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I'm late to the discussion but I rode from Key West to Galveston last year mainly along the coast. It was nice. However, there is a lot more traffic (except when taking the county roads). I only used US-90 from between Ocean Springs and New Orleans with short sections here and there in other places. You could then hug the coast until you get to Perry, FL then FL-20 to High Springs where, I think, the ACA ST intersects.
The pros are much better scenery (road between Pensacola and Navarre is one of the best around), all the seafood you can eat (I got sick of eating shrimp and fish everyday), more services.
Cons are heavy traffic from Ocean Springs west to New Orleans; from near Top Sail SP in Florida to Navarre, around Panama Beach (do NOT cross the FL-30 bridge from Panama City to Tyndall AFB on a Friday at quitting time (one of my worst experiences ever); little stronger wind, slightly cooler.
Overall, I would do again, especially east of Grand Bay if you do not want to go to New Orleans.
Have a good trip!
Lots of solo women do it, and the TransAm is probably the best route for the solo female because of all the support and other cyclists. See the following for a most entertaining TransAm journal by a solo woman. I'm sure Joy would be happy to converse with you personally.