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Old 09-27-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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St. Louis to Rio Grande Valley

We travel from Wisconsin to Donna Texas via St. Louis every December. We have tried a variety of ways after leaving St. Louis and am wondering what route anyone else might prefer. We've been through Houston three times and don't like it but have never tried the toll road around it. Sometimes we go through Poplar Bluff MO and other times down to West Memphis and then to Little Rock.

We are just looking for ideas. We will be towing a 41 foot 5th wheel so that is also a consideration.

Thanks much for any and all thoughts.

Jim & Deon, Neillsville WI
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #2
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I try not to do Houston for sure and I wouldn't do the toll road man that's a monster. Houston on a weekend morning is not bad, earlier the better.
I also try to stay off of interstate, but some times there best choice.
I usually go north west of Houston. Hwy 79 out of Henderson Tx to Hearne TX hwy 190 Rockdale hwy 77 south. Keeps you out of any big tough towns.
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You can get thru any large metropolitan area like Houston if you pick your time to go thru. I would probably try St. Louis to Oklahoma City, Wichita Falls, Kerrville, San Antonio, then to RGV. Lots to see along the way. You can miss all of the big cities if you prefer. Welcome back.

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We've taken I-10 from Louisiana into Texas and exited before Beaumont at Orange( if I remember right) and on to Hwy 87. We got on the free ferry to Galveston Island and hugged the coastline via secondary roads to Palacios, Port Lavaca, to Rockportcorpus Christi, etc. It was a nice easy-going route.
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We use I-44 to Vinita, Ok, south on 69/75, dealer's choice through the D/FW area (maybe 121 to 67?), south of Glenrose (on 67) take 199/220 to Hico, then 281 south through the Hill Country and points south. Quite a bit to see if you haven't traveled that part of Texas much and you avoid I-10 and the Houston area altogether. Travel safe
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Depending on weather. We take I30 to Texarkana, 59 to 155, 155 to 79. 79 to 77. 77 to the RGV. Be sure to use the outer loops around larger towns.
If weather is not good on I30 we take I20 to 43. 43 to 79. 79 to 77. 77 to RGV. These routes work best to keep away from big cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Fuel and rest stops can easily be found on these routes. There are campgrounds also.
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South of St Louis pick up HY 67 then 59 at Texarkana
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Depending on weather. We take I30 to Texarkana, 59 to 155, 155 to 79. 79 to 77. 77 to the RGV. Be sure to use the outer loops around larger towns.
If weather is not good on I30 we take I20 to 43. 43 to 79. 79 to 77. 77 to RGV. These routes work best to keep away from big cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Fuel and rest stops can easily be found on these routes. There are campgrounds also.

IMO best route to miss Houston.
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Thanks for all the ideas. The last few times we have gone to Texarkana and then pretty much the 79/77 route. We cross over and spend the last night out in the Alice Walmart on 281 and arrive in Donna pretty early in the morning. That does seem to be the best way to go and as you say, it keeps us out of the big cities. We do take the outer loops around the bigger cities we encounter and it is pretty easy. We generally stay either in the Atlanta or Marshall Texas Walmart lot, then Alice and then we are "home" for the winter.

Safe travels to all and if you are in the RGV looks us up. Magnolia Park, Donna TX, site 423. Mid December to mid to late March depending on the weather.
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