My 2014 ride is actually a western USA loop from and to home in Iowa that is cut in half. I found I don't like being away from home that long to do the whole thing at once. So my 2014 end-stop in San Luis Obispo is my daughter's home. It will then be the START for 2015.
The original route for this year is more or less a guideline at this point. Host locations influence planning and I also take input from people like you and make adjustments every day. I do appreciate your info and I will read your blog. It looks like a great resource.
The more detailed my planning, the more anxious to start I become. Some areas appear to be inhospitable but I've found that I am often wrong about things like that. It's the people one comes across that make the day.