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    Best route to Columbia

    We have a few going from Des Moines and two from M'town. Do we take I35 down from D.M. or go down 63?



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    From Des Moines I would go 163 to Ottumwa then South on 63 all the way to Columbia. But thats just me.



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Were going 63 most is 4 lane and 70mph. 35 to 70 will add about 30 min or so



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Take 63. I've gone I35 as well and find 63 a much better ride.



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    That is what was suggested on a different thread as well. I've heard it's not a bad trip since the majority of it is 4 lane now using that route. Even if you hit some towns, you will make up for it in distance...



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Hwy 63. 4 lane from Kirksville all the way to Columbia (actually all the way to the Ozarks)



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    163 to 63. Only way to go, really.


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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    how fast you want to get there....scenic route or highway? I take 63



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    63 is showing 4:10 from Ames on my Garmin. Much easier drive than it used to be.


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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Ive taken 135 and then east on 36 in mizzou I think it is. Seemed to work ok.

    Ive taken the 63 route too.

    That route is pretty much a majority 4 lane the entire trip if memory serves me well



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Hwy 163/Hwy 63 route is 4 lane from Des Moines to Ottumwa, and then it's 4-lane again from Kirksville to Columbia. There is about 50 miles of 2-lane including stop lights at Kirksville and Macon. However, it is definitely the fastest way.



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Macon and Kirksville take a SHOCKINGLY long time to drive through considering there populations.

    I have to imagine that someday there will be a bypass...that would be incredible. Nonetheless, I would still take 63 over the interstate.



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    Thanks all. Sounds like 63 is the consensus and we'll meet the Des Moines crew in Ottumwa or Osky.



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    Re: Best route to Columbia

    35 to 70 will add about 30 min or so
    Do not do this. It sucks. This was a part of my infamous drive from Atlanta to Ames spring game.


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