To cross the Chesapeake Bridge/Tunnel just go to the toll office and ask for a ride. It's free but they prefer that you call in advance.
In New Jersey you can just go straight up US9 to South Amboy and take the ferry to 34th St. in NY. Up to Tom's River it is a very nice ride with huge shoulders and lovely little towns. After that it gets busier and more freeway-ish but is not a problem.
If you go up through central Georgia I recommend US41, 129 and 441 but skirt around Macon. This will take you right up to Asheville NC or Great Smoky Mts. Nat'l. Park. The Biltmore Estate is not to be missed.
In Virginia stick to back roads as the major highways are heavily trafficked and have no paved shoulders. Avoid US15 in Northern VA at all costs. SW Virginia is brutally hilly.
The roads in Maryland and Pennsylvania are very good with wide shoulders. In PA good, cheap places to eat abound. Also there are plenty of ice cream and fudge places. Gettysburg and Hershey are well worth a day or two each.
For your first tour I suggest you go up the coast. That's what I did.
This message was edited by litespeed on 11-20-06 @ 2:24 PM