Re: Time for a 4,500 mile road trip! CA, AZ, NM, TX, OK and AR.
- From: freewayjim@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 12:30:25 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 20, 2:22 pm, Brent Jonas <brentrjo...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
This is a pretty spur-of-the-moment road trip, but I'm pretty set on
taking off on Friday afternoon from the SF Bay Area, with a goal of
eventually making it as far as Fayetteville, AR. I'm driving down to
Irvine, and then I'll hit the road on Saturday early morning,
following I-10 to El Paso.
Sunday, I'll drive I-10 to I-20 and make it to Fort Worth.
On Monday, I plan on checking out the Stockyards in Fort Worth, the
cultural district, and then head on over to the Texas Rangers ballpark
to snap some quick pictures. I'll end the afternoon by walking the
main strip of Deep Elum, Lower Greenville Avenue, and then drive
around downtown Dallas. Of course, I'll do some roadgeeking by
checking out the High Five. I might do a tour of I-20, I-635, U.S. 75
and whatever other routes I fancy on Tuesday morning.
From there, I'll drive up to Norman, OK, and spend Tuesday evening and
Wednesday in Norman. I'll hit up OKC on Wednesday afternoon
(Bricktown, the Arts Paseo District), and then make a run for
Fayetteville, spending the next couple or three nights at a friend's
I'm going to hang out in Fayetteville for at least 1 full day and
I'll want to drive into Tahleqah, the center of Native American
culture in Oklahoma, and lounge around for 2 or 3 hours, before
heading into Tulsa. I'll do a walking tour of the supposedly trendy
and bohemian districts of Brookside and Cherry Street, and perhaps
cruise around downtown (I'm also a skyscraper geek). Perhaps I'll
head back to OKC that night and book a hotel in OKC, or, if I'm really
ambitious, drive all the way west to Amarillo.
There's no way I'm going to miss the Big Texan Steak Ranch this time
around; I missed it back in November, because of a freak snow storm
that followed me as far south as El Paso! (I detoured from I-40 to
I-10, via I-27 and U.S. 87?, because of the threat of an I-40 closure
around Santa Rosa). I'll then make a run for Albuquerque, and hit up
Old Town. I'll probably revisit Central Avenue (home of numerous
college bars, restaurants and shops), and perhaps pay a visit to
downtown and the KiMo(?) theater.
The following day (whichever day that'll be) will be a trek back to
Irvine. I'll rest up there, and then drive the remaining 400 miles to
Redwood City on the last day (probably Monday, if not Tuesday).
Any suggestions of what to see or do, and anything I should be aware
of (construction, closures, etc.)?
-Thanks A Lot,
P.S. - If anybody's wondering, yup, I'll probably be shooting some
videos along the way. Definitely I-10 through El Paso, for
Brent you lucky dog, that sounds like a great trip!
A few observations about Dallas-Fort Worth
There are some nice vantage points around the massive I-30/I-35W
interchange in downtown Fort Worth that are worth checking out.
Since you are going to check out the Rangers ballpark you should check
out the Dallas Cowboys new $1 Billion stadium (under construction)
while you are there, It's practically next door.
If it's late, sunny afternoon you'll get an awesome view of downtown
Dallas coming in on I-30 eastbound.
Regarding the "High Five" IMO the best views are from US-75 (lowest
level) but there are several places in the general area & off the
frontage roads where you can park/pull over and get some good photos,
it's a nice area, lots of office buildings & such. Really, it's such a
cool interchange (even by California Standards I would assume) that
you should see it from every approach that you can.
The Downtown Dallas Freeways are worth seeing, you can make a nice
little loop around the Central Business District, also, US-75 North
from the I-30 Interchange up to the High Five is a very interesting
freeway. There's not much worth seeing south of I-30 IMO except a few
1960's-70's era stacks along I-20 from a roadgeek point of view.
Have a safe & fun trip!
Jim K. Georges
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