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which route from Austin to BiBe?

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Offline trtlrock

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which route from Austin to BiBe?
« on: February 04, 2007, 10:05:17 AM »
Hi all.  Out of Virginia & now in Austin.  Subaru needs some as yet unspecified work :(

When we leave I'm wondering which of 3 routes to take to Study Butte.

1) the Mapquest (and probably fastest) route:  290W to I10 to Ft. Stockton & then 385 to SB

2) 290W to I10 to Junction then 377 SW then 277 S then 90W to 385 to SB

3) I35S to SA beltway (410) to 90W to 385 to SB

My concerns / goals are...

a) get to SB by 6:30pm at latest (not critical, but daylight is a good thing)
b) leave Austin before weekday morning rush hour coagulates
c) if going thru SA, don't hit whatever their AM rush hour is
d) the fewer speed traps the better
e) new or pretty scenery would be nice
f) there will be no stops except for gas etc

We've always taken route #1 as described above; a change would be really nice, but not if it takes a lot longer.  I can see us leaving by 6:30am - 7am at the earliest, and I'd really like to get to SB before dark.  FYI we'll be leaving on a weekday.

Thoughts?
John & Tess

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Re: which route from Austin to BiBe?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2007, 10:40:13 AM »
Quote from: "trtlrock"
Hi all.  Out of Virginia & now in Austin.  Subaru needs some as yet unspecified work :(

When we leave I'm wondering which of 3 routes to take to Study Butte.

1) the Mapquest (and probably fastest) route:  290W to I10 to Ft. Stockton & then 385 to SB

2) 290W to I10 to Junction then 377 SW then 277 S then 90W to 385 to SB

3) I35S to SA beltway (410) to 90W to 385 to SB

My concerns / goals are...

a) get to SB by 6:30pm at latest (not critical, but daylight is a good thing)
b) leave Austin before weekday morning rush hour coagulates
c) if going thru SA, don't hit whatever their AM rush hour is
d) the fewer speed traps the better
e) new or pretty scenery would be nice
f) there will be no stops except for gas etc

We've always taken route #1 as described above; a change would be really nice, but not if it takes a lot longer.  I can see us leaving by 6:30am - 7am at the earliest, and I'd really like to get to SB before dark.  FYI we'll be leaving on a weekday.

Thoughts?


We have taken the I-10 route and the Hwy 90 route (and at least the time from SA to BIBE seemed about the same).  The hwy 90 route is much more scenic, in my opinion.  I think you could take that route, if you were leaving by 7AM from Austin and reach Study Butte well before dark.  On our first trip out there in 2003 (Victoria to the Basin), we left Victoria at 8:15AM and were in the Basin by 5:30PM. That included stops for lunch and food in Del Rio (about an hour there), so you should be OK.


BBH

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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2007, 12:09:41 PM »
we left for our january trip with 2 cars of unorganized people at 7 am, and got to PJ at 2:30, with a long lunch stop at DQ in fort stockton. we took route #1.

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2007, 12:46:36 PM »
Route #1 when time is important.  Under 7 hours.  Pretty much just gas and bathroom  stops, eat in the truck on the go.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2007, 01:08:19 PM »
Sounds like you're giving yourself 12 hours to get there.

If it were me? Haul it to Acuna for a taco tray and margarita at Ma Crosby's and then take my time on 90...you'll get there well before dark.

But with no stops you'll make it sooner than you think.

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2007, 03:03:36 PM »
ok...sounds like rt.90 is the way to go.

can anyone debate the pros & cons of routes #2 & #3?

thanks again everyone...
John & Tess

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2007, 03:06:53 PM »
#1 (with a bullet)  Avoid San Antonio.
Try this (I like to wander a bit, but this should save a couple of miles, and you have plenty of time).
290 to Fredricksburg;  then State 16 to I10.
Get off I10 to State 41 at Mountain Home, pick up 377 above Rocksprings, then 277 into Del Rio.
Note:  if there are any shopaholics in the car, Fredricksburg could be a problem.
After that, I'm with McTullis.  
A stop at the Pecos River bridge is nice. Might want to stop at Langtry - Judge Roy Bean's place.  Seminole Canyon is also interesting, but you have to wait for guided tours to see the best part.
Driving straight through from Del Rio to Study Butte should be about 5-6 hrs.

Check Texas DOT web site for construction/delays on whichever route you choose.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2007, 03:20:39 PM »
Quote from: "McTullis"
Sounds like you're giving yourself 12 hours to get there.

