But I'm not sure what they say about Scotsmen.
I took a look at previous posts to see what you were up to.
I doubt you would die if you started the WX on May 1,
but you might wish you were dead by the time you got to Kentucky in midsummer.
Especially for a Scotsman. Maybe not quite as hot as Calcutta, but almost.
If you start the WX on May 1, it will be chilly with snow still in the mountains.
The roads will be clear, but you could always have a late snowstorm, too.
Especially in the Rockies, it will be too early even for wildflowers.
And services - campsites, state parks - will still be limited.
It makes far more sense to start May 1 in the East.
May is a lovely month to cycle Virginia and Kentucky.
And you will hit the Great Plains before they are sweltering.
And you save the West - the best - for last.
Pic - Sonora Pass in the Sierras in late May
PS - I am a redhead (the term used in the colonies) too.
I cycle in inexpensive long-sleeve mock turtlenecks that are poly-cotton.
Maybe $11.99 each. usually have three bright colors.
And I use lightweight convertible nylon hiking pants.
I tuck in the cuffs in my socks.
And I zip them off when I'm not riding.
I would much rather cover up than slather up.