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Old 12-30-2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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Best route to Texas

My trip route planner is sending me from Nashville, Tn. thru Memphis, Little Rock, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio to McAllen, Tx.

Have heard some negative comments about construction around Little Rock. I will probably go thru on Saturday.

Any suggestions, comments appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2003, 09:01 PM   #2
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I think the best route would be 59 from Texarkana to Victoria and than straight south. Check this on the map. Have a good trip.

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Old 12-30-2003, 09:03 PM   #3
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I think the construction on I-40 and I-30 in AR is winding down, did that leg last year and it was relatively easy.

As far as Texas goes if you wanna run with the dogs I-35 down from the big D all the way to SA is about the quickest way to get thru it all. After getting on I-37 towards Corpus you will split off to 281, down to the valley and McAllen, this drive will probably be the most pleasant part of the whole trip.

I-35 from Dallas to SA is nuts!! I cut down thru east Texas once and although it was a slow trip it was enjoyable, much better scenery for sure.

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Old 12-30-2003, 09:45 PM   #4
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I hate I-35 from Dallas south with a passion and avoid it whenever possible.

I like TX 79 from Shreveport to Round Rock, just north of Austin. It is a pretty 2 to 4-lane road and the 2-lane has wide shoulders most of the way so that you can let faster traffic past. The towns aren't any hassle and the scenery is good. Some rolling hills. I roll along at 65 very nicely.

Don't hit Austin during rush hours. It is crazy.

From San Marcos, you can take TX123 and US181 down to Beeville and cut over on US59 to US281. That avoids San Antonio totally and is the way our WBCCI unit caravanned to the Valley this year.
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Old 12-30-2003, 10:13 PM   #5
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Ditto on Austin. Time-of-day is everything. Watch for some old-style ramps entering the freeway -- there is no merging lane and cars entering must jump right in front of you! Woe be if it's you that has to merge...

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Old 12-31-2003, 05:47 AM   #6
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I agree with happy82301, combination of 79/59 out of Shreveport, or 59 out of Texarkana - depending on how you get through Arkansas. This is a pleasant enough drive, and the route I usually take. But avoid Houston during daytime work days!!

Pahaska also mentioned a good route, but that puts you through Austin, emphasize the comments on timing and navigating.

North Arkansas is a visually attractive area to utilize secondary roads. Depending on your schedule, lots of side trips and points of interest are available.

Texas State Parks are Great!!! Just be sure you confirm reservations. Consider Tyler State Park just West of Longview on I-20 as an overnight location. From there you have the option of taking 31 to Waco, thereby avoiding Dallas and Houston, but you would still have to do Austin.

If you just want to make the best time, with no regard to scenery, in my opinion, use your route planner directions.

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Old 12-31-2003, 06:58 AM   #7
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I went thru Little Rock this summer and the construction was hit a rainstorm. The highway was narrowed down to two lanes with cement barriers and I was worried about either hitting them or a car coming thru. I also agree that I35 south from Dallas is not much fun. Always packed with speeders, probably drug smugglers and a dose of construction. When heading south from DFW we try to take the backroads. More lights, slower speed but more Dairy Queens.
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Old 12-31-2003, 07:16 AM   #8
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I stay off I-35 in Austin whenever possible and I live here!

The bad thing about Austin is the congestion and the 18-wheelers coming up from Mexico.

The only good thing about Austin is that it is a straight shot through on I-35. No worries about being in the correct lane where the road branches.

Hit Austin between 10 am and 3pm and you will ordinarily sail rigt through.

The non-existant merge ramps have been pretty much eliminated. I still don't like to go through the low section of I-35 near downtown, but they have closed all of the merge ramps in that section so that it is a lot less scary.

If you are coming in on TX 79, you can bypass Austin on the east fairly easily by getting down to TX 21 which takes you SW to meet I-35 at San Marcos where you can get TX 123 on the route that I described in an earlier post.

Texas secondary roads are usually pretty good; often with wide shoulders to let faster traffic go ny (that's legal here).

I seldom tow on an interstate in Texas, the exception being I-10 going west of here which has no good alternate roads for long stretches.
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I've always taken I-40 from Nashville through Memphis to Little Rock. I-30 to Texarkana then 59 down through Houston and Victoria. I'll usually hit 77 from there to Corpus Christi. It's been a long time since I have been further south than that on 77 so I can't comment on Brownsville and McAllen. I use to love that drive from college back to CC and even did it by motorcycle a couple of times.


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