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Old 02-09-2019, 10:08 AM   #1
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Traveling thru Houston?

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Better half and I are currently near Edna Texas but will be heading to Sebring Florida later this month. Suggestions on a nice route? We like the roads less travelled best ie 4 lane non interstate but towing our Eagle 321rsts sometimes an interstate is best sometimes not so much. Any suggestions on a route. Houston is a busy city hoping to route around it. Don't mind going out of our way to avoid the big cities. Trying to keep our days to 350 miles. Looking for smooth roads with less traffic.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:01 AM   #2
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Beltway 8 toll road around the city. Almost no stress.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #3
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Beltway 8 toll road around the city. Almost no stress.
What kind of $$$ for the toll road to go around
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:22 PM   #4
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I'd take 59/69 to I-10 east but try to hit it on Sunday morning. (I try to hit any big town on Sunday morning). The Beltway can be even more difficult with all the toll stops and people driving 80 and it isn't cheap. If you can't go on Sunday then try to get there around 10 am on a weekday. With Galveston Bay blocking the south route you can burn lots of diesel going north. Hwy 90 east out of Houston is an option if you absolutely don't want the Interstate but lots of stop and go getting out of Houston. There is some construction with narrow lanes from Kendleton to Sugarland on 59 but we tow on it without problems
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:13 PM   #5
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I-10 from Houston through Louisiana is absolutely miserable. Not necessarily traffic-wise, but construction and BAD roads. HOURS of misery.

ETA: Getting through/around Houston is probably better just to pick an "off" time and "punch the gut"; take I-10 straight through. The "loops" are long and expensive.

Unfortunately, there really isn't a good alternate route through there that I know of. To the South you have lots of marsh/swamp/bays to contend with. Some of that to the North as well. And every little town is going to be at minimum a speed zone where you have to slow way down. That's the most annoying part IMO. I get really tired of constantly varying my speed and having to watch so closely for sneaky speed changes with equally sneaky LEOs watching for me to miss the sign.

Lots of ways to zig-zag your way along the coast, but that could literally add days to the trip. Probably a really pretty drive though...
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:31 PM   #6
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I-10 from Houston through Louisiana is absolutely miserable. Not necessarily traffic-wise, but construction and BAD roads. HOURS of misery...
You need to stop and smell the crawfish along the route!

We bought our Jayco in Breaux Bridge on I-10 and travelled back south to Rockport on I-10. Not great but not the worst ever. There is an awesome RV park in Breaux Bridge where we did our checkout for a couple days. Poche's RV Park. Great food at Poche's Market a short drive away too. Definitely on our "return to" list and it is a PA park.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:04 AM   #7
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Going around south of Houston

So thinking we might just try the run around south of Houston. So taking 59 to 69 but then what? Not wanting any toll roads and avoiding I10 as much as possible and as far east as possible.
Any thoughts?
Are we nuts? I can deal with big roads but not being a texan the tolls are a hassle we don't need. If staying on I10and dealing with it is best we can do it. Looking for alternatives for scenery and less stress


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I lived in the Houston area 13 years. If you time it right, just staying on I 10 through Houston is easier.
We try to drive through Houston at about 5:00 am on any given morning. At this point, the traffic isnít so heavy to make lane changes impossible. There are plenty of lanes. Passenger needs to help watch the signs and get in the appropriate lanes ahead of time.
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Roadrunner, we’re In SW Houston and I use the beltway8 if going east, it’s has construction on that stretch that slows things down a bit and I seem to recall there will be some late night closures as a result. IIRC there is a toll bridge between hwy 255 and I-10 that is toll-tag only (no cash lanes). Unlike FL, TX has not learned how to mail a toll bill to our visitors.
If headed west or north I use Grand Parkway (hwy 99) to get to I-10 or I-45, but it does not yet connect to I-10 on the east side.
Like earlier suggestions, you might be better off just gutting it out and taking I-10 straight thru.
I-10 around the TX-LA border is under construction as is a stretch east of Lafayette. The piece east of Lafayette is an awful stretch of rough road and we have avoided it by taking LA 165 to Kinder Coushatta casino road and LA 190 to Baton R. It’s a bit bumpy but is a pleasant drive and adds a few minutes to the trip but avoids that stretch of 10.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:53 AM   #10
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You could take HWY 6 South, catch 45 onto Galveston Island and take the ferry across to Bolivar Peninsula, then head back North and pick I-10 back up in Winnie.

Ferry rules:
https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/d...rry-rules.html

I can tell you that I would rather take I-10 than try to navigate my rig through Galveston. But that's largely because I've been to Galveston dozens of times, so it's nothing new to me. And some areas of Galveston can be pretty tight quarters.

It's a considerably longer route that will take considerably more time. But it will definitely be more scenic and interesting!

Other than that, you're looking at a toll road around Houston, punching the gut on I-10, or taking a REALLY long detour. Beltway 8 around S. Houston is DREADFULLY boring, and there are PLENTY of places you DON'T want to get off the freeway. So if you decide to go that route, be sure you're full up on fuel so you don't have to stop on the Belt. The North Belt is a bit more "interesting", but still a major HWY and toll booths to deal with. In my experience, traffic is generally worse on the North side too. Neither way would be worth it IMO to avoid I-10 if you're going straight through. The traffic will likely be at least equally bad, and there are toll booths to contend with.

I still contend that you're best off timing the route to get through Houston at a non-peak time and just ride on through. We've generally had good luck in the late evening. Watch out for construction coming through Rosenberg on 59/69.

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