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Old 04-13-2021, 12:32 AM   #1
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Hi fellow travellers! I'm planning a trip from CA to Dallas in July and I would like to know if the road from Santa Rosa, NM thru Lubbock to Dallas is better than I-40 to Amarillo then 287 SE to Dallas?
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287 is a pretty road as I recall (been a while) but as of about six months ago the 40 was in terrible shape in eastern NM, closer to the state line, the worse it gets. Pothole city. I kinda like that run from Santa Rosa to Clovis. Fort Sumner was a dark point in our history but it's interesting. Coming down off the llano near Post it's real pretty. Made that run several times by motorcycle and car, once by RV. That's what I would do. Among other things, come this far you don't want to miss Muleshoe of course.
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We drove 40 from Albuquerque, through Amarillo and 287 to Fort Worth...... then 183 to Dallas last November and found the roads very easy to drive.

As far as the comments about pot holes on I-40 in eastern New Mexico...... I can't recall any. We will be driving the same route this November.
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Old 04-13-2021, 07:40 PM   #4
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The road from Santa Rosa to Lubbock is mostly two lane. I40 to 287 will be four lane all the way and will make better time. You have a few small towns to go through on 287 but it's good road then take Hwy 114 at Rhome to Dallas
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In July you'll want to stay as far north as you can, it will be hot.

40/287 will be much simpler as it all is divided hwy and fewer stops. Be aware of construction in AMA.

Santa Rosa to LBB then down to 20 is a good road but a good bit of it is 2 lane. It might be more interesting but definitely slower.

One thing to consider is where in DFW are you going? If you are going to N Dallas take 287, if S Dallas take 20.
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