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Old 08-08-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip in the very near future to Ponchatoula La. I have it all under control and mapped out until I get past Shreveport. My plan is to get off I 20 at Rayville La. and go south on 425 To Natchez,Ms.Then take 61 over to 98 and southeast over to I 55. 425 appears to be mostly 4 lane.Any and all pointers and suggestions are solicited and welcome.Thanks ..
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Are you specifically wanting a more scenic route by doing this...as it is faster to take I-20 over to Jackson MS and then take I-55 south. This is how I go to New Orleans via Ponchatoula.

I live near Rayville. You have to really watch out for Mangham and Baskin, which are south of rayville and north of winnsboro. They are infamous speed traps
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When you reach Pines Rd. In Shreveport, do the camper a favor and take the I220 exit. Its still rough but not nearly as as bad as I 20 thru Shreveport. If you take this route, just past Pines Rd, get into next to far right lane.
There are 4 truck stops at first two exits past state line with easy on/off.
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Thanks Gentlemen..I believe I will do eye 20 and eye55.Not much farther.hshaynes thanks for the tip.does this road rejoin eye20 down the road.wmtire I love your jokes and sense of humor.
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It does. Swings north of Shreveport and Bossier. Its is actually a fee miles farther but well worth it. You will rejoin at sign that says Monroe..... safe travels. Are you overnighting in this area?
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Not sure where the overnites will be bur if you have suggestions they are welcome..
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may be looking for an overnite south of Jackson so we can be early into Pontchatoula.Suggestions?
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may be looking for an overnite south of Jackson so we can be early into Pontchatoula.Suggestions?
Are you pulling or driving an RV down there....or perhaps buying something at Berryland.
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There is a KOA on west side of Shreveport. Very easy access. Coming from TX, exit Industrial drive, turn right to first right then left at light. KOA will be on left about 1 mile or so.
Going back to Tx, exit Pines Rd. Left at light. Continue to 3d light. Turn right. KOA about mile on right.
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Are you pulling or driving an RV down there....or perhaps buying something at Berryland.
We are driving a motorhome.Yes Berryland has a Newmar my wife wants.
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We are driving a motorhome.Yes Berryland has a Newmar my wife wants.

Yeah, that's usually the reason someone goes to Ponchatoula, is for Berryland.


I have stayed at Percy Quin State Park, which is real close to the MS/LA state line just south of McComb MS. However this was many years ago, and I was in a popup/TrailManor at that time. I recall it being a nice park, but can't remember how it was setup for the big rigs. You might can look it up online. It would be about an hour north of Ponchatoula.


EDIT: Here is a google map link of Percy Quin. You can see how close it is to I-55 and if you use the satellite feature and zoom in close to the lake (kinda on the southeast corner) you can see some sites, as well as what appears to be some motorhomes.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pe...!4d-90.5033326
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Wmtire ..would it be a good plan to take eye 49 south at Shreveport down to eye 10 and through Baton Rouge?Thanks,Terry.
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I 49 goes through Natchitoches, where I live. It's better now, but still has a few bumps here and there. The problem isn't I-49 tho, it's I-10 through baton rouge. Traffic is terrible in BR.
Bought my 2018 class C at Berryland last year. They have a campground there you can use for free.
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I have never heard anything good about traffic in Baton Rouge. I would encourage taking 55 south and return the same way.
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If you come thru Baton Rouge, schedule it between 8;30am-2;30pm; most other time is gridlock, except after 7pm
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Wmtire ..would it be a good plan to take eye 49 south at Shreveport down to eye 10 and through Baton Rouge?Thanks,Terry.
I don't have experience with that route to offer a knowledgeable answer, so will defer to the others answering it.

Funny thing is when I do go to Baton Rouge (which last trip was last November to see LSU), I take part of your original route as per your OP.

I go to rayville, then down to Natchez, then 61 to Baton Rouge. As my trips are usually on the weekend, I avoid a lot of this bad weekday traffic that Baton Rouge and New Orleans too have. I have sat in bumper to bumper stopped/slow traffic on I-10 in New Orleans a few times when I went on a Friday evening.

Are you only going on this trip to go to Berryland? Or are you perhaps wanting to maybe do some sightseeing or such?

If sightseeing, I may can add some suggestions.
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How about highway 27 that cuts across from eye 20 to eye 55. Is that a decent road..Wmtire. We are just coming to get new motorhome then head to Branson, Mo. Any advice on a decent route there will be welcome..Looks like 61 and 65 north are mostly 2 lane..Gonna be a slow 600 miles it appears..Not too wild about going through Memphis.I don't need the aggravation!
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I 49 goes through Natchitoches, where I live. It's better now, but still has a few bumps here and there. The problem isn't I-49 tho, it's I-10 through baton rouge. Traffic is terrible in BR.
Bought my 2018 class C at Berryland last year. They have a campground there you can use for free.
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We ibtend to use their campground for 2 nights. Thanks for any info..I have never been in this area before.
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How about highway 27 that cuts across from eye 20 to eye 55. Is that a decent road..Wmtire. We are just coming to get new motorhome then head to Branson, Mo. Any advice on a decent route there will be welcome..Looks like 61 and 65 north are mostly 2 lane..Gonna be a slow 600 miles it appears..Not too wild about going through Memphis.I don't need the aggravation!
I've done that route several times. The roads are decent but some curves and such. It's a lot of two lane driving and if you get behind one logging truck or other slow driver, you don't save time by utilizing. I only take this route now, not necessarily to save time, but just for a change of scenery. If I was driving a motorhome, it would not be my first route choice.
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You can use the aerial view function of Google maps to see the road, shoulders in case you have a flat, etc. This will give you a feel for it.Click image for larger version

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