I'm riding from St. Paul down to Dallas on my way to Big Bend. Can anyone recommend any good routes in SW Missouri? The main highway route from KC to Joplin and over to OK is all slab. Anything else to consider? Or, alternately, is there a good route through Kansas? I-35 is the least appealing but fastest way, of course.
south of Joplin, I'd use hwy 43 (thru Seneca, Noel), then head to Ft. Smith and cross over to OK and head for hwy down thru Smithville and Broken Arrow, past there stay in East Texas till you Have to turn west for Dallas.