m., or Mid afternoon after 1 p.m., before 3 p.m. Those are the less congested times, but it can still be slow if there was any problem on the highway. In San Antonio, take 1604 around the city and pick up I-10 again. If you plan on taking in the city, a quick easy stop just 6 miles South of the Alamo is Braunig Lake RV Resort. The Standard sites are close together, but the premium sites are really nice. Best part is you can be at the Alamo and the River Walk in 15 minutes. If you do go there, take 410S around the city and pick up I-10W. Fort Stockton, TX is a "driving distance" stop between San Antonio and El Paso. They only place that we have stayed in that town is Fort Stockton RV Park. I don't mean to insult anyone, but we call Fort Stockton the armpit of Texas. I'm sure there are some that will disagree.

Good luck and Happy Trails.
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Phoenix can also be a traffic nightmare... an avoidance route:
near Casa Grande take I8 west
at Gila Bend head north on 85
this will re-join I10 west of the greater Phoenix area

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