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Old 04-04-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
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Avoiding Houston and Austin?

Currently we are in San Antonio trying to find a SANE route of travel that will avoid Houston and get us to Shreveport, LA. We understand that travel through Austin is not much fun either.

We're towing a 30 foot Airstream. WE've been told that hwy 79 north to Interstate 20 might work. The challenge then is getting around Austin. Any suggestions appreciated.
Most of the winter has been spend in isolated areas of the Southwest, but now we want to get to the Natchez Trace. Again, suggestions appreciated.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:36 AM   #2
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If you are heading up I35, bypass Austin using the toll East of town. It's hwy 130. Speed limit is 80-85 on the road and is a tollway but typically very little traffic. Stay in right hand lane and drive 65 and you are fine. You can access off of I35 around Buda and it drops you back off on I35 near Georgetown. I haven't looked at a map but I typically try to stay off of I35 as there is a lot of construction and a lot of traffic. There should be some roads that angle to the NE but just can't remember offhand.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:39 AM   #3
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I just looked at a map. Take the 130 tollway and exit Hwy 79 heading East. That actually goes through some nice areas and gets you where you need to go. Safe travels.
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Old 04-04-2015, 09:02 AM   #4
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I10 east to 77 north to 79 east
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I10 east to 77 north to 79 east
This is a cheaper route! But the toll road is pretty nice.
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Be mindful of hogs on toll road, due to light traffic they wander onto roadway. Hitting a 200 lb object as 65 mph can cause serious issues.
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In the San Antonio area and West, at twilight and later, the "herds" of deer meander across the road, not just one at a time. One usually sees a carcuss every few miles....,
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If your goal is to get to the Natchez trace, how about heading further south thru Alexandria and into Natchez? Spring is here and Natchez will be in its best form very soon. The lower sections of the Trace have the dogwoods in full bloom right now and although I haven't checked, the free campgrounds on the Trace should be past the peak fill of migrating snowbirds.

Geez, I think I just talked myself into something...
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We've gone through Houston several times with our 43' Motorhome towing a Chevy truck. It wasn't particularly stressful. Just get in the lane you want to be in and stay there. I don't see what the need would be to go out of your way to avoid Houston... freeway all the way.
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Avoid rush hour to reduce e your stress level when going through town.
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Go I10 through Houston. After you pass under Loop 610 West get in the 3rd lane from the left. Stay in this lane and you wont have to change lanes till you get on the east side of Houston. Maintain about 55 mpr and you probably wont have to pass anyone, they will all be passing you. Just watch for slow downs ahead of you.
We go through Houston frequently on I10 with our 30 ft. Have not had much problem.
Just east of Lake Charles Take 165 to Alex and then on over to Natchez.
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I pull a 30 AS and just one year ago I took 281 from San Antonio to I 20 and found it a very nice ride. The wild flowers are blooming (Blue Bonnets etall) Now 35 to 20 is a good road too. No problem. If you take 281 you may want to stop at the LBJ Ranch, really neat.
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You got it right Larry. 281 north to I 20 or if me to 82 to Texarkana then Sherveport. Nice drive just watch for deer if you drive at night....Tom
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Trace State Park with is about 8 miles west of the Natchez Trace at Tupelo. It is a very nice campground and beautiful lake. The Eagle Ridge section of the campground is our favorite. Take in the car museum in Tupelo if you have a spare morning, it is fantastic. About an hour north of Tupelo is Tishomingo State Park which is right off the Trace. They don't have full hookup sites but we love it and camp there at least twice a year. In fact, I'm headed up there next weekend for an Old Tyme music festival they have at the park each year in early April. All day Saturday sitting under the oak trees playing old time music. Lots of dulcimers, guitars, mandolins and I'm usually the only fiddler.
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