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Old 11-09-2007, 10:50 AM
 
Location: FL/TX Coasts
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Default driving from Houston to Jacksonville

How long does it takes?
any tips on what to avoid,...etc.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:57 AM
 
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How long does it takes?
any tips on what to avoid,...etc.
Thanks
It will take about 15 hours with bathroom breaks, food stops, and good traffic. There's not much to avoid since you will be on I-10 pretty much the whole way. At Baton Rouge, you will want to get off of I-10 and take I-12 north of New Orleans then get back on I-10 at Slidell, LA. If you follow I-10 south of the city, it will add about 2 hours to your trip. You might hit some traffic around Mobile, Pensacola, and Tallahassee but that would be it, barring an accident. The rest of the trip is smooth, yet boring.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Jax
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If I remember right, as you approach Baton Rouge from your side, there is a long stretch of swamp. You're elevated above it, and it's pretty, but it's really long.....wouldn't want to run out of gas there .
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:49 AM
 
Location: JAX
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It will take about 15 hours with bathroom breaks, food stops, and good traffic. There's not much to avoid since you will be on I-10 pretty much the whole way. At Baton Rouge, you will want to get off of I-10 and take I-12 north of New Orleans then get back on I-10 at Slidell, LA. If you follow I-10 south of the city, it will add about 2 hours to your trip. You might hit some traffic around Mobile, Pensacola, and Tallahassee but that would be it, barring an accident. The rest of the trip is smooth, yet boring.
Exactly. It's an easy, boring, 15 hour trip. I've done it a few times and I've never had a problem. My only tip is to take a couple of books on CD.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Klatu Nebula
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Cool Enjoy the Trip!

Houston to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, makes a nice one day:
Clear Sailing, Houston-Baton Rouge-Gulfport
Low flatlands and large swamps. If you have the time, food is great along the Baton Rouge-Mobile Section, look for Mom and Pop restaurants with lots of cars... Local stuff like Crayfish and Cajun Rice is excellent.
Photo opportunity for nature West of Baton Rouge
Keep in mind this is the poor and underdeveloped inner South and keep your street smarts alert.
By all means stay on I-12 cutoff, some confusion in Baton Rouge, WATCH SIGNS
Mississippi Welcome Station is very nice if you make it while open
Lots of good hotels all along the I-10 in Biloxi-Gulfport, but you never really get into town.
Gulfport-Jacksonville is great but watch speed in the MISSISSIPPI, Mobile and Pensacola segments.
Mobile can be somewhat confusing, when approaching tunnels, WATCH SPEED! They MEAN IT!
Great nature shots on Mobile Bay, good clean outlet malls and eats East of Bay, first exit.
Pensacola, again your above town, but nice and clean area. Best Waffle House in USA. Pensacola-Lake City, is gentle rolling hills with some vistas, very pretty pine and scrub country, lots of opportunity for canoe trips with outfitters EVERYWHERE. Crestview-Marianna is perhaps best.
Nice Best Western at DeFuniak Springs
Marianna, if you have the time, has the Florida Caverns State Park, one of the best.
Marianna and Tallahassee have nice clean stops and in each case, your out of town on the super-slab.
Lake City, last chance gas before the run to JAX.
Jacksonville, you enter on the industrial West Side, North of the Interstate is NW side and more blighted as you get into town. Blow through to I-95, stay downtown, Omni or Hyatt, or head down 95 to JTB or Bay Meadows and pick a hotel if you need a place to stay.
Good luck and let us know how it goes. If you like history spots, I can post that too.


Ocklawaha
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:01 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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Ocklawaha
thats some great information
I see your new here so welcome

karla
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Jax
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Ocklawaha
thats some great information
I see your new here so welcome

karla
Ditto !

I've seen your posts on metrojacksonville, glad you're popping in here too .
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Old 11-11-2007, 11:54 AM
 
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Default driving time

About 7 hours depending on your route.

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Old 08-09-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I just drove from Tucson, AZ to San Antonio, TX.
It was 13 hours which is approx. the same amount of time you need to complete your trip.
Take soda, candy and music.
LONG LONG LONG DRIVE!
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:31 AM
 
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Get your car checked out for long travel. Check weather forecast. Bring car cell phone charger. Eat light during travel. Plan ahead on where you might want to stop for breaks. Feel sleepy? Pull into some busy shopping center and get some rest. Have fun.
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