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Which route-variant should I take?

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Offline trtlrock

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Which route-variant should I take?
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:05:36 PM »
Really want to change my route from Virginia to BB this time. Normally it's ~27+ hours spread over 3 days.

There are 3 variants I'm interest in. Each adds about 2 hours to the whole trip, an investment I'm willing to make to shake things up a bit.

I won't be stopping the truck to get out & visit anything, and I don't want to inadvertently pick a route devoid of gas stations...

...really just looking for some new scenery on the 3rd day of the trip.

Option #1: I-20->Abilene->Rt.277->Lk Amistad Reservoir->Comstock->Sanderson

Option #2: I-20->Abilene->Rt.277->Rt.189->Juno->Rt.163->Comstock->Sanderson

Option#3: I-20->Colorado City->Rt.163->Comstock->Sanderson

Which has the best solitude & eye-candy, but still has gas stations? ;-)









John & Tess

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Offline Flash

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2017, 04:18:33 PM »
I like Option 2, which takes 189, though I turn east at I-10 for Houston. Took this way home from BIBE one year and loved the loneliness of the drive. Get gas at Sonora and then later in Sanderson.

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Offline Txlj

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2017, 07:01:42 PM »
Option 1, seem fastest straight through. Get there and start enjoying.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2017, 10:18:16 PM »
Can't comment on Option 3, as I've never done that route.
It's probably been ten years since I've done Option 1 and I remember it as being somewhat desolate.  One of the big draws for me was the brief glimpse of Devils River.
A few years ago, I drove Option 2 just to see "what's down this road".  I think it's a better road and might be a bit faster, as others have pointed out.
With either option, I would recommend filling up in Sonora.  Also, although you mentioned not stopping, with either Option 1 or 2, you MUST stop at the Hwy 90 bridge over the Pecos river.  There's an overlook on the east bank.  You can look downstream and see the confluence of the Pecos and Rio Grande rivers.  It's a great place to catch your breathe, take in the silence, and get yourself into a Big Bend frame of mind.
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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2017, 08:42:11 AM »
I agree on crossing the Pecos River, it is a really neat site to see.  I especially like the "No Diving from Bridge" sign!

But I would back it up and include Lake Amistad.  To me, it's not your usual lake with the geography surrounding it.  I want to say there was a neat railroad bridge or old bridge you run parallel too. 

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Offline mr.bean5150

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2017, 09:47:50 AM »
Option 2 and I agree the Pecos river overlook is a must see.....
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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2017, 11:53:59 AM »
But I would back it up and include Lake Amistad.  To me, it's not your usual lake with the geography surrounding it.  I want to say there was a neat railroad bridge or old bridge you run parallel too.

Thanks Hang10er -- I was wondering about this.

What's the consensus? Am I just gonna say "yep -- causeway, water, cars, boats...  :icon_rolleyes: "

Or will I say "Cool!"

 ;)

Thanks everyone else for the suggestions -- right now it's a tossup between Option #1 & #2.
John & Tess

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2017, 12:13:57 PM »
But I would back it up and include Lake Amistad.  To me, it's not your usual lake with the geography surrounding it.  I want to say there was a neat railroad bridge or old bridge you run parallel too.

Thanks Hang10er -- I was wondering about this.

What's the consensus? Am I just gonna say "yep -- causeway, water, cars, boats...  :icon_rolleyes: "

Or will I say "Cool!"

 ;)

Thanks everyone else for the suggestions -- right now it's a tossup between Option #1 & #2.

If you could stop, Seminole Canyon State Park is a great layover for the night. Good showers too........
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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2017, 12:14:41 PM »
If you go with option 2, stop off in Langtry and tour the Judge Roy Bean Museum.

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2017, 12:21:21 PM »
If you go with option 2, stop off in Langtry and tour the Judge Roy Bean Museum.

+1......good bathrooms!
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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2017, 04:01:13 PM »
You're so close...hit Amistad and say you saw it, you don't have to stop, just look around.    Then the Pecos River bridge. 

And thank Richard, I had forgot about Judge Roy Bean's.  It's about 30 seconds off the highway, it costs nothing to see, it's very well preserved and if time is an issue, you can literally tour it in 15-20 minutes (a good leg stretching time).  Most times, you're the only one there. 

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2017, 05:58:32 PM »
There's nothing remarkable about Amistad except the fact that it's a rather large body of water out in the middle of nowhere. And yes, there is a railroad bridge that parallels the Hwy 90 bridge. Seminole Canyon is worth a stop if you have time. As mentioned, the Pecos crossing and Judge Roy Bean are definitely worth a stop for the reasons posted. Also, keep in mind that there is a Customs station just outside of Comstock that you'll have to stop at to declare citizenship and possibly state your destination. Gas up in Sonora and Sanderson.
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Offline Jalco

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2017, 09:34:08 PM »
Also, keep in mind that there is a Customs station just outside of Comstock that you'll have to stop at to declare citizenship and possibly state your destination.

Is this something recent?  I've never had to stop there.  The only one I've ever had to stop is the one below Marathon, as I'm leaving BiBe.

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Offline Flash

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2017, 10:16:31 PM »
Also, keep in mind that there is a Customs station just outside of Comstock that you'll have to stop at to declare citizenship and possibly state your destination.

Is this something recent?  I've never had to stop there.  The only one I've ever had to stop is the one below Marathon, as I'm leaving BiBe.

No. The inspection station just east of Comstock is for westbound US-90 traffic only.

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Re: Which route-variant should I take?
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2017, 07:55:46 AM »
The eastbound inspection station for the Del Rio sector is on Hwy 90 just east of Uvalde
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