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Old 12-23-2020, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question Driving from Tampa to Waco

We'r heading to Waco, TX from Tampa, FL. Any suggestions on which route to take? By reading some blogs, lower Louisiana (I-10), is a horrible road to travel. I was thinking Tampa to Perry, GA and cut across and jump on 20-W.
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Drove I10 last year from mid Louisiana to rt 19 and down to Ocala. I 10 was ok for me in a 37 ft. DP. have fun. The Muffin Man. However I10 thru houston is a total nightmare.
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That's way out of the way. Been on I-10 many times. Rough in a few places but what roads aren't?
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An alternative route to consider is US 84 across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to Waco. Overall it is a mostly good highway with 65+ MPH speed limits along much of the highway (70-75 in Texas), much of it is 4 laned, and traffic is much lighter than I-10 or I-20, plus you get to see some different scenery. Picking where to make the transition from I-10 to US 84 is up to you, Dothan AL might be a good option, I-10 to US281 to US 84 and on across. If you want to go further west before the cutting over to US 84 then US 49 in Mississippi is another good option, though you might want to shave a few miles off using US98 to get to US84 in Natchez.
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An alternative route to consider is US 84 across Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas to Waco. Overall it is a mostly good highway with 65+ MPH speed limits along much of the highway (70-75 in Texas), much of it is 4 laned, and traffic is much lighter than I-10 or I-20, plus you get to see some different scenery. Picking where to make the transition from I-10 to US 84 is up to you, Dothan AL might be a good option, I-10 to US281 to US 84 and on across. If you want to go further west before the cutting over to US 84 then US 49 in Mississippi is another good option, though you might want to shave a few miles off using US98 to get to US84 in Natchez.

I looked at the route and is definitely a good way to go. Thanks.
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I have driven much of it (from Dothan, AL to Mexia, TX just east of Waco) in bits and pieces on various trips over the last 4-5 years, with a few gaps here and there and overall it is a good road. The worst section that comes to mind is maybe 5-10 miles just east of Palestine, TX where there were lots of pavement patches, though that has been 2+ years so it may have been repaved by now.
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