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Old 11-02-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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"Magic Route" around Houston?

I have a great route coming in from Beaumont-but this time I will come in from north on US59 South toward Houston and onward toward McAllen,TX-any suggestions? Obvious idea is to avoid traffic snarls,etc.. Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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I think you are going to be on US 59 headed down toward McAllen, so why not just take 59 all the way ? Yhe trick with Houston is timing. You don;t want to be heading into the city in the morning (7-9) or heading out in the afternoon (4-6).
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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I think you are going to be on US 59 headed down toward McAllen, so why not just take 59 all the way ? Yhe trick with Houston is timing. You don;t want to be heading into the city in the morning (7-9) or heading out in the afternoon (4-6).
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:25 AM   #4
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I assume such timing, but found a "better way" too, as explained,for the other direction.Thanks
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:04 AM   #5
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I am completely familiar with the route from the east, however that option doesn't exist coming down from the north (to my knowledge).
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:26 AM   #6
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Livingston to Liberty worth the trouble to avoid the city?
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:17 PM   #7
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Livingston to Liberty worth the trouble to avoid the city?
The simple truth is that you don't need to avoid shooting straight through on 59, into downtown and out, if it's not during a rush hour.
The Sam tollway is longer, but moves better if it's rush hour.
I much prefer 59 over I-45.
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Old 11-03-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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On the occasions when I have (coming from the east) cut straight across Houston on I-10 to 59 south, 59 has run smoothly. As said before, just avoid rush hours and pray some idiot doesn't have a breakdown/wreak and you'll be OK. I'll be going through Houston on I-10 in a couple of weeks heading to Big Bend. I'm just going to time it so I'm coming through after 8:30AM. I've done this a few times and it generally works pretty well.
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Old 11-04-2010, 05:25 AM   #9
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Are you gonna be on a motorcycle, in a car, truck pulling a trailer?

The routes around that are close in are eaten up with subdivisions and red lights now, the ones farther out are quite a detour.

Stick with 59.

On the north side of Houston, when you pass through Cleveland, slow down to the speed limit until you get south of the San Jacinto River. Splendora, Patton Village, and Woodbranch are all notorious speed traps. (Sez me, a native of East Montgomery County )

Me, I'd time it to pass through at night, hitting the Northside about 10pm. Early enough that the drunks are still in the bars, but all the damn shoppers have gone home.

Figure "Houston" runs from the San Jacinto River on the north to the Brazos on the southwest. About 50 miles of urban and suburban congestion.

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:40 AM   #10
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Decided-I am going to use hwys 79 & 77 above Houston & then toward Victoria. May trailer bike to Arkansas(to where I don't know yet ?) if snow and the Al Gore weather doesn't hold up here in KY(flurries tonight!) for safe departure. Side note, last time down I about froze in Victoria area as it was near 100 year lows coming back! Thanks for the ideas.
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Decided-I am going to use hwys 79 & 77 above Houston & then toward Victoria. May trailer bike to Arkansas(to where I don't know yet ?) if snow and the Al Gore weather doesn't hold up here in KY(flurries tonight!) for safe departure. Side note, last time down I about froze in Victoria area as it was near 100 year lows coming back! Thanks for the ideas.
That'll work.

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