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Old 11-11-2016, 02:00 PM   #1
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Texas route to Florida panhandle?

We love Topsail Preserve State Park near Walton Beach. But getting there is a bit of a challenge from central Texas. The cement barriers in the loop around Houston are just plain scary. There is also very rough road on I-10 starting around Mile 105 for 10 or 12 miles. It nearly shakes everything apart in the "bus". Has anybody taken an alternate route that would be more pleasant? I suppose it's just lots of small towns and slow travel?
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Old 11-12-2016, 09:35 AM   #2
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Take TX 105 from Brenham to Beaumont to peacefully get around Houston.

I just recently took TX 30/19/94/103 from Navasota out to the state line, then connected with US 84 just east of Natchitoches and followed that all the way to Opp, Alabama. It was slow and somewhat rough but not that back-cracking roughness of quite a bit of I 10. On the ocean it would be called moderate chop. Of note was the startling lack of traffic on most of this route.

I've read that TX 12/US 190 from Vidor to Baton Rouge is a good road but we didn't go that way due to recent flooding.
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You didn't state where you're starting from in Texas - (central TX is big) but we've taken 190 across Louisiana to 90 to Mobile; getting on I-10 a short distance to 59 south in Alabama and east to Pensacola. We rarely do interstates because we weren't on a strict schedule of time and we enjoy moseying along, exploring as we travel.
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Old 11-13-2016, 09:10 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replies. We'll look these routes up and try a different navigation for the next trip. Very helpful.
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I just came from Dallas to Florida last week & took 90 to Mobile, getting thru Mobile was a real challenge, I certainly would check Google Maps on a better way to get from 90 to I-10.
90 is a 4 lane highway & it turns into a residential street in downtown Mobile.
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Going east to west we just stayed on I-10 through Mobile. We couldn't figure out any other reasonable way.
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If traveling east, avoid the I-10 tunnel in Mobile from 3-5 weekdays.
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I just bought a motorhome in FL a few weeks ago and drove it back to western Louisiana the more northern route through southern Alabama (Tallahassee,FL , Dothan, AL, Laurel MS, Natchez, Alexandria, LA). Some of this route is 2 lane highways, but overall traffic was very light, and much of it was near interstate grade highway just minus all the traffic and there were no significant construction zones. I had never before traveled across the southern part of Alabama and Mississippi east to west (I had always done I-20 or had traveled north/south) it is a surprisingly scenic route, and far more long rolling hills than I expected.

For the Texas Section avoiding Houston, if starting out somewhere around Austin, I would take 290 towards Brenham, then TX 105 to Beaumont if going the southern route, or take connector road (FM 90?) up to US 190 at Navasota then 190 on into Louisiana. If going the northern route took, turn off 190 in DeRIdder, LA and take US 171 to Leesville, then LA 28 from Leesville to Alexandria (don't worry about it being a state highway it is divided 4 lane, future interstate highway corridor), just don't try taking the shortcut directly from Jasper TX to Leesville, LA

Either of these routes will add a number of miles to your trip, but both will give you a fair amount of interesting scenery that changes every few miles, not the great boredom of the coastal plains that is I-10.
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