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RE: Florida to Texas

I've thought about getting on/off I-10 in Denham Springs LA. Baton Rouge traffic has always been a nightmare for me. I'm going that way in April and might try it. I'll see how bad 190 can get going through Baton Rouge. I think you mean getting off I-12 at Denham Springs, though I-12 is definitely the "non-New Orleans" alternative to I-10. US-190/US-61 is the Airline Highway. I used to go to a trade show located on it several years ago and seem to recall it is stop-and-go heavy traffic. I actually got off I-12 with a pop-up over 20 years ago at the Airline Highway exit and had a horrendous time moving around and getting back on the interstate around rush hour. I can't say I have found any good way through Baton Rouge, though I have not tried it in the middle of the night ;).
one_strange_texan 01/30/20 05:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Galveston area things to do

There are a lot of good restaurants in Galveston. Though Gaido's is good and is an old favorite, I usually eat elsewhere due to the crowds. Good seafood at several other restaurants and very good Mexican food as well, especially at some of the more out of the way family run restaurants. 2112 pretty much covered the bases of things to see.
one_strange_texan 01/27/20 05:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida to Texas

I have mentioned on previous similar posts that I tend to jump over to US-190 from I-10 using LA-415 just west of the Mississippi River right after Port Allen, LA. I continue on US-190 west to Ragley, LA and continue west on LA-12 in Ragley when US-190 turns north. LA-12 turns into TX-12 at the Texas state line and TX-12 rejoins I-10 in Vidor, TX. This route avoids the long Atchafalaya bridge, which still may be under construction and occasionally is closed if there is a traffic incident, a very rough stretch of interstate in Sulphur, LA and construction in Orange, TX. It is not a controlled access highway, so there are occasional traffic lights. The roads are fine and the towns are not large. It may take a little longer, unless there is an incident or heavy traffic in the bigger cities on I-10, but I believe it is much less stressful. Definitely get off I-10 at Winnie and take the ferry via the Bolivar Peninsula, as others have suggested. You may go through a security check and may also have to valve in your LPG tanks prior to boarding the ferry. The crossing doesn't take long and is interesting, not to mention shorter and minus the traffic of the Houston metropolitan area. On weekends and other peak times there may be a wait to board, but most of the time the wait is not very long.
one_strange_texan 01/27/20 05:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

A little off topic, but I have a Garmin RV660 GPS. With the correct dimensions of my 5th wheel in it, it tends to keep me off roads like that, as someone else has observed. However, it is not foolproof. For some reason, it does not like traffic circles ("roundabouts"). It routed me through some residential streets I would rather not have used, apparently to avoid some traffic circles in Fort Collins, CO (which they seem to like to use on several of their streets). There is no setting, per se, in the preferences concerning avoiding traffic circles. The only one I can figure applies is "Avoid U-turns," which I definitely want to do with my trailer. However, in this case I was generally only going quarter or halfway around the the circle to go straight or turn on a crossroad. The circles were quite manageable with my rig. My takeaway was that I should more carefully study the routing off freeways through unfamiliar urban areas. I you zoomed in to the route, you could see it was doing some weird maneuvers. I can preview the routing since I usually preplan the routes on BaseCamp. Just a learning to pass along to other Garmin RV users. P.S., my nomination for worst (major) road is I-10 through Sulphur, LA just west of Lake Charles, as several others have observed on these forums.
one_strange_texan 01/23/20 03:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rv beach sites

We have stayed at Henderson Beach State Park a couple of times and enjoyed it. It will already be partially or fully booked up for the summer by now as it is popular. You may be able to find an opening. Florida state parks reservations open 11 months ahead of your planned arrival day.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 07:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-10 Thru Houston

Is there any time frame as to when this repair might be completed? Link to local media story. Link. Short answer is that it apparently is done. I cannot give you first hand knowledge since I don't travel that way these days.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 06:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Ntl Pk,s

Yellowstone will not only be crowded but by September you might catch some snow - might get lucky and have 70's everyday, but plan for Cold and Damp and be Happy with Sunny and Warm. We are also planning a trip to Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier in the same time frame in 2020. I know snow is a possibility, but I am surprised Yellowstone is still crowded in September. I know it is very popular park, but I would think the crowds would be down some from the summer peak due to school being back in session.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds in Texas, specifically near Austin

If you are needing a place to stay in Austin itself, there is a new KOA on the eastern edge of town (Austin East KOA Holiday), kind of out in the country. It is new and the owner is working hard at making it a well-run park. We stayed there in early October and were impressed. However, if you are going to do a family camping trip, I will echo the suggestion of getting out of Austin and visiting the Texas Hill Country.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend

Been saying I would go for years. Was thinking about using Seminole Canyon SP as a stopover from Houston. Anyone have experience there? We used Seminole Canyon as a stopover from Houston to Alpine. It was a good park. Finding a site there shouldn't be a problem. We were the only rig in our loop. I would recommend a full day there. Take the tour into the canyon (you must sign up for a scheduled tour) to see the native American rock art. If you hike the trail to the Rio Grande in the park, the cliffs on Lake Amistad are quite impressive. We also enjoyed a visit to Langtry, home of Judge Roy Bean, "The Law West of the Pecos." We got a kick out of seeing the "No Fishing from Bridge" sign at the high level bridge over the Pecos River Canyon on the way to Langtry. I recommend gasing up in Del Rio. There may not be any fuel from where US90 crosses Lake Amistad near Del Rio to Sanderson. We found the stations in Comstock and Langtry closed on the Sunday we tried to refill there. There might be more options now, but the entire area is pretty remote, as you might expect. I noticed the church in Langtry only had services 1 or 2 Sundays out of the month.
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

