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    Texas Hassle......

    I've been riding cross country the past ten days.
    I just spent three days in Texas and wow, what a headache.
    Dodging all types of crap on I-10, drivers tailgating and driving recklessly.
    Hassled by a gang in San Antonio, and the last straw stopped by a Culberson county sheriff 100 miles east of El Paso saying I was going 88 mph......

    This is the first time I've been stopped on my bike and the first time in 30 years.
    I was going 78 indicated and being passed by a huge number of folks and trucks in excess of 90mph.

    Can happen anywhere I suppose?

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    Sorry you had issues...it's one of the reasons we AVOID I-10. The US & State highways in TX are so much calmer, though they take a longer route.

    Going thru Houston, San Antonio or El Paso is pretty crazy. There are parts of any major city, USA that one should avoid, San Antonio has a few areas I won't roll thru anymore...but that goes for my old stompin' grounds of Houston as well

    I had to slab it last Spring to take care of a family emergency and rode thru El Paso on way home from CA...dodging folks going 15 over the limit and junk falling off personal vehicles and NAFTA trucks coming from the south by the scores.
    I'll go around the long way the next time and remain sane.

    Hope the rest of your travels go better
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    I-10 in Phoenix is almost as bad.
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    Thanks....

    I'm in Las Cruces tonight, snow forecast in the morning......what an adventure.

    Sorry I had to vent, feeling better now with a glass of Chardonnay and a warm room.
    I'm totally sold on staying away from the major Interstates from now on.

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    Thanks for sharing the adventure......not all us Texans are bad. Glad you are safe and in for the night.

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    Sorry about your Texas experience. I've had one of them experiences in just about every state. This is one way to keep this from happening again. If the road has an "I" in front of it , don't take it. But, if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, there is little other choice. Enjoy your adventure and expect the unexpected.
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    If you ever get the chance, ride Highway 90 from San Antonio toward El Paso. I try to stay off the slab unless I am forced to get on it. Sorry about your experiences, most Texans are great folks to be around.

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    I see the problem

    Quote Originally Posted by BigSkyRider View Post
    I'm in Las Cruces tonight, snow forecast in the morning......what an adventure.

    Sorry I had to vent, feeling better now with a glass of Chardonnay and a warm room.
    I'm totally sold on staying away from the major Interstates from now on.
    Chardonnay drinkers deserve to be treated with such disdain.

    Drink Merlot and carry a big gun; life is better that way.

    Staying off major highways is definitely the way to travel.

    Good luck on the rest of your trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ-J View Post
    I-10 in Phoenix is almost as bad.
    It is worse!
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    I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix is as dangerous as any road I have ridden. That includes Africa, South America and even Australia when I was on the wrong side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windypoint View Post
    I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix is as dangerous as any road I have ridden. That includes Africa, South America and even Australia when I was on the wrong side of the road.
    I recall riding that stretch into Tuscon last June riding into a setting sun with a huge sidewind and being swarmed by a never ending train of big rigs which really banged us up untill we put the hammer down and kept our pace 20 mph faster than them. I think it was also +38C at the time as well. We had ridden down highway 191 from Mexican Hat UT that day so were pretty tired but the traffic seemed ver aggressive. Sure made the cold beer that night feel real good once we were in town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    put the hammer down and kept our pace 20 mph faster than them.
    thats how to roll when one has to slab it,
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDOCKERY132445 View Post
    Drink Merlot and carry a big gun; life is better that way.

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    While I like merlot........a good, oakey cab will trump both, anyday!

    Also hoping the rest of your trip goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSkyRider View Post
    Hassled by a gang in San Antonio,
    What's the story here?
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    Big City Hassle.....

    Down at the River walk on a Saturday night with my wife, very touristy but nice.
    We enjoyed visiting the Alamo and eating the local Tex-Mex but .......
    there were large groups of young thugs hanging on the street corners near the Alamo and in the mall following us and spewing racial slurs at my wife....a cute caucasion.
    Their was a heavy police presence about ten officers on each corner with a paddy wagon...no joke. I guess the idea was to keep the trouble makers away from the river walk but up on the street was different.

    I've lived all over the world, grew up in L.A. and hadn't experienced anything like that ever.

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