If you're a woodworker, you might want to stop in Acadian Hardwoods in
Beaumont or Panama City (http://www.acadianhardwoods.com /?). They have a
great selection of high quality lumber at greatly reduced prices than we pay
here in the Houston area. They also carry a broad line of hardwood faced
plywoods with similar great prices.
You SHOULD miss the Interstate in LA (10?) if at all possible. Also ,
and listen closely, DO NOT GO THROUGH HOUSTON, TEXAS. Take a highway
that runs NW of I-10 about 30 miles East of Houston. You will rise up
and call me blessed if you do. I made the trip 3 years ago and it was
a fun trip. Except for Houston. Locals there say it was normal. That
Interstate in the swamp in LA is absolutly awful. Just be sure to go
Well, I wouldn't detour for New Orleans if it were me, unless you've never
been. Take I-12 and forget that filthy place. I can't pass through Lake
Charles without stopping in for some craps though, either the Isle of Capri
or Harrahs are fine.
If it is dinner time when you're near the Texas border, I like Al-Ts Cajun
in Winnie Texas. Be sure and have a boudin bullet.
As for the advice to detour Houston, it is good advice but there is not a
good road going where you want to go. What I would do is, approaching from
the east on I-10, take the Beltway 8 (Sam Houston Parkway) North, all the
way around to I-45. This will bypass the worst of the traffic. Or are you
planning on heading to Waco via Hwy 6? In that case, stay on the beltway
till you hit 290 and head Northwest on that. The beltway is a tollroad,
.75 cents between each major highway, but well worth it. It would cost 4
tolls from I-10 to 290, I think.
I would recommend heading that way also because I-45 can suck between
Houston and Dallas. 290 and then Hwy 6 are fast roads, 70mph.
As for what else to NOT miss, I don't know. You've picked a hell of a
boring drive :)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom) wrote:
I agree. Been there, done that, got the hangover. Harrah's in New Orleans
has too high table mins for my taste. I like $5 craps with odds bets, not
No kidding? Is it not a toll road over there? I guess you can tell that I
live on the "other" side of town. There are sure as hell tolls from 45 to
I-10 west and on down to 45 south. I also have an Easy Tag so I pay .75.
I forgot about the difference.
Never heard of it myself. If he takes the beltway, he won't see 43rd st
The whole section from I-10 to 59 is "proposed" and you actually drive
on the feeder. From 59 to 45 there are no toll booths and the "last
free exit" is Ella - just beyond 45. The toll booth is just beyond
that and the next one is just beyond 290 around Little York. I use the
Easy Tag myself but looks like we're getting ready to go to $1.00. BTW
- I don't know why more people don't use the easy tag and avoid the
lines - especially during rush hour. What part of town are you in??
Oooops - you're right - it's between the beltway and the loop. They
have another on Kirby just off 59 and another on Eldridge Parkway.
They are owned by Raphael and Barbara Galinda and have been written up
a number of times in the Wining and Dining section of the Chronicle.
Good food, nice presentation and reasonable prices. Lots of chicken
dishes with Mango, Plantains, etc. You should try their Cookie Loco
(but plan to share). They take chocolate chip cookie dough and bake it
on a plate then cover it with ice cream, whipped cream, strawberries,
mango, chocolate chips and coconut - great for the waistline. Sorry to
sound like a commercial but it is good.
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I'd recommend you not miss the nearest airport.
At one point in my youth, I was driving St. Augustine to Houston on a
regular basis. Usually, it had to be a non-stop drive (which sucked).
There's two ways to look at it:
1. You have to get there without lolly-gagging around.
2. You've got a bunch of extra time to kill before you get to Texas.
If #1 - take a plane. I-10 stinks. There's no nice way to say that. You
will be bored to tears. The Atchafalaya (?) bridge is a hypnotizing
beast. There's nothing to look at but swamp and those little white-lines
going by... getting sleepy... sleepy... until your tires hit the BA-
DUMP, BA-DUMP strips on the shoulder.
If #2, then I'd try as many of the following as possible:
A day on Panama City - Try to ride every go-cart on the miracle strip.
A day (or two) in New Orleans - Just go nuts
A day in Baton Rouge - eat you way through a couple of Casinos
Skirt Houston as much as you can and get on to Waco.
Best of luck to you!
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