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From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?

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Offline Treeaggie

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From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« on: March 21, 2016, 07:50:49 PM »
Leaving from Houston on Thursday to head back to the Bend. This will be my 3rd trip out there since October. The last 2 times I've taken I-10 to Ft Stockton, but I'm thinking about mixing it up and getting on HWY 90 in San Antonio and taking it to Marathon. Is the speed limit 75+ out there or is it better to just suck it up and take I-10?  Ultimate goal is to make it to Stilwell Store from Houston and camp for the night.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2016, 07:52:03 PM »
If you want to kick back, relax and have all the time in the world, take 90.  If you want to go balls out and just get there, go 10.

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Offline Treeaggie

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2016, 07:54:45 PM »
If you want to kick back, relax and have all the time in the world, take 90.  If you want to go balls out and just get there, go 10.

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This is what I was afraid of. I-10 is boring, but fast.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 07:59:00 PM »
If you want to kick back, relax and have all the time in the world, take 90.  If you want to go balls out and just get there, go 10.

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There could not be a better explanation of the choices.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2016, 07:59:30 PM »
If you want to kick back, relax and have all the time in the world, take 90.  If you want to go balls out and just get there, go 10.

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This is what I was afraid of. I-10 is boring, but fast.
I would agree. 90 is worth taking, but only if you have the time. I actually prefer it, but usually I want to haul ass.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2016, 08:02:33 PM »
The time difference between the two routes from Houston is negligible (~ 10-15 minutes).  I usually go out one way and come back the other. Just flip a coin and enjoy. If going US-90, first gas stop is Uvalde to Amistad, second one is Sanderson, before the prices start skyrocketing. Going I-10, Kerrville to Junction-ish, with the second at Fort Stockton.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2016, 08:16:40 PM »
In the daytime, when it's comfortable to push the speed, 90 is a little faster for me and much more scenic. I take 10 if I drive there after work. 10 is more scenic at night than it is during the day.

Plus, the high bridge, judge roy bean, amistad, Sanderson canyon x10... Just can't beat that drive.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2016, 09:40:58 PM »
You need to take 90 at least once, for the experience. Just don't do it at night unless you're good at dodging deer (and the occasional elk). If you're a native Texan, you are obligated to stop at the Judge Roy Bean Museum. It's the law (west of the Pecos, that is).

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Offline Alamo Jake

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2016, 09:42:18 AM »
If I have the time, I'll take 90 from San Antonio to BIBE.  Scenic highway, fun to drive, and the speed limit is 75.  I also appreciate how remote 90 is compared to I-10.

When I'm in a hurry though, I'll take I-10.
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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2016, 11:20:11 AM »
10 out, 90 back
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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2016, 12:02:53 PM »
Thanks y'all for the replies.  Leaving the far west side of Houston at 11:30am on Thursday, so I'm thinking I will try my luck with 90.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2016, 03:11:52 PM »
There's not really much difference in time so I don't see why anyone would take I-10 over Hwy 90. 

Highway 90 is sort of like Big Bend.  The first thing to me is that old "MOTEL" sign on the west end of Hondo.  You pass south of the Hill Country through Uvalde and then it starts getting a little remote.  The towns are spaced just far enough to have something to look forward to.  When you clear Del Rio you start seeing distant mountains.  Then there's Lake Amistad, the Pecos (how about that giant cave you see from the bridge!) and that incredible bridge, the railroad bridge, Judge Bean's, all those dry canyons that you want to stop and explore someday.  And like someone mentioned the MANY, MANY Sanderson Canyons! I think you cross through "Sanderson Canyon" 4 or 5 times!

Finally, before you can grow bored by the same scenery you get all excited making that south turn in Marathon towards Big Bend. 

I say Hwy 90.

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Offline dprather

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2016, 04:06:07 PM »
There's not really much difference in time so I don't see why anyone would take I-10 over Hwy 90. 

Highway 90 is sort of like Big Bend.  The first thing to me is that old "MOTEL" sign on the west end of Hondo.  You pass south of the Hill Country through Uvalde and then it starts getting a little remote.  The towns are spaced just far enough to have something to look forward to.  When you clear Del Rio you start seeing distant mountains.  Then there's Lake Amistad, the Pecos (how about that giant cave you see from the bridge!) and that incredible bridge, the railroad bridge, Judge Bean's, all those dry canyons that you want to stop and explore someday.  And like someone mentioned the MANY, MANY Sanderson Canyons! I think you cross through "Sanderson Canyon" 4 or 5 times!

Finally, before you can grow bored by the same scenery you get all excited making that south turn in Marathon towards Big Bend. 

I say Hwy 90.

There is something more romantic and evocative about the HWY 90 route.  I really don't mind slowing down through Castroville, Hondo, Uvalde and Del Rio.  For me, Sanderson and Marathon are check-points.  I have come to really appreciate Seminole Canyon State Park as a stop-over.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2016, 04:38:03 PM »
Following a late start for home last month, I decided to break up the drive back to Houston by staying the night in Sanderson. I ate at the Eagles Nest Cafe and slept at The Outback Oasis. Another vote for Hwy 90!


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Re: From San Antonio: I-10 or HWY 90?
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2016, 05:03:07 PM »
Following a late start for home last month, I decided to break up the drive back to Houston by staying the night in Sanderson. I ate at the Eagles Nest Cafe and slept at The Outback Oasis. Another vote for Hwy 90!


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Two highly recommended establishments
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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