My party took the standard route. There are a few names for it, but Forbes route seems to be the most common. Unfortunately, there aren't any route pages for it on SP, but Gerry Roach has one on his site.
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."