Me and my friend Matt recently rode from Austin to Corpus Christi. We had a great time, ate a lot of Mexican food and rode many miles. This post has some details about our trip that someone else bikepacking through Texas might find useful.
Safety is important when riding your bike. I've read countless Internet comments by experts on this topic and have compiled, for your convenience, a list of all the necessary safety precautions that one should take when operating a bicycle on roadways.
Keep in mind that your safety is entirely your responsibility. There's literally no way for someone to harm you in a way that is not your fault. Remember: You chose to ride a bicycle.