I am giving some consideration to giving the Atlantic Coast a try since I live near it in Maryland and have a daughter and son in law in Florida. Also I am retiring soon, not that I let my job stop me from doing long-ish tours.
I don't have any touring experience with the Atlantic Coast Route because I have typically gone out west for my tours in the past. My limited experience in the East was the eastern portion of my Trans America and a Southern Tier trip that ended in Sarasota.
I am not afraid to stealth camp and will do so once in a while, but prefer either free camping in plain sight or inexpensive campsites. I am guessing I will not find much of either in the East. Is that the case or am I being too pessimistic?
How often are inexpensive rooms available? I don't mind staying with a warmshowers.org host here and there, but really do not want to rely on that too much. The warmshowers thing tends to require too much planning and not enough last minute spontaneity to suit me. Hosts seem to usually like some notice and I often don't know where I am stopping until I am there.
Other comments about the route appreciated as well.