We are driving down this weekend from St. Louis and would like to know the fastest way to take once we exit off I-65 after Montgomery. Last year we took 331 to 87 to 81 to 79 to 98. It was long and a horrible drive in the middle of nowhere so we would like to avoid this route. Is there a better way to take? We are looking at taking 231 to Troy then 167 until it turns into 79 then hits 98.