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Old 08-05-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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Newbie...with one last trip routing question

Thanks for all the input on some of my posts. We are very excited that we are 10 days away from flying down to Austin to drive our "new" Class C back to VA.

Many members suggested I take I20 and I85 back to VA.

I was checking some maps on-line and found a route that is only 32 miles longer. It takes me along the gulf coast then up to Atlanta.
It is Hwy 290 out of Austin - I10 - I12 - I10 again - I65 then up I85.

Anybody ever take this route and care to comment? Should I stick with the first route?

We have 4-5 days to make it back. We have an addtional full day on the front end to make sure everything is right on the RV.

While we are just trying to get back it would be nice to be stopping is some nice areas. Thought maybe the gulf coast route might be better but have no real idea.

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Either is fine. Try to make sure you don't have to go through Houston unless it is about 3am on a Sunday morning.

Allowing a one day fudge factor when buying an RV - old or new - may be pushing the envelope is there is anything wrong.

Good luck on your trips.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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The problem with the route thru Houston and Louisiana is that it takes you too close to New Orleans. Very tempting to drop down and visit the Big Easy. Been there a few times and lots to see and do. And for driving thru Houston, that is not the problem. Austin is the problem. I lived in Austin 15 years and moved out of town to the north in Round Rock in 1999. Austin has no thru roads and traffic is always bad. 290 to Houston, I-10 into Louisiana is fine. Road when you get into La is rough. But just slowing down and taking deep breath will work. Lots of places to visit on that trip. Best of luck and just PM me if you need help getting out of Austin...........ronspradley
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I personally would take Hwy 71 out of Austin down to I-10, then across as you stated. Hwy 290 is okay, but there are many more stop and go, and as you get closer to Houston, the 290/I-10 area is very congested. If you don't mind tolls, Beltway-8 could be taken and that would keep you out of Houston traffic, but it is a longer way around using the beltway. I would just take I-10 through the city. You will find, again depending on time of day, bottlenecks on I-10 at the Beltway access, I-610 loop access going into the city and coming out of the city, but here is the key. Unless it is a major accident, rush hour traffic in Houston means 15-20 minutes longer drive time.

Now, why would you want to take I-10, or as you say, Gulf Coast. The only place you will be close to the Gulf will be going through Mississippi down around Gulfport and Biloxi, and you will sail through those rather fast. Your trip is somewhere around 1500-1600 miles. You are not going to have a whole bunch of time to enjoy the scenery.

Happy trails, and good luck.

As stated, depending on the time of day, Houston can become crowded on the highways.
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Thanks for the feedback.

We are staying at Oak Forest RV Park in Austin the night before we leave.

You guys have me wondering if I should just stick with I20 and I85.

Any thoughts on the best route to I20 from Austin??

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Thanks for the feedback.

We are staying at Oak Forest RV Park in Austin the night before we leave.

You guys have me wondering if I should just stick with I20 and I85.

Any thoughts on the best route to I20 from Austin??

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If it were me, I would take Hwy. 79 out of Round Rock and go northeast through Hearne, Jewett, Palestine, and Henderson then up to IH-20. I like to get off the interstates whenever possible. You could see a pretty good chunk of Central and East Texas going this way and the highways are good.

IH-35 has become a nightmare from San Antonio to the DFW area and there is not really anything special about the IH-10 route through Houston and Louisiana. In fact, IH-10 in Louisiana is not in great shape.

Congratulations on your new rig. Safe travels.

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If you do decide to go the southern coast route, stop by Cajun RV in Biloxi, MS. Very nice folks, and well maintained RV park. I go there a lot myself.
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The problem with the route thru Houston and Louisiana is that it takes you too close to New Orleans. Very tempting to drop down and visit the Big Easy. Been there a few times and lots to see and do. And for driving thru Houston, that is not the problem. Austin is the problem. I lived in Austin 15 years and moved out of town to the north in Round Rock in 1999. Austin has no thru roads and traffic is always bad. 290 to Houston, I-10 into Louisiana is fine. Road when you get into La is rough. But just slowing down and taking deep breath will work. Lots of places to visit on that trip. Best of luck and just PM me if you need help getting out of Austin...........ronspradley
What do you mean there are no roads around Austin???? There is a toll road, I30, that goes well to the east of Austin and even joins with 290. You live in RR and don't know about that route??? NO can be avoided easily by going through Baton Rouge. I'd like to have your suggestions for driving through Houston. I haven't had a decent trip to/through Houston for 40 years.
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Thanks for the feedback.

We are staying at Oak Forest RV Park in Austin the night before we leave.

You guys have me wondering if I should just stick with I20 and I85.

Any thoughts on the best route to I20 from Austin??

Thanks
Depending on where you stay in Austin, if you can easily get to I30, the toll road to the east of Austin, it will take you to Georgetown and I-35. This is a very easy and not heavily travelled route. Otherwise, just suck it up and stay on I-35 to I-20, if you are only going to Dallas.

Even through Austin, if you travel during non-peak travel times, you will have a faster trip than other ways. Austin is bad, but not as bad as many would have you believe.

Incidentally, I think akadeadeye has a good suggestion of the way to go.
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