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Old 04-07-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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best route thru/around Houston

Leaving Mustang Island SP in the morning and need help getting thru Houston. MapQuest has us going right thru the middle on 59/I69, we should hit the Houston area around noon. I appreciate any and of all suggestions.

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Old 04-07-2016, 07:43 PM   #2
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Where are you heading? I'd suggest that you NOT go through Houston. Go 200 miles out of your way, but don't go there. Many of the major highways have construction projects going. In addition, many of the major highways are now toll roads - and automated ones at that. You need to have one of those automatic toll things if you are going to use the toll roads. Fortunately, most toll roads also have the outer roads, which have lower speed limits and traffic signals, but are free.

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Old 04-07-2016, 08:25 PM   #3
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I think we have a plan, 77 north to 79. We aren't excited about Interstates, nor pulling thru big city traffic. Thanks
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:24 AM   #4
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It would help to know where you're headed. 77 to 79 is pretty far north of Houston. If you need to be on 59, then you could take 77 to La Grange then head over to 237 which will take you to Brenham (I'd say stop in at the Bluebell ice creamery, but I'm not sure they are doing tours at the moment). Then take 105 to Cleveland. That will put you back on 69/59 without having to go through Houston... and you'll get a nice view of some bluebonnets (although most are starting to die out right about now).
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:05 AM   #5
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:29 AM   #6
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Sorry, should have told you where we are headed. We are in the slow process of heading home, Decatur IL.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:14 AM   #7
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I like to stay at the West Lakes RV park on the west side of Houston. I take I-10 but wait for a time when there is less traffic. Still faster than going around IMHO.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:32 AM   #8
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I lived in Houston for 20 years and, for me, it's less about pulling a trailer through any big city like Houston it's about knowing the lanes you need to be in to make transitions from one highway to another. We have pulled our trailer through Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, etc.. The reality is there are trucks on all of the interstates and periods of heavy traffic and the always present detours for construction. Our attitude is that if we miss a turn off then we'll be okay and will just get off and turn around when we can and get going the right direction. We try not to be in a hurry when we are in the big cities towing. I use a camera on the back of my trailer so I can see if and when I can make lane changes safely which helps tremendously. That big silver trailer gets people's attention and they will see you and usually are accommodating in terms of giving you space.
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I don't remember now if it was Houston or Dallas, or both, But I went at least twice around the by-pass loop before I was in the right lane for my exit. Before GSP.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:57 AM   #10
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This is a difficult one if you don't want to go through Houston. Both 99 and Beltway 8 are good ways to get around Houston, we use them fairly often. Both, however required toll tags and they do not have a pay by mail option. Going through Houston on 69 has some pretty challenging exits through town. My thinking is to go around on loop 610. You should be able to stay in the right lane all the way around and only have one exit onto 69 to deal with on the other side. If possible, it would be easier on a weekend.
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So when traveling through Dallas, it appears that there is a high probability that no toll billing will be forwarded at least when not towing and from out of state. Is the automatic toll road configuration different in Huston? Or is the higher toll that is charged when towing more likely to receive attention? Have not been to Huston is about 40 years, so quite clueless on the toll configuration. Pat
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Hello RBS. If you are still on Mustang Island and you are not heart set in going thru HBomb, sorry Houston, follow 361 thru Port Aransas ad cross on the ferry to Aransas Pass and stay on 361 to Gregory. From there pickup up US 181 to Sinton. At Sinton watch for Highway 77 North all the way to Waco. You can brave I-35W on the Fort Worth side of the Metroplex and finally end up in Little Rock with a hop skip and jump to, kind of; to home base.

Access the Texas Parks and Highway website and you can locate all types of places to stay and see as you work your way to North Texas.

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We traveled though Illinois to Rio Grande Valley for 6 years. Went through Houston the first year after missing a turn, and then learned about the 77/79/59 north to Texarkana. Never needed reason to try something else. Texas Info center in Texarkana advises this route also. Good roads, some three and 4 lanes, some divided highway, and some sections of narrow winding roads but that is the local truck route and lots of Oil Drilling rigs use it for local access, so it is a good route for RVrs also. Lots of RV parks along the way. There is one stretch of lower 77 where you need to have full tanks for a 60 mile run without fuel. It's a 2 1/2 day trip up through Texas
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East or west on 59 is rarely bad. It's IH45 north and south that is to be avoided.

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