Roll Across I-10 to Texas

We are concerned that I-10 will be a rough ride but with Storm fighting a cold and not in the mood for long stints at the wheel, the straightest route seems best.   I-10 turns out to be very smooth and good traveling until we get half way across Louisiana. Crumbling, sometimes narrow lanes on the elevated Bayou Bridges bump us up a bit.  The construction segment near Beaumont, Texas has about a 8′ wide lane with a concrete wall right up against the right edge of the road. I am not sure I can handle driving the jeep, much less our big rig against a concrete wall in such a narrow lane.  Kudos to Storm for keeping us out of trouble and on this sometimes straight and always downright narrow strip of I-10.

The rest area under this road was VERY noisy!

All the states along this stretch of I-10 have excellent rest areas and as we move further west, the employees get more and more friendly.  In Florida, some rest areas offer automatic truck windshield cleaners where you can pull up and water down your windshield without getting out of the vehicle.  Storm won’t try it, but you can find videos of them on YouTube if you want to see how they work.  Louisiana provides a dump station in their rest stop at Slidell.  If you can stand the interstate traffic noise generated by the elevated road which bisects the Atchafalaya Welcome Center, a huge rest area with separate RV parking offers free overnight stays here just off Exit 121 at Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

At the Exit 2 Rest Stop in Mississippi they greet each traveler with a free cup of coffee and great information about the Infinity Science Center which is the visitor center for nearby Stennis Space Center.  Entry to this attraction is from the rest area ramp and there is plenty of parking for big rigs.  On each hour, they have bus tours to NASA’s largest Rocket Engine Test facility at Stennis where you can view a test stand from the bus.  It is nice to find a big rig friendly attraction with convenient access from the interstate.

Texas Highway 124 along the Gulf Coast

At the Texas Welcome Center, they have a boardwalk from the lobby out into the marsh where on a sunnier, warmer day than our visit you can see wildlife including alligators.  After loading us up with maps and brochures, they map out a route for us to Galveston that avoids the dreaded I-610 around Houston.  Thanks to them we enjoy a lovely ride along the Gulf Coast along Hwy 124, across a ferry to Galveston. 

Compliments of Texas DOT, the  Bolivar Peninsula is free and can handle a rig at least as big as ours though you do have to turn off your LP gas for the short crossing.

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About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Roll Across I-10 to Texas”

  1. Oh my! You .. in that… On a ferry!!! WOW
    Next time I need that whole picture!!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I will send you a copy – we fit just fine but I sure would not have wanted the water to be rough!

  2. We were going to take the ferry across Lake Michigan one time but the price was like buying a new RV so we drove on home instead. Sorry Stormy is not feeling up to par, that makes for some rough driving in a rig. But if anyone can handle it he can. Thanks for the note and keep enjoying the ride. GOD BLESS


    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      We probably wouldn’t have taken this ferry either but the free ride made it OK and we loved the coastal scenery!

  3. Thank goodness we didn’t have to drive past those concrete barriers because we started heading north at Beaumont! They make me nervous! Hwy 124 looks nice.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I know what you mean about nervous – I was hanging on to my security bar!

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