I'll make it as short as possible.
I am using manual configuration. I've got the GATEWAY directive in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 like this:
The problem is that the routing table shows what I'd say is a useless route:
The next route is:
Which leads me to believe that there's a useless extra network processing whenever it reads the routing table. So what am I doing wrong here?