It has been a stressful few months so we decided to take a trip to the beach. In these times, flying just adds to the stress level so we decided to drive down to Corpus Christi. The quickest way to Corpus is I-35 and then I-37 after San Antonio…crowded and again stressful. So we got on Mapquest and told it to avoid highways and found a . cool route from Austin, TX to Corpus Christi, TX that used Hwy 183 and then Hwy 77. I only knew Hwy 183 in Austin–crowded and dangerous. I learned it actually starts in South Dakota and ends in Refugio, Texas (and was the last US Highway to be paved). South of Austin it goes through beautiful rolling country, some of the best barbecue in Texas, and then Highway 77 takes you to the missions at Goliad.