Need Assistance Planning Route - Page 2 - Fuelly Forums

Click here to see important news regarding the aCar App

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-30-2007, 07:15 PM   #11
Registered Member
bzipitidoo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 112
Country: United States
Some good roads that aren't Interstates...

Do you want to stick to Interstates the whole way? Once you get west of I35 in Texas, there are many fairly lightly traveled quality US and even state highways.

Houston is pretty nasty, yes. You could take I49 to Shreveport, then go through Dallas and Ft. Worth on I20. I20 runs along the southern edge and so avoids most of the DFW metroplex traffic. After Ft. Worth, you could stay on I20 and meet back up with I10, or you could take US 84 through Lubbock and up to I40. Clovis NM is the slowest spot on US 84. US 287 from Ft. Worth to Amarillo is also a good route.

If you want to avoid all the big cities, take US 84 to US 380 (before Lubbock) and take that to I25 in NM, then jog north on I25 to US 60, taking that into AZ. Once in AZ, take US 180 and hook up with I40. Slowest spot on that route is Roswell NM, but Roswell isn't that big and won't delay you much. I've been that way several times, and it's a good route.

Another fun road I've taken a few times is NM state highway 9 right up against the Mexican border. They finally improved the signage somewhat. Used to be very difficult to find the El Paso end of that road. Now it's only a little obscure instead of being nearly impossible. There is just about _no_ one on that road. And it's pretty good as far as being straight (the worst spot has a few 50 mph curves) and level. It follows an abandoned railroad line. At the western end, take state highway 80 (formerly US 80) west through Douglas, AZ and on until it rejoins I10. I've also tried I8, to AZ 85, to avoid Phoenix. Or stay on I8 into CA and take CA 79 to I15-- seemed about the least painful way to slip into the LA area. I've tried CA 62 north of I10 too, and it's fine until you get within 20 miles of I10, then it's terrible. CA 18 and CA 138 over to CA 14 are crummy too-- too close to LA to escape the traffic.

I recommend against US 82 in NM. The western end of that road is not the best quality, being narrow, twisty, steep, and bumpy.

I also prefer I40 to I10. On rare occasions, the border patrol will stop I10 to check for illegals. Finally, California seems to think it's a sovereign nation and at the border will want to hassle you over taking any agricultural products, plants, or animals into the state.

bzipitidoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2007, 04:55 AM   #12
Registered Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1,138
Country: United States
If you go up I-49, make sure to stop in Natchitoches at Lazyone's for meat pies. Ooo, mamma. By the way, being in Louisiana, Natchitoches is pronounced Nack-uh-dish, and Lazyone's rhymes with Jazzy bones.

Bill in Houston is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Total Cost of a Fill Up malkie Fuelly Web Support and Community News 5 02-07-2011 02:55 PM
More SMS Requests zbret Fuelly Web Support and Community News 16 02-03-2011 12:09 AM
Add a "Beginning Odometer Reading" Buxwheat Fuelly Web Support and Community News 1 01-15-2011 10:08 AM
Suggestions spfautsch Fuelly Web Support and Community News 7 04-01-2009 04:17 AM
Hello, right minded drivers troberts Introduce Yourself - New member Welcome 2 10-27-2006 07:09 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.