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Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: SA Bill on October 19, 2006, 06:40:08 PM
For years and years I've always gone 90 from my home in SA going to and from BB. It is almosy exactly 400 miles from my door to the Basin. Usually takes 7.5 - 8 hours depending on traffic, stops for gas and potty breaks.

I had always figured that going I10 was kinda out of the way...and longer by 75 miles as a guesstimate.

For my trip this week, I went to GUMO first so I went I10 to get there. Sure was nice driving on a divided interstate at 84 mph!

After GUMO, I went down to BB for a few days. When it came time to leave, I decided to go back to SA via I10 to see what distance and time would be like going that route. It was only 37 miles further and only took 6.5 hours of steady driving. I didn't stop for a lunch break, as I usually do, but that would only add 15 minutes or so to the travel time.

Soooo....6.5 hours....no getting stuck behind slow moving farm equipment on one lane 90....my travel paradigm for BB trips has changed!
  YMMV,
   Bill
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: TransPecosDrifter on October 19, 2006, 06:47:53 PM
http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=1932.0


This might help some 8)
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: SA Bill on October 19, 2006, 08:49:53 PM
Hi TransPecosDrifter!

Yeah, I saw that discussion...that's what prompted my "experiment".

Glad I did it too, I like 6.5 hours better than 8 and the drive on I10 is easier, IMHO.
  Bill
Title: Re: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: Casa Grande on October 19, 2006, 08:59:28 PM
Quote from: "SA Bill"
Usually takes 7.5 - 8 hours depending on traffic, stops for gas and potty breaks.


strange as it only takes me 6.5 hours on 90 in my little 4 banger jeep....but, like they say, "six in one hand, half a dozen in the other."
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: Undertaker on October 19, 2006, 09:57:46 PM
When I was young and speeding through life, I always took the fast lane, fast road, my dad always took the scenic route, which I enjoyed but thought was wasting time, are we there yet?

As I have grown older I realized that no matter what road you take, the principle of equafinality jumps up and tells you all roads end at the same place, the grave, it don't matter where you are going, what or who you are going to see, you will eventually wind up in the grave.  :shock:  :shock:

This posed the question, do I really want to be going anyplace fast?  Slow down, stop and look around, smell the roses before they are layed in a wreath on you coffin.

When standing in the mirrow in the morning, my minds eye still tells me dude you still look good, youthful. I still feel young and you are always as young as you feel. But my damn mirror tells me the truth.

Stop, smell the Roses. :wink:  :wink:  8)
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: TransPecosDrifter on October 19, 2006, 11:51:04 PM
Quote from: "SA Bill"
Hi TransPecosDrifter!

Yeah, I saw that discussion...that's what prompted my "experiment".

Glad I did it too, I like 6.5 hours better than 8 and the drive on I10 is easier, IMHO.
  Bill



Cool hoping you'd see it, it's still 10 hours+ for me from the Dallas area.....I took I-10 when I was living in Houston and liked it, though my truck with the pop-up trailer behind it did'nt too much, seems the I-20 drive was alot less stress on the V6.

Happy Trails

Robert
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: tornados_blow on October 20, 2006, 09:52:50 AM
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It was only 37 miles further and only took 6.5 hours of steady driving.


That seals it for me.  I'm taking I-10 the majority of the time then.  To those who say it is less scenic.  It may be, but it isn't totally devoid of scenery either.  Plus, lets remember that you only have to go through one of the border patrol road blocks with the I-10 route.  And it is technically safer than a two lane highway.

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Stop, smell the Roses.


I respect your point of view.  However, I don't like to dwell on death so much.  I am very laid back and I do like to "smell the roses."  I figure I'll have enough time to think about being dead when I am dead.  And yes I could die today or 10 years from now, but I am going to enjoy this minute I have now.

If I can save an hour or more of driving by taking I-10, then I will, because that means I can "smell roses" in Big Bend for an extra hour or more. :D I don't get the luxury of take 5 or 6 day trips to the Bend like some of us lucky ones (Maybe someday).  I only get a weekend here and there, so saving time is important.
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: Casa Grande on October 20, 2006, 02:41:49 PM
Quote from: "Undertaker"

Stop, smell the Roses. :wink:  :wink:  8)


I get it UT, and I second it as well...and I'm only 35   :wink:
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: Undertaker on October 20, 2006, 04:38:31 PM
As far as dwelling on death, I only think about death when the beer gets hot. :shock:
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: cjacob on October 20, 2006, 06:50:06 PM
I think in addition to the how fast it takes.  We all need to factor in the time of day that we travel.  I live in Austin, if traveling at night I prefer to take 10, however if its day time I prefer to take 90 so I can stop and enjoy my favorite places along the way.  (I grew up in Del Rio).  Now if traveling during the day will require me to hit rush hour in San Antonio, I will take 10 so I do not have to deal with it.  Its about the same time, just depend on what is going on.
Title: I10 vs Hwy 90
Post by: Casa Grande on October 21, 2006, 02:45:28 PM
Quote from: "Undertaker"
As far as dwelling on death, I only think about death when the beer gets hot. :shock:


 :lol: