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Which is Faster from San Antonio?

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Offline tornados_blow

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Which is Faster from San Antonio?
« on: September 27, 2006, 02:59:55 PM »
Which is faster from San Antonio?  I-10 or Highway 90?  I am not a speeder.  I only cruise at speed limit +5.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006, 03:13:03 PM »
I've only done 90 from SA once, but I'd bet I-10 is faster.  Of course, one of the reasons is there are more interesting places to stop and explore along 90.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006, 03:14:13 PM »
I-10 is faster. The past two times I've made it from SA to PG in 5 1/2 hours. I usually go a little over the limit :roll: No really, about 5-10 mph over. And I don't stop to eat, only to pay the water bill! :lol:

90 is of course more interesting....but at least 2-3 hours longer

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2006, 03:20:53 PM »
Speed limit on I-10 is 80 now, so Big Bend doesn't seem as far away as it used to.

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2006, 05:08:08 PM »
I can answer this perfectly.  

From I10 it's 20 minutes faster than 90. But it's also about 40 miles longer and at the price of gas, that's no small thing.  90 is also much more fun than I10.  On the way back, of course, you have to go through 3 border patrol stations as opposed to only one going I10.

I prefer 90 to 10 only because it's more scenic and it's kind of a throw back to the pre-interstate days.

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2006, 05:14:10 PM »
I-10 will beat 90 every time, it's vacation, enjoy either.  You miss law west of pecos and a few other interesting things, with exception of Border Patrol I-10 is faster, however Troopers patrol I-10 more than 90.  Have fun, be safe, smell the flowers.   8)
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2006, 06:53:57 PM »
I have driven both and if you have lots of time take 90 but be warned there are a lot more deer standing near/in the road on 90 than I-10, this isn't a problem during daylight hours but I once counted over 100 deer on or near the road between Del Rio and Marathon on 90, I had to "crawl" along at about 60 to avoid hitting them on 90. If you take 90 you can stop at Seminole Canyon, Judge Roy Bean's, etc. but even one collison at 60 mph will ruin your entire trip.. TWWG

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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2006, 07:23:38 PM »
So for those of you that go I-10, where do you get off? Do you go all the way to Fort Stockton?

Most times I'm leaving late in the afternoon and from Central Texas (Temple), I take US190 straight through until it hits I-10 between Ozona and Bakersfield and go on to Ft. Stockton to spend the night. I can get to Ft. Stockton in just under 6 hours and then get up early the next morning and go on into the park.

But I've been looking at the map trying to figure out a way straight into the park and still being able to get there at a decent time (before midnight) when leaving late afternoon.

So what is the quickest way to get into the park from I-10

Ronnie

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2006, 07:38:13 PM »
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So for those of you that go I-10, where do you get off? Do you go all the way to Fort Stockton?

Most times I'm leaving late in the afternoon and from Central Texas (Temple), I take US190 straight through until it hits I-10 between Ozona and Bakersfield and go on to Ft. Stockton to spend the night. I can get to Ft. Stockton in just under 6 hours and then get up early the next morning and go on into the park.

But I've been looking at the map trying to figure out a way straight into the park and still being able to get there at a decent time (before midnight) when leaving late afternoon.

So what is the quickest way to get into the park from I-10

Ronnie


Let me know when you figure out the quickest way going the 190 route.  This last time I ran all the way to Irann and picked up I-10 there.  If it's daylight, I'd rather run 190 all the way instead of cutting south to pick up I-10.  I did a quick mental calculation on cutting south from 190 down to I-10 @ Menard and figured the "cost" of going down that 2 lane heavily traveled road wouldn't be worth it.

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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2006, 08:04:09 PM »
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Let me know when you figure out the quickest way going the 190 route.  This last time I ran all the way to Irann and picked up I-10 there.  If it's daylight, I'd rather run 190 all the way instead of cutting south to pick up I-10.  I did a quick mental calculation on cutting south from 190 down to I-10 @ Menard and figured the "cost" of going down that 2 lane heavily traveled road wouldn't be worth it.

I usually leave here around 3 p.m. and can get to I-10 by or just after dark. My last trip in early August, I didn't get to leave until almost 6 p.m. I decided it was safer (less likely to hit an deer or something) to cut down to I-10 at Eldarado. I think it was the right decision considering the circumstances but I too go all the way through Iraan if its still daylight.

I guess what I'm trying to figure out is after getting to I-10, which is the quickest way...go on to Ft. Stockton or cut across somewhere to hit 90.

Ronnie

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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2006, 08:18:43 PM »
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(less likely to hit an deer or something) to cut down to I-10 at Eldarado.

I guess what I'm trying to figure out is after getting to I-10, which is the quickest way...go on to Ft. Stockton or cut across somewhere to hit 90.

Ronnie


Been there running 190 at 30mph in the dark with deer everywhere.

I've never really looked at a map to try to get to BIBE quicker by avoiding Fort Stockton and trying to get to 90.

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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2006, 09:24:51 PM »
I-10 to Fort Stockton is the fastest.  Its a much easier drive then Hwy 90.  

Hwy 90 is scenic and a good drive in daylight.  Night driving on 90 is no fun because of the deer and many curves.  When you get past Sanderson on Hwy 90 the night sky is incredible.  I like like to stop and stargaze while I "pay the water bill".
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2006, 09:30:00 PM »
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I-10 to Fort Stockton is the fastest.  Its a much easier drive then Hwy 90.  

Hwy 90 is scenic and a good drive in daylight.  Night driving on 90 is no fun because of the deer and many curves.  When you get past Sanderson on Hwy 90 the night sky is incredible.  I like like to stop and stargaze while I "pay the water bill".


You do that too, huh? :roll:

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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2006, 09:42:34 PM »
No doubt from SA, IH 10 is the speed route and 90 is the stop and smell the flowers route.
That's not to say IH 10 isn't pretty...it's just a completely different exprience.

I've gone about 5 different ways (likely more) between Austin and the park.

You can break off near Sheffield and head towards Sanderson...that's actuall one of my favorite routes. (SH349 to FM2400 to US285 if I have it right).
There is an AMAZING rest area just south of Bakersfield on a majestic hill.

There are also a number of county roads you can take between there to break it up...get the big Roads of Texas Book.  As far as I'm concerned, it's the best $16 you can spend!

You can also take 349 all the way down to 90.  (You hit 349 by taking 290 just east of Sheffield.)

Great times...great roads.  If you really feel adventerous, you can take the county roads all the way from just west of Sanderson almost right to FM2627 (the road to BGWMA) just north of PG.

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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2006, 06:23:59 AM »
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So for those of you that go I-10, where do you get off? Do you go all the way to Fort Stockton?


I go through Alpine down 67 to 118. Why? Well, not just because Sarah's family lives in Alpine, but the drive is WAY more interesting and you don't add that much to your trip. The extra 20 or so miles is well worth the scenery.  In fact, if you have even more time. Get off at Balmorreah and stop at the spring and have an awesome drive into Fort Davis on to Alpine or even down to Presidio and take the most scenic drive down the River Road through the State Park. Of course this adds  A LOT more time.  But if a quick B-Line is what you want. Take I10 to 67 South to 118 South into Study Butte. You won't regret that.

 


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