A friend of mine and I are looking for a good route in April, and are searching for help creating a Chicago to NOLA route. We gave a lot of thought to the Pacific Coast routes, but the weather that time of year is not looking good, and April is the only month which fits our work schedules.
I've heard the Great Rivers route would be a good one to follow for this leg, but we'd like to start from Chicago, or as close to it as we can get.
Niether of us does any fitness rides, so we are not used to travelling on the highway shoulders or around large trucks, and while I know it's inevitable, we are seeking as much of a way around riding highways as possible.
Both of us live car-free in Austin and commute by bike everyday and have the bikes we need to tour with. We are seeking advice on the route, but will take any advice or traveling tips as well!