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    Anyone driven to Texas

    Forgot I had to be in Texas and didn't book a flight early enough. All that is left now is 900-1400 round trip that has 2 stops heading down with overnight layovers. I can get a car rented for about 150 (plus gas) to drive down and catch a one way flight back for about 280 bucks.

    I know it will be a haul and the distance doesn't bother me but is getting through DFW and Austin going to be a pain. I'm assuming just avoid the prime drive times and should be OK.

    Anyone else done this and is it doable to hit San Antonio in under 14 hours.



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Done it several times (to Iowa from College Station) by myself. 14 hours to San Antonio is tight but do able if you don't mind the chance of a ticket. Go to the Ft. Worth side of DFW.




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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Done it several times (to Iowa from College Station) by myself. 14 hours to San Antonio is tight but do able if you don't mind the chance of a ticket. Go to the Ft. Worth side of DFW.
    I should have just sent you an email about this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    I should have just sent you an email about this.
    Yep.




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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    We drive to San Antonio every year. Starting about a half hour outside of Dallas all the way to San Antonio is pure hell.

    Are you leaving from Ames/DSM? 14 hours is possible if you hit Dallas and Austin at the right times.



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Great places to speed: On the Kansas Turnpike. Bad Places to speed: In Kansas not on the turnpike.

    Speeding Oklahoma is ok as well. I've been pulled over twice in OK, but got off with a warning both times.

    I normally go about 15 over on that trip.



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    I went from near the DFW airport to Ames in just under 12 hours. Wife, 3 kids and my mother. Drove from 8 at night to 8 in the morning. The drive from KC to DSM was awful slow and boring!!



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Leaving DSM. I travel to Oklahoma a couple times a year so I've got that part figured out. Just have never gone past OKC driving so that is my big question mark.

    I have heard that Dallas and south is horrible and that's why I was wondering if it's even doable. I should be hitting DFW about 8-10 PM so I'm hoping things should be cleared up by then.



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    I did Houston straight through to Ames back in 2002. Started out at 8:30am and got into Ames at midnight.


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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    The I35 stretch from IA to DFW wasn't bad at all.

    I took I45 to Galveston, that was a quagmire. Clogged with traffic the entire length. That was also about 9 years ago though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post
    The I35 stretch from IA to DFW wasn't bad at all.

    I took I45 to Galveston, that was a quagmire. Clogged with traffic the entire length. That was also about 9 years ago though.
    I45 blows. Some places in the middle of nowhere that are 65mph where they should be 80mph. Dumb. Only drove that road once when I lived in TX.




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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Driven this trip numerous times. You hit Dallas and you feel like you should be almost there , nope only about halfway. I used to drive DM to SAN in 15.45 thats if you get really lucky in austin. Highly suggest paying the tole and bypass around austin. I think its like $12


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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    There is major construction on I35W between Denton and Ft Worth. Lanes are being added. Right now, I think they are working at the US 287/81 split, but they might even be further north by now. I don't know what I35E is like because I don't drive that side, but I can almost guarantee you that I35W will be a nightmare unless you happen to hit a very non peak time.

    As I recall, there is also widening going on on I35E, but maybe somebody from that side can update what is going on there and with US75. There may not really be a good route through DFW right now...


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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    Leaving DSM. I travel to Oklahoma a couple times a year so I've got that part figured out. Just have never gone past OKC driving so that is my big question mark.

    I have heard that Dallas and south is horrible and that's why I was wondering if it's even doable. I should be hitting DFW about 8-10 PM so I'm hoping things should be cleared up by then.
    14 should be doable then as Austin won't suck as much, unless your doing it on a Friday night.



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    Re: Anyone driven to Texas

    I did Ames to Houston last year. Made it in ~14 hours. Cut the corner a bit, heading down US 69 in Eastern OK. This way, we avoided Tulsa, OKC, etc.

    Wasn't too bad, we left Ames around 6 AM, hit Dallas probably around rush hour and it wasn't so bad. Perhaps we got lucky.



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