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Old 09-15-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I know there are a few posts about this already, but I read some of them and didn't find exactly what I am looking for. I want to know how desolate I-20 is compared to I-10 through Texas heading West. I would be coming from Tulsa, Oklahoma and it seems like it might be a good 'compromise' route for me because I don't want to do I-40 or I-10. Thanks.
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:50 PM
 
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It's been a few years since I've been on I-20 (back when gas was $2 a gallon) --OK that would be several years lol, but I've been on that road a few times in my day. Coming out of Ft. Worth it is your basic Texas Hill Country going past Abilene (about 150 miles west of Ft. Worth) and then by the time you get maybe 15 miles east of Big Spring you're hitting some desert, and Midland/Odessa would be all desert. Midland to the I-20 dead end is a little over a two hour drive. It's another 150 something miles from the I-20 dead end to El Paso.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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It's been a few years since I've been on I-20 (back when gas was $2 a gallon) --OK that would be several years lol, but I've been on that road a few times in my day. Coming out of Ft. Worth it is your basic Texas Hill Country going past Abilene (about 150 miles west of Ft. Worth) and then by the time you get maybe 15 miles east of Big Spring you're hitting some desert, and Midland/Odessa would be all desert. Midland to the I-20 dead end is a little over a two hour drive. It's another 150 something miles from the I-20 dead end to El Paso.

So, it's desolate? If you've been on I-10 how would you compare the two? On the map it looks like there are more towns on the I-20 route.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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It's the most boring drive I've ever made. Be sure to fill up with gas. At some points it seemed like there would be an hours drive between gas stations.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:59 PM
 
Location: A circle of Hell so insidious, infernal and odious, Dante dared not map it
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It's the most boring drive I've ever made. Be sure to fill up with gas. At some points it seemed like there would be an hours drive between gas stations.
Seconded.

I did that drive and it's pretty dull for most of the drive. I only did it because I needed to take a less mountainous and less snow potential route, because the car I took wasn't very reliable. It also takes significantly longer than the 40/17 way. You also said you wanted to avoid the 10, but to get to Phoenix on that route it's unavoidable, because the 20 links to the 10 a couple hours east of El Paso.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I know there are a few posts about this already, but I read some of them and didn't find exactly what I am looking for. I want to know how desolate I-20 is compared to I-10 through Texas heading West. I would be coming from Tulsa, Oklahoma and it seems like it might be a good 'compromise' route for me because I don't want to do I-40 or I-10. Thanks.

Uh...Texas is the second most populous state in America. It really isn't all sand and sagebrush.
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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So, it's desolate? If you've been on I-10 how would you compare the two? On the map it looks like there are more towns on the I-20 route.
Yes, pretty much so. I've been on I-10 on different stretches of different trips pretty much from Pensacola, Florida. There are a number of small towns on I-20 for sure and most have some services but not all. Abilene, Midland and Odessa are fairly similar in population and I generally have stopped and either fueled up, spent the night, or both at these cities. I have a couple friends who live in Midland so I generally have stayed there, but it's been a few years! Tip: the humidity changes when you get past Big Spring. You're climbing a tad in elevation and you're getting into a dryer climate.

Question: If you're not pressed for time and can spare a couple days for a bit of sight seeing once you get past El Paso, I can give ya a couple alternate routes going through New Mexico. Sounds like you've been through both I-10 and I-40 your fair share of times!
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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Uh...Texas is the second most populous state in America. It really isn't all sand and sagebrush.
Well parts of I-20 are. As for it being a boring drive, I've only gone as far as a little west of Monahans (this was from Dallas), but I don't find it boring. I think the plains and the desert have their own sort of beauty.
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