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Old 01-05-2015, 09:24 PM   #15
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Yep plan your travel thru Houston between 10:00 and 15:00 , and don't stop in Houston . Lived there for many years . Stay on 10 all the way thru . When Ya get to Sealy out west of there , stop at Toni's , have a cup of coffee to celebrate a successful "journey thru the valley of Death " LOL :-)

Hi Dannydimitt,
We will be going "around Houston" between 12N-1PM....so should miss the Texas size traffic jams. I'm not familia with the journey of death but Googled Toni's and looks like great stop,
Should we tell Toni you sent us? We we be served by Toni himself?
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FCloud9, thank you for the update. as we follow you, departing Alabama on the 22nd, we will stay in Beaumont, TX the first night. Ft. Stockton, TX 25th, then hope to arrive in Tucson 26th. Anything you can tell us will be interesting and perhaps even useful! Happy trails to you and yours. Tom and Phyllis
Unless you have a good reason to stop in Fort Stockton, I would recommend you go on to Van Horn and stop there. That would make it a lot easier to reach Tucson on that last day. My map program shows 550 miles from Ft Stockton to Tucson.

I take 1 1/2 days from Van Horn to Tucson. That gets me into the destination in mid-day.

There is an old historic hotel in Van Horn that is a really neat place to eat, though not cheap.
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fixin to get cold

it will be cold. watch for ice so dont travel too early. watch weather reports or listen to radio.
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slowmover,
Looks like it's possible.
Here's a link that might show some clues: Tony's Family Restaurant

Thanks

Checked a sat photo and sure enough as to a travel trailer rig.
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Hi Dannydimitt,
We will be going "around Houston" between 12N-1PM....so should miss the Texas size traffic jams. I'm not familia with the journey of death but Googled Toni's and looks like great stop,
Should we tell Toni you sent us? We we be served by Toni himself?

I wouldn't go around Houston unless you mean Beltline 8 Tollroad. And then you should go around the south side of town. This is the all conditions best route, but has tolls.
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Yep plan your travel thru Houston between 10:00 and 15:00 , and don't stop in Houston . Lived there for many years . Stay on 10 all the way thru . When Ya get to Sealy out west of there , stop at Toni's , have a cup of coffee to celebrate a successful "journey thru the valley of Death " LOL :-)
Houstonians used to call Bastrop the Valley of Death before 71 got vaulted.


I echo what the others have said. Don't hit Houston during either rush hour. You just don't need that kind of stress in your life no matter what you are driving. There really is no "one direction is better than the other direction". It's ALL bad.
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The Tollroad changed things.
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Leaving Austin, heading east, I depart at about 7 PM and go through Houston when the roads are empty. I then grab a few ZZ's at the Flying J at Orange.
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Leaving Austin, heading east, I depart at about 7 PM and go through Houston when the roads are empty. I then grab a few ZZ's at the Flying J at Orange.

Avoiding 290 near IH610 is high on my list. Construction and some unreal backups as a norm. 290 at night has the problem of being non-limited access for most of its length.
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Avoiding 290 near IH610 is high on my list. Construction and some unreal backups as a norm. 290 at night has the problem of being non-limited access for most of its length.
Since I am on the southwest end of Austin, I jump on Ben White and take SH 71 down to I-10. Shorter for me and pretty much avoids the city. Good road and few hangups.
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We have been narrowly missing snow, ice but not cold temps in Western Texas. We have enjoyed Palmetto SP, Seminole Canyon SP and arrived just ahead of the storm yesterday in Big Bend National Park. One more Texas State Park....then Lac Cruces and finally Arizona!
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Is Big Bend deserted this time of year? Good luck on the rest of your trip!


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Hope the rest of the trip is also good. Is Big Bend pretty empty this time of year? We had ice on the cars in Austin this morning, but


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We have been narrowly missing snow, ice but not cold temps in Western Texas. We have enjoyed Palmetto SP, Seminole Canyon SP and arrived just ahead of the storm yesterday in Big Bend National Park. One more Texas State Park....then Lac Cruces and finally Arizona!
We are pulling out of here (IL) Jan 26, barring any bad weather, and will be practically following your route. We are planning on staying in Palmetto, was there any problems securing a spot, and or trouble anywhere else that you have stayed? We will be arriving in Phoenix Feb 9th.
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