I'm leaving from Cedar Rapids, IA and I need to get down to Manchester as fast as possible (some consideration for cost). My research indicates driving will be the best way for me to get down there. I also have no familiarity with the highways in this area.
I'm wondering if anyone who has done a trip along this route knows how long I can expect the trip to take if I go as fast as safely possible. Any other recommendations regarding the route? Thanks!!
It's taken me 12-14 hours to drive from Minneapolis to Nashville, if that's any kind of barometer for ya. Also, my advice for you is to hold your breath until you get to Illinois, those pig farms up there are staaaaaaaaaanky!
I haven't driven the entire route straight through from Cedar Rapids, but I have done Cedar Rapids to Springfield, IL and Springfield, IL to Manchester. There are a lot of two lane / county patrolled roads if you go south from CR and down to St. Louis. You may not want to drive too fast on those roads. And you also may want to avoid St. Louis altogether. If I were you I would make my way to I-55 south one of two ways: Via Mt. Pleasant, Burlington, Macomb, Beardstown, Springfield...OR.... Via Davenport, Galesburg, Peoria, Springfield. Once there, drive south to the route 4, Staunton/Lebanon Exit and take Rte. 4 south, PAST I-70 to 64 E. 64 E to 57 S at Mt. Vernon. 57 S to I-24 E and you can take it from there. Either of these routes is gonna add miles, 36 at the most I think, but cutting down on the two lanes might be worth it. If you can drive ten miles an hour faster for at least 4 hours, you'd come out ahead timewise. If you follow Mapquest, you'll drive about 250 miles on non-interstate highways.