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Old 06-01-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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I just looked at the map - for the Tyler to Waco short cut - that would be through Tyler, Athens, Corsicana, Waco right?
Correct...that way, you are never too far from petrol, food, people, etc...a little slower than interstate(actually 70mph on the open road much of the way) but a touch more interesting. If you stop at the Texas I-20 welcome center, they will load you up with literature of all sorts from anywhere in the state...grab the free map and let the nice lady show you the short cut from Tyler. She can mark it upside down with her eyes closed. The 'loop' around Tyler is a little goofy...our Nav doesn't follow the road signs for getting from 20 to 31...road signs want you to go through town, I believe.

As mentioned, watch your speed, especially on the outskirts of the small towns. They had to pay for those new patrol cars somehow!

If you miss ATL traffic, by all means drive closer to Dallas to get a reminder of what you're leaving behind. If the roads are clear, the Dallas-then-south route is ~30 miles longer but about the same time as the short-cut.

Check your tires, also. It could be 100+ degrees out here on your trip...the highway is just baking throughout the day...lots of shredded semi-tires on the road.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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I just looked at the map - for the Tyler to Waco short cut - that would be through Tyler, Athens, Corsicana, Waco right?
Yes, the route on your map is the one I usually take.

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If you stop at the Texas I-20 welcome center, they will load you up with literature of all sorts from anywhere in the state...grab the free map and let the nice lady show you the short cut from Tyler. She can mark it upside down with her eyes closed
There's a lady who has been there a long time who is my mother's cousin.
That's probably whom you're referring to

Another bit I'll add is that Shreveport works pretty well as a place to stay, because the casinos sometimes run some pretty good deals on rooms.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Traffic going through Houston in any direction is horrible. The weather on I-20 will be cooler and less humid then I-10. Neither route is very scenic unless you leave the freeway, I-10 has a few minutes of interesting scenery when you cross a few bays, otherwise it is inland. It is a long drive, I-20 is faster, that is the route I would take, with Danbo's sortcut on US79 recommended above.
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:33 PM
 
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Traffic going through Houston in any direction is horrible.
It took me 4 hours to drive through metro Houston on I-10 one time, because of the road construction. I don't know how bad it usually is, but it certainly made me think twice about choosing that route again.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It took me 4 hours to drive through metro Houston on I-10 one time, because of the road construction. I don't know how bad it usually is, but it certainly made me think twice about choosing that route again.
I-10 construction through Houston is complete now -- it actually moves pretty fast. I wouldn't recommend rush hour, but other times it's pretty fast. I always consult Houston TranStar Real-Time Traffic Map to determine the route. Looks like there might be some construction around Beaumont (http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions2.htm). I-20 looks clear, at least for the part you are driving on.

If you've never been in Houston and want to check it out (there is some cool stuff there!), take I-10. You can park at one of the museums and take a day trip or a couple of hours... (there are over 28 museums in the Houston Museum District). Otherwise the low-stress option is the I-20 route recommended by others.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:08 PM
 
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Thanks for the update and links. Since the Houston traffic issue is apparently better now, I need to take a couple nights some time to visit that area in greater detail.
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria County
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10 or 20 will do you the same time regardless of which route, stop thru Waco and have a Dr Pepper at the museum and head on to Austin.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:20 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! This was very useful! As I will be trying to race the truck carrying my stuff to Austin, I think I might put the scenic possibilities of TX and LA aside for the moment and take the quickest, most direct route.

Any more suggestions on where to stop for the night between Atlanta and Austin? I've never done a very long drive before - the longest has been from Raleigh to Atlanta. Does one usually book a hotel in advance and aim to make the rest stop, or take things as they come - drive as far as possible and then stop wherever convenient? I don't like to drive in the night because cops and their radar guns are harder to see. I do have some Spanish Learning CDs loaded up on my iPod for the way

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Old 06-09-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria County
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Any more suggestions on where to stop for the night between Atlanta and Austin?
If your on 20 stay in Jackson Mississippi, Memphis, Shreveport-Bossier, LA they have gambling and it not bad.

Your on 10-Mobile, New Orleans or baton rouge, if you real lucky Lake Charles is ok they have casinos.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:49 PM
 
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I made the drive several times in the past few years and almost always took I-20 to 79, as the person above me mentioned. Once you're in Texas, 79 is much more scenic than 35.
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