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I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« on: August 12, 2020, 04:33:16 PM »

From late December 2019 and early February 2020, I drove 16,000 miles throughout Texas and a quick trip up to Wisconsin to sign a lease. I visited all 254 counties in Texas and made the following video on it. The roads you will see when you do this sort of trip!

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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2020, 10:11:28 PM »

Hi Beto!
All kidding aside, sounds like a fun trip. Never been to Texas but would very much like to, even if just to drive through some of the vast open expanses.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2020, 10:48:53 PM »

Hi Beto!
All kidding aside, sounds like a fun trip. Never been to Texas but would very much like to, even if just to drive through some of the vast open expanses.

I remember when Beto did that and then I forgot about it until after I did my trip and people were pointing it out. The vast expanses can be crazy. Driving the narrow secondary highway system known as the farm to market roads. The speed limits are 75 on many of them and you can pretty much go as fast as you want since it's desolate and nobody is patrolling it.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2020, 03:16:58 PM »

That's awesome. My state has 14 and I still haven't been to one of them (because islands). Kudos.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2020, 12:43:16 PM »

That's awesome. My state has 14 and I still haven't been to one of them (because islands). Kudos.

Thanks. So do you ever plan to visit that remaining county? I know I'm starting to put plans together to visit all 72 counties in Wisconsin now that I live here.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2020, 02:11:38 PM »

That's awesome. My state has 14 and I still haven't been to one of them (because islands). Kudos.

Thanks. So do you ever plan to visit that remaining county? I know I'm starting to put plans together to visit all 72 counties in Wisconsin now that I live here.

At some point yes (it's Nantucket for those wondering). It's one of those things where my interest level is there but just not that high. I've hit every county in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island for New England (still missing 2 in Vermont), and that's good enough for me right now.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2020, 01:31:53 PM »

Congratulations on making it happen!  I have gotten to all 102 counties in my home state of Illinois, but it took me more than 10 years heheh.  I see a lot of your photos taken for proof are in front of county courthouses; I've kind of started photographing Illinois county courthouses to evidence my visits to all the counties (emphasis on "kind of").
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2020, 01:43:16 PM »

Hi Beto!
All kidding aside, sounds like a fun trip. Never been to Texas but would very much like to, even if just to drive through some of the vast open expanses.

I remember when Beto did that and then I forgot about it until after I did my trip and people were pointing it out. The vast expanses can be crazy. Driving the narrow secondary highway system known as the farm to market roads. The speed limits are 75 on many of them and you can pretty much go as fast as you want since it's desolate and nobody is patrolling it.
Being able to go even 75 on two-lane roads without worrying about blue and red lights coming up behind me sounds wonderful.
I've been to 43 of Pennsylvania's 67, I believe. So still a lot to do.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2020, 10:22:07 PM »

Congratulations on making it happen!  I have gotten to all 102 counties in my home state of Illinois, but it took me more than 10 years heheh.  I see a lot of your photos taken for proof are in front of county courthouses; I've kind of started photographing Illinois county courthouses to evidence my visits to all the counties (emphasis on "kind of").

Thanks! Ideally, I'd love to visit every county in the US. Being that I'm now in Wisconsin, Illinois will probably be one of the first states I tackle after I get Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan done.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2020, 10:24:46 PM »

Hi Beto!
All kidding aside, sounds like a fun trip. Never been to Texas but would very much like to, even if just to drive through some of the vast open expanses.

I remember when Beto did that and then I forgot about it until after I did my trip and people were pointing it out. The vast expanses can be crazy. Driving the narrow secondary highway system known as the farm to market roads. The speed limits are 75 on many of them and you can pretty much go as fast as you want since it's desolate and nobody is patrolling it.
Being able to go even 75 on two-lane roads without worrying about blue and red lights coming up behind me sounds wonderful.
I've been to 43 of Pennsylvania's 67, I believe. So still a lot to do.

