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AntiHero 11-26-2012 11:56 AM

1000 Miles - Austin, TX to Scottsdale
 
Considering going from Austin to Scottsdale in a day. I'm obviously looking for the fastest way to do it (that doesn't involve an airplane). Considering Hwy 10 is a main drug route, I'm guessing there's an abundance of police/radar traps? Looking for advice (or an alternate route) for anyone familiar with the region.

Also--looks like I'd have to go through Ciudad Juarez--does traffic get bad there even if you're not crossing the border?

tricepilot 11-26-2012 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by AntiHero (Post 20120984)
Considering Hwy 10 is a main drug route, I'm guessing there's an abundance of police/radar traps?

Also--looks like I'd have to go through Ciudad Juarez--does traffic get bad there even if you're not crossing the border?

That's roughly 1,000 miles. I've never seen LE presence out of the ordinary on I-10 on that route. A radar gun here and there buy nothing odd. There are CBP stops here and there however and they will involve the drug dogs around your bike as with any vehicle. Unless you're carrying dope don't worry about it.

How are you going through Cd. Juárez if you're not crossing the border? :scratch Look again. All you're doing is going through El Paso.

AntiHero 11-26-2012 04:59 PM

Thanks, Tricepilot. And right you are. Google map zoomed out looked like it sent me through there, but just El Paso. :)

How much traffic/extra time is involved in going through these CBP stops?

FotoTEX 11-26-2012 05:36 PM

The Border patrol checkpoints are usually pretty quick. Keep in mind in that part of Texas the speed limit is 80MPH. Keep it under 10 over and you should be fine.

jimmex 11-26-2012 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by FotoTEX (Post 20123139)
The Border patrol checkpoints are usually pretty quick. Keep in mind in that part of Texas the speed limit is 80MPH. Keep it under 10 over and you should be fine.

Its 85 now on I-10 in West Texas. That will be a really unpleasant ride IMO. But I understand; after a long trip, its time to get home.

tricepilot 11-26-2012 06:12 PM

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Originally Posted by AntiHero (Post 20122880)
How much traffic/extra time is involved in going through these CBP stops?

If you're traveling with Willie Nelson :stoned you'll be there awhile :deal

AntiHero 11-26-2012 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jimmex (Post 20123388)
Its 85 now on I-10 in West Texas. That will be a really unpleasant ride IMO. But I understand; after a long trip, its time to get home.

1000 miles in one day on a Ducati Superbike--not sure how many have done that before. Definitely hasn't happened on a Panigale yet. So I figure empty road (hopefully) + higher than average speed limits (85? You've got to be kidding!!!!) and this could be my chance. Just have to avoid those bands of wild pigs that I keep hearing about people smashing into.

No False Enthusiasm 12-02-2012 02:16 PM

How far can you go on a tank of fuel?

At those speeds, it may take 4 or 5 tankfuls just to get out of Texas.

NFE

TheRoss 12-02-2012 02:31 PM

1000 miles in a day requires riding steady, but does not require speeding. I-10 is used all the time for people riding coast to coast (in 50 hours). It is fast and easy. Try to time your trip through El Paso to avoid rush hour, though I have hit a wall of traffic at 1:00 before. Good tips on the Iron Butt website.

With a smaller gas tank I would certainly try to plan for gas stops ahead of time, based on the mileage you are comfortable getting out of a tank running 80-85. The website www.thenextexit.com is a good resource for planning gas stops on interstates.

I wear a flip up helmet, and am a white guy. At checkpoints I always kill the music (i-Pod remote) and flip the helmet up. I am always waved through with no drama at all.

As has been said, I-10 is kind of boring. Do you ride out there for the IBA certificate (I'm assuming that's what we are doing here), and then take 2-3 days to get back to Austin sticking to smaller highways. Big Bend is nice this time of year, as is the Texas hill country. If you need a place to crash for the night in Lubbock, I'm your guy.

jimmesa 12-05-2012 03:37 AM

I've done Austin to Mesa in 23 hours on my Versys.
Make sure you don't do west TX at nite. The deer seem to be everywhere!
Gas is hard to find at nite too.
Have a safe trip. Jim


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