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Old 10-13-2012, 03:21 PM   #1
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I-10 between TX & Baton Rouge

It has been several years since we've driven this route in a motor home. Last time was in a gas driven Itasca without air ride. We vowed never to get on that road again. We now have a Phaeton with air bags. We've opted to take hwy 12 & 190 to avoid the filling jarring rough seams.

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Well first of all, I-12 goes from Baton Rouge east to the Louisiana/Mississippi border, so that won't do you much good between Baton Rouge and Houston. There is only one "bad" stretch of I-10, about 20 miles long outside of Lafayette. After that it's smooth sailing.
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Sarah, he's talking about Highway 12, not I-12. Highway 12 goes on up to Couchatta (Kinder, LA). They have a nice CG at the casino there, only $20+/- a night, plus casino expenses.

Highway 12 is picked up in Vidor, TX and merges with US-190 prior to getting to Kinder, LA.

If you are not in a hurry, the scenery on 12/190 is considerably less boring than I-10. You will have some stop-and-go towns. If I remember correctly, Hwy 12 has a few narrow spots, 2 lane road, but very doable.
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Sarah, he's talking about Highway 12, not I-12. Highway 12 goes on up to Couchatta (Kinder, LA). They have a nice CG at the casino there, only $20+/- a night, plus casino expenses.

Highway 12 is picked up in Vidor, TX and merges with US-190 prior to getting to Kinder, LA.

If you are not in a hurry, the scenery on 12/190 is considerably less boring than I-10. You will have some stop-and-go towns. If I remember correctly, Hwy 12 has a few narrow spots, 2 lane road, but very doable.
Duh. Thanks for setting me straight, Wayne. We haven't made the trip to Couchatta yet but someday we will.
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Today 10/14/12 we traveled on I-10 from Beaumont , Tx. to Mobile, Al. Only about 20 miles of it was northern highway bad. The section around Lake Charles was the only bad part. The rest of the road was OK to good. I would not go out of my way to avoid it.

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I live in Kinder so I am familiar with the spot on I-10 you are referring to. But US190 is not an easy ride either between here and Baton Rouge. There are quite a few bumpy spots. When we are in the car we always take US-190, when traveling in the MH we always take I-10 and just hold on tight outside of Lafayette. There are always speed traps on 190 and its stop and go through the little towns. Which seem fine in the car for some reason. There is less traffic, more local scenery, etc. on 190.
I just don't want you to think that going on 190 will allow you to avoid bumpy conditions. We take I-10 and hold on tight around Breaux Bridge.
We stop at Pat's for crawfish and a cold beer for our reward. What bumps?
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Poche's Fish N Camp RV park, for an overnight or two in Breaux Bridge. Easy Access and a truck stop nearby on the way out, or in.
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