It's definitely really nice and it's been driving me nuts lately as I drive around rural parts of the Upper Midwest and the speed limits are only 55. I wish I could drive faster to get to point A to point B faster. Also, the tolerances for speeding are higher in Texas. In Wisconsin, anything much more than 5 over and you might get pulled over. Most cops in Texas won't touch you until 15 over so 75 really can be 80-85 with no worries.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2020, 08:40:35 PM »

Wanted to make sure-- do you know about this website that helps you keep track of all the counties you've visited?  www.mob-rule.com
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2020, 02:15:04 PM »

Wanted to make sure-- do you know about this website that helps you keep track of all the counties you've visited?  www.mob-rule.com

This site has a place where you can keep track: http://www.mob-rule.com/home
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2020, 02:29:43 PM »

Wanted to make sure-- do you know about this website that helps you keep track of all the counties you've visited?  www.mob-rule.com

This site has a place where you can keep track: http://www.mob-rule.com/home

Did you know there's a website you can keep track of counties visited? http://www.mob-rule.com/

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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2020, 02:31:38 PM »



Wanted to make sure-- do you know about this website that helps you keep track of all the counties you've visited?  www.mob-rule.com

This site has a place where you can keep track: http://www.mob-rule.com/home

Did you know there's a website you can keep track of counties visited? http://www.mob-rule.com/

Or, if none of those suits your needs, you could always head over to www.mob-rule.com/home instead.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2020, 02:58:34 PM »



Wanted to make sure-- do you know about this website that helps you keep track of all the counties you've visited?  www.mob-rule.com

This site has a place where you can keep track: http://www.mob-rule.com/home

Did you know there's a website you can keep track of counties visited? http://www.mob-rule.com/

Or, if none of those suits your needs, you could always head over to www.mob-rule.com/home instead.

I personally prefer http://www.mob-rule.com. It's better than the others.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2020, 03:08:21 PM »

I just remembered, www.mob-rule.com/ is a decent travel mapping site as well.

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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2020, 12:33:26 PM »

I just remembered, www.mob-rule.com/ is a decent travel mapping site as well.

(For those playing along at home, we're up to six websites and two Easter eggs.)

I use it every here and there. This weekend I plan to visit all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I need to start tracking things there.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2020, 03:21:28 PM »

Hi Beto!
All kidding aside, sounds like a fun trip. Never been to Texas but would very much like to, even if just to drive through some of the vast open expanses.

I remember when Beto did that and then I forgot about it until after I did my trip and people were pointing it out. The vast expanses can be crazy. Driving the narrow secondary highway system known as the farm to market roads. The speed limits are 75 on many of them and you can pretty much go as fast as you want since it's desolate and nobody is patrolling it.

75 on FM roads? Lots of them are 70!  I thought all of the 75 mph were either four lane divided or at least two lane with full shoulders. Interstates, US Highways, and State Highways.  As to the speed limit mattering on the FM Roads, that is mostly true.
All of this said, northeasterners are always taken aback with 70 or 75 MPH on two lane roads.  Sometimes they react with a question with speeds as slow as 60 or 65!

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« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2020, 04:13:58 PM »

75 on FM roads?

Yep.
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I thought all of the 75 mph were either four lane divided or at least two lane with full shoulders. Interstates, US Highways, and State Highways.

FM roads are state highways.  And some of them do have full shoulders.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2020, 10:08:27 PM »

I just remembered, www.mob-rule.com/ is a decent travel mapping site as well.

(For those playing along at home, we're up to six websites and two Easter eggs.)

I use it every here and there. This weekend I plan to visit all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I need to start tracking things there.

I just went to the UP and finished my counties up there less than a month ago!  Hiked, kayaked in Lake Superior, and saw waterfalls too!  You can discover the magical quirk of how every county bordering Wisconsin is in Central time, but every other county is in Eastern time.  Hit me up if you'd like suggestions.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2020, 07:09:05 PM »

I just remembered, www.mob-rule.com/ is a decent travel mapping site as well.

(For those playing along at home, we're up to six websites and two Easter eggs.)

I use it every here and there. This weekend I plan to visit all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I need to start tracking things there.

I just went to the UP and finished my counties up there less than a month ago!  Hiked, kayaked in Lake Superior, and saw waterfalls too!  You can discover the magical quirk of how every county bordering Wisconsin is in Central time, but every other county is in Eastern time.  Hit me up if you'd like suggestions.

I just completed this trip. I'm putting together the Facebook posts for my blog and also the dash cam footage. I think I'll be making my 7 year old Macbook Air scream a little bit. It was an awesome adventure and it feels like I just scratched the surface. The Central\Eastern time is an interesting quirk. Also the fact that US-2 between Iron County (Crystal Falls) and Dickinson County dips into Wisconsin and goes through Florence.
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Re: I Visited all 254 Counties in Texas in 52 Days
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2020, 10:47:47 PM »

Didn't know Texas had that many
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