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Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi - July 2, 2013

Our ride from Oklahoma City up through Mississippi. Main routes were I-240, I-40, The Indian Nation Turnpike, US 271, Texas 45, US 59, US 80, I-20, and US 45.

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Starting out in Oklahoma City on I-44 West (really, south). [Crop/Zoom: 2073x867]
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We'll take I-240 to get going in the right direction. [Crop/Zoom: 2759x1081]
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My first (known) ride on I-240. [Crop/Zoom: 641x1035]
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Around here is where we saw a little evidence of roof damage off to the south. This is about where the Moore tornado last month lifted after its devastation in and near Moore. [Crop/Zoom: 1116x821]
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Next, I-40 for a while. [Crop/Zoom: 459x506]
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Lots of native nation land in Oklahoma. [Crop/Zoom: 393x245]
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We'll take the Indian Nation Turnpike as our first jog toward the southeast. [Crop/Zoom: 1600x1752]
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It's a pleasant road, but much narrower than a genuine interstate. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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Rather than a single speed zone around the tool booth area, there are a series of signs that take us down by 10 MPH at a time. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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Into the hilly country of southeastern Oklahoma. Very scenic! [Larger: 1744x1308]
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We're at the end of the Turnpike and now heading to US 271 south for a while. [Crop/Zoom: 1521x858]
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It's signed as a bypass around Hugo. [Crop/Zoom: 474x813]
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Coming up on the Red River, which we cross to enter Texas. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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Texas will ask us to do 65 for a little while. [Crop/Zoom: 690x545]
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A monument to welcome us. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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And the regular Texas welcome sign. [Crop/Zoom: 1120x804]
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Coming up on Paris. [Crop/Zoom: 1181x1183]
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Going back to US 82, US 271, and Loop 286, after our Whataburger lunch on the north end of Paris. [Crop/Zoom: 878x1030]
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We only were on this for a very short distance. [Crop/Zoom: 850x1398]
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Informative diagram. [Crop/Zoom: 2261x918]
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This is Business US 271 C, it seems. [Crop/Zoom: 988x853]
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This business US 271 is into Mt. Pleasant. [Crop/Zoom: 1147x658]
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We cross I-30, but don't need to get on. [Crop/Zoom: 1474x784]
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Lots of construction here as the US 271 bypass route appears to be in the process of extending southward. [Crop/Zoom: 454x681]
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We leave US 271 here in Mt. Pleasant to follow Texas 49 for a while. [Crop/Zoom: 914x677]
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We briefly join up with US 259 here in Daingerfield. [Crop/Zoom: 467x589]
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Not that Naples. [Crop/Zoom: 461x272]
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Hughes Springs is one of the small towns we pass through on Texas 49. [Crop/Zoom: 783x413]
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Hughes Springs. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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And Avinger. [Crop/Zoom: 1137x598]
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Avinger [Larger: 1744x1308]
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The trees here seem to be suddenly young. Maybe this area had a fire? Or logging? [Larger: 1744x1308]
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In Jefferson, we switched to US 59. [Crop/Zoom: 454x545]
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In Marshall, we bypass the city to get onto US 80, which will soon take us to I-20. [Crop/Zoom: 1549x574]
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It's also Loop 390. [Crop/Zoom: 477x522]
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When the Loop Road ends at US 80, there's a stop sign with flashing LEDs. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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And here we are on US 80. [Crop/Zoom: 290x358]
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Which leads us to I-20, our home for the next several hours. [Crop/Zoom: 899x885]
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And into Louisiana on I-20 East. [Crop/Zoom: 1279x1318]
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From our gas stop on the west side of Shreveport. [Crop/Zoom: 2463x1832]
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Have to wonder if this street name is appropriate. [Crop/Zoom: 861x588]
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Lots of 3/4 mile distances on these signs along I-20 in Louisiana. [Crop/Zoom: 1169x695]
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Lots of massive tree removal in the I-20 median here. [Larger: 1744x1308]
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Too bad about the tree removal, this excellent median forest looks much nicer... [Larger: 1744x1308]
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Many of these BGS Louisiana route markers don't have much of a Mississippi delta... [Crop/Zoom: 1606x1254]
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I've seen bear crossing signs in several places, but I don't recall one on an interstate highway. [Crop/Zoom: 974x1334]
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Getting onto the I-20 bridge over the Mississippi into Mississippi. [Crop/Zoom: 2398x956]
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In Vicksburg, Mississippi. [Crop/Zoom: 2129x707]
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Best I could do in the dark here in Meridian. [Crop/Zoom: 876x568]
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It's a minor mileage milestone in eastern Mississippi.

terescoj+pics@teresco.org - Sat Jul 6 11:20:22 EDT 2013