Interstate 10 Road Trip Part 2

 

Interstate 10 Road Trip Part 2, Interstate 10 in TexasDay 4

Houston

Houston was the first city that we stayed in for a second day. The only other cities that we would stay in longer than one night would be San Antonio and Los Angeles. Day 4 was a very relaxing day. We had the chance to tour the city. We took pictures of Reliant Stadium (Texans) and the Toyota Center (Rockets). Houston is a big city that is spread out. We also went to the Galleria which is one of the malls there. The Galleria was full of people. They had hundreds of stores. They also had an ice skating rink on the 1st level.

The Galleria

The Galleria

We went back to the hotel to rest for a while because we booked a tour on one of the double-decker buses for the evening. The tour was great except for the fact that it rained for 20 minutes. That caused us to move to the 1st level of the bus. Other than that the tour was great. They showed us more of downtown and midtown Houston.

Day 5

Houston to San Antonio

San Antonio was a little over 3 hours away from Houston. It was a very easy drive. We made a stop at this superstore called Buc-ees. Buc-ees had food, gas and souvenirs. It seems as though everybody on that stretch of I-10 stopped there. The place was crowded.2013-07-05_13-27-37_867

Once we arrived in San Antonio we noticed that the traffic was not as bad as it was in Houston. That was a good thing. We checked in our room and relaxed for a while. In about an hour or so we went downtown to see the Alamo. The Alamo was nice even though I didn’t know exactly what it was at the time. After we left the Alamo we went to the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was wonderful. Restaurants and shops were everywhere. The place had a very relaxing vibe to it. There was so much to do and see.




Day 6

San Antonio

San Antonio is amazing, nice, awesome or whatever you want to call it. The city is diverse and not too crowded. We spent the majority of the day at SeaWorld. I had a blast at SeaWorld. They had a lot of good shows and amusement rides. The show that I liked the best was the sea lion and otter show. It was hilarious.

That evening we went to a local bar near our hotel called Marty’s. It was a nice low key spot. They had karaoke and some nice drink specials. I talked with one of the locals. She was excited that we were doing a cross country trip.  I also decided to do karaoke. I performed Darling Nikki by Prince. I thoroughly enjoyed San Antonio. It’s a city that I will definitely go to again.

Day 7

San Antonio to El Paso

After a fun night at Marty’s, we decided to be lazy and sleep in a little bit. We eventually got on the road at 11:45 am. About 560 miles later we made it to El Paso. That was a very long drive. You have to make sure that you have your music ready. If not you may go crazy lol. The landscape seemed to change instantly once we were out of the San Antonio city limits. I started seeing road signs that I have never seen before such as “Falling Rock”, “Gusty Wind Alert” and “Watch for Blowing Dust”. The only good thing about the drive was that the speed limit was 80 mph. Most of the cars were going 85-90 mph.

On this stretch of I-10, the cities were about an hour apart. West Texas felt like we were riding through the town in the Jeepers Creepers movie. We saw a few cars broken down on the side of the road. That has to be a scary situation. It would take at least an hour for help to get to you. I was glad when we finally made it to El Paso. El Paso is in the Mountain Time zone. We decided to eat then go to downtown El Paso. Call us crazy but we wanted to see how close to the Mexican border we could get.IMG_20130707_213342 We saw the border highway and the border bridge. It was dark out and I’m not that crazy to park and cross the bridge especially with the events going on in Mexico right now. Interstate 10 in Texas was neverending.

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  1. Sounds like you are really visiting some interesting places. Keep having fun there is more country to see

  2. Hey Jason, always fun to see new places. Hope you have lots more opportunities for long road trips as you seemed to really take a lot from it
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  3. What a blast you are having! Yaaay! Have great fun and keep us posted…and stay out of Mexico period! I’d worry about you!
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  4. This sounds like a cool trip and I hope you were able to stop occasionally and find nice places to admire the landscape. I love that there are so many regional stores still in business in the age of Wal Marts and other big name chains. Road trips rule!
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  5. Hi Jason – sounds like quite the trip. It must have been scary to drive that one section if it reminded you of the Jeepers Creepers movie – bet you were glad to put that part behind you. Hope you have fun as you continue your travels.
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  6. Nothing like a good road trip. I did a similar one through those parts of Texas many years ago and loved it.
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  7. For us, most of our travels are flying, and out of the USA. We’ve seen a good deal of states and even those, have been with flying. We’re still able to see an area once we arrive, like you have shared with us, because we do get a rental car.
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  8. Second try to post – your system said, it saw I MAY be a spammer. I think I must be contagious. Sigh.

    What I was saying is that while my husband and I mostly fly to where we visit, and go out of the USA, we still enjoy a place when we arrive. We rent a car. You know doubt have a advantage to travel leisurely this was as you have posted about here Jason. Wishes for continued fun travels!
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  9. It’s been years since I’ve been to Houston or San Antonio. I loved San Antonio, especially the Riverwalk. We were only Houston for a few days, but had a great time. We visited the Space Center and Old Town Spring. I’ve never been to El Paso. Your road trip sounds great.
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  10. Hi Jason! Its good to know about your interesting road trip. I love driving out in the country too. I live in the Philippines and, sadly, I haven’t been around much. When I retire I wish I could have enough to buy an SUV so I can drive to the beach, to the mountains and to everywhere I desire.
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  11. Hi and glad you are having fun. I have family who live in Houston right now. I am going to visit them soon. I have been to EL PASO but never San Antonio. I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing. =)