Hello All -
I am traveling from Gilmer, TX (northeast area of state) south to Rockport, and would like some opinions as to the route I should take?
I've used Mapquest & Streets/Trips and they are suggesting 2 different routes: (A) 271 / 155 / 79 / 77 etc.....(B) 271 / 155 / 69 / 21 / I-45 to Houston / 59 etc...
I am driving my new-to-me truck & 33' 5th wheel, and this will be only my 6th day on the road! My rig is 13'3" tall and I'm aware of a low clearance (13'6" ?) in Schulenburg, TX.
I would very much like to hear from anyone who has gone this route (or similar), in regards to both roads travelled and any other low clearance bridges that I should be aware of.
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I have traveled A with no problems 155 on down. If you have a GPS load POI file for Low Clearance into it. It has worked well for me.
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I'm very familiar with part of your route - from Gilmer via 155/79/77 down to Giddings. Our rig is also 13'3" and we have no problems with that portion of the route, but I can't help you beyond that.
If you do go that route, I recommend taking the western side of the loops around both Tyler (traffic) and Palestine (construction). Also consider stopping for lunch at the Dixie Cafe in Hearne. Texas monthly rated it among the top 40 small town cafes in Texas and they are dead on.
If you need diesel, there is a supermarket (Brookshire Brothers) on the right in Buffalo, about 1/2 mile before you intersect I-45. They usually have the least expensive diesel around, the pumps are easy to access pulling a trailer and have plenty of overhead clearance.
Gotta ask: what are you doing in Tater Town? (I grew up there...)
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We're not to far from you up in the Lake Fork area.
We go the US79/US77 route each time we head in that direction.
Anything to avoid the Houston or Dallas areas.
The low clearance at Schulenburg can be avoided real easy by turning west for about two blocks then across the tracks and down for a few blocks then back on to US77.
Google up Maps for Schulenburg and you'll see it.
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Are you talking about the old rr underpass in Schulenburg? The one just north of the museum on 77? I come thru there all the time with my fiver and never once thought about the height.
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Many thanks to all for your comments & advice. I opted for trip A and am 1/2 way to Rockport. Today was absolutely fine, such a nice drive after many days on the interstate.
I appreciate your experience,