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Which is Faster from San Antonio?

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Offline Al

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Which is Faster from San Antonio?
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2006, 09:35:16 PM »
Da loop is the way to go, for sure.  I-10 is faster but both routes get you there.  It all depends on when you leave and when you need to get there.  Regardless you have a long drive from the Golden Triangle.

Where are you staying the first night?  Sorry if this is redundant.

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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2006, 10:03:01 PM »
Redundant???? So you know my middle name huh, Al?  First night will be in the Basin.  Two of us are leaving at either 3 or 4 AM, picking up our 3rd somewhere along I10 in Houston and heading west.  We have a mutual friend scheduled for open heart surgery tomorrow morning so may stop at the hospital in SA to visit with his wife (certain he'll still be in ICU).  From there its on to the Park.

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« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2006, 10:20:33 PM »
You're way ahead of me . . . we usually end up in Rio Grande Village 'cause we get there too late for a permit.  They've got heart surgery down these days.  Hope your bud in SA recovers quickly and goes on to kick ass.  

I've been hanging out in ICU lately too.  My 89 year old mother in law had a fall.  Good news! She's getting better every day.  

Once you get west of San Antonio, I bet you'll feel like the world is much bigger. Has every thing to do with the wide open spaces of west Texas.

Have a great trip and enjoy!

Al

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« Reply #33 on: September 28, 2006, 10:21:30 PM »
I see my simple question has blossomed into a full discussion here.  Thank you for all the good info.  I think I may head out on I-10 and come back on 90.  I want to get to the park as early as possible to get my choice of camp site.

A bit off topic, but...
My current plan is to Leave super early on Nov 10 and comeback on the 12.  It is a quick trip, but it is the only time I can fit it in.  I had to scrap my October plans and this is what I am left with.

We are planning on hiking the Lost Mine Peak trail and the South Rim.  I haven't done either yet.  I have only hiked up Emory so far.  These plans should wear us out, but it'll be fun.

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« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2006, 12:07:55 AM »
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I10 in Houston and heading west.


Might want to check out what roads are being closed in I-10 - depending on when your 72 hours started.  Houston is in a perpetual state of construction.  I know I-10 on the West side is a mess.  They have this ugly habit of closing off major portions of freeways on the weekends.  Last time I went to West Houston I thought I'd be smart and take the beltway SamHouton Toll Road around to I-10 on the West Side.  It was fubard all the way out towards Katy.  Maybe someone around here lives in H Town and can give advise.

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« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2006, 01:24:37 AM »
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I10 in Houston and heading west.


Might want to check out what roads are being closed in I-10 - depending on when your 72 hours started.  Houston is in a perpetual state of construction.  I know I-10 on the West side is a mess.  They have this ugly habit of closing off major portions of freeways on the weekends.  Last time I went to West Houston I thought I'd be smart and take the beltway SamHouton Toll Road around to I-10 on the West Side.  It was fubard all the way out towards Katy.  Maybe someone around here lives in H Town and can give advise.



I live in far west Houston at I-10/Eldridge and its hard to get home if I stay out past 3AM.   They do construction late at night to minimize impact on rush hour and daytime traffic.

The west Houston/Katy portion of I-10 is great at 3 or 4 AM.   The construction is  complete in that area. HOWEVER, Beware the 610/I-10 ramps are closed at certain hours around 3-4AM.  If you come from 610 at 4AM you won't be able to get on I-10 heading west.  You'll have to detour and drive all over creation to get back to I-10.  They are doing construction on the 610/I-10 junction and the ramps are all closed.
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« Reply #36 on: September 29, 2006, 12:01:01 PM »
Good info Jeff & Shane.  My brother lives off of Fry Rd south of 10 and I never think of the construction until I'm enroute (actually not until I see the rows of brake lights ahead of me) to his house.  The current conditions might complicate our planned rendezvous with the 3rd member of our group who we're planning to meet somewhere along 10 in the greater Houston area.  Wish me luck with the closures, a tailwind, and falling gas prices!

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« Reply #37 on: September 29, 2006, 01:23:20 PM »
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somewhere along 10 in the greater Houston area.  Wish me luck with the closures, a tailwind, and falling gas prices!


At least the Houston drivers are courteous and always wave the friendly finger at you and honk to say hi!  :lol:

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« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2006, 02:01:04 PM »
As long as you stay on I-10 and not try to use 610 you should be ok.  Check the Houston Real-Time Traffic Map just before you leave home if you get the chance.

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« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2006, 02:24:14 PM »
I've always had good luck with the North 610 loop.  Even during rush hour.  I-10 sucks going west from Houston at least until you get past the tollway, which I understand there is a new one going west from 59 that is supposed to be pretty nice.

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« Reply #40 on: September 29, 2006, 03:00:05 PM »
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I've always had good luck with the North 610 loop.  Even during rush hour.  I-10 sucks going west from Houston at least until you get past the tollway, which I understand there is a new one going west from 59 that is supposed to be pretty nice.

The problem I've always had heading west during rush hour on Friday afternoon is once you get to 610 on I-10.  Coming from Clear Lake, I usually have no problems on I-45 until I get close to 610 South when it gets a bit congested, then things pick up again a bit until getting close to downtown.  Once I get on to I-10, I can typically speed up to 65-70 until things neck down close to 610 West.  The big problem right now is all of the construction on the 610 ramps.  The HOV lane is much shorter right now, too.

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« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2006, 03:45:35 PM »
I would tend to want to go 290 west from 610 and then cut down to 10 on the tollway.  I'm usually going to Austin not San Antonio and have learned from experience to stay off 10 unless it is well before 3 PM until beyond the tollway.

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« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2006, 03:47:27 PM »
At least they won't be moving any of those damn windmill blades that time of day.  It's amazing how many of those are coming into Houston and then trucked out to west Texas.  Many Many!

Al

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« Reply #43 on: September 29, 2006, 05:17:03 PM »
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At least they won't be moving any of those damn windmill blades that time of day.  It's amazing how many of those are coming into Houston and then trucked out to west Texas.  Many Many!

Al


what's even more amazing is how HUGE they are!

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« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2006, 11:46:08 PM »
This turned out to be a nice thread! I've been going 90 most recent trips to BB. Now that we can go 80mph legally on 10, I'll have to try that way again.  Remember the 55mph speed limit in the '70s? That was torture on a drive to BB!!

I'm actually going to do both routes in a couple of weeks...10 out to GUMO, down to BB and back to SA via 90. Should be a good trip!
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