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Old 10-31-2013, 06:38 AM   #1
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Best Route to TX Rt. 40 or 20??

I am half way to Austin, and feeling a little more confident. Although, the truckers might curse my slowness. I'm in Marion Virginia and will soon have to decide to take 40 off of 81 or continue on to Rt. 75/59 to Rt.20 (I'm making a stop in Canton, TX so its the same traveling time for either route). I've taken 40 before, but have driven neither towing my AS. Is one considerably better than the other given towing considerations, which for me would be more straight-aways, less steep grades, and good/safe places to stop. Thanks again for helping me on my journey.

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Old 10-31-2013, 06:43 AM   #2
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We travel Hwy 79 over to Hearne then north to Canton. Good road. I pulled about 60 MPH with no issues I can recall.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:58 AM   #3
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You mentioned travel time, safety, and steep grades.

Are you on a strict time schedule? Are you alone? If not I would offer another alternative I 10 ( which I hear has some rough stretches. ) New Orleans, and Cajun Country might be fun. As far as hills and mountains, can you find a topo map online?
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As far as hills and mountains, can you find a topo map online?
One source for topo maps online:
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Free to view, but I think you might have to pay for prints if you order hard-copy.
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I've done both quite often and much prefer the southern route. Route 40 through Arkansas is some of the worst Interstate in the country. 20 is, in my opinion, both prettier and smoother.
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I've done both quite often and much prefer the southern route. Route 40 through Arkansas is some of the worst Interstate in the country. 20 is, in my opinion, both prettier and smoother.
I agree completely, I40 in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma is the worst stretch of interstate highway I've ever traveled. Then heading south through Oklahoma on Hwy 69 is even worse. It will give your Airstream a beating. Trust me, I know from experience. I would recommend I20 or I10 (the southern route).
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Hi from AZ. . . Au contrere, I much prefer I-40. I-20 is maybe a little less rough, but it's not pretty and BORING. Seems there are many more things of interest, & Roadfood worthy meals on 40. There is quite a bit of construction this Summer, which was not fun.. . . Oh well, choices are good. regards, Craig
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Thank you all for your help. Traveling solo, it is such a gift to have you all so accessible. I'm in Waskom TX on I20. It was a good trip on I20, glad I took this route. Annie
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Good to hear! One of these days I'll do the Natchez Trace. Hopefully it will be soon. I think that would be the ideal way to swing from 40 to 20.
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Good to hear! One of these days I'll do the Natchez Trace. Hopefully it will be soon. I think that would be the ideal way to swing from 40 to 20.
I have streamed every foot of the Natchez Trace and I love it. Again in January we plan to make it from Tupelo to Natchez. It is hard to find any more carefree towing and natural beauty.
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