If it were me? Haul it to Acuna for a taco tray and margarita at Ma Crosby's and then take my time on 90...you'll get there well before dark.

But with no stops you'll make it sooner than you think.


I second the recommendation on the side trip to Acuna.  We always spend the night in Del Rio when we are outbound to BIBE and go across to Acuna for some cultural exchange (in the words of Gary P. Nunn).  Ma Crosby's is a must see and visit place.  If you do not want to drive across, just park near the bridge and either walk or take a cab for $10 to get across.  Crosby's is worth the visit -- outstanding food and atmosphere.

BBH

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Re: which route from Austin to BiBe?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2007, 05:59:09 PM »
Quote from: "trtlrock"

Thoughts?


Get on I-35 and go North through Temple and pick up the Hwy to Crockett.  Continue on through Crockett to Deep East Texas and pick me up.  I'll get you to Big Bend from here...   :P

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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2007, 07:57:06 PM »
I second Roy's suggested variation on option #2.  That's hands-down my preferred route between Del Rio and Austin.  It's slightly faster than the Junction route, because it's shorter and there's about a 20-mile stretch of 377 between Rocksprings and Junction that's pretty slow-going with switchbacks and a 55-mph speed limit (with good reason).  That portion of 377 is more scenic than 41, but 41 is no slouch.  Plus, you can stop and pick up some good beef jerky at Garvin Store at the intersection of 83 and 41.

Either way, you'll want to make sure you've got enough fuel to get from Kerrville to Del Rio.  It's expensive in Junction (if you take that route), and there's only a couple of options on the 41 route (Garvin Store and Rocksprings, the latter of which you'll go through on either route).

And as long as we're talking about fuel prices for those of you who travel to BB via DR, the cheapest branded fuel in Del Rio (other than HEB or Wal Mart) is in the middle of town, by about 10 to 15 cents per gallon over stations on the outskirts.  If you pay more than about 2.05 for RUG or 2.35 for diesel right now, you paid too much.

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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2007, 09:07:45 PM »
ok -- let me try to make this a bit more complicated [I'm like that]

What time would I have to leave Austin to get to PJ by 4:00 sharp (get permits); then to Study Butte.

Let's say I use Roy & West Egg's Route #2.

Mapquest says route#2 to SB is 10.25 hours.  Add 0.75 for bathroom & food to go.  That's 11 hours.  I'm a speed limit + 5mph kind of guy.

If this route can really be done in 10 hours flat instead of 11 then I need to leave Austin by 6:00am.  Sharp.

No stops in Del Rio, etc.  Just scenery-grazing from the car.

Now the focus shifts to "can I get to PJ in time for permits while still taking the scenic route & leaving Austin no earlier than 6am?"

PJ closes at 4:30, right?

BTW Shane -- I didn't get that far north...but if I never go through Conroe, TX again it'll be too soon for me.  What a traffic disaster that place is!  Took us 20+ minutes to go 100yds!  AARGH!

vis-a-vis SA -- MapQuest says it's an hour less to go thru SA & take 90 from there.  How about if I take this Loop 1604 thingie above SA going from 12 o'clock back to 9 o'clock where it hits 90?  Still a disaster?  Still avoid at all costs?  What's 90 like between SA & Del Rio?  Nice?  Nothing special?
John & Tess

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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2007, 09:17:21 PM »
just throwing in my two cents here without over complicating things  :roll:

but.....90 is an awesome road to take and my preferred converyor belt...however, from Austin? Not worth dorking around with....stay with 1 and just get to the goods.

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« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2007, 09:28:39 PM »
So PJ's open till 6:00?  Thanks Muse.

That means I can take route #2 & get there by 5:00, so I can leave Austin at 7am.  Confirmation anybody?

David -- you're right of course, but I've never been on 90 & the I-10 route is pretty mind-numbing...

Still curious about the possibilities of the loop 1604 above SA & hopping on 90 from there.  Unless that part of 90 isn't noteworthy & SA even that far north is a disaster.
John & Tess

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« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2007, 09:40:58 PM »
Quote from: "Casa Grande"
just throwing in my two cents here without over complicating things  :roll:

but.....90 is an awesome road to take and my preferred converyor belt...however, from Austin? Not worth dorking around with....stay with 1 and just get to the goods.


ditto.  The sooner you get there the better!

Al

 


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