There's an old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". There's another one I really like: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should!" Took a highly useful, user friendly site that did just about what most of us wanted and needed and made it so much "better" it's almost useless! Just finished trying to find CGs around Stuart Florida - the old maps were very easy to use - the "old way" always gave me the info I needed, literally at my fingertips, to do what I needed to do. I was so frustrated just now I almost deleted the site! I recall using the old site, before it was purchased by Campground Reviews or RV Life, to get a list of all the campgrounds at a given distance from the town or city you enter in the search (e.g., within 20 miles of Salina, Kansas). You could choose various distances for the radius of the search. You can kind of do that now, or use the map, but not as easily. If I remember properly, you could also put other criteria on your search (full hookups, 50-amp service, etc.).
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

I use Google Earth Pro, along with Google Maps and a couple of other resources to plan trips and stops. Street view still has the "Little Yellow Man" to drag onto the map to get a street view wherever you drop him. He is just an outline on the right side of the map in my display, alongside with the zoom slider, North orientation, etc. controls. They all only become "visible" beyond outlines if you mouse over to them. The "Man" outline becomes invisible altogether above 300 miles elevation. I'll add the observations that the Google Van 360 degree ground level imagery is the same data set that Google Maps uses. Always note the date of the imagery. Ground level is often older than satellite and updated less frequently in less traveled areas.
one_strange_texan 12/13/19 09:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for a good campground in Arkansas' mountain region.

Denton Ferry RV Park in Cotter. Right on the White River, featuring trout fishing, either guided or on your own. Well run park. We were there last June. I 2nd the recommendation. Catch some Trout with one of the guides at Cotter Trout Dock. Oops! I somehow missed the OP's specification for a RV spot with a concrete or asphalt pad. Denton Ferry is gravel, but it is really nice and was no problem for us.
one_strange_texan 12/10/19 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a good campground in Arkansas' mountain region.

Denton Ferry RV Park in Cotter. Right on the White River, featuring trout fishing, either guided or on your own. Well run park.
one_strange_texan 12/09/19 07:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

I would second Makers Mark and Woodford if not for anything else but the beauty of the grounds. Also did Beam and saw CEO Fred who seemed to have sampled a good bit of product. Beam had a decent BBQ stand at the time. Four? years ago. We stayed at Whites Acres RV in Bardstown. Toured Jack Daniels a long time ago. We had a new 1979 Trans-Am. Great tour. I'm drinking Beam Black this week. We toured Jim Beam 2 years ago last August. I will confirm that the barbeque stand was still there at that time, but I did not try their food. The tour was a good one, but I might recommend one of the smaller distilleries. The tour was primarily 1) the testing or pilot plant facility, not where the real production happens, 2) a demonstration of bottling, again not the real commercial facility, 3) the actual aging warehouses and 4) the tasting room, where each tour participant can get 3 small samples of various whiskeys of their choice. I would like to have seen the real still and production facilities. I understand you see that on the Maker's Mark tour. By the way, Jim Beam Black is also my go to bourbon these days.
one_strange_texan 12/09/19 07:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

If you are going to Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, them a MUST see is George Dickle outside Tullahoma. Daniels is a huge industrial manufacturer, Dickle is a small exibition of the art of whisky making as it should be. And one sip will make you a true believer. This is NOT a true burbon, as that can only be a product of Burbon County KY, but instead is a true Tennessee sipping whisky. A distillery tour in Kentucky is a real experience not to be missed in you are in that area with a bit of time. Some of the distilleries are beautiful places to visit. Bourbon can be made anywhere in the US. Very little is made in Bourbon County. Evan Williams began producing bourbon in Louisville at the first commercial bourbon distillery. Anderson County, Jefferson County, Nelson County, Franklin County, Marion County, and others produce the most famous brands like Wild Turkey, Beam, Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill, Makers Mark etc.. Jack Daniels could be called bourbon if they chose to label it as such. I’m related to the Ripy family that founded Wild Turkey in Anderson County and have family in every county I mentioned above. The Bourbon Trail is a great way to spend a couple of days! "The Federal Standards of Identity for Bourbon stipulate what is and what isn't bourbon. For a whiskey to call itself bourbon, its mash, the mixture of grains from which the product is distilled, must contain at least 51% corn. (The rest of the mash is usually filled out with malted barley and either rye or wheat.) The mash must be distilled at 160 proof or less, put into the barrel at 125 proof or less, and it must not contain any additives. The distillate must be aged in a new charred oak barrel. (Most often these barrels are white oak, but they can be any variety of oak.)" Link for "What make whiskey Bourbon" Some bourbon is produced right here in Texas. ;)
one_strange_texan 12/06/19 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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