I am helping a friend move from Spring (The Woodlands in Houston) to Paso Robles the week before the 4th of July (leaving June 30th and hopefully arriving July 3rd. We are driving a moving truck and her brand new car separately because we are not experienced at towing and don't want to risk damage to her car. We are giving ourselves 3 days to make the trip, and planned to take I-10 all the way (stopping over in Ft. Stockton and Phoenix), and then up the I-5 through Bakersfield and over Hwy 46 into Paso. We are both from LA, so we're not looking for the scenic route on that stretch.
I was wondering if maybe we should consider I-40 instead of I-10. Besides being a bit longer, what are the pros and cons to each? Any pitfalls for single women travelliing solo on either route? Towns we should definitely avoid staying over in (we are avoiding El Paso for that reason).
Its been a long time since I drove I-40, but I remember it being a much prettier ride.