After San Antonio I followed the Gulf coast except for Louisiana where I went north of Baton Rouge. Following the Adventure Cycling Route should keep you out of trouble with the bad Louisiana roads like 190 and bad coastal stretches like around Biloxi. Surprisingly the coldest weather was in Mobile - cold snap, just under freezing in the morning. But otherwise I suffered little from the cold. January and February would certainly be colder than when I did it. Have layered clothing. The best cycling roads you'll find are in Texas, the worst in Louisiana. You might be lucky but don't depend on tailwinds just because you're going west to east. One of the highlights of the trip was bicycling along the Galveston waterfront - miles of fine esplanade. I have also been fervently advised to NOT go through Houston. US90 in the Florida panhandle is a good bicycling road although 98 along the coast is more scenic.
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