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Old 06-18-2018, 01:53 AM
 
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Looking for any advice on the best route from Houston to CS, this is our first trip through the northern/western parts of TX, we've done the I-10 Route in both directions to both coasts which is easy since it's all interstate all the way. There appear to be numerous options, i'm looking for the fastest route but I've read on a few threads that the small Texas towns along the way can be tough b/c of the speed traps. The two alternatives I'm looking at are:

1) Houston --> I-45 to Fort Worth (spend Night) -->HWY 287 to Amarillo --> HWY 87 to Raton --> I-25 to CS

or

2) Houston --> Abilene (Spend Night) --> Lubbock --> Amarillo --> Raton (I-25) --> CS

Looks like route #2 is slightly longer but it spends more time on the interstate from using I-20 and I-27....

Anyone have experience with this, should i be concerned with speeds driving on 287 through Texas? Are there better routes? thx
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:21 AM
 
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When we lived in DFW we'd take 287 when we'd come see my in-laws here. It's a good road. I don't know what it's like between Fort Worth and Decatur, but it's a 4-lane divided highway at near interstate standard from Decatur to Dumas (where you'll hit 87).

Definitely watch your speed in the small towns between Wichita Falls and Amarillo - especially Estelline. There are a few places where the speed limit drops to 45 or 50 pretty quickly, and the popo are just waiting to give you a ticket.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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In my experience driving to southwest MO and northeast OK, Interstates are much easier and tend to be faster. Anything rural with two lanes has potential for rolling roadblocks in the form of farm implements.
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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We live in DFW and take option one regularly. 11-11.5 hours from the east side of the metroplex to northern CS. If you are trying to go 1/2 way each day I'd suggest getting a bit farther than FW. Maybe Wichita Falls? For us Amarillo is about 1/2 way.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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We live in DFW and take option one regularly. 11-11.5 hours from the east side of the metroplex to northern CS. If you are trying to go 1/2 way each day I'd suggest getting a bit farther than FW. Maybe Wichita Falls? For us Amarillo is about 1/2 way.
Thx, yeah getting a later start the first day so just trying to knock a few hours off to tackle the 11hr drive on day 2
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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In my experience driving to southwest MO and northeast OK, Interstates are much easier and tend to be faster. Anything rural with two lanes has potential for rolling roadblocks in the form of farm implements.
OP won't have to worry about that with the first route. It's a 4-lane divided highway 95% of the way between Fort Worth and Raton, NM. Based on what I've read/seen, I think there's about 20 miles of 2-lane road between Dumas and Dalhart, but then it's 4-lanes all the way to I-25 in Raton.

We never went to Dalhart/Raton because our destination was the Eastern Plains. We'd stay on 287 out of Dumas all the way to I-70. 287 goes down to two lanes at Stratford.
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