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Offline etsisk

Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2015, 09:35:23 pm »
Got it! Whew! Misunderstanding is entirely on me. :)

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2015, 10:56:19 pm »
90 out of Jacksonville is your best bet. You can drop down to 20 for a  faster ride. 90 is ok through AL and Miss. 90 seems to be the only way into New Orleans unless you go west and then south. I took 20 across the panhandle and 90 from AL to east of the Big Sleazy where I got 190 to Slidell, the TammanyTrace to Covington, and 190 through Baton Rouge. Beaumont, TX, Houston, San Antonio, Junction, TX, Roosevelt, TX,  Kent,  Van Horn, El Paso, Las Cruces, Deming, Lordsburg, Tucson, Yuma, Ocotillo,  Jacumba, Pine Valley, Alpine, San  Diego. Interstates 10 and 8 and hysterical highway 80. It  was a blast. I like 20 more than 90. 90 has a lot more history to it in Florida. Perhaps many people are unaware that the largest single massacre of Indians did not happen in the western states, but in Florida. In a civil war battle in north Florida the confederates murdered a large number of black, wounded, surrendered, union,   prisoners of war. Jackson County was the site of lynchings of negroes and the beating and torturing of children for a long time. Not that you need to know that to cycle there. One of Florida's governors   implemented the mobile electric chair which sort of cooked people to death. An extremely sordid history. "Finding Florida" is recommended for anyone interested in the history of Florida. Reading only the received histories in text books will never tell you the truth.

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2015, 09:52:17 pm »
I'm late to the discussion but I rode from Key West to Galveston last year mainly along the coast.  It was nice.  However, there is a lot more traffic (except when taking the county roads).  I only used US-90 from between Ocean Springs and New Orleans with short sections here and there in other places.  You could then hug the coast until you get to Perry, FL then FL-20 to High Springs where, I think, the ACA ST intersects.

The pros are much better scenery (road between Pensacola and Navarre is one of the best around), all the seafood you can eat (I got sick of eating shrimp and fish everyday), more services.

Cons are heavy traffic from Ocean Springs west to New Orleans; from near Top Sail SP in Florida to Navarre, around Panama Beach (do NOT cross the FL-30 bridge from Panama City to Tyndall AFB on a Friday at quitting time (one of my worst experiences ever); little stronger wind, slightly cooler.

Overall, I would do again, especially east of Grand Bay if you do not want to go to New Orleans.

Have a good trip!

John

Offline Westinghouse

Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2015, 09:56:10 pm »
Last winter I cycled to about 30 miles west of Houston, TX from south coastal Florida. I cycled back to FL via Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, and 90 and 20. I think north of High Island has a major mosquito problem in summer.
 

Online John Nettles

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Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2015, 10:07:56 am »
It may be bad in summer but we had an enjoyable trip through Pecan Island and along the coast in October.  Biggest problem there is not too much services, especially camping with a shower.

Offline etsisk

Re: Jacksonville FL to New Orleans...
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2015, 10:11:44 am »
I'm hoping it will be nice in April/May...