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Old 05-03-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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We will be attending a party for a great grandson June 2 in Tracy, CA and have a granddaughter graduating June 7 near Jacksonville, FL. So we have four or five long days of long driving (We don't / won't do airplane travel). My trip planner suggests down I-5 to Bakersfield, across 58 to Barstow then I-40 to Amarillo then 287 down to Dallas and then onto I-20 to Jackson Mississippi then 49 & 98 to Mobile and then I-10 to Jacksonville.

An option east of Albuquerque at Santa Rosa is take 60 & 84 down to Lubbock and then 114 to Dallas and from Dallas as listed above.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions of parts of this trip to avoid or detour around - highway construction, or other reasons that slow us and eat up our travel time?
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If you want to stay on all interstates, you can just get on I-5 and take it to I-10. Looking at the different route options on Google Maps, seems most of the time is eaten up when you are taking a state road where there are gaps from one west/east interstate to another.

But looks like about 40 hours of driving. Four 12-15 hours total travel days will get you there.

What is your plan B if you have a mechanical issue? Do you have a toad so you can continue your drive if the motorhome is getting repaired? You don't have a day to spare!
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Tom, Thanks for the reply. Yes, we'll be towing a car - so can leave the RV if there is a mechanical problem. I hadn't thought of staying on I-5 to I-10. I do my best to stay out of the LA area. My program shows that adds about 85 miles but takes about the same amount of time. If I chose that route I'd take I-210 to try to avoid most of the LA area.
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As a veteran of several Florida to California and return trips, I can say that your trip planner did good. I would make one minor suggestion.
In Mississippi, take highway 63 going south off US-98 after you pass Hattiesburg. This takes you to I-10 without a lot of local traffic in Mobile. It is a few miles more, but worth it, in my opinion.
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As a veteran of several Florida to California and return trips, I can say that your trip planner did good. I would make one minor suggestion.
In Mississippi, take highway 63 going south off US-98 after you pass Hattiesburg. This takes you to I-10 without a lot of local traffic in Mobile. It is a few miles more, but worth it, in my opinion.
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+1 That is the way I go around Mobile. It's good 4 lane road.
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Good idea, Thank you
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I-10 from Sea to Sea

Having that time limit is a drag but you could start at the Santa Monica pier in Calif, take a picture, pick up I-10 (it's right there) and follow it all the way until it ends & take another picture.
My understanding is it ends in Jacksonville...
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If memory serves me right, I traveled 287 from Dallas to Amarillo in June and found it to be a two lane farm to market type of road. It is also windy in that part of the country and that added to my driving difficulty but I was driving a gasser with a toad. I 10 could be difficult around Houston but not impossible. You might be able to drive faster than me but 4-5 days seems like a real unpleasant (pedal to the Metal) drive. Mobile was not that difficult to drive through so I wouldn't avoid it but driving in Lousiana is not fun in any vehicle with a mediocre suspension. The expansion joints on I 49 and I 10 made my wife car sick.
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If memory serves me right, I traveled 287 from Dallas to Amarillo in June and found it to be a two lane farm to market type of road. It is also windy in that part of the country and that added to my driving difficulty but I was driving a gasser with a toad. I 10 could be difficult around Houston but not impossible. You might be able to drive faster than me but 4-5 days seems like a real unpleasant (pedal to the Metal) drive. Mobile was not that difficult to drive through so I wouldn't avoid it but driving in Lousiana is not fun in any vehicle with a mediocre suspension. The expansion joints on I 49 and I 10 made my wife car sick.
After using 287 to and from Florida maybe 10 times, I recommend it as the fastest and best way for the original poster. It is a four lane road. Check a map.
As for Mobile, we have never had a problem going through on I-10. But coming from Jackson, getting on I-10 before Mobile as suggested is probably a good idea.
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How about this route

I-5 to I-210 to I-10 to CA-865 (Indio) that turns into CA 86 to I-8 (El Centro) to I-10 (Casa Grande)

This takes you around the north side of LA ... and avoids the sprawl of Phoenix ...

In Louisiana take I-12 to avoid New Orleans ... this is a direct route from Baton Rouge to Slidell

All the roads that I have listed are either interstate or divided multi-lane highways
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Again, thanks all for the suggestions. If memory serves me correctly about 8-9 years ago when we took I-10 from Louisiana to Jacksonville there were some real bad or rough areas on the interstate I-10. We got off and took secondary highways though small towns - the ride was smoother but it tool a longer time. I have about three more weeks to make up my mind as to which route to take. Any more suggestions appreciated.
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Having that time limit is a drag but you could start at the Santa Monica pier in Calif, take a picture, pick up I-10 (it's right there) and follow it all the way until it ends & take another picture.
My understanding is it ends in Jacksonville...
If time were not so crunched, I like this idea.
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Long rushed trip in a MH - might consider to just use the car and motels